Tour De France: Dan Martin Wins Stage 6 In Style

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Ireland’s Dan Martin of UAE Team Emirates has put on a spectacular and powerful display to win Stage 6 of Tour de France in Brittany. Racing AG2R-La Mondiale rider Pierre Latour to the line in a challenging uphill sprint, Martin scored his second stage win in five years with Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing Team retaining the yellow jersey.  

170 riders started stage 6 in Brest with five going clear right after flag dropped including young New Zealander Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Dion, for part of the race, was virtual leader on the road. If - and it was a big if - imagine the celebrations if the young Kiwi made it to yellow.

Quick Step Throw The Gauntlet 

Quick Step worked hard to successfully split the chase group and savoured the crosswinds to force open echelons. Caught out, Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, Ilnur Zakarin, Jakob Fuglsang and Dan Martin made it back as Astana and later Movistar were forced to chase hard.  

Dan Martin on the podium after Stage 6 of the Tour. Image:Sirotti

Bad Luck For Dumoulin And Bardet

The action continued throughout the stage with Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) suffering mechanicals in the final 5km. The Frenchman made it across but not the Dutchman.

Ultimate victor Dan Martin made his final assault with 1.2km to go, following an acceleration by Richie Porte of BMC Racing Team. Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale) countered but failed to catch the Irishman while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) settled for third.

Tour De France Stage 6 Top 10

1

Daniel Martin  UAE Team Emirates

4:13:43

 

2

Pierre Latour AG2R La Mondiale

0:00:01

 

3

Alejandro Valverde  Movistar Team

0:00:03

 

4

Julian Alaphilippe  Quick-Step Floors

 

 

5

Rafal Majka Bora-Hansgrohe

 

 

6

Adam Yates Mitchelton-Scott

 

 

7

Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo

 

 

8

Peter Sagan Bora-Hansgrohe

 

 

9

Geraint Thomas Team Sky

 

 

10

Primoz Roglic  LottoNL-Jumbo

 

 

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