Sport Daniel Martin wins Stage 6 of Tour, Van Avermaet keeps lead

19:43  12 july  2018
19:43  12 july  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Daniel Martin won an uphill finish to claim Stage 6 of the Tour de France on Thursday, while Greg Van Avermaet kept the overall lead for a third consecutive day.

Greg Van Avermaet (born 17 May 1985) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for UCI WorldTeam BMC Racing Team.

Ireland's Daniel Martin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181 kilometers (112.5 miles) with start in Brest and finish in Mur-de-Bretagne Guerledan, France, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena ) © The Associated Press Ireland's Daniel Martin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181 kilometers (112.5 miles) with start in Brest and finish in Mur-de-Bretagne Guerledan, France, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )

MUR DE BRETAGNE, France (AP) -- Daniel Martin of Ireland won an uphill finish to claim Stage 6 of the Tour de France on Thursday, while Greg Van Avermaet kept the overall lead for a third consecutive day.

Defending champion Chris Froome crossed eight seconds after Martin in 18th. That left the Sky leader 1 minute, 2 seconds off Van Avermaet's overall lead.

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Martin broke away on the straight two-kilometer ascent of the Mur de Bretagne, winning the 181-kilometer (112-mile) leg that started in the western port city of Brest in over four hours.

"I saw the moment. I had really good legs and when I went my legs kept coming and coming," Martin said. "I knew if I could get a gap it would be difficult to close from behind."

Pierre Latour crossed second followed by Alejandro Valverde in third.

Van Avermaet, a support rider for title hopeful Richie Porte, has held the yellow jersey since BMC won the team time trial on Stage 3.

It was Martin's (UAE Emirates) second Tour stage win after getting his first in 2013.

Title hopefuls Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) were the big losers of the day.

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Dumoulin, the time trial world champion and 2017 Giro d'Italia winner, was slowed by a tire puncture at the foot of the final ascent and lost 53 seconds. He had entered the stage in 7th place overall and finished it 15th and one second behind Froome.

Bardet was left 1:45 back in 23rd overall after a spoke on his bike broke.

"Then I had to chase and that effort was fatal. It's never good to lose time," said Bardet, who has finished on the podium in the past two Tours. "There are a lot of twists on the Tour and this time luck was not on our side."

Riders twice went up the Mur de Bretagne, or "Wall of Brittany," which the local cycling-crazed Bretons affectionately refer to as their very own version, albeit much smaller, famous Alpe d'Huez. While that Alp ascent awaiting on Stage 12 rises to 1,850 meters, the Mur de Bretagne tops out at 293 meters.

This was the first summit finish of this Tour. After the relatively flat first nine days, the race will head south and into the Alps and then the Pyrenees Mountains.

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His position was revised to second place overall at the start of Saturday's stage and he kept in touch with the leaders as Belgian Van Avermaet 1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 4hrs 57mins 33secs. 2. Daniel Martin (Ire/Etixx-QuickStep) +13secs. 3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha) same time.

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Friday's flat 231-kilometer leg from Fougeres to Chartes is the longest stage of this Tour.

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