Daniel Martin conquers Mur de Bretagne to win Tour de France stage six

Daniel Martin wins stage 6 tour de france 2018

Daniel Martin has won the sixth stage of the Tour de France for UAE Team Emirates after a gruelling finish on the Mur de Bretagne.

Martin pulled away with 1km to go and held off Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third.

“I was a bit nervous because of the headwind,” Martin said afterwards. “Maybe it was adrenaline but I felt really good yesterday and didn’t quite get a chance to have a go but it happened today. I was really relaxed and was looking forward to having a crack.

“It makes this Tour de France a success for us already and anything else is a bonus now.”

Overnight leader Greg van Avermaet (BMC) finished just three seconds behind in the main peloton to retain the yellow jersey ahead of Friday’s seventh stage.

Van Avermaet leads Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) by three seconds in the overall standings, with Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) at five and six seconds respectively.

Chris Froome of Team Sky lost eight seconds to his key rivals, nut he was not alone. AG2R’s Romain Bardet cracked in the heat of the final ascent and lost 31secs, while fellow contender Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) lost nearly a minute after suffering a mechanical problem.

Tour de France 2018 – stage 6 results (Brest – Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan):

1Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


2Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


3Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


4Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)


5Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


6Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


7Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


8Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)


9Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


10Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)


11Richie Porte (BMC)


12Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)


13Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


14Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


15Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


16Mikel Landa (Movistar)


17Tejay van Garderen (BMC)


18Chris Froome (Team Sky)


19Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)


20Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic)



General classification after stage 6:

1Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)


2Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


3Tejay van Garderen (BMC)


4Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)


5Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors)


6Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)


7Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)


8Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


9Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


10Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


11Richie Porte (BMC)


12Mikel Landa (Movistar)


13Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


14Chris Froome (Team Sky)


15Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)


16Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb)


17Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


18Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)


19Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


20Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)



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