Dan Martin wins Tour de France stage after attacking window of opportunity

Cycling- Tour de France- The 181-km Stage 6 from Brest to Mur-de Bretagne Guerleden

Cycling- Tour de France- The 181-km Stage 6 from Brest to Mur-de Bretagne Guerleden

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) has been handed a 20 second time penalty for drafting his team auto after puncturing in the final kilometres of Stage 6 at the Tour de France, finishing on the Mur de Bretagne.

"I was pretty disappointing in the first few stages but now I've got the power back in my legs", said the 25-year-old from Amsterdam who dislikes comparisons to Briton Mark Cavendish. I think I went too early in the sprint.

"Third is okay, if I win what do I get except an extra point or two?"

Greg Van Avermaet mistimed his sprint and Sagan, the three-time reigning world champion with the Bora-Hansgrohe team, took advantage to claim his second victory in this year's event.

"But there's a great feeling in the bus now, laughing and joking and this win is for them, they really looked after me".

It was in 2011 when the Tour first finished a stage on the steep, two-kilometre climb to Mur-de-Bretagne.

The Welshman has been given free reign by Team Sky in the first week to race with Froome for the yellow jersey, although will be expected to revert to the role of super-domestique after the first rest day after stage nine.

Froome is 14th, 1:05 behind Van Avermaet.

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France's Romain Bardet Bardet trails the leader's pace by 1:45 after he broke his back wheel during the sixth stage of the Tour de France.

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

"Sagan started very early and it was a bit messy, and I surged ahead".

A breakaway group of five riders - Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic), Anthony Turgis (Cofidis), Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Damien Gaudin and Fabien Grellier (both Direct Energie) - hit the front from the off and built a gap of nearly seven minutes before it stabilised.

Stage 8 on Saturday covers a slightly more challenging terrain over 181 kilometers from Dreux to Amiens but again should set up well for sprinters.

The finish was slightly uphill and many were expecting to see Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) add to the two sprint wins he had already secured this week. With this victory, the Slovakian leads the Tour's overall classification by 33 points, and tightens his grip on the green jersey.

Jack Bauer of team Mitchelton-Scott finished the climb behind Skujins but then pushed on to build a gap of 20 seconds with 12km remaining.

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