Dan Martin of UAE Team Emirates has won today’s Stage 6 of the Tour de France at Mur de Bretagne this afternoon, attacking with just over a kilometre remaining and holding off a challenge from AG2R-La Mondiale’s Pierre Latour to win, with Alejandro Valverde of Movistar third.
Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing remains in the yellow jersey as overall leader following a stage where late punctures caused two leading contenders for the overall – Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb, and Romain Bardet of AG2R-La Mondiale – to lose time.
Ahead of the finale, which featured two ascents of the Mur de Bretagne in the final 20 kilometres, crosswinds had caused splits in the bunch at times but the peloton was all together as they chased down the day’s five escapees. The last swept up on the first climb to the finish line.
Ahead of the second and decisive climb, Jack Bauer of Mitchelton-Scott attacked, while the punctures sustained by Bardet and Dumoulin meant they were missing from the finale.
Meanwhile, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas picked up 2 bonus seconds to move into second place overall by the end of the 181-kilometrre stage from Brest– although his team mate and defending champion, Chris Froome, lost 8 seconds.
Philippe Gilbert of Quick Step Floors and Van Avermaet were among those prominent at the front of the bunch on the final climb, as was Thomas as well as Mitchelton-Scott’s Adam Yates, but none had an answer when Martin – second here the last time the race visited in 2015 – made his move.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.