The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads

The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads

"I'm happy with that, " Sagan said. I'm very proud of my team and myself.

"I have my own style", he said when asked about his similarity to the veteran Manxman with 39 stage wins under his belt. "I'm disappointed of course, I would have liked to be in a better position on [general classification] but that's how it is".

"It was a boring stage, no wind, no stress just boring, I was talking to everybody", he said.

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.

Great French hope Romain Bardet (Ag2r) and last year's Giro d'Italia victor Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) were the biggest losers among the overall favourites, losing 31 seconds and 53 seconds respectively. The Dutchman was seventh going into this stage only 13 seconds behind Van Avermaet but will now be a minute behind.

"Then I had to chase and that effort was fatal".

'The other day I was with a youth cycling coach and before races parents have been giving Ventolin to children who aren't sick, 'the Frenchman said. "There are a lot of twists on the Tour and this time luck was not on our side".

170 riders started Stage 6 but it was Martin who triumphed despite taking an almighty gamble to sprint for the front.

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Martin counterattacked when Richie Porte jumped ahead and nobody immediately tried to reel him in.

"I could see Latour coming".

"My shape is getting better by the day, I'm proud that I won again today", Groenewegen said.

'I'm not fazed by any of the background noise at all - I just get on with racing, it's water off a duck's back to me.

Martin later crossed the line as part of a group 75 seconds down.

Van Avermaet is the first former Olympic road race champion to wear the yellow jersey after winning gold since 1903 and has set a target to retain the jersey until the peloton reaches Roubaix on stage nine, which will be the next stage that could provide a general classification shake up.

Van Avermaet actually extended his lead in the overall standings over Geraint Thomas to six seconds when he raced ahead of the pack to win a three-second bonus sprint.

Martin was one of several team leaders along with former Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali and two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana who were caught off-guard by an attack by Quick-Step midway through the stage during a straightaway that was exposed to crosswinds.

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