Peter Sagan clinches another stage win

Tour de France 2018 stage six start – live updates

"I'd like to thank Greg (Van Avermaet) because he did me a favour when he went for it, I don't know if he did it on goal but he dropped a lot of people", said Sagan, who has tightened his grip on the points classification's green jersey.

Five years after his first stage win and the last Irish victory on the Tour, at Bagneres-du-Bigorres in the Pyrenees, Martin took glory on the shorter but equally steep slopes of the aptly named Mur de Bretagne, or "Wall of Brittany".

"It's very, very important he stays with Romain as long as possible, that he guides him as long as possible on Sunday on this stage that is a kind of "Queen stage" (top stage) of the tour". "My team did a brilliant job all day and I wanted to finish it off", he said. "Today the legs were good and everything was OK", said Groenewegen, who rides for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo.

Dylan Groenewegen hasn't been in the right place to show his sprinting legs but this resembles the stage of Paris-Nice that he won. "It was good enough".

"It was quite long - 230k".

The 2018 Tour de France turned east with a soporific stage, so lacking in action that it would have been welcomed by insomniacs. The Dutchman was seventh going into this stage only 13 seconds behind Van Avermaet but will now be a minute behind.

After a few early attacks failed, Yoann Offredo launched a solo effort 35 kilometers in.

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Ireland's Dan Martin has won yesterday's sixth stage of cycling's Tour de France.

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.

The overall favorites should be tested again in Roubaix, before heading down to the Alps next week.

It's set up for a sprint, but watch out as there's a kick at the end - the finale is a 600 metres kick-up at 4% before the last 200 metres flatten out.

Overnight leader Greg Van Avermaet finished in the same time as Sagan to wear the yellow jersey for a third day, whereas title contenders Dumoulin and Bardet lost time due to mechanical issues.

The French rider with the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team established an advantage of more than eight minutes _ the biggest breakaway lead in this year's Tour _ before being caught by the pack with 90 kilometres to go.

The Dutch cyclist, who rides for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, clocked almost six hours over the 231-kilometer (143.5-mile) trek from Fougeres, home to the best-preserved and largest medieval fortress in Europe, to Chartres, site of a vast cathedral known for its stained-glass windows.

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