Sport Martin wins sixth stage, Porte progresses

01:26  13 july  2018
01:26  13 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Porte climbing steadily in Tour de France

  Porte climbing steadily in Tour de France Richie Porte has edged his way up to 12th spot in the Tour de France after Peter Sagan won the fifth stage.World champion Peter Sagan won his second stage of the race on Wednesday, outsprinting Italian Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step) in a thrilling finish.

Ireland's Dan Martin claimed his second career Tour de France stage win with victory atop the Mur-de-Bretagne in Thursday's sixth stage of the 2018 edition. England's Adam Yates and the Mitchelton-Scott team were shaping up for an attack, only for BMC's Richie Porte to beat them to it.

So today’s big GC losers, other than Thomas and Porte , are probably Dan Martin , who from 14sec behind in fourth place is now 1min 44sec behind in sixth , and Rigoberto Uran actually wins stage nine! We get a glimpse of the photo finish, and it looks like Rigoberto Uran has pipped it, by an inch!

Daniel Martin during stage six of the Tour de France.© Tim de Waele/Getty Images Daniel Martin during stage six of the Tour de France. Ireland's Dan Martin has won the sixth stage of the Tour de France with Australia's Richie Porte closing on the top 10 after a day where several top names lost time on the leaders.

The Team UAE Emirates rider jumped away from the main pack inside the final kilometre and never looked back, beating France's Pierre Latour by one second and Spain's Alejandro Valverde by three.

BMC rider Porte, Italian Vincenzo Nibali and Britain's Geraint Thomas all crossed the line three seconds off the pace after the 181km ride from Brest to Mur de Bretagne, with defending champion Chris Froome five seconds further back.

Porte crashes out of Tour de France

  Porte crashes out of Tour de France Australian BMC rider Richie Porte has suffered a devastating crash which resulted in a suspected broken collarbone and forced his withdrawal from the Tour de France.The 33-year-old rider was left in tears and was nursing his collarbone following the crash during stage nine of the event.

Ireland's Daniel Martin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181 kilometers (112.5 miles) with start in Van Avermaet, a support rider for title hopeful Richie Porte , has held the yellow jersey since BMC won the team time trial on Stage 3.

Ireland's Dan Martin claimed his second career stage win in the Tour de France with victory atop the Mur de Bretagne on stage six on Thursday. Richie Porte , Vincenzo Nibali and Geraint Thomas all crossed the line three seconds off the pace, with Thomas' Team Sky team-mate and defending

Porte sits in 11th spot on the general classification 53 seconds behind his teammate, Belgian Greg van Avermaet, who is clinging on to the yellow jersey, three seconds ahead of Team Sky's Thomas.

Last year's runner-up Rigoberto Uran was 11 seconds behind Martin but it was worse for French hope Romain Bardet, who ended up 31 seconds off the pace after having to swap bikes with a teammate following a mechanical problem just before the last climb.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 Giro d'Italia champion, suffered a puncture with five kilometres to go and ended the day 53 seconds behind the winner.

He was then handed a 20-second penalty by the race jury for staying too long in his team car's slipstream.

Martin came home second the last time a Tour stage ended in Mur de Bretagne and he admitted he had been obsessed about winning here this time on a punchy climb that suited his abilities.

"I thought about it (his second place in 2015) all day. It was good to finish second back then but this time I was coming for victory," Martin said.

"It was difficult because there was a headwind, so going solo was risky."

Friday will see the riders take on the longest stage of the race at 218km when they take off from Fougeres and finish in Chartres.

The last time this route was used was in 2004 and won by Australia's Stuart O'Grady from a breakaway.

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