- Full results and standings after stage six at the Tour de France
- Who are the favourites and can Chris Froome be challenged?
- How much will riders and teams earn in prize money and points?
- Full starting list of teams and riders at the Tour de France
Dan Martin won stage six of the Tour de France atop the Mûr-de-Bretagne, his second career stage win in the race.
UAE Team Emirates’ Martin attacked with 1.2 kilometres left of the 181km stage from Brest, which finished with two ascents of the ‘Alpe d’Huez of Brittany’ separated by a rolling 19km circuit.
The Birmingham-born rider held off a late push from Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Pierre Latour to cross the line alone, just ahead of the pack as the general classification hopefuls scrapped for seconds.
There was a slight split in the peloton behind, with Mitchelton-Scott’s Adam Yates part of a group that picked up a couple of seconds on the main pack, which contained Team Sky’s Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, and BMC’s Richie Porte.
But there were losses further back, with Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet hit by problems on the short two-kilometre climb and Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin also distanced after suffering a mechanical problem with six kilometres left.
At the end of the stage, BMC Racing’s Greg Van Avermaet retained the yellow jersey, with Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas moving up to second, three seconds back.
The provisional results showed Froome giving up five seconds to his general classification rivals –including team-mate Thomas.
As such, Yates was listed in 13th place and Froome in 14th, both 62 seconds off yellow, and now one second ahead of Dumoulin who dropped to 15th.
Martin, whose other career Tour stage win came in Bagnères-de-Bigorre in 2013, had finished second on this climb when it featured in the 2015 Tour and timed his attack to perfection, launching off the wheel after the Australian had made his own move and riding clear.
Latour’s counter-attack came with 500 metres left but though the Frenchman closed, he could not bridge over.PA
Dan Martin wins stage six!
The Birmingham-born Irishman holds on to win his first stage at this year’s Tour de France – and the second of his career. Pierre Latour (Ag2r-La Mondiale) came over the line in second spot with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) taking the final step on the podium. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) was fourth, Rafal Majka (Bora) fifth.
Romain Bardetand Tom Dumoulin both lose time on their general classification contenders following those nightmarish run-ins, while Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) finished with the same time as Martin (UAE Emirates) so a good day in the office for the Celts.
Richie Porte attacks before Dan Martin responds. The Irishman leads, remember he finished second here in 2015.
2km to go
The stage leaders are now back on the Mûr-de-Bretagne. Dimension Data are on the front on behalf of Tom-Jelte Slagter, but Julian Alaphilippe is looming close behind.
3km to go
Tom Dumoulinhas two Sunweb team-mates shepherding him as the trio work hard to catch the stage leaders.
4km to go
Romain Bardet is the next rider to have an issue. The Ag2r-La Mondiale appears to have punctured, but has taken a wheel from a team-mate.
Dumolin has mechanical!
Nightmare for Tom Dumoulin. The Dutchman who, thus far, has had a trouble free Tour, has taken a bike change and is chasing back on. He’s around 40sec off the back and could lose a serious chunk of time today if he can’t get back on.
6.5km to go
Jack Bauer remains out in front, but his lead is just 14sec. Bora-Hansgrohe are on the front of the speeding bunch, while all the favourites – both general classification and for today’s stage – are tucked in behind. Anyone’s stage this.
Bauer takes 3sec bonus; Thomas takes two
Jack Bauer has clipped off the front before taking a three-second time bonus in Saint-Mayeux, 12.72km from the finish. The Kiwi rider will have done that on behalf of Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Adam Yates rather than for his own cause.
Geraint Thomas took second place to earn himself another two-second time bonus. That will see him increase his lead over team-mate Chris Froome and climb up to third in the virtual standings at the Tour de France. Interesting, that suggests to me that the Welshman very much wants to take the leader’s yellow jersey at this year’s race.
14km to go
Alejandro Valverde, a rider who is perfectly suited to this kind of finish today, is near the front alongside a coterie of Movistar team-mates. Tony Gallopin is near the front, too, though whether he’s looking for the stage win remains to be seen. Gallopin, of course, is an Ag2r-La Mondiale team-mate of Romain Bardet - France’s biggest hope at this year’s Tour.
16.6km to go
Fabien Grellier was the last man standing from the breakaway. The Direct Énergie rider has now been caught and consumed by the peloton.
As the road ramps up a number of riders are falling out of the back. On climbs like this, once you’ve popped thats’ your day done.
18km to go
Bora-Hansgrohe, Team Sky and Movistar all near the front of the peloton as it nears the Mûr-de-Bretagne. There has been a visible increase in pace that has led to a reduction the the breakaway’s advantage. It’s just 28sec now.
The Mûr-de-Bretagne is packed out with passionate Breton cycling fans. What a sight.
23km to go
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) is back on the bike. The 33-year-old Dane has three team-mates shepherding him towards the team cars, but they have some ground to make up. Breakaway’s lead down to 1min 6sec.
25km to go
Quick-Step Floors are back on the front of the peloton who are gradually eating away at the breakaway’s lead – it is down to just 1min 12sec now.
Crash, bang, wallop
Yves Lampaert, the Belgian national road champion, has hit the deck so that’s not great for Quick-Step Floors. General classification contender Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has also had a spill; likewise Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) who is already riding all bandaged up following a crash a couple of days ago.
28km to go
Counter-attack at the front of the race from Fabien Grellier, Laurent Pichon and Dion Smith who briefly take the lead, before Damien Gaudin and Anthony Turgis get back on. The five-man break has seen its lead drop to 1min 20sec.
34km to Gau[din]
Damien Gaudin, a man I tipped as a wildcard winner of Paris-Roubaix in 2013, has put around 20sec into the breakaway who, in turn, lead the peloton by 1min 30sec. The Direct Énergie team tried this exact same tactic yesterday, putting two riders in the breakaway before one put in a late attack. With two ascents of the Mûr-de-Bretagne to follow I can’t see Gaudin holding on here, but I cold be very wrong. Beautiful looking roads, though very narrow so teams and stage contenders will have to stay on the guard as they jockey for position in the build-up the the business end of today’s stage.
Kristoff pips Gaviria; Gaudin attacks
Alexander Kristoff, the European road race champion, leads the bunch over the intermediate sprint ahead of Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan. Full details to follow.
Damien Gaudin, meanwhile, has clipped off the front of the breakaway and is going solo.
Pichon pinches the points
Laurent Pichontakes 20 points in the, er, points classification competition after leading the breakawy over the intermediate sprint. The peloton will follow in just under two minutes.
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53km to go
Just under 10km to go until the leading riders – Damien Gaudin, Fabien Grellier, Laurent Pichon, Dion Smith and Anthony Turgis – reach the intermediate sprint in Plouguernével, 45.72km from the finish at the top of the Mûr-de-Bretagne (below) which will be climbed twice today. The break, by the way, leads the peloton by 1min 53sec.
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The breakaway’s advantage is holding at 1min 45sec.
All back as one
The trailing group has managed to catch the Quick-Step Floors-powered peloton. The breakaway is 1min 45sec up the road with 65km to go.
Quick bite anybody?
The peloton has just passed through the feedzone where the riders pick up the musettes from team soigneurs, but what’s in these cotton bags?
Damien Gaudin, Fabien Grellier, Laurent Pichon, Dion Smithand Anthony Turgis are holding on to their lead, but it has dropped slightly to 2min 15sec. Fernando Gaviria, the Quick-Step Floors sprinter, appears to have called it a day. The Colombian was just spotted rolling out the back of the leading peloton having helped in that earlier ‘attack’ in the crosswinds.
80km to go
This injection of pace that we have seen from Quick-Step Floors has seen the five-man breakaway’s advantage whittled down to just 2min 20sec. There are three groups out on the road now: the break, the Quick-Step Floors group and the last bunch on the road which is now being powered along by Dylan Groenewegen’s Lotto NL-Jumbo team around 1min 15sec behind the Belgian blue train.
Having looked at the Quick-Step Floors group, it appears that most of the pre-race contenders for general classification are hanging on behind Tim Declercq who is, unsurprisingly, pressing hard on the pedals. I think that’s the only way the 29-year-old Belgian rides – he’s a machine.
83km to go
Today’s bonification sprint will take place in Saint-Mayeux, just 12.72kms from the finish an inbetween the two ascents of Mûr-de-Bretagne. The bonification sprint, or ‘B’ sprint, is one of the innovations introduced to this year’s race by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) for the opening nine stages. Unlike the intermediate sprint where riders earn points that go towards, unsurprisingly, the points classification, riders can also earn time bonuses in the ’B’ sprint with three, two and one second being on offer for first, second and third place respectively.
Anyway, there’s a bit more here above – go on, click on Jacques Anquetil’s lovely face – on the rules, regulations and some other stuff you may want to know about this great big race around France.
The fast and the Quick
Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Dan Martin (UAE Emirates) were all caught out by the split, but according to reports have managed to close the gap. But at what cost? They will have used up a lot of effort and energy there. Quick-Step Floors remain on the front of the leading bunch – which trails the five-man breakaway bu 4min 21sec now – with the second group over a minute further back. With Quick-Step Floors appearing to have the bit between their teeth here, that’s going to be very, very hard to close down. This is meat and drink for the likes of Tim Declercq, Niki Terpstra, Yves Lampaert et al.
The wind has caused splits in the peloton and Quick-Step Floors are, er, quick to respond. The Belgian specialists got on the front immediately before drilling the pace. The bunch split into a number groups. There’s 100km of racing to go so plenty of road remaining for those caught out to chase back on and limit any losses they may make, but with Quick-Step Floors having two riders – Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert – eyeing the stage here today, this plays perfectly to their strengths. Not too sure if any general classification riders have missed the split, I imagine a few will have.
112.22km to go
Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Dion Smith adds another point to his mountains classification tally atop the category four Côte de Roc’h Trévézel.
115km to go
BMC Racing and Team Sky are sat on the front of the peloton keeping their main men out of harm’s way. The former, of course, have both race leader Greg Van Avermaet and overall contender Richie Porte in their ranks, while Team Sky have Geraint Thomas, who started today’s stage fourth overall, and defending champion Chris Froome. The breakaway’s advantage has grown out to over seven minutes.
The weather prophet[s]
For those of you hoping for a wet stage on Sunday – you cruel, cruel people – it looks like you may be disappointed. It would appear that the cobbles around Roubaix will be dry and presumably very, very dusty.
Apropos of nothing, here’s a song . . .
Nice this from Laurent Pichon who spots a young Fortuneo-Samsic fan at the roadside.
Smith adds to his tally
Dion Smith has just increased his tally in the mountains classification after riding over the top of Côte de Ploudiry. The Wanty-Groupe Gobert is now third in that competition with three points and is, in fact, the virtual leader of the Tour de France as he’s the highest placed rider on general classification from this five-man breakaway group.
The peloton is a shade over six minutes down the road.
145km to go
The breakaway is heading towards the first classified climb of the day, the category three Côte de Ploudiry. There will be just two points on offer here for the first rider over the summit with the second placed rider scooping up a solitary point in the mountains classification.
They currently lead the peloton by 5min 38sec.
Damien Gaudin, Fabien Grellier, Laurent Pichon, Dion Smith and Anthony Turgis have increased their advantage over the peloton to almost five minutes now. Just over 150km of road remaining.
Nice touch from the bunch who, a few minutes ago, allowed local rider Olivier Le Gac of the Groupama-FDJ squad to chip off the front as they passed through the small town of Plouvien where his parents Denis and Denise – and most of the town – were stood at the roadside with banners and flags of support of him.
The 24-year-old, by the way, is making his second Tour appearance.
Kilometre 0 – Cartes du Tour
In the fourth episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France Richard Moore of The Cycling Podcast meets Paul Fournel, author of a new illustrated history of the maps of the Tour.
Fournel is one of Frances’s most respected writers and he tells us about his book and his lifelong love affair with cycling and with the Tour.
Oh, and here is a map of this year’s route . . .
Breakaway is formed
Damien Gaudin has been joined by a handful of riders – Fabien Grellier (Direct Énergie), Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic), Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Anthony Turgis (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) – to swell the breakaway to five and they already have over two minutes on the peloton. It’s a bit windy out in Britanny today with reports coming in from the finishing line saying the riders will have to cope with a strong headwind towards the business end of the stage.
And they’re off!
Christian Prudhome has got the stage under way and Damien Gaudin (Direct Énergie) has clipped off the front. Gaudin, as I’m sure you will remember, caused a bit of a surprise at Paris-Nice five years ago when he won the prologue ahead of Sylvain Chavanel and Lieuwe Westra, before later finishing a very creditable fifth at Paris-Roubaix.
Last year Gaudin won the the Tro Bro Leon one-day race while riding for the Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre – the team sponsored by the French army – before rejoining Jean-René Bernaudeau’s team.
Tough day at the office beckons
Tough looking day today on some narrow roads through Britanny. The stage concludes on the steep climb up Mûr-de-Bretagne. In fact, the riders will have to go up the two kilometre category three climb with an average gradient of 6.9% not once, but twice. The two ascents up this will, one imagines, see the peloton thinned out a little. Favourites include Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), Dan Martin (UAE-Emirates) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and, of course, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).
The last time a Tour stage finished on the Mûr-de-Bretagne this is how it finished:
All of these riders are here again this year.
Easing into the day
After three riders failed to either start or finish yesterday stage, 170 riders of the original 176 who started this year’s race, remain. They are all currently rolling through the neutralised section.
As it stands …
Here’s what the standings look like in the various classifications – general, points, mountains, young rider and team – after five days of racing at the Tour de France.
Racing ‘proper is due to get under way at 12.25pm (BST) today once the riders reach KMO following around 20 minutes of tapping their way through the neutralised section from Finistère to Brest, deep in the heart of Britanny.
The Telegraph Cycling Podcast: re-cap of yesterday’s stage
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a tough, tricky and hilly stage through the Breton countryside that saw a familiar winner in Quimper.
World champion Peter Sagan won with a perfectly timed sprint on the final hill – it was his second stage win of the race – but he was pushed all the way by Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli. We hear from Colbrelli’s team manager Brent Copeland about his sprinter and also team leader Vincenzo Nibali.
Dan Martin of Ireland was in the top 10 but he will be looking to Thursday’s finish at Mûr de Bretagne. We hear from him about the race so far and the number of crashes that have occurred in the opening days.
We discuss the needle between breakaway companions Lilian Calmejane and Toms Skuijns, who took the king of the mountains jersey and look ahead to the second of two action-packed stages in Brittany.
- The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Tour de France, stage six: quick preview
When is the next stage of the Tour de France?
Stage four of the Tour de France is today, Thursday July 12, 2018.
What time does the stage start?
The sixth stage at the Tour de France, the 181km run from Brest to Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan gets under way at 12.05pm (BST) and is scheduled to reach KMO at 12.25pm. Telegraph Sport‘s live coverage will start at 11.30am.
And when does the race finish?
The second grand tour of the season concludes a little over three weeks later with the 116km stage from Houilles to Paris on Sunday July 29.
What about today’s stage?
Anytime between 4.21 and 4.43pm, according to the scheduled timings on the Tour de France’s official website. These timings, by the way, are based on fastest and slowest estimated average speeds.
What TV channel can I watch the race on?
Eurosport, ITV and S4C will be broadcasting every stage live each day – click here for full stage-by-stage details of broadcast times – while Telegraph Sport will provide live blogs to keep you up to speed with the latest news.
And what time is the live coverage?
Stage six: Brest to Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan, 181kmTelegraph Sport liveblog: From 11.30amLive TV details: Eurosport 12-5pm, ITV4 12-5pm, S4C 2-4.35pm
What does the stage profile look like?
Who should you watch out for on the road to Paris?
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