Dan Martin wins Stage Six of Tour de France

Unbelievable scenes as Ireland's Dan Martin wins Tour de France stage

Unbelievable scenes as Ireland's Dan Martin wins Tour de France stage

Ireland's Dan Martin has won Tour de France Stage Six.

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) has been handed a 20 second time penalty for drafting his team vehicle after puncturing in the final kilometres of Stage 6 at the Tour de France, finishing on the Mur de Bretagne.

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

Pierre Latour crossed the line second followed by Alejandro Valverde in third.

It was a heart-thumping finale that immediately had Martin thinking of wife Jess, who was watching at home and is expecting twins in October.

Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic) was next to book in for some airtime - for the second day in a row - and, as with stage six, he led through the intermediate sprint.

Ultimately, it paid dividends, even if he admitted afterwards to being anxious for a brief period.

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He had accelerated from 19 to 30km/h on a 10 per cent gradient and he went for it with a kilometre to go to the finish line.

"It's not going to be easy to win here but we keep trying". I was a bit nervous because of the headwind. "I'll try my best to win but you saw all that today". Movistar's Mikel Landa and Education First-Drapac's Rigoberto Uran also fell, while France's great hope, Romain Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale suffered five mechanical problems - three punctures and two bike changes - along the way.

It was a first stage win of this Tour for Groenewegen and the second of his career after victory on the final day in Paris previous year.

Overnight leader Greg van Avermaet (BMC) finished just three seconds behind in the main peloton to retain the yellow jersey ahead of Friday's seventh stage.

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and Sky's Chris Froome remain 13th and 14th, with their deficit to yellow growing to 65 seconds.

AG2R's Romain Bardet cracked in the heat of the final ascent and lost 31secs, while fellow contender Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), the 2017 Giro d'Italia champion, lost almost a minute after suffering a mechanical problem. While Porte headed for hospital, their likely Plan B Tejay Van Garderen - who started the day just nine seconds off yellow - got himself caught up in crashes and conceded more nearly six minutes to effectively rule himself out of contention.

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