Team Emirates Martin wins 6th sixth stage as Van Avermaet keeps yellow

Cycling – Tour de France 2012 – Stage 20 – Rambouillet – Paris

Chris Froome finished second to team-mate Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour

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.

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.

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.

"I went to go but Quick-Step and Bora-Hansgrone just seem to have another level".

"I was afraid of the crosswinds and maybe it was adrenalin but the legs were there and it all worked out".

"I had a good day", said the Slovak, who has, like Gaviria, two stage wins so far. "I needed to change wheel and chase to the finish as hard as possible but it was very difficult".

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

"I thought about it all day. this time I was coming for victory", he said.

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A group of five riders broke early on the 181km run from Brest to Mur-de-Bretagne and when the Quick Step team of stage contender Julian Alaphilippe suddenly accelerated on a plain, the peloton split into three with 100km remaining.

"I'm fine with the penalty but they have to impose it for everyone if they do the same thing as me", the 2017 Giro d'Italia champion said. "I'll try my best to win but you saw all that today".

During his chase back to the peloton, Dumoulin took a long draft behind his team vehicle but race commissaires deemed it too long - and deducted a further 20 seconds from his time.

"He was in effect Romain's bodyguard, the one who would ride beside him and had been due to do so over the first nine stages", said Jurdie, who has been with the team for 12 years.

A long day - it's the longest stage of the race - flat day with even the one solitary climb of the Côte de Buisson de Perseigne (Category 4, 1.5km at 3.9%) not really counting as Toms Skujiņš can't be dislodged from the polka dot jersey.

Belgium's Greg van Avermaet, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, arrives for the start of the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 231 kilometers (143.5 miles) with start in Fougeres and finish in Chartres, France, France, Friday, July 13, 2018.

This was the first summit finish of this Tour.

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