Last Updated: 12/07/18 5:19pm
Dan Martin crosses the line first at the top of Mur-de-Bretagne
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.
UAE Team Emirates’ Martin launched a brutal attack in an uphill finish as several top riders lost time at the end of the 181km stage from Brest, which finished with two separate climbs of the ‘Alpe d’Huez of Brittany’.
Having attacked with 1.2km remaining, the Birmingham-born rider never looked back, beating France’s Pierre Latour by one second and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde by three, leaving the other general classification hopefuls to scrap for time.
Richie Porte, Vincenzo Nibali and Geraint Thomas all crossed the line three seconds off the pace, with Thomas’ Team Sky team-mate and defending champion Chris Froome five seconds further back.
Meanwhile, Belgian Greg van Avermaet hung on for dear life on the 2km climb to retain the overall leader’s yellow jersey.
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