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Tour de France: Martin wins stage as Thomas climbs to second overall

Tour de France: Martin wins stage as Thomas climbs to second overall

Dan Martin had the strength to hold off the chasing packIreland's Dan Martin produced a superb late attack on the Mur de Bretagne to win stage six of the Tour de France.Birmingham-born Martin went with a kilometre to go on the final climb and held off the late challenge of Pierre Roger Latour by a second.Team Sky's Geraint Thomas was part of a group three seconds behind but climbed to second overall after securing two bonus seconds during the stage.
Chris Froome was eight seconds back but Tom Dumoulin lost nearly a minute.The Dutchman had to have a front wheel change just over 5km from the finish and chased desperately with the help of team-mates to try to limit the damage.Britain's Adam Yates finished sixth on the day in the pack three seconds back, and has vaulted above Froome in the overall standings.The pair are 13th and 14th, one minute two seconds behind yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet, and one second ahead of Dumoulin. More to follow.
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