MUR DE BRETAGNE, France — Daniel Martin won an uphill finish to claim Stage 6 of the Tour de France on Thursday, while Greg Van Avermaet kept the overall lead for a third consecutive day.

Defending champion Chris Froome crossed eight seconds after Martin in 18th.

Martin broke away on the straight two-kilometre ascent of the Mur de Bretagne, winning the 181-kilometre (112-mile) leg that started in the western port city of Brest in over four hours.

Van Avermaet, a support rider for title hopeful Richie Porte, has held the yellow jersey since BMC won the team time trial on Stage 3.

Friday’s flat 231-kilometre leg from Fougeres to Chartes is the longest stage of this Tour.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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