Zdenek Stybar wins chaotic uphil finish to Stage Six as Tony Martin crashes

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Etixx-Quick-Step's Zdenek Stybar won a very chaotic uphill finish to a largely flat Stage Six of the Tour de France as team mate Tony Martin crashed and MTN-Qhubeka's Daniel Teklehaimanot made race history.

Following Martin's crash, which took out many of his rivals including Astana's Vincenzo Nibali, Stybar raced clear leaving Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan, Europcar's Bryan Coquard and Giant-Alpecin's John Degenkolb behind to take the win amid confusion.


The 191.5 kilometre route from Abbeville to Le Havre followed the Channel coast line of northern France and included three category four climbs at 72km, 77.5km and 162km, and one intermediate sprint.


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It was during these sections of climbing that MTN-Qhubeka's Eritrean rider Daniel Teklehaimanot made history as he became the first African competitor in the Tour de France to wear the polka dot jersey of the King of the Mountains.

Stage Six had been ear marked by race organisers as a sprinters stage despite the sharp uphill finish in the last kilometre, however a crash caused by Yellow Jersey holder Tony Martin took down many rivals in the final hundred metres of the race.

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Having led the stage with three others for 185km, Cofidis' Kenneth van Bilsen shot off the front aiming for solo glory however was swallowed up by the peloton with just three km remaining leaving an open shootout between lead out trains for sprinters to the line.

Keen to make it third time lucky for Mark Cavandish, Etixx-Quick-Step took to the front to control the pace alongside Cofidis and Giant-Alpecin.

However any organisation up until the final kilometre went out the window when Maillot Jaune holder Martin touched the wheel of the rider in front of him, causing him to fall and a mass pile up ensued that entangled race favourites Nibali, Movistar's Nairo Quintana, Tinkoff-Saxo's Alberto Contador and Team Sky's Chris Froome.

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Martin appeared to have come off the worst though, as he sat on the ground clutching his left collarbone only to be helped back onto his bike and pushed up the hill by three of his team mates.

It's unclear if Martin will start Stage Seven from Livarot to Fougeres, but one thing's for certain and that's tomorrow's stage is once again perfectly designed for a sprint finish.


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