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2014 Tour de France
101st edition: July 5- July 27, 2014

Stage 6 results and photos

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Thursday, July 10: Stage 6, Arras - Reims, 194 km

Live updates | Stage 6 photos | Stage 6 map and profile |

Stage 6 finish

André Greipel wins stage 6. Photo ©Sirotti

Rated ascents:

The Race: A nervous peloton suffered numerous crashes on the wet, slippery roads of today's stage. Alberto Contador will have to do without one of his climbing wingmen, Jesus Hernandez, when the Tour hits the high mountains. Hernandez fell hard enough to temporarily lose consciousness.

As the peloton closed in on the finishing city of Reims, crosswinds tormented some of the riders. Belgian squad Omega Pharma, experienced in racing under these conditions, used the wind to shell some competitors. One after another, Omega Pharma team members took hard, ferocious pulls, upping the speed sometimes to 55 km/hr. The pack was shattered into several echelons. The result was that several sprinters including Arnaud Démare and Marcel Kittel never saw the front again. Earlier reports (repeated in this site's live updates) were that Kittel had flatted, were wrong, he just couldn't get up to the front group when the hammer was dropped.

Under the Red Kite, Omega Pharma's Michal Kwiatkowski took off and for a while it looked like he might make it to the finish alone. But Europcar's Kévin Reza closed the gap. Then André Greipel unleashed an irresistible sprint that gave him the stage win. All bunch sprints in the Tour have so far been won by Germans (Greipel and Kittel).

Vincenzo Nibali stayed at the front and out of trouble, giving him another day in yellow.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 46.3 km/hr

1 André Greipel LOTTO-BELISOL 4hr 11min 39sec
2 Alexander Kristoff TEAM KATUSHA
3 Samuel Dumoulin AG2R LA MONDIALE
4 Mark Renshaw OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
5 Peter Sagan CANNONDALE
6 Romain Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
7 Tom Veelers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
8 Bryan Coquard TEAM EUROPCAR
9 Sep Vanmarcke BELKIN PRO CYCLING
10 Sylvain Chavanel IAM CYCLING
11 Daniel Oss BMC RACING TEAM
12 Cyril Lemoine COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
13 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM
14 Fabian Cancellara TREK FACTORY RACING
15 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM
16 Tom Dumoulin TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
17 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP
18 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM
19 Jack Bauer GARMIN - SHARP
20 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO
21 Jean-Christophe Péraud AG2R LA MONDIALE
22 Rui Alberto Costa LAMPRE - MERIDA
23 Kévin Reza TEAM EUROPCAR
24 Bauke Mollema BELKIN PRO CYCLING
25 Mathew Hayman ORICA GREENEDGE
26 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM
27 Peter Velits BMC RACING TEAM
28 Jurgen Roelandts LOTTO-BELISOL
29 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
30 José Joaquin Rojas   MOVISTAR TEAM
31 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL
32 Gatis Smukulis TEAM KATUSHA
33 Gregory Rast TREK FACTORY RACING
34 Michael Rogers TINKOFF-SAXO
35 Paul Voss TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
36 Michael Morkov TINKOFF-SAXO
37 Laurens Ten Dam BELKIN PRO CYCLING
38 Michal Kwiatkowski OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
39 Frank Schleck TREK FACTORY RACING
40 Christopher Horner LAMPRE - MERIDA
41 Michael Schär BMC RACING TEAM
42 Mathias Frank IAM CYCLING
43 Heinrich Haussler IAM CYCLING
44 Richie Porte TEAM SKY
45 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre TREK FACTORY RACING
46 Tiago Machado TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
47 Maarten Wynants BELKIN PRO CYCLING
48 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA
49 Marc Marino Jean CANNONDALE
50 Alejandro Valverde MOVISTAR TEAM
51 Zakkari Dempster TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
52 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL
53 Brice Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
54 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE
55 Alessandro Vanotti ASTANA PRO TEAM
56 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY
57 Koen De Kort TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
58 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM
59 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
60 Niki Terpstra OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
61 Michael Albasini ORICA GREENEDGE
62 Elia Viviani CANNONDALE
63 Sébastien Minard AG2R LA MONDIALE
64 Lars Bak LOTTO-BELISOL
65 Alexander Porsev TEAM KATUSHA
66 Florian Vachon BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
67 Vasili Kiryienka TEAM SKY
68 Kristijan Koren CANNONDALE
69 Michele Scarponi ASTANA PRO TEAM
70 Marcel Sieberg LOTTO-BELISOL @ 15 seconds
71 Bernhard Eisel TEAM SKY
72 Ramunas Navardauskas GARMIN - SHARP
73 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE + 00' 18''
74 Matteo Trentin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 00' 24''
75 Johan Van Summeren GARMIN - SHARP + 00' 35''
76 Fabio Sabatini CANNONDALE + 00' 35''
77 Sebastian Langeveld GARMIN - SHARP + 00' 41''
78 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE + 00' 45''
79 Adam Hansen LOTTO-BELISOL
80 Yohann Gene TEAM EUROPCAR + 00' 47''
81 Roy Curvers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
82 Daniele Bennati TINKOFF-SAXO
83 Dmitriy Gruzdev ASTANA PRO TEAM + 00' 54''
84 Marcel Kittel TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
85 Yukiya Arashiro TEAM EUROPCAR
86 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.FR + 00' 59''
87 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY + 00' 59''
88 Pierre Rolland TEAM EUROPCAR
89 Stef Clement BELKIN PRO CYCLING
90 Julien Simon COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
91 Steven Kruijswijk BELKIN PRO CYCLING
92 Florian Guillou BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
93 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE
94 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING
95 Nelson Oliveira LAMPRE - MERIDA
96 Peter Stetina BMC RACING TEAM
97 John Darwin Atapuma  BMC RACING TEAM
98 Martin Elmiger IAM CYCLING
99 Michal Golas OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
100 Bram Tankink BELKIN PRO CYCLING
101 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM
102 Simon Yates ORICA GREENEDGE
103 Benjamin King GARMIN - SHARP
104 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING
105 Tom Jelte Slagter GARMIN - SHARP
106 Cyril Gautier TEAM EUROPCAR
107 Tony Martin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
108 Anthony Delaplace BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
109 Simon Gerrans ORICA GREENEDGE
110 Svein Tuft ORICA GREENEDGE
111 Markel Irizar Arranburu TREK FACTORY RACING
112 Alex Howes GARMIN - SHARP
113 Luke Durbridge ORICA GREENEDGE
114 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
115 Jean-Marc Bideau BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
116 Amaël Moinard BMC RACING TEAM
117 Ben Gastauer AG2R LA MONDIALE
118 Bartosz Huzarski TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
119 Reto Hollenstein IAM CYCLING
120 Matteo Montaguti AG2R LA MONDIALE
121 Kristijan Durasek LAMPRE - MERIDA
122 Arthur Vichot FDJ.FR
123 Simon Clarke ORICA GREENEDGE
124 Alessandro Petacchi OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
125 José Pimenta Costa Mendes TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 01' 27''
126 Nicolas Roche TINKOFF-SAXO
127 John Gadret MOVISTAR TEAM
128 Matteo Tosatto TINKOFF-SAXO
129 Rafal Majka TINKOFF-SAXO
130 Andreas Schillinger TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 01' 36''
131 Albert Timmer TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 01' 53''
132 Cedric Pineau FDJ.FR + 02' 29''
133 Danny Van Poppel TREK FACTORY RACING + 00' 00''
134 Luca Paolini TEAM KATUSHA + 02' 40''
135 Roger Kluge IAM CYCLING + 02' 55''
136 Danny Pate TEAM SKY + 03' 01''
137 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA + 03' 25''
138 Matthieu Ladagnous FDJ.FR + 04' 13''
139 Mickaël Delage FDJ.FR
140 Jesus Herrada Lopez MOVISTAR TEAM
141 Janier Acevedo  GARMIN - SHARP
142 Simon Spilak TEAM KATUSHA
143 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE
144 Luis Angel Mate  COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
145 Jérémy Roy FDJ.FR + 04' 51''
146 Arnaud Demare FDJ.FR
147 Sergio  Paulinho  TINKOFF-SAXO
148 Arnold Jeannesson FDJ.FR
149 Christian Meier ORICA GREENEDGE
150 Jan Barta TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
151 Ruben Plaza Molina MOVISTAR TEAM
152 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM
153 Rafael Valls LAMPRE - MERIDA
154 Maxim Iglinskiy ASTANA PRO TEAM
155 Joaquim Rodriguez TEAM KATUSHA
156 Vladimir Isaichev TEAM KATUSHA
157 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
158 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM
159 Edward King CANNONDALE
160 Matthew Busche TREK FACTORY RACING
161 Thomas Leezer BELKIN PRO CYCLING
162 Lars Boom BELKIN PRO CYCLING
163 Daniel Navarro Garcia COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
164 Mikael Cherel AG2R LA MONDIALE
165 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR
166 Perrig Quemeneur TEAM EUROPCAR
167 Armindo Fonseca BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
168 Arnaud Gerard BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
169 Alexandre Pichot TEAM EUROPCAR
170 Rudy Molard COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
171 Adrien Petit COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
172 David De La Cruz  TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
173 David Lopez Garcia TEAM SKY
174 Imanol Erviti Ollo MOVISTAR TEAM
175 Benat Intxausti MOVISTAR TEAM
176 José Serpa LAMPRE - MERIDA
177 Jon Izaguirre Insausti MOVISTAR TEAM
178 Marcel Wyss IAM CYCLING
179 John Degenkolb TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
180 William Bonnet FDJ.FR
181 Dries Devenyns TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
182 Jérôme Pineau IAM CYCLING
183 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE
184 Marcus Burghardt BMC RACING TEAM + 06' 20''
185 Cheng Ji TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 07' 00''
186 Bart De Clercq LOTTO-BELISOL + 07' 02''
187 Rein Taaramäe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 08' 06''
188 Christophe Riblon AG2R LA MONDIALE + 09' 23''
189 Egoitz Garcia COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 15' 49''

GC after Stage 6: 1,056.5 km raced so far at an average speed of 42.88 km/hr

1 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 24hr 38min 25sec
2 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 2 seconds
3 Peter Sagan CANNONDALE + 00' 44''
4 Michal Kwiatkowski OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 00' 50''
5 Fabian Cancellara TREK FACTORY RACING + 01' 17''
6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL + 01' 45''
7 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL
8 Richie Porte TEAM SKY + 01' 54''
9 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP + 02' 05''
10 Alejandro Valverde  MOVISTAR TEAM + 02' 11''
11 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM
12 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE
13 Rui Alberto Costa LAMPRE - MERIDA
14 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY + 02' 16''
15 Tom Dumoulin TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 02' 25''
16 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA
17 Bauke Mollema BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 02' 27''
18 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO + 02' 37''
19 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 02' 39''
20 Peter Velits BMC RACING TEAM + 02' 44''
21 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.FR + 03' 24''
22 Michael Albasini ORICA GREENEDGE + 03' 29''
23 Jean-Christophe Péraud AG2R LA MONDIALE
24 Tiago Machado TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 03' 59''
25 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre TREK FACTORY RACING
26 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE + 04' 08''
27 Mathias Frank IAM CYCLING + 04' 13''
28 Christopher Horner LAMPRE - MERIDA
29 Laurens Ten Dam BELKIN PRO CYCLING
30 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY + 04' 28''
31 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 04' 45''
32 Paul Voss TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 05' 07''
33 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE + 05' 40''
34 Bram Tankink BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 05' 45''
35 Pierre Rolland TEAM EUROPCAR + 06' 17''
36 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM + 06' 31''
37 Cyril Gautier TEAM EUROPCAR + 06' 36''
38 Steven Kruijswijk BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 07' 46''
39 Brice Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 09' 10''
40 Frank Schleck TREK FACTORY RACING + 09' 12''
41 Simon Clarke ORICA GREENEDGE
42 Daniel Oss BMC RACING TEAM + 09' 20''
43 Martin Elmiger IAM CYCLING + 09' 25''
44 Arthur Vichot FDJ.FR + 09' 25''
45 Ben Gastauer AG2R LA MONDIALE + 12' 01''
46 Jurgen Roelandts LOTTO-BELISOL + 12' 20''
47 Matteo Trentin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 12' 23''
48 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM + 12' 50''
49 Michael Schär BMC RACING TEAM + 13' 06''
50 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM + 13' 08''
51 Michael Rogers TINKOFF-SAXO + 13' 20''
52 José Joaquin Rojas MOVISTAR TEAM + 13' 58''
53 Tony Martin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 14' 18''
54 Gregory Rast TREK FACTORY RACING + 14' 34''
55 Nicolas Roche TINKOFF-SAXO + 15' 15''
56 Michal Golas OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 15' 47''
57 Cyril Lemoine COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 16' 31''
58 Kristijan Durasek LAMPRE - MERIDA + 16' 55''
59 Mathew Hayman ORICA GREENEDGE + 17' 22''
60 Alexander Kristoff TEAM KATUSHA + 18' 19''
61 Johan Van Summeren GARMIN - SHARP + 18' 42''
62 John Gadret MOVISTAR TEAM + 18' 43''
63 Nelson Oliveira LAMPRE - MERIDA + 19' 21''
64 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM + 19' 22''
65 Fabio Sabatini CANNONDALE + 19' 26''
66 Jesus Herrada Lopez MOVISTAR TEAM + 19' 30''
67 Simon Gerrans ORICA GREENEDGE + 20' 25''
68 Koen De Kort TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 20' 30''
69 Lars Boom BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 20' 58''
70 Daniele Bennati TINKOFF-SAXO + 21' 06''
71 Samuel Dumoulin AG2R LA MONDIALE + 21' 17''
72 Mark Renshaw OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 21' 33''
73 Alexander Porsev TEAM KATUSHA
74 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE + 22' 01''
75 Maarten Wynants BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 22' 03''
76 Sebastian Langeveld GARMIN - SHARP + 22' 54''
77 Marcus Burghardt BMC RACING TEAM + 23' 15''
78 Dmitriy Gruzdev ASTANA PRO TEAM + 23' 15''
79 Sep Vanmarcke BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 23' 21''
80 Marcel Wyss IAM CYCLING + 23' 24''
81 Bartosz Huzarski TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 23' 27''
82 Jon Izaguirre Insausti MOVISTAR TEAM + 23' 36''
83 Bernhard Eisel TEAM SKY + 23' 39''
84 Heinrich Haussler IAM CYCLING + 24' 03''
85 Kévin Reza TEAM EUROPCAR
86 Niki Terpstra OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 24' 38''
87 Tom Veelers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 24' 41''
88 John Darwin Atapuma  BMC RACING TEAM
89 Alexandre Pichot TEAM EUROPCAR + 24' 47''
90 Matteo Montaguti AG2R LA MONDIALE + 25' 06''
91 Bryan Coquard TEAM EUROPCAR + 25' 34''
92 Anthony Delaplace BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 25' 46''
93 Marcel Sieberg LOTTO-BELISOL + 25' 55''
94 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING + 26' 09''
95 Tom Jelte Slagter GARMIN - SHARP + 26' 10''
96 Sylvain Chavanel IAM CYCLING + 26' 24''
97 Matthieu Ladagnous FDJ.FR + 26' 26''
98 Markel Irizar Arranburu TREK FACTORY RACING + 26' 33''
99 Rudy Molard COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 26' 57''
100 Jérôme Pineau IAM CYCLING + 27' 00''
101 Maxim Iglinskiy ASTANA PRO TEAM + 27' 12''
102 Simon Yates ORICA GREENEDGE + 27' 14''
103 Amaël Moinard BMC RACING TEAM + 27' 39''
104 Yohann Gene TEAM EUROPCAR + 27' 40''
105 Kristijan Koren CANNONDALE + 27' 49''
106 Adam Hansen LOTTO-BELISOL + 28' 14''
107 Michele Scarponi ASTANA PRO TEAM + 28' 20''
108 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE + 28' 44''
109 Lars Bak LOTTO-BELISOL + 29' 16''
110 Peter Stetina BMC RACING TEAM + 29' 34''
111 Sébastien Minard AG2R LA MONDIALE + 29' 56''
112 Roger Kluge IAM CYCLING + 30' 21''
113 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING + 30' 24''
114 Rafael Valls LAMPRE - MERIDA + 30' 26''
115 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM + 30' 29''
116 Ruben Plaza Molina MOVISTAR TEAM + 30' 40''
117 Zakkari Dempster TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 30' 41''
118 Imanol Erviti Ollo MOVISTAR TEAM + 30' 46''
119 José Serpa LAMPRE - MERIDA + 30' 49''
120 Daniel Navarro Garcia COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 30' 57''
121 Stef Clement BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 31' 04''
122 Jean-Marc Bideau BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 31' 10''
123 Ramunas Navardauskas GARMIN - SHARP + 31' 25''
124 Yukiya Arashiro TEAM EUROPCAR + 31' 53''
125 Jack Bauer GARMIN - SHARP + 32' 17''
126 Thomas Leezer BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 32' 17''
127 Julien Simon COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 32' 26''
128 Florian Vachon BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 32' 34''
129 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 32' 46''
130 Benat Intxausti MOVISTAR TEAM + 33' 03''
131 Reto Hollenstein IAM CYCLING + 33' 31''
132 Svein Tuft ORICA GREENEDGE + 33' 35''
133 Arnold Jeannesson FDJ.FR + 34' 03''
134 Jan Barta TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 34' 06''
135 Luke Durbridge ORICA GREENEDGE
136 Jérémy Roy FDJ.FR + 34' 11''
137 Andreas Schillinger TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 34' 17''
138 John Degenkolb TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 34' 23''
139 Vladimir Isaichev TEAM KATUSHA + 34' 49''
140 Benjamin King GARMIN - SHARP + 34' 59''
141 Florian Guillou BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 35' 02''
142 Simon Spilak TEAM KATUSHA + 35' 11''
143 Matteo Tosatto TINKOFF-SAXO + 35' 20''
144 Gatis Smukulis TEAM KATUSHA + 35' 58''
145 Vasili Kiryienka TEAM SKY + 37' 09''
146 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
147 Luca Paolini TEAM KATUSHA + 37' 29''
148 André Greipel LOTTO-BELISOL + 37' 34''
149 Marc Marino Jean CANNONDALE + 37' 47''
150 Roy Curvers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 38' 12''
151 Marcel Kittel TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 38' 28''
152 Alex Howes GARMIN - SHARP + 38' 28''
153 Janier Alexis Acevedo  GARMIN - SHARP + 38' 31''
154 Christian Meier ORICA GREENEDGE + 38' 45''
155 Perrig Quemeneur TEAM EUROPCAR + 38' 46''
156 Michael Morkov TINKOFF-SAXO + 39' 18''
157 David Lopez Garcia TEAM SKY + 39' 36''
158 William Bonnet FDJ.FR + 39' 46''
159 Danny Van Poppel TREK FACTORY RACING + 40' 19''
160 Mickaël Delage FDJ.FR + 40' 29''
161 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 41' 25''
162 Armindo Fonseca BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 41' 37''
163 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA + 41' 43''
164 José Pimenta Costa Mendes TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 41' 49''
165 Romain Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 42' 11''
166 Rein Taaramäe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
167 Cedric Pineau FDJ.FR + 42' 17''
168 Danny Pate TEAM SKY + 42' 40''
169 Dries Devenyns TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 43' 22''
170 Matthew Busche TREK FACTORY RACING + 43' 46''
171 Albert Timmer TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 43' 54''
172 Sergio Paulinho TINKOFF-SAXO + 43' 55''
173 Luis Angel Mate  COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 43' 59''
174 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE + 44' 22''
175 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR + 44' 27''
176 Alessandro Petacchi OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 44' 44''
177 Elia Viviani CANNONDALE + 45' 21''
178 Joaquim Rodriguez TEAM KATUSHA + 46' 09''
179 Alessandro Vanotti ASTANA PRO TEAM + 46' 52''
180 Arnaud Demare FDJ.FR + 47' 02''
181 Arnaud Gerard BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 49' 08''
182 Adrien Petit COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 49' 27''
183 Mikael Cherel AG2R LA MONDIALE + 49' 50''
184 Bart De Clercq LOTTO-BELISOL + 52' 42''
185 Rafal Majka TINKOFF-SAXO + 52' 43''
186 David De La Cruz TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 53' 58''
187 Christophe Riblon AG2R LA MONDIALE + 57' 32''
188 Edward King CANNONDALE + 59' 20''
189 Cheng Ji TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 01h 02' 40''

Points Classification:

1 Peter Sagan CANNONDALE 217 points
2 Bryan Coquard TEAM EUROPCAR 137
3 Marcel Kittel TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 135
4 Alexander Kristoff TEAM KATUSHA 117
5 André Greipel LOTTO-BELISOL 91
6 Mark Renshaw OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 87
7 Samuel Dumoulin AG2R LA MONDIALE 55
8 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 53
9 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM 48
10 Arnaud Demare FDJ.FR 44
11 Ramunas Navardauskas GARMIN - SHARP 42
12 Michal Kwiatkowski OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 41
13 Sep Vanmarcke BELKIN PRO CYCLING 39
14 Romain Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 38
15 Michael Albasini ORICA GREENEDGE 37
16 Danny Van Poppel TREK FACTORY RACING 36
17 Daniel Oss BMC RACING TEAM 34
18 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM 32
19 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM 31
20 Fabian Cancellara TREK FACTORY RACING 31
21 Lars Boom BELKIN PRO CYCLING 30
22 José Joaquin Rojas MOVISTAR TEAM 30
23 Luis Angel Mate COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 30
24 Heinrich Haussler IAM CYCLING 28
25 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL 26
26 Cyril Lemoine COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 24
27 Michael Rogers TINKOFF-SAXO 22
28 Tony Martin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 21
29 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING 20
30 Jean-Marc Bideau BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 20
31 Thomas Leezer BELKIN PRO CYCLING 20
32 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE 20
33 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR 20
34 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE 20
35 Mathew Hayman ORICA GREENEDGE 20
36 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE 18
37 Kévin Reza TEAM EUROPCAR 18
38 Tom Veelers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 18
39 Elia Viviani CANNONDALE 18
40 Simon Clarke ORICA GREENEDGE 17
41 Jan Barta TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 17
42 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 17
43 Arnaud Gerard BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 17
44 David De La Cruz TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 17
45 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 15
46 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE 15
47 Jérôme Pineau IAM CYCLING 15
48 Perrig Quemeneur TEAM EUROPCAR 15
49 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 15
50 Alessandro Petacchi OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 15
51 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA 14
52 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 13
53 Matthew Busche TREK FACTORY RACING 13
54 Fabio Sabatini CANNONDALE 12
55 Sylvain Chavanel IAM CYCLING 12
56 Bauke Mollema BELKIN PRO CYCLING 11
57 Armindo Fonseca BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 11
58 Adam Hansen LOTTO-BELISOL 10
59 Zakkari Dempster TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 10
60 Rein Taaramäe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 10
61 Bart De Clercq LOTTO-BELISOL 10
62 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM 9
63 Matteo Trentin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 9
64 Alexander Porsev TEAM KATUSHA 9
65 Paul Voss TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 8
66 Alexandre Pichot TEAM EUROPCAR 8
67 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 7
68 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO 7
69 Michele Scarponi ASTANA PRO TEAM 7
70 Kristijan Koren CANNONDALE 6
71 Dries Devenyns TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 6
72 Rafal Majka TINKOFF-SAXO 6
73 Cheng Ji TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 5
74 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY 4
75 Martin Elmiger IAM CYCLING 4
76 Lars Bak LOTTO-BELISOL 4
77 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM 4
78 Albert Timmer TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 4
79 Alberto Costa Rui LAMPRE - MERIDA 3
80 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 3
81 Jurgen Roelandts LOTTO-BELISOL 3
82 Koen De Kort TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 3
83 Daniele Bennati TINKOFF-SAXO 3
84 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre TREK FACTORY RACING 2
85 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 2
86 Dmitriy Gruzdev ASTANA PRO TEAM 2
87 Sergio Paulinho TINKOFF-SAXO 2
88 Sebastian Langeveld GARMIN - SHARP 1
89 Jérémy Roy FDJ.FR 1

Mountains Classification:

1 Cyril Lemoine COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 6 points
2 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE 5
3 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING 4
4 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 4
5 Luis Angel Mate COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 3
6 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR 3
7 Pierre Rolland TEAM EUROPCAR 2
8 Tom Jelte Slagter  GARMIN - SHARP 2
9 Perrig Quemeneur TEAM EUROPCAR 2
10 David De La Cruz  TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 2
11 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 1
12 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 1
13 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 1
14 Jean-Christophe Péraud AG2R LA MONDIALE 1
15 Tony Martin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 1
16 Lars Bak LOTTO-BELISOL 1

Young Rider Classification: Worn by Michal Kwiatkowski because Sagan is also the points leader and wears the green jersey. The points classification has greater seniority.

1 Peter Sagan CANNONDALE 24hr 39min 9sec
2 Michal Kwiatkowski OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP @ 6 seconds
3 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE + 01' 27''
4 Tom Dumoulin TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 01' 41''
5 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.FR + 02' 40''
6 Matteo Trentin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 11' 39''
7 Nelson Oliveira LAMPRE - MERIDA + 18' 37''
8 Jesus Herrada Lopez MOVISTAR TEAM + 18' 46''
9 Jon Izaguirre Insausti MOVISTAR TEAM + 22' 52''
10 Bryan Coquard TEAM EUROPCAR + 24' 50''
11 Anthony Delaplace BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 25' 02''
12 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING + 25' 25''
13 Tom Jelte Slagter  GARMIN - SHARP + 25' 26''
14 Rudy Molard COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 26' 13''
15 Simon Yates ORICA GREENEDGE + 26' 30''
16 Luke Durbridge ORICA GREENEDGE + 33' 22''
17 John Degenkolb TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 33' 39''
18 Benjamin King GARMIN - SHARP + 34' 15''
19 Danny Van Poppel TREK FACTORY RACING + 39' 35''
20 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 40' 41''
21 Armindo Fonseca BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 40' 53''
22 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA + 40' 59''
23 Elia Viviani CANNONDALE + 44' 37''
24 Arnaud Demare FDJ.FR + 46' 18''
25 Adrien Petit COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 48' 43''
26 Rafal Majka TINKOFF-SAXO + 51' 59''
27 David De La Cruz  TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 53' 14''  

Team Classification:

1 Astana Pro Team 73hr 56min 23'sec
2 Belkin Pro Cycling @ 4min 18sec
3 BMC Racing Team + 06' 05''
4 Team Sky + 06' 17''
5 Trek Factory Racing + 07' 22''
6 Cannondale + 09' 03''
7 Team Katusha + 09' 26''
8 Garmin - Sharp + 10' 15''
9 Orica Greenedge + 10' 31''
10 Team Netapp-Endura + 10' 36''
11 Iam Cycling + 11' 50''
12 Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 13' 33''
13 Lotto-Belisol + 14' 42''
14 Lampre - Merida + 15' 25''
15 Ag2R La Mondiale + 15' 34''
16 Tinkoff-Saxo + 17' 40''
17 Team Europcar + 20' 10''
18 Movistar Team + 22' 10''
19 FDJ.Fr + 23' 53''
20 Team Giant-Shimano + 34' 53''
21 Cofidis, Solutions Credits + 38' 58''
22 Bretagne-Seche Environnement + 50' 26''  

Stage 6 photos:

Bernard Hinault and Jean-Mari Leblance

Bernard Hinault talks with former Tour boss Jean-Marie Leblanc. Photo ©Sirotti

Thomas Voeckler

Thomas Voeckler heads to the start.

Bryan Coquard

Bryan Coquard

Cyril Lemoine

Cyril Lemoine

Publicity caravan

The publicity caravan lends a quiet dignity to the Tour de France. Photo ©Sirotti

Publicity Caravan

But back in the 1930s when the publicity caravan started, the revenue from the advertising vehicles was an extremely important part of the Tour's revenue stream.

The pack goes under the Red kite

The pack goes under the Red kite in Reims. Photo ©Sirotti

Michal Kwiatkowski

Michal Kwiatkowski takes off in the final kilometer. Photo ©Sirotti

Andre Greipel wins stage 6

André Greipel was the fastest man today. Marcel Kittel got dropped in the final kilometers. It would have been neat to see a drag race between the two speedy Germans. Photo ©Sirotti.

Fabian Cancellara finishes

Fabian Cancellara finishes. Photo ©Sirotti.

Alessandro Petacchi

Alessandro Petacchi finished a minute behind the main peloton. Photo ©Sirotti.

Jeremy Roy leads Arnaud Demare

Jérémy Roy leads in Arnaud Démare and the rest of a group who got caught out in the side winds and high speeds of the final kilometers. Photo ©Sirotti.

Ji Cheng

Ji Cheng has spent hours at the front of this year's Tour riding tempo for Giant-Shimano.

Stage winner Andre Greipel

Stage winner André Greipel. Photo ©Sirotti.

vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali stayed at the front and out of trouble today. Photo ©Sirotti.

Cyril Lemoine

Cyril Lemoine is riding well. I'll bet he keeps the polka-dot jersey for a while. Photo ©Sirotti.

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan tightened his grip on the points classification today. Photo ©Sirotti.

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan also leads the young rider classification. Photo ©Sirotti.

Luis Angel Mate

Luis Angel Maté was the first rider off the front today and the last man caught by the peloton. He truly deserved today's combativity prize. Photo ©Sirotti.

Weather at Arras, 1:25 PM, local time: 16C (61F), wind from north-northwest at 26 km/hr (16mph), some fog, humdity is 95%. It was raining at the start. Reports are it's raining at the finish at Reims as well.

Km 33: Four riders broke away at the start: Tom Leezer (Belkin), Luis Maté (Cofidis), Jérôme Pineau (IAM) and Arnaud Gérard (Bretagne-Séché). The quartet currently has a lead of 4min 5sec.

192 riders started today's stage. One of yesterday's finishers, Ariel Max Richeze (Lampre) was not on the line today.

Km 48: The peloton has clearly decided this is the day's break and the lead is still around four minutes (3min 48sec to be exact).

I just posted more photos from yesterday's difficult stage.

Km 57: Giant-Shimano is leading the peloton and they have brought the break's lead down to 3min 11sec.

Regarding Chris Froome's abandonment after crashing twice yesterday, LeTour.fr has noted that no defending Tour champion had quit the Tour since Bernard Hinaut's bad knee forced him to abandon at Pau in 1980. Hinault was asked about Chris Froome's departure, "As he crashed several times, bruises added to each other and he didn't want to race anymore. Had he continued, he would have been frightened on the pavé. He crashed twice on asphalted roads, how worse would it have been on the pavé! This stage is a message to the young cyclists: 'come and do Paris-Roubaix, you'll know what it is about and it'll help you when you'll ride on the pavé at the Tour'. Because the Tour will come back to the pavés again!"

Km 73: Things are stable with the break leading the peloton by 3min 2sec. None of the riders in the break are threats to the GC. Jérôme Pineau is the best-placed escapee at 22min 9sec. Chinese rider Ji Cheng (Giant-Shimano) is doing a lot of the work at the front. There are at least four Giant-Shimano riders at the front. Marcel Kittel must be feeling good today.

Km 85: It has been a brisk stage, 47.6 km ridden in the first hour. So far the stage average speed is 46.2 km/hr. The break is 3min 7sec ahead of the field. It is not raining right now.

Km 110: Luis Maté was first over the fourth category Côte de Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique, keeping anyone else from gettin the single point in play and therefore protecting his teammates Cyril Lemoine's KOM lead. Break's gap is 2min 47sec.

The riders are getting set up for the intermediate sprint at Pinon. Giant-Shimano continues to do lots of work at the front.

Shoot! A crash. Arnaud Démare is down. And another crash. Andrew Talansky and Jack Bauer are among the fallen. The roads are slick. Looks like all the fallen riders except Sky rider Xabio Zandio are getting up. The peloton is slowing at the request of Vincenzo Nibali.

Km 118: The breakaway riders did not contest the intermediate sprint, Tom Leezer leading them over the line. Giant has taken over the peloton to help Sagan get 11 points for fifth place. Mark Renshaw took the fifth place from Sagan, who was sixth.

Egor Silin (Katusha) and Xabier Zandio (Sky) have had to abandon after those recent crashes.

Km 126: Peter Sagan has crashed and is back to the rear of the peloton. The speed has suddenly gone up and the peloton is lined out. More crashes!

FDJ manager Marc Madiot had predicted that the race will get interesting at this point, “It's windy. The wind blows from the left side. There will be echelons! But it's a bit far away from the finish, so I'm not sure if it can work. There might be a regrouping before a bunch sprint.”

Km 130: Omega Pharma is hammering the front, which has reduced the break's lead to 26 seconds. Riders off the back, there have been some splits, will have a lot of trouble getting back on. Peter Sagan is almost a minute behind.

Cannondale riders have dropped back to help Sagan and it looks like his group will get back on.

Km 138: The Sagan group has made contact with the main peloton. The break still has 31 seconds.

Km 148: The peloton isn't too anxious to catch the breakaway of four riders. That would invite an attack of fresh riders, which would be more difficult to control. The gap has gone out to 56 seconds. Since this stage is devoted to the fallen of the First World War, French president François Hollande has joined Tour boss Christian Prudhomme's follow car.

Tinkoff-Saxo rider Jesus Hernandez has abandoned. Contador will miss the help of the good climber when the race reaches the high mountains. Hernandez fell hard and lost consciousness.

Km 162: Luis Maté was first over the Côte de Roucy and took the only KOM point available. The breakaway, made of Tom Leezer (Belkin), Luis Maté (Cofidis), Jérôme Pineau (IAM) and Arnaud Gérard (Bretagne-Séché), is 65 seconds ahead of the pack. Belkin, Tinkoff-Saxo, Astana, Giant-Shimano are leading the peloton. Some rain is falling.

Km 171, 23 km to go: The speed is going up, the break has only 19 seconds. The break's follow cars have been pulled. Bernard Eisel of Sky is leading with Richie Porte next to him. With Chris Froome's abandonment Porte is Sky's protected GC man for this Tour.

With the high speed and cross winds the peloton is breaking into echelons.

Km 175: Gérard and Leezer have been caught. Pineau and Maté are pressing on with their break, they have just 10 seconds. Maté attacked Pineau and is pressing on alone. Pineau is back in the peloton. Maté looks like he's in a 200-inch gear.

Km 181, 13 km to go: Maté is caught. Omega Pharma is leading the peloton. Omega's speed has caused splits in the peloton. The cross winds and high speed are shredding the pack. André Greipel is riding in third place. The Gorilla is obviously ambitious for a stage win. Démare is in a chasing echelon.

Km 187, 7 km to go: The contenders all look to be in the front group. Omega Pharma is driving hard, making sure the dropped riders in following echelons stay dropped.

5 km to go: A lot of riders, including several Sky riders (not Porte) are a half-minute back in the chasing echelon. Omega Pharma is hammering hard. This has the feel of a planned set-piece.

The finish: 2 km to go, lots of elbows being thrown as Katusha moves up. Sagan is well-placed. Sprinters Marcel Kittel (Giant) and Danny van Poppel (Trek) have had late flats and are not in the front group.

Kwiatkowski tries a flyer with a km to go. Kevin Reza drags the field up to Kwiatkowski. André Greipel comes past Reza and punches a giant gear and takes the stage.

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Stage 6 map

Stage 6 map

Stage 6 profile

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