Thursday July 9th, 2015

Stage 6Abbeville / Le Havre

Start 12h55 (Local time)

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Mixed feeling for Etixx-Quick Step in Le Havre: Zdenek Stybar anticipated the bunch sprint to win stage 6 while race leader Tony Martin crashed in the last kilometer and crossed the line obviously injured and likely to pull out of the Tour de France. Daniel Teklehaimanot made history for Africa with taking the polka dot jersey.

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2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome, involved in the crash which saw yellow jersey holder Tony Martin break his collarbone, said he had no serious injury to deplore. 

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I have mixed feelings after winning this stage because Tony Martin crashed. When I caught up with him at the award ceremony, he only congratulated me and told me to enjoy the moment but he didn't say how much he was injured. It's an amazing feeling to win a stage at the Tour de France, probably on the same level as my first victory at the cyclo-cross world championship in Tabor. I've had a hard time changing from cyclo-cross to road cycling. I got some results with winning the Strade bianche...

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I lost today because everyone told me that I would win! But it's not easy to win a stage at the Tour de France. When Stybar attacked in the climb, there were no more legs in the group. I wait for a while… and all riders waited with me! I sprinted for second place because Greipel was not there and there were some points to collect. I'm glad that Alberto [Contador] avoided the crash.

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Yellow jersey holder Tony Martin blamed hard luck for his crash 400 metres from the line, which could stop him from starting tomorrow's stage 7.

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Already before the race, we knew it would be a hard finale. But eight or nine kilometres before the end, we made a big mistake. We lost position at a roundabout and lost energy to get back on. For us, the sprint was already finished before it started. It's a shame also for Tony Gallopin who could have done well today. It wasn't possible for me to get over the climb but I hope to be a winner again tomorrow.

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When I'm at the front, there are few chances for the breakaway to succeed. It's my job to attack, it pleases me, it makes the team happy. We have to show what we can do because our sponsor stops at the end of the year. To break away three times in five days is a good sign. It means the legs are ok. I'll do it again, hoping that one day it'll work out. In the Pyrenees, I'll be working for Pierre Rolland and Thomas Voeckler. The radio communication didn't work well when Thomas went in between...

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2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali was caught in the crash that sent yellow jersey Tony Martin onto the tarmac and said he did not understand what had happened.

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I'm really happy about what happened today. I can't believe it. That was my childhood dream to get the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France. I was excited about having just for one day. I followed exactly the team's plan we were had this morning. I made it in a group of three riders. After I scored two points, I was nervous that I wouldn't take one more, otherwise I would be left with nothing.

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Europcar's directeur sportif Andy Flickinger warned that his sprinter Bryan Coquard has targeted today's stage. “I just spoke with him in the bus”, the Frenchman told letour.com. “He's super motivated. He has ticked this stage. With the digital cartography we have at our disposal now, we have a precise idea of the finale. Thierry Marie [stage winner at Le Havre in 1991 and originally from Normandy] also gave us important indications. It's an uphill finish with a gradient of about 7%....

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Orica-GreenEdge's assistant sport director spoke to letour.com after the Australian team lost one more rider, Michael Albasini, who will not start today due to a fracture in his upper left arm. Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey already abandoned in stage 3 with broken bones. Michael Matthews is still racing but in he's pain. “When you lose 30% of your line up and one of your best riders is badly injured, you can't expect to play a role in the Tour de France”, the Belgian said. “Michael is...

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End of the drought for Sagan?

This was supposed to be Orica-GreenEdge's stage with a finale absolutely suitable for the characteristics of Simon Gerrans, Daryl Impey and Michael Matthews. The latter is still in the race but he's creeping, dead last in the overall ranking. His courage has been awarded in stage 5 by the price of the most aggressive rider. He's injured but keeps racing as long as he can, waiting and hoping for better days. Gerrans and Impey also crashed on stage 3. They went home with a broken wrist and a...

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