Tour De France 2018: Daniel Martin Beats Pierre Latour in Sprint to Win Stage 6

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2018

Ireland's Daniel Martin of UAE Team Emirates cycling team stands on stage during the team presentation ceremony on July 5, 2018 in La Roche-sur-Yon, western France, two days ahead the start of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Daniel Martin of UAE Team Emirates won Stage 6 of the Tour de France on Thursday, beating Pierre Latour of AG2R La Mondiale in a sprint finish.

Martin made his attack with 1.1 kilometres to go as the riders made their way from Brest to Mur-de-Bretagne and held off Latour by several metres to claim the stage.

The Tour's official Twitter account shared the results:

Le Tour de France @LeTour

📊 Here is today Top 10 ! 📊 Voici le Top 10 du jour ! #TDF2018 https://t.co/Wnj2tbHWlU

On Friday's Stage 7, the riders will travel 231 kilometres from Fougeres to Chartres.

Greg van Avermaet of BMC Racing Team retained the yellow jersey, but Team Sky's Geraint Thomas is close behind after he picked up two seconds from a bonus sprint at Saint-Mayeaux.

Here is the classification after Stage 6:

Le Tour de France @LeTour

📊 Here is GC Top 10 after stage 6! 📊 Voici le Top 10 au général après l'étape du jour! #TDF2018 https://t.co/xljk7WnJDX

Five riders made an initial breakaway early on: Dion Smith, Anthony Turgis, Laurent Pichon, Damien Gaudin and Fabien Grellier, and it was the former who completed the first significant climb quickest to earn some points:

Le Tour de France @LeTour

Dion Smith grabs some points at the Côte de Ploudiry (cat. 3) to recapture his polka-dot jersey! 🔴⚪ @DionSmithy prend des points à la Côte de Ploudiry (cat. 3) et part à la reconquête de son maillot à pois ! 🔴⚪ #TDF2018 https://t.co/5lSXZQbfQv

Behind them, the peloton split with 100 kilometres remaining, with Nairo Quintana and the Movistar team among those caught out. After some effort, though, the main group was reunited 25 kilometres later.

The leaders were caught by their colleagues inside the final 20 kilometres, as was Jack Bauer with four kilometres left after he broke away on his own.

Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin looked set to finish in a strong position, but a late puncture ensured he could only scramble to finish 51 seconds behind Martin, who timed his attack perfectly to cross the line ahead of Latour:

ITV Cycling @itvcycling

Irishman Dan Martin wins Stage 6 with a brilliant attack on that final climb! https://t.co/YlqZvHfOB8

"I was a bit nervous because of the headwind, I didn't think it was going to happen," Martin said, per the Guardian's Simon Burnton. "I thought, why not have a try? So I did. The legs were just there, all the time. I don't know, maybe adrenaline. I felt good yesterday but didn't quite get an opening in the final. I was really relaxed all day, not confident but looking forward to having a crack, to having a good race on the last climb. Today I just attacked as hard as I could. It makes this Tour de France a success for us already, and anything else is a bonus."