Tour de France: Martin wins stage as Thomas climbs to second overall

13 Julio, 2018, 03:38 | Author: Thomas Hicks
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"There's no reason I can't look at it [the Mûr de Bretagne], even though I'm contending for GC [the general classification]", Martin said earlier this week.

The UAE Emirates leader counterattacked when Richie Porte jumped ahead and nobody immediately tried to reel him in.

Dumoulin said his bike broke when he knocked into Bardet near the foot of the second of two two-kilometre ascents up the Mur de Bretagne to the finish line.

Britain's Adam Yates finished sixth on the day in the pack three seconds back, and has vaulted above Froome in the overall standings. "I knew if I could get a gap it would be hard to close from behind".

Porte sits in 11th spot on the general classification 53 seconds behind his teammate, Belgian Greg van Avermaet, who is clinging on to the yellow jersey, three seconds ahead of Team Sky's Thomas.

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

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 Giro d'Italia champion, suffered a puncture with five kilometres to go and ended the day 53 seconds behind the victor.

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"Then I had to chase and that effort was fatal".

Martin came home second the last time a Tour stage ended in Mur de Bretagne three years ago and he admitted he had been obsessed about winning here this time on a punchy climb that suited his abilities.

Froome's teammate Geraint Thomas moved into second place overall at three seconds behind Van Avermaet after snatching two additional bonus in an intermediate bonus sprint. It's never good to lose time, " said Bardet, who has finished on the podium in the past two Tours. Bardet, who suffered a broken wheel, was forced to swap bikes with a teammate and lost over half a minute to the stage victor Martin.

Riders twice went up the Mur de Bretagne, or "Wall of Brittany, " which the local cycling-crazed Bretons affectionately refer to as their smaller version of the famous Alpe d'Huez.

A group of around 40 riders including Froome opened up a gap of over a minute, but Martin and the rest worked to reunite the peloton.

This was the first summit finish of this Tour.

Friday will see the riders take on the longest stage of the race at 218km when they take off from Fougeres and finish in Chartres.



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