Thursday July 10th, 2014

Stage 6Arras / Reims

Start 13h00 (Local time)

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Stage summary10.07.2014

Greipel crowned in Reims

Germany's André Greipel claimed stage 6 in Reims - the town where the kings of France were crowned - as his compatriot Marcel Kittel was left down by a mechanical in the last two kilometers. Vincenzo Nibali retained the lead on another rained soaked day with echelons on the roads chosen to remember World War I in the presence of the French president François Hollande.

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News from the sick bay…10.07.2014

Three riders out of tricky stage

After yesterday's carnage, the sixth stage was also full of spills and thrills as three riders abandoned the race after crashing.

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Giant Shimano team director Christian Guiberteau said three-times stage winner Marcel Kittel just did not have the strength to be a contender in today's sprint.

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French champion Arnaud Demare crashed like many other riders today and finished 4 :51 behind the day's winner.

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After faring well on the cobbles, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ),10th in the 2012 Tour, was taken in an echelon in the 15 kms of the stage and lost 59 seconds on the day's winner, Andre Greipel.

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"Today's plan was to put someone in the breakaway for both keeping the polka dot jersey in the team and moreover trying and win the stage. We were hoping for teams to being tired and disorganized in chasing. It wasn't the case but once again we've had a scenario with crashes. It's demanding. I'm getting tired, physically and nervously. I'm also getting used to the polka dot jersey but I'm aware that it'll be very difficult to keep it beyond Saturday."

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“That was bad to crash again today but I have nothing broken, so I'm fine. A guy crashed in front of me and another crashed behind, he's the one who took me down. But after two crashes I'm still here while other riders have had to go home. I just hope that my bad luck is gone. Today I've been boxed in and I came fifth without even sprinting, so it's all good for the green jersey. Maybe tomorrow is my chance for a stage win finally, but firstly I have to recover from my crash.”
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“That was hard! Especially in the last thirty kilometers with the side wind, it was a tough race. Maybe I didn't have a proper lead out train but we rode like crazy at the last roundabout. Fortunately we stayed together and I found a good wheel in following Mark Renshaw. I went full gas with 350 metres to go. It was pretty early but I thought whatever happens is fine as long as I give everything. I felt a lot of pressure after the first few stages but finally we have a victory. It's a good...

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Off the bus quotes10.07.2014

A new Tour is starting

The cobbled stage over, the peloton is aware that a new Tour is starting, led by Vincenzo Nibali and without title-holder Chris Froome.

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The of the town10.07.2014

Has Nibali won the Tour?

Vincenzo Nibali's convincing performance on the cobbles of stage 5 between Ypres and Arenberg was the talk of the village on Thursday morning.

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Sporting stakes10.07.2014

Champagne for Nibali!

After the epic, rained soaked and chaotic stage 5 on the roads and cobbled sections of Paris-Roubaix, the peloton aims at a quieter day from Arras to Reims. The Tour will leave the north of France without defending champion Chris Froome but many other riders who have crashed on the slippery asphalt strongly hope for a slower race to recover. This favors a breakaway in which Cofidis will try and send someone again to secure Cyril Lemoine's lead in the KOM competition. The possibilities for an...

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The heavy task of keeping the yellow jersey within Team Sky for a third year in succession now weighs on the back of Richie Porte...

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The riders went through their own kind of hell on Wednesday on the cobbles of the 5th stage of the Tour de France between Ypres and Arenberg but...

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How was the first time ?09.07.2014

Hayman, the oldest debutant

Mathew Hayman has the unlikely honour to be the oldest newcomer in the Tour de France. At 36...

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