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Tour de France: Race leader Martin pulls out after stage six crash

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By Euronews
Tour de France: Race leader Martin pulls out after stage six crash

<p>Zdenek Stybar celebrated his first victory in the Tour de France after the Czech won stage six with a late solo attack on the uphill finish to Le Havre.</p> <p>The break of the stage formed early but the peloton were happy to let the three man group go clear.</p> <p>The break however was over with four kilometres to the line.</p> <p>As the main bunch entered the final kilometre some of the main title contenders were caught up in a crash which took down Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana, and the current race leader Tony Martin.</p> <p>Germany’s Martin quickly held his shoulder and it was later announced he had fractured his collarbone.</p> <p>Unaware of the chaos behind Quick Step’s Stybar – a three time cyclo-cross world champion – jumped clear on the climb to the finish line in the Upper Normandy region to take the win.</p> <p>It was a bittersweet day for the QuickStep team as injured teammate Martin crossed the line with the help of the rest of his outfit.</p> <p>Although he maintained his race lead a few hours after the race had finished it was announced Martin has withdrawn.</p> <p>2013 champion Chris Froome was second overall at 12 seconds but is now bumped up to top spot.</p> <p>Friday’s 190.5km seventh stage takes the peloton over the rolling countryside from Livarot to Fougeres and is perfectly set up for a high-speed sprint finish.</p>