Quick Step’s Marcel Kittel has won stage six of the Tour de France, powering out of the back of the bunch to seize victory in Troyes by a bike length.
It was the second stage win for the German sprinter, and it was a surprising one as he looked to be struggling earlier in the 216 kilometre flat stage.
.— Quick-Step Cycling (@quickstepteam) July 6, 2017
marcelkittel</a> makes it two in Troyes: <a href="https://t.co/RJ0RGslBnM">https://t.co/RJ0RGslBnM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2017?src=hash">#TDF2017</a> Photo: <a href="https://twitter.com/TDWsport">TDWsport pic.twitter.com/9eySQpHyGk
Britain’s Chris Froome is still wearing the yellow jersey though – he played it safe in the peloton and is now 12 seconds ahead of Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas who remains in second place.
Stage seven on Friday from Troyes to Nuits Saint Georges is another opportunity for the sprinters before the race heads into the mountains.
With both legendary British sprinter Mark Cavendish and colourful World Champion Peter Sagan out of the race the sprint stages are now more open contests.
Sagan was disqualified after elbowing Cavendish in a sprint finish on Wednesday, causing him to crash into the barriers and sustain shoulder and hand injuries.
Mark, get well soon! I prefer a finish like the one in the first photo 😉 but whatever the outcome, I look forward to racing against you! pic.twitter.com/JFSW4HqYnF— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) July 6, 2017
Lotto Soudal’s Andrei Greippel, Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff and FDJ’s Arnaud Demare are now all possible winners in Nuits Saint Georges.