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Kittel wins stage six as Froome retains jersey.

TOUR DE FRANCE MARCEL KITTEL won stage six of the Tour de France in Troyes as Chris Froome stayed safe in the yellow jersey.

Quick-Step Floors' Kittel beat Frenchman Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and fellow German Andre Greipel Lotto-Soudal) in a sprint finish at the end of the 216-kilometre stage from Vesoul.

Team Sky's Froome had a relatively stress-free first day in the yellow jersey, with the only threat that came his way being a runaway parasol midway through the stage.

Froome continues to lead the Tour by 12 seconds from team-mate Geraint Thomas, with Astana's Italian national champion Fabio Aru in third, 14 seconds off yellow.

FINAL LEADING POSITIONS AFTER STAGE 6 (Visoul - Troyes 216 km): 1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) 5hrs 05mins 34secs, 2 Arnaud Demare (Fra), 3 Andre Greipel (Ger), 4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor), 5 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra), 6 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned), 7 Michael Matthews (Aus), 8 Daniel McLay (Gbr), 9 Rudiger Selig (Ger), 10 John Degenkolb (Ger), 11 Dion Smith (Nzl), 12 Adrien Petit (Fra), 13 Edvald Hagen (Nor), 14 Marco Haller (Aut), 15 Rick Zabel (Ger), 16 Taylor Phinney (USA), 17 Michael Schar (Swi), 18 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel), 19 Jay McCarthy (Aus), 20 Rafal Majka (Pol) all at the same time GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 6: 1 Christopher Froome (Gbr) Team Sky 23hrs 44mins 33secs, 2 Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Team Sky at 12secs, 3 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team at 14secs, 4 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 25secs, 5 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team at 39secs, 6 Simon Yates (Gbr) Orica-Scott at 43secs, 7 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 47secs, 8 Alberto Contador (Spa)

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 7, 2017
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