Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Dumoulin and Bardet lose time at Tour de France after bikes break

Dumoulin and Bardet lose time at Tour de France after bikes break

Domont, who broke his collarbone, was a key member in Romain Bardet's bid to win a first Tour de France after the climber finished second in 2016 and third in 2017.

Team Sky's Thomas lost three seconds on overall leader Greg van Avermaet, who will again wear the yellow jersey on Saturday's 181km stage from Dreux to Amiens Metropole.

"I was following quite good wheels but it was choppy", said Team Dimension Data rider Cavendish, 33.

While this was bad news for the rider himself, his team and France's hopes of a first win since 1985, it was a boon to Bardet's rivals, as a Tour de France victor generally relies on the support of a full team.

"I'd like to thank Greg (Van Avermaet) because he did me a favour when he went for it, I don't know if he did it on goal but he dropped a lot of people", said Sagan, who has tightened his grip on the points classification's green jersey. I didn't think it was going to happen, but the legs just were there. "I thought, why not have a try?"

"I'm happy with that", he said.

"Yellow jersey wearer Van Avermaet described the climax as 'an awesome finish".

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Yesterday's sixth stage was expected to shake up the peloton as it culminated in the double ascension of the feared Mur de Bretagne climb, a 2km long and 6.9 per cent gradient affair.

The likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and even Peter Sagan were part of the group - although defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) found himself on the other side of a slight split to concede five seconds to many of his GC rivals, while Colombian Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) was a further three seconds in arrears. It's also a huge win for UAE Emirates after what had become a very testing season.

During his chase back to the peloton, Dumoulin took a long draft behind his team auto but race commissaires deemed it too long - and deducted a further 20 seconds from his time.

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

The slightly-built Bardet's AG2R team will have to race 17 stages of the 2018 Tour a man down after an over-curious roadside fan stepped into the path of the onrushing peloton to take a photo.

The rest of the sprinters haven't really hit their form yet, but Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain-Merida has produced two fine sprint efforts already on stages 2 and 5 and he's not been lacking in speed either on the flatter finishes.

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