Andre Greipel sprinted to his first win of this year’s Tour de France on stage six as Vincenzo Nibali survived another crash-strewn day to keep his overall lead.
With Marcel Kittel having been distanced in a technical final 5km, fellow German Greipel took full advantage by beating Alexander Kristoff into second and Samuel Dumoulin into third to claim the sixth Tour stage win of his career.
Nibali followed in the peloton to retain his two-second lead in the general classification over Astana team-mate Jakob Fuglsang, while Peter Sagan remains third overall, 44 seconds back, after finishing fifth on the day.
The stage was once again marred with crashes after a rain shower turned the middle part of the route into an ice rink and triggered three pile-ups in about 20km, forcing Xabier Zandio, Jesus Hernandez and Egor Silin to abandon the race with serious injuries. – Sky Sports
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