Dan Martin powers to Tour stage victory

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

"It was great to claw a few seconds back, but more importantly, it's a stage victory".

There was a slight split in the peloton behind, with Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates part of a group that picked up a couple of seconds on the main pack, which contained Team Sky's Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, and BMC's Richie Porte.

But there were losses further back, with AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet hit by problems on the short two-kilometre climb and Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin also distanced after suffering a mechanical problem with six kilometres left.

He attacked with a kilometre to go to the finish line on top of the Mur de Bretagne, the steepest climb in the region.

Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas of Team Sky inched closer to the race leader's yellow jersey as the race turned east to begin a series of long flat stages across northern France.

The provisional results showed Froome giving up five seconds to his general classification rivals.

The pair are 13th and 14th, one minute two seconds behind yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet, and one second ahead of Dumoulin.

Third when the Tour last visited the climb dubbed "The Breton Alpe d'Huez" in 2015, UAE Team Emirates rider Martin made his move early, dancing clear of the field ahead of the kilometre-to-go banner before holding off a strong challenge from Frenchman Pierre Latour (Ag2R-La Mondiale) to claim only the second Tour stage win of his career and the first since 2013.

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