Calmejane wins as Froome enjoys an easy day in yellow

Lilian Calmejane

After finishing a back-to-back title winning in the past two flat stages here on Friday, Kittel has equalled Erik Zabel in the most stage victories by a German rider.

Let the sprinters have their day in the sun and prepare for the next mountain stages this weekend. At 150m to go, I thought it was still 200, but luckily, the door opened on the right side I could pass Edvald.

Hot temperatures do not bother the three-time Tour victor, which is a good job given that the mercury moved up to 37 degrees on the road between Vesoul and Troyes, where Marcel Kittel won in a bunch sprint.

The 24-year-old Calmejane, in only his second year as a professional, dropped his breakaway companions in the last climb of the day and despite cramping up in the closing stages, held off Dutchman Robert Gesink for a second grand tour stage win.

"I am in great shape and super happy the team supported me".

As the Tour made its way on a 216-kilometer (134-mile) route from Vesoul to Troyes in temperatures that slowed the average speed, it was Kittel who had the energy and power to reach the line first.

Today's favorites for a good finish are Marcel Kittel, and Andre Greipel.

"It's a bit sad that it's all about this decision", he said.

Chris Froome
GETTY Chris Froome went off-road when he misjudged a corner but managed to correct his error

They held on for nearly 2km more but with 4km to ride, it was over and now all down to the overall contenders.

With a breakaway more the likely to succeed picking a stage victor is really a shot in the dark.

The LottoNL-Jumbo rider finished ahead of Guillaume Martin, who came through in third place.

Team Sky Pro Cycling's Christopher Froome leads the Tour de France general classification ahead of teammate Geraint Thomas and Fabio Aru of Team Astana.

The descent is one that you can take big risks on, but it is a risk.

On such days, Porte said, "there's nothing to gain but there's so much to lose".

"We'll definitely get a very good idea of who's really going well and above all who's climbing well", Thomas, now lying second overall after his spell in the Tour lead, said on Friday. "It was quite a frantic finish".

Perhaps the Slovakian was waiting a mile or so from the finish of Stage Six on a giant Evel Knievel gyro launcher, giving him just enough time to contest another sprint. "They sure are long days".

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