LE HAVRE, France (AP) A brief look at the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday:
Stage: A mostly flat stage for sprinters, taking the pack over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) from Abbeville to Le Havre, France’s biggest commercial port.
Winner: Czech rider Zdenek Stybar, after defending champion Vincenzo Nibali was caught in yet another crash near the finish caused by race leader Tony Martin, who pulled out of the race with a broken collarbone.
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Yellow jersey: Chris Froome, who inherited the lead because of Tony Martin’s withdrawal. Froome, who has a 13-second lead over American Tejay van Garderen, could decide not to wear the coveted shirt in Stage 7 as a mark of respect for the injured German rider.
How did the ”Fab Four” perform? Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana hit the tarmac after getting involved in the crash but did not suffer any serious injury. Chris Froome leads Alberto Contador by 36 seconds, Nibali is 1 minute, 38 seconds adrift and Nairo Quintana lags 1:56 behind.
Quote of the day: ”It’s the Tour de France; it’s just crazy, crazy. You don’t know what will happen around each corner.” – stage winner Zdenek Stybar.
Stat of the day: 2 – The number of Tour de France leaders – Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin – who have pulled out with injuries after just six days of racing.
Next stage: Friday’s seventh stage is another for sprinters. It starts from Livarot in the Normandy region – home to a cheese of the same name – and ends 190.5 kilometers (118 miles) later in Fougeres, in the Brittany region.