Groenewegen takes Tour stage, Porte gains

Tour de France 2018: Groenewegen beats Sagan, Greipel and Gaviria again in thrilling sprint finish

Aside from the bruises the bigger concern for Martin on stage eight was a loss of 76 seconds which saw him slip to 24th overall, three minutes 22 seconds off yellow and nearly two minutes down on the likes of Froome and several other overall contenders.

Despite his tour upset, Porte said he has his eye on future competitions.

Rigoberto Uran, last year's runner-up, and Mikel Landa, one of three leaders of the Movistar team, also each crashed and lost time.

Although Van Avermaet retains yellow, it was a disappointing day overall for BMC.

"I'm relieved to get this stage behind us, I'm really looking forward to the mountains now, where the real race will start".

"Everybody said I'm done and that after this accident I will never come back and I said "No, I'm not done".

The Tasmanian was left in tears on the side of the road after he crashed out of the race with a fractured right clavicle.

And Romain Bardet suffered a string of mechanical issues, as the general classification contenders endured a testing day on the cobbles.

Dion Smith's pro cycle team expects the New Zealander to line up in the next stage of the Tour de France, despite crashing in today's 9th stage.

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Trek Segafredo's Degenkolb outsprinted Greg van Avermaet to win.

Green jersey Peter Sagan, this year's Paris-Roubaix champion after an attack from 53km, was furious with himself after a lapse cost him a place on the winning break.

"What can you do?" he said. I have been through a lot of things it was such a hard time.

Overshadowed by the World Cup final and the Wimbledon men's singles final, Sunday's Arras to Roubiax Tour de France run, with its 22km of cobbled mining roads, has been foremost on the cycling world's mind all week.

The route starting in Arras contained the highest number of cobblestone sections since the 1980 Tour, with almost 22 kilometers altogether.

Dan Martin took victory in the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday - earning the Irishman the second Tour de France stage win of his career and in doing so becoming the first ever UAE Team Emirates rider to claim the coveted prize.

While it wasn't rainy and muddy like in April for the Paris-Roubaix race, the heat and sun made it dry and dusty.

As the Tour resumed after a rest day with a trip into the Alps, the Quick-Step Floors rider was among a large group that broke clear from the peloton in the early part of Stage 10.