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Live Reporting

Mike Henson

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  1. Bye for now

    Right, that is all from this live text and audio.

    We will be back tomorrow with stage seven from Fougeres to Chartres.

    See you there.

  2. "I saw the opportunity and went for it"

    Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, now up to second in the general classification: "I was going for those bonus seconds for it because I saw the opportunity. I don't think they are going to let me get away with it again.

    "I could have got on the podium if had got in there at the finish, but Dan and the others were just too strong."

  3. 'Luckily it all worked out'

    Stage winner Dan Martin: "It is great to get a win after so many second places after the last one. I wasn’t sure because of the crosswinds, but I had no teammates and I thought I would have a go. The legs were there though, maybe it was adrenaline, and luckily it worked out.

    "I felt relaxed all day, just looking forward to competing hard on the final climb."

  4. Van Avermaet remains in yellow, Thomas second

    General classification

    1. Greg van Avermaet 22h 25' 46"

    2. Geraint Thomas +3 secs

    3. Tejay van Garderen +5secs

    4. Julian Alaphilippe +6 secs

    5. Philippe Gilbert +12 secs

    Selected others

    13. Adam Yates +1'02"

    14. Chris Froome same time

  5. Provisional standings

    1. Dan Martin

    2. Pierre Roger Latour +1sec

    3. Alejandro Valverde +3secs

    4.Julian Alaphilippe same time

    5. Rafal Majka

    6. Adam Yates

    7. Bauke Mollema

    8. Peter Sagan

    9. Geraint Thomas

    10. Primoz Roglic

  6. Bardet and Dumoulin suffer GC damage

    Chris Froome is safely through.

    Romain Bardet though has lost at least 30 seconds.

    Tom Dumoulin looks to have suffered around a minute's damage.

  7. Martin wins

    Pure visceral guts and blood from Dan Martin!

  8. Martin still clear

    300m to go

    Still Dan Martin with 500m to go.

    Can he hold the rest off?

    I don't think the pack are going to get there...

  9. Martin goes

    1km to go

    Dan Martin goes.

    Then Adam Yates.

    And Chris Froome is covering every move, shadowing the leaders.

    Greg van Avermaet though is struggling.

  10. Alaphilippe goes

    1.5km to go

    Now it is hotting up.

    Julian Alaphilippe spurts off the front, Richie Porte chases hard, so does Geraint Thomas...

    Tom Dumoulin is making up time at the back.

  11. Team Sky at the front

    2.5km to go

    All the usual suspects at the front with Team Sky's spearhead alongside BMC and their yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet.

    Peter Sagan's Bora team-mates are there as well.

  12. Bauer swallowed up

    3.5km to go

    Jack Bauer's day in the sun is over.

    He is absorbed back into the pack and - Dumoulin apart - we are altogether for a grandstand finish up the Mur de Bretagne.

  13. Dumoulin suffers a spill

    5km to go

    That is going to cost Tom Dumoulin.

    A puncture at the worst possible time.

    The Dutchman needs a new stead and the peloton rush on without any mercy.

    Dumoulin is among the cars trying to make it back..

  14. Thomas picks up two bonus seconds

    8km to go

    Smart work from Team Sky's twin threat Geraint Thomas who gets across the bonus-time sprint second in the wake of Jack Bauer.

    That earns the Welshman two bonus second in the general classification.

    He started the day in fifth and five seconds off Greg van Avermaet in yellow. Could he take the maillot jaune on the final drag up the Mur de Bretagne.

  15. Bauer pushes out to 21 seconds

    12km to go

    Jack Bauer is making the most of his moment in the sun.

    He is out to 20 seconds in front of the rest.

    It won't last, but it looks good. And, with a descent back to the bottom of the Mur de Bretagne, he can keep it that way for a while.

  16. Skujins picks up two climbing points, Bauer off the front

    16km to go

    Toms Skujins takes the summit of the Mur de Bretagne, two climbing points and then keeps ploughing on.

    Mitchelton-Scott's Jack Bauer goes with him.

    Skujins chickens out. Aussie Bauer, 24-like, goes maverick and solo.

    Still a long way out...

  17. Smith swallowed up

    16.5km to go

    Nope, Dion Smith is swallowed up and remains on four points, behind Toms Skujins in the climbing standings on category summit countback.

    Fabien Grellier is just out in front of the peloton, but Skujins is lurking hoping to bag some points...

  18. Post update

    17km to go

    Can Dion Smith get to the top before being swallowed up and claim the climbing point that he needs to secure some polka-dot pyjamas?

    He is at the mercy of the pack...

  19. Post update

    17.5km to go

    Fabien Grellier goes off the front and we have a new solo leader.

    The Directe Energie hits the bottom of the categorised Mur de Bretagne on his own.

    Two kilometres to the top with Dion Smith and Laurent Pichon the only other riders out of the clutches of the peloton.

  20. Peloton close to within 30 seconds

    19km to go

    The five breakaway riders hit the first incline and immediately start shipping time as they lactic-loaded legs complain.

    The gap to the peloton is down to 30 seconds.