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A day on the Tour de France

A day on the Tour de France

A day on the Tour de France

Last year Mark Cavendish dominated with four stage wins but following this stage, Greipel said Kittel is the best in the business.

It will be interesting to see how the overall classification reads by Sunday night after two massive back-to-back stages.

The mountainous stages in the Pyrenees and Alps are among the most visually spectacular, the steep inclines that force the riders to slow giving you more chance to take it all in and nab those flawless shots.

"I was really confident in my team", Kittel said.

Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey and remains 39 seconds clear of Matthews' countryman Richie Porte in fifth.

"As we say, there is nothing to gain but so much to lose".

Froome's post-race press conference was limited to just three questions with time getting late and the Sky team bus having already left without him.

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The route today should see the first breakaway of the race succeed as the GC teams keep their powder dry for the more stern mountain tests that await. "There are more sprints to come, I'll take my revenge", he said following the sixth stage, where he had to squeeze down an nearly imperceptible gap next to the safety barriers alongside Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen in order to contest the sprint.

Earlier, a three-man breakaway had set off inside the first kilometre but with more than 200km to ride on a pan-flat stage with powerful sprinters' teams controlling the gap, it was always doomed to fail.

"Tomorrow will be a very very hard day, it will be very selective", said Froome ahead of a stage that features 4,700m of climbing.

Stage seven (213.5km) from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges is expected to be another transfer day for the general classification contenders leading into Sunday, where the tour fancies are tipped to make a move.

A first dose of mountain work; the 12km first-category climb just before the finish is long enough to burn off any weaker elements and the 10km across a plateau gives them no chance to regain contact.

Kittel leapfrogged Arnaud Demare in the green jersey competition after receiving maximum points through victory, the Frenchman finishing well back in 11th (6 points).

Ireland's Dan Martin attacked from the pack in the finale but the Quick-Step Floors rider, fourth overall, was quickly reined in.

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