Daniel Martin wins Stage 6 of Tour, Van Avermaet keeps lead

Ireland's Daniel Martin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181 kilometers (112.5

MUR DE BRETAGNE, France (AP) — Daniel Martin won an uphill finish to claim Stage 6 of the Tour de France on Thursday, while Greg Van Avermaet kept the overall lead for a third consecutive day.

Defending champion Chris Froome crossed eight seconds after Martin in 18th.

Martin broke away on the straight two-kilometer ascent of the Mur de Bretagne, winning the 181-kilometer (112-mile) leg that started in the western port city of Brest in over four hours.

Van Avermaet, a support rider for title hopeful Richie Porte, has held the yellow jersey since BMC won the team time trial on Stage 3.

Friday's flat 231-kilometer leg from Fougeres to Chartes is the longest stage of this Tour.

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