Tour de France 6: Tour of Crashes (and crosswind)

The first big crash of the day
Bunch sprint on the menu but keep out for the wind today. Wet roads and many crashes. Too many. OPQS willing to attack but the Yellow Jersey says slow down. Fair play.
Zandio and Silin abandoned. Then Jesus Hernandez: "He lost consciousness and hardly recognized people." Borja Cuadrado reports. 
Zandio injuried
There is a break-away: J. Pineau, T. Leezer, L. Maté Mardones, A. Gérard. Almost over 20 km to go, Pineau and Mate, Mate solo to pin a Red Number on the back of his jersey.
OPQS keeps the front, Tony Martin and Jan Bakelants are making troubles in the crosswind. Echelons. The peloton split. GC riders are almost all in front but some rider get caught behind: Voeckler, Rodriguez, Démare...  
Sprinters prepare the sprint. Kittel is out, a mechanical problem reported. The rest in front at a crazy speed. The bunch goes from one side of the road to the other. Trains, screaming, rain on the face. Last km, a White Jersey: attack by Michal Kwiatkowski. André Greipel seems behind but BANG! pure power! it's him! stage winner. 2nd Kristoff, 3rd Dumoulin, 4th place for Mark Renshaw
Sagan to the doc car
At the end of the day Porte and Contador lost both one team mate and that will count on the mountain. 

Also Romain Bardet crashed: for him hyp, left knee and back  contusion plus a lot of road rash.

Stef Clement:
"It was quite scary sometimes in the @letour bunch today; groups of riders crashing. Everyone is still nervous. Let the sun come out please!"

André Greipel: 
“That was hard! Especially in the last thirty kilometers with the side wind, it was a tough race. Maybe I didn't have a proper lead out train but we rode like crazy at the last roundabout. Fortunately we stayed together and I found a good wheel in following Mark Renshaw. I went full gas with 350 metres to go. It was pretty early but I thought whatever happens is fine as long as I give everything. I felt a lot of pressure after the first few stages but finally we have a victory. It's a good answer from Lotto-Belisol to the critics. My confidence was always there. We stayed calm and did a really good work. My team-mates and myself, we deserve this win.”

Tinkoff DS Philippe Mauduit about Hernandez:  
Jesus was riding in the far side of the road because of the crosswind and somehow lost control of the bike and he hit the road pretty hard and when I talked to him, he had the symptoms of a concussion. But he’s on his way to the hospital at this moment and they will examine him so we’ll know for sure. It’s a sad day for Alberto and for team to miss a rider but we have to stay focused. Tomorrow’s stage could be a tricky one and I’m not sure the entire pack is going to cross the finish line in a bunch sprint. We have to stay alert like today and keep Alberto safe,”  

Peter Sagan: 

“That was bad to crash again today but I have nothing broken, so I'm fine. A guy crashed in front of me and another crashed behind, he's the one who took me down. But after two crashes I'm still here while other riders have had to go home. I just hope that my bad luck is gone. Today I've been boxed in and I came fifth without even sprinting, so it's all good for the green jersey. Maybe tomorrow is my chance for a stage win finally, but firstly I have to recover from my crash.”

Cyril Lemoine: 

"Today's plan was to put someone in the breakaway for both keeping the polka dot jersey in the team and moreover trying and win the stage. We were hoping for teams to being tired and disorganized in chasing. It wasn't the case but once again we've had a scenario with crashes. It's demanding. I'm getting tired, physically and nervously. I'm also getting used to the polka dot jersey but I'm aware that it'll be very difficult to keep it beyond Saturday."



1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
3 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
4 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
6 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
7 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
8 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
9 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
7 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky
9 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team

11 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
12 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
13 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
14 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:02:16
15 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:02:25
16 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha
17 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:02:27
18 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:37
19 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:02:39
20 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 0:02:44
21 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:03:24
22 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge 0:03:29
23 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
24 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura 0:03:59
25 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing

Peter Sagan
Cyril Lemoin
Peter Sagan
André Greipel

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