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Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8:48 a.m.

Greipel wins sixth Tour stage in a sprint

  • Germany’s Andre Greipel (left) crosses the finish line ahead of second-place finisher Alexander Kristoff of Norway (center), third-place finisher Samu...

    Associated Press

    Germany’s Andre Greipel (left) crosses the finish line ahead of second-place finisher Alexander Kristoff of Norway (center), third-place finisher Samuel Dumoulin of France (right), Australia’s Mark Renshaw (second left) and Peter Sagan of Slovakia (second right) to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday.

REIMS, France — Andre Greipel of Germany won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint as the pack entered Champagne country, and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the yellow jersey.
The peloton faced intermittent drizzle in Thursday’s 120-mile course from Arras to Reims, a mostly flat ride well suited for sprinters.
The race got its biggest surprise on Wednesday after defending champion Chris Froome, carrying from an injured wrist, dropped out of the race after crashing twice.
Two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador was dealt a setback after Saxo-Tinkoff teammate Jesus Hernandez dropped out after a crash.
Overall, Nibali has a two-second lead over teammate Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark. Slovakia’s Peter Sagan is third, 44 seconds back.
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