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Andre Greipel

Andre Greipel wins Stage 6 of the 2014 Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson

It's been a good week for German sportsmen. Marcel Kittel went 3-for-3 in opening sprint stages of the Tour de France, the German national soccer team scalped Brazil 7-1 in a World Cup semifinal match, and Thursday the man affectionately known as the Gorilla broke through with a Tour stage win of his own, blasting first across the line at the conclusion of the 194km run from Arras to Reims.

Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol put nearly a bike length into Katusha's Alexander Kristoff, who slotted a distant second for the second time in three days. Samuel Dumolin (Ag2r La Mondiale) was third. The only bad news for Germany was a late race puncture suffered by Kittel (Giant-Shimano), which knocked him out of contention for another stage win.

In the race for the overall Tour title, Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and the rest of the primary GC contenders all finished on the same time. Up next is another day with sprint finish potential. But Friday's 234.5km trip from Épernay to Nancy is the second longest of the Tour and has two small climbs near the finish, which could help launch the Tour's first successful breakaway.

STAGE 6 RESULTS

1. André Greipel (GER)
2. Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
3. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA)
4. Mark Renshaw (AUS)
5. Peter Sagan (SVK)
6. Romain Feillu (FRA)
7. Tom Veelers (NED)
8. Bryan Coquard (FRA)
9. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)
10. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)

TEAM

Lotto-Belisol
Team Katusha
Ag2r La Mondiale
Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Cannondale
Bretagne - Seche Environnement
Team Giant-Shimano
Team Europcar
Belkin Pro Cycling
IAM Cycling

TIME

04h 11' 39''
04h 11' 39''
04h 11' 39''
04h 11' 39''
04h 11' 39''
04h 11' 39''
04h 11' 39''
04h 11' 39''
04h 11' 39''
04h 11' 39''

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 6

1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
2. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)
3. Peter Sagan (SVK)
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL)
5. Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
6. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (BEL)
7. Tony Gallopin (FRA)
8. Richie Porte (AUS)
9. Andrew Talansky (USA)
10. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (ESP)

TEAM

Astana Pro Team
Astana Pro Team
Cannondale
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
Trek Factory Racing
Lotto-Belisol
Lotto-Belisol
Team Sky
Garmin - Sharp
Movistar Team

TIME

24h 38' 25''
24h 38' 27''
24h 39' 09''
24h 39' 15''
24h 39' 42''
24h 40' 10''
24h 40' 10''
24h 40' 19''
24h 40' 30''
24h 40' 36''

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Yellow Jersey: Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Astana Pro Team
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Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale
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Polka Dot Jersey: Cyril Lemoine (FRA), Confidis-Solutions Credits
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White Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale worn by Michal Kwiatkowski (POL), Omega Pharma - Quick-Step

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2014 TOUR DE FRANCE TEAMS

AG2R LA MONDIALE FRANCE
ASTANA PRO TEAM KAZAKHSTAN
BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM NETHERLANDS
BMC RACING TEAM UNITED STATES
BRETAGNE SECHE ENVIRONMENT FRANCE

CANNONDALE ITALY
COFIDIS, SOL. CREDITSFRANCE
FDJ.FRFRANCE
GARMIN-SHARPUNITED STATES
IAM CYCLINGSWITERZLAND

KATUSHA TEAM RUSSIA
LAMPRE-MERIDA ITALY
LOTTO-BELISOLBELGIUM
MOVISTAR TEAMSPAIN
OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEPBELGIUM

ORICA GREENEDGEAUSTRALIA
TEAM EUROPCARFRANCE
TEAM GIANT-SHIMANONETHERLANDS
TEAM NETAPP-ENDURAGERMANY
TEAM SKYGREAT BRITAIN

TINKOFF-SAXODENMARK
TREK FACTORY RACINGUNITED STATES