Martin finally wears yellow

Updated: July 7, 2015

Tony Martin’s finally taken the lead in the GC after being so unfortunate in all the previous stages. He broke away from the main pack in spectacular fashion 3,1 kilometres from the end. As soon as he broke, he instantly became favourite to take the yellow jersey off Froome, which doesn’t come as a disappointment for the Sky rider.

The cobbles were what caused Froome to withdraw from the 2014 Tour de France and his main objective today was to stay on his bike through the cobbles. He made a valiant effort to be near the front in the latter stages of the race, with the help of Welsh teammate Geraint Thomas.

There were no significant time gaps created among the main GC contenders, apart from Thibauld Pinot who couldn’t get to grip with the cobblestones, causing him to have a couple of mechanical problems and finishing the race 3 minutes 23 seconds behind leader Martin in 68th place.

Namur’s citadel was the only categorised climb of the day which was won by Belgian rider De Gendt, who was a part of the only real breakaway group in the race, including Westra, Brun and Quémeneur.

Last year’s winner, Nibali, was awarded with most aggressive rider after a very impressive performance, yet again showing that he has no problems on the cobblestones.

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