Tour de France 2014: Stage 6 Winner, Results and Updated Leaderboard Standings

Dominic Raynor@@dominicraynorCorrespondent IIJuly 10, 2014

Germany's Andre Greipel looks back as he celebrates crossing the finish line ahead of fourth place Australia's Mark Renshaw, right,  to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194 kilometers (120.5 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Reims, France, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Peter Dejong/Associated Press

Lotto-Belisol's Andre Greipel led home a messy sprint finish to claim victory on Stage 6 of the 2014 Tour de France after another wet and windy day in the saddle.

A lumpy final 20 kilometers into Reims left many of the sprinters' teams short-handed, and a series of eight roundabouts made it even more tricky to establish a train to guide home their key men.

Here's a look at the results for Stage 6:

2014 Tour de France Stage 6 Results
1Andre GreipelGermanLotto4:11:30
2Alexander KristoffRussiaKatusah+00
3Samuel DumoulinFranceAG2R+00
4Mark RenshawAustrialiaOPQ+00
5Peter SaganSlovakiaCannondale+00

In the mayhem, German Greipel came through late to take his first victory of the Tour after fellow German sprinterand three-time stage winnerMarcel Kittel suffered a flat tyre just before the flamme rouge.

The 194-km stage from Arras to Reims was peppered with crashes, and after losing defending champion Chris Froome on Wednesday, Team Sky lost Spanish rider Xabier Zandio today.

The new leader of the British team is Richie Porte and the Australian is fully focused on the task in hand, as he told Peter Scrivener of BBC Sport:

Losing Chris was not nice but that is cycling and the sun still came up this morning. I have an opportunity now. It's a big one and I want to grab it with both hands. I'm looking forward to it. I'm flying under the radar a bit which is fine. I'm in good form and looking forward to hitting the mountains.

Green-jersey leader Peter Sagan also crashed and bruised his left side. The Cannondale rider had to go back to the medical car for treatment, which hit his hopes of winning today's stage.

However, the Slovak fought his way back to the front and eventually finished fifth, which is a solid result considering the circumstances.

2014 Tour de France Points Classification (Green Jersey)
1Peter SaganCannondale217 pts
2Bryan CoquardEruopcar137 pts
3Marcel KittelGiant-Shimano135 pts
4Alexander KristoffKatusha117 pts
5Andre GreipelLotto91 pts

The day’s early breakawaythat went straight from the gunof Bretagne-Seche's Arnaud Gerard, Jerome Pineau of the IAM team, Belkin's Tom Leezer and Cofidis' Luis Angel Mate was caught with around 17 kilometres to go.

Although, Spain's Mate hung on out the front, hoping to claim the day's combativity award.

Dutchman Leezer took the 20 points on offer at the intermediate sprint in Pinon, 119 kilometres into Stage 6, followed by Gerard and Pineau.

2014 Tour de France Overall Leaderboard (Yellow Jersey)
1Vincenzo NibaliAstana24h 38' 25''
2Jakob FuglsangAstana24h 38' 27'' + 00' 02''
3Peter SaganCannondale24h 39' 09'' + 00' 44''
4Michal KwiatowskiO.Ph-Q-Step24h 39' 15'' + 00' 50''
5Fabian CancellaraTrek24h 39' 42'' + 01' 17''
6Jurgen Van Den BroeckLotto-Belisol24h 40' 10'' + 01' 45''
7Tony GallopinLotto-Belisol24h 40' 10'' + 01' 45''
8Richie PorteSky24h 40' 19'' + 01' 54''
9Andrew TalanskyGarmin-Sharp24h 40' 30'' + 02' 05''
10Alejandro ValverdeMovistar24h 40' 36'' + 02' 11''

When the peloton arrived it was Mark Renshaw, the Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammate of Stage 1 crash victim Mark Cavendish, who took the remaining 11 points, ahead of Sagan and Lotto-Belisol's Greipel.

Meanwhile, Cofidis rider Cyril Lemoine retained his lead in the King of the Mountains competition, with only two fourth-category climbs on the stageeach worth one pointthat were snaffled up by the break.

Another exciting slate of action is set for Stage 7, and based on the challenging conditions we've seen thus far, the next stage promises not to disappoint.

With two Category 4 climbs within the last 23 kilometres of the finish in Nancy, it should suit a puncheur like Sagan rather than an out-and-out sprinter like Greipel. One of the overall contenders, such as leader Vincenzo Nibali, might also use it to try to steal a few seconds on their rivals.