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Summary

  1. Marcel Kittel wins sprint finish
  2. Kittel's second stage win of Tour, 11th of career
  3. Chris Froome keeps leader's yellow jersey
  4. Stage six: Vesoul - Troyes, 216km

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By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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This is the end

And that's me done for the day. I'm off to finish off the report.

Who says flat stages are dull? Your cycling look-a-likes certainly brightened a pedestrian day in the peloton.

Don't forget the BBC Radio 5 live team's daily BeSpoke round-up, which will be live on Facebook tonight. Apparently they are going to be surrounded by thousands of bottles of champagne.

I'm heading to watch Arcade Fire tonight so will be catching up via the podcast.

Friday's stage seven is another 200km+ behemoth. It finishes in Nuits-Saint-Georges and is expected to be a mustard stage, ending in another sprint finish.

Thanks for your company and be sure to join me from 11:00 BST for more fun in the sun.

Stage seven
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Froome collects yellow jersey

Chris Froome is picking up another yellow jersey, another bunch of flowers and another cuddly lion.

A big smile and a wave and he's off backstage for interviews.

11 stage wins for Drago

No wonder Andre Greipel looked a little miffed when he crossed the line in third. Marcel Kittel not only won his second stage of this year's race, but he also moved level with his German rival on 11.

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Three Brits in top six

A nice clean sprint finish and no dramas for the general classification riders who had a lovely ride out with the sun on their backs.

That means Chris Froome remains 12 seconds ahead of team-mate and fellow Brit Geraint Thomas.

Simon Yates is the other Brit in the top six and he will keep hold of the white jersey as the quickest rider aged 25 or under.

Top 10 after stage six

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 23hrs 44mins 32secs

2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +12secs

3. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +14secs

4. Daniel Martin (Ire/Quick-Step) +25secs

5. Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing) +39secs

6. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +43secs

7. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +47secs

8. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek) +52secs

9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +54secs

10. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora) +1min 01secs

Top 10 on stage six

1. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Quick-Step) 5hrs 05mins 34secs

2. Arnaud Demare (Fra/FDJ) ST

3. Andre Greipel (Ger/Lotto)

4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Katusha)

5. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/Cofidis)

6. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/LottoNL)

7. Michael Matthews (Aus/Sunweb)

8. Daniel McLay (GB/Fortuneo)

9. Ruediger Selig (Ger/BORA)

10. John Degenkolb (Ger/Trek)

Demare upsets Katusha

Arnaud Demare's sprint is being analysed on the television. A Katusha rider was clearly unhappy with the French champion as he muscled his way down the barrier, waving his hands in the air in frustration.

Will the race officials want another look? They have vowed to be stronger on the sprint finish and punish riders who are a bit too boisterous. I can't see that he's done much wrong though.

A word from the winner

Here's Marcel Kittel: "I'm proud of my team, they did a great job because it was a very different finish to Liege. The last kilometre was a little bit freestyle but I had a good wheel to follow in Demare and then I had to go on my own from 250m.

"I feel good at the moment, and for sure I have (the green jersey) in my focus.

"What is most important is getting the victories and then I will try in the intermediate sprints."

Froome retains yellow jersey

No big surprises that Chris Froome will be in the yellow jersey tomorrow.

McLay gets eighth

Britain's Dan McLay, who had three top-10 finishes on his debut Tour last year, is confirmed as eighth today. A good showing from the Fortuneo rider.

Hang on...did Kittel win?

Or was it a Thunderbird? #bbccycling

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Demare second, Greipel third

Marcel Kittel ended up winning that by about a bike length. I think Demare nabbed second from Andre Greipel. Yep, just confirmed.

That means Demare will keep his green yersey.

Kittel wins second stage

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

I didn't see Kittel coming at all. I was too busy watching the green jersey of Demare sneaking up the inside, with fists flying. But Kittel had the clear run up the middle and he showed his class.

Kittel wins

Marcel Kittel wins stage six

Demare sneaks up the inside but here comes Kittel...

Final 500m

Eddy Boasson Hagen goes for a long one from 700m. He can't take this can he?

Flamme Rouge

Into the final kilometre. Katusha-Alpecin (Kristoff) are well placed.

Dimension Data are trying to set up Boasson Hagen but he is running out of lead men.

Quick-Step Floors take it up...

Final 1.5km

Where is Arnaud Demare? Everyone will be fighting to be on his wheel because he is the fastest man in the peloton at the moment.

3km remaining

The back of the peloton is not looking pretty. Riders everywhere on the road as the sprint trains up the pace to 60km/h.

The usual suspects are bringing this home for their main men.

The break is caught. Who has the legs? Let's find out...

4km remaining

The peloton splits to go either side of a roundabout. Katusha go one way, FDJ the other. They meet up again on the other side. Big wide road heading into the city.

The escapees still out there, but only just.

Sagan appeal rejected (5km remaining)

Apparently word reaching me that the Court of Arbitration for Sport have already rejected Peter Sagan's appeal.

Great timing!

7.5km remaining

World time trial champion Tony Martin is pulling the peloton along. The German was hoping to win stage one in Dusseldorf - how long ago does that seem now?!

Perhaps he'll repay everyone by dishing out the pain in the peloton.

He's making no in roads on the three out front though. Their slim advantage holding firm.

Chris Froome is about a quarter of the way back in the field.

Remember, there is a three-second rule on this year's Tour on sprint stages. That means if you finish within three seconds of the rider in front of you, you get the same time. It's designed to stop the GC riders hindering the sprinters.

Thousands lining the route

There is a horn on the radio commentary. That comes from the finish line, where it is sounded to let the fans know the riders are just 10km away.

10km remaining

Lotto-Soudal rider Jurgen Roelandts is back among the team cars. He is one of Andre Greipel's lead-out men and needs to get himself back up near the front sharpish.

The pace is really on, with the lead down to 25 seconds.

Katusha-Alpecin arrive at the front of the peloton. They have Alexander Kristoff looking for a stage win.

12.5km remaining

Julien Vermote of the Quick-Step Floors time comes up to help Lotto and Cofidis.

The trio out front are travelling at 60km/h but that's not quite quick enough to lead into Troyes, down to 40 seconds in a couple of kilometres.

15km remaining

Right. Game head on. Although first, there's a main cycling across a tightrope about 25 feet up in the sky.Bizarre.

A wave and a wobble as the peloton flashes by. Perhaps that wobble was caused by the race helicopter hovering too close.

The lead is down under one minute now. Lotto-Soudal and Cofidis (Nacer Bouhanni) are dictating the pace.

A former England captain and...

I wonder if anyone has ever called Butch Sir Dave? #bbccycling

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20km remaining

The leading trio are 1.2km ahead of the peloton. That equates to 75 seconds at current speed, according to some data.

They whizz past a few cars, parked outside of a small village. Each car has a couple of people standing by it and a white chair or two.

I assume the seat will get used until the peloton arrives and then all will be packed away and they will meander off back to their lives.

The final sprint

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

The finish straight and finish line doesn't come into view until 250m to go. You are going to need a strong team to put you in good position. The battle for wheels is going to be huge.

Is it going to be as big given the disqualification of Peter Sagan? I doubt the sprinters will back off.

When he hangs up his cleats...

Peter Sagan has a sequel to film. #bbccycling

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Here come the sprinters

FDJ, the team of French national champion Arnaud Demare are assembling down the left of the road, with Lotto-Soudal (Andre Greipel) in their wake.

Team Sunweb (Michael Matthews) are on the right. Team Sky's train up the middle at the moment with Movistar also in attendance.

The lead staying strong at 90 seconds

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Never seen in the same room #bbccycling

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30km remaining

I keep forgetting there's a bike race on. The trio out front have been going at 40km/h for almost four and-a-half hours today. Not a bad effort, although that puts us on course for the slowest schedule finish time, although my race book suggest 16:48 BST.

I reckon they might be a few minutes before that.

In the meantime...

Guess who's back?

It's that man Fabio Aru...

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35km remaining

Perrig Quemeneur, Vegard Stake Laengen and Frederick Backaert are now just 90 seconds clear as the race heads straight through the middle of the forest.

Thankfully there's a decent road for them to ride on.

An interesting idea

Sagan would probably still end up winning the green jersey

#bbccycling re: Sagan. Would BORA send a couple of riders back two stages to pace him back to the main group? #onemangruppetto

La la la, la-la-la la...

My favourite one yet. Altogether now...One banana, two bananas, three bananas, four...(ask a grown-up) #bbccycling

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BeSpoke live from Le Tour

Rob Hayles and Simon Brotherton have been discussing the venue for tonight's BeSpoke podcast. Apparently they will be surrounded by thousands of bottles of champagne.

Be sure to check it out when it goes out live on the BBC Radio 5 live Sport Facebook site later, or on the podcast that will follow.

Cycling look-a-likes

With only 42km remaining to the finish, I need to motor through a few of these. #bbccycling

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