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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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  1. 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
  2. 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.

  3. 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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  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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."

  9. Froome retains yellow jersey

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

  10. 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.

  11. Hang on...did Kittel win?

    Or was it a Thunderbird? #bbccycling

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  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Kittel wins

    Marcel Kittel wins stage six

  15. Post update

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

  16. Final 500m

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

  17. 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...

  18. 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.

  19. 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...