Mark Cavendish has won the sixth stage in the Tour de France on Thursday.

The green jersey carrier was the best in the pre-expected bunch sprint.

Mathieu van der Poel retained the lead in the general classification.

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The 36-year-old Cavendish was in the streets of Châteauroux, where he also won in 2008 and 2011, after more than 160 kilometers too strong for Jasper Philipsen (second) and Nacer Bouhanni (third).

Cees Bol was the best Dutchman in sixth place.

For Cavendish it is his second stage win of this Tour and his 32nd victory in total in the Tour de France.

The sprinter of Deceuninck-Quick-Step now has only two victories less than Eddy Merckx in the eternal ranking of the Tour.

Yellow jersey Van der Poel had a relatively quiet day and crossed the finish line in the peloton.

In the general classification, the Dutchman maintains an eight-second lead over Tadej Pogacar.

Ide Schelling remains the leader in the mountains classification.

The peloton will move more towards the Alps on Friday.

The seventh stage goes from Vierzon to Le Creusot over almost 250 kilometers.

The five climbs of that stage are all in the last 90 kilometers, with the last col at 8 kilometers from the finish.

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Authorlaflammerouge16Moment of places15: 27 - July 1, 2021

Van Avermaet and Kluge attack

The sixth stage did not invite to attack because of the flat course (only one col of the fourth category), but nevertheless several riders tried to escape in the opening phase.

After 30 kilometers of race, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet - not for the first time in the stage - attacked and the Belgian got Roger Kluge along.

The peloton thought that was fine.

The pair did not really get the space of the peloton.

The maximum lead was never much more than two minutes and 2.5 kilometers before the finish the leading group was caught again.

The pre-expected bunch sprint became a fact and Cavendish was the best in that sprint.

The Briton dived from the wheel of Philipsen in the last meters and kept all competitors behind.

See also: View the classifications in the Tour with Van der Poel in yellow