Bad news for Lotto Soudal this morning: Greg Henderson won’t stand at the start of the seventh stage. The rib injury of the New-Zealander is so painful that it isn’t an option to continue the race. Henderson was involved in the big crash on Monday in the stage from Antwerp to Huy.

Team doctor Jan Mathieu: “It’s not easy to race with an injury like Greg has. As rider and team doctor you hope there is some kind of stabilization, that makes it possible to continue the race, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Last night the pain got worse and that’s why we decided to call it quits. The Tour is still long, it’s pointless to continue.”

Greg Henderson: “Already after my crash on Monday I was in a lot of pain. But I didn’t want to blame myself I hadn’t tried and I took the start on Tuesday. I hoped I would have less pain after a few days, but the Tour still lasts more than two weeks and I can’t continue this way. Even sitting at the side of my bed hurts. You don’t want to abandon the Tour. You come here to reach goals together and finish in Paris three weeks later. And that won’t happen for me. The guys already did a brilliant job, I hope they can continue on this way and make Lotto Soudal even more successful.”

Etixx - Quick-Step rider Zdenek Stybar launched very early on the last slopes of a punchy Le Havre finale for 191.5km Stage 6. The gamble paid off, as Stybar won for the first time in his career, in his first participation, at Le Tour de France on Thursday. 

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished 2nd. Bryan Coquard (Europcar) was 3rd. The peloton finished 2" down on the Czech rider.

However, the finale was not all good news for Etixx - Quick-Step. Yellow jersey wearer Tony Martin was caught in a crash inside 1km to go, and had to cross with a new bike. Four Etixx - Quick-Step teammates rode with the German rider, and race leader, across the finish line.


Etixx - Quick-Step rider Tony Martin will fly to BG Hospital in Hamburg immediately for surgery, and must withdraw from Le Tour de France. Martin, in the yellow jersey as race leader since a Stage 4 solo victory, was diagnosed with a collarbone fracture on the left side of his body that was suffered during a crash inside the final kilometer of the 6th Stage.


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