GUEUGNON, France — Mark Cavendish has won the sixth and longest stage of this year’s Tour de France as the main title contenders finished in a closely trailing pack.
The British rider won his second straight stage and raised his arms in celebration at the end of Friday’s hot 227.5-kilometre course from Montargis to Gueugnon, which favoured sprinters.
The standings didn’t change, with Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara retaining the yellow jersey. Victoria’s Ryder Hesjedal remained in fourth place while defending champion Alberto Contador stayed ninth and seven-time champion Lance Armstrong was in 18th spot.
Barring a crash or mishap, overall standings rarely change on a flat stage. Strong climbers are poised to take centre stage once the three-week race enters the Alps on Sunday.