Tour de France 2017: Froome enjoys calm stage as court rejects legal bid for Sagan reinstatement

 
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Le Tour de France 2017 - Stage Six
Germany's Marcel Kittel (centre, in blue) today took his second stage of this year's Tour de France (Source: Getty)

Britain’s Chris Froome savoured a relaxed day in the saddle on Thursday after a turbulent start to the Tour de France.

Race leader Froome and his main rivals finished safely in the main bunch as German Marcel Kittel took his second stage of this year’s Tour following a sprint finish in Troyes.

But there was further drama off the course, as Peter Sagan failed in a legal bid to overturn his disqualification for felling rival Mark Cavendish earlier this week, while Briton Simon Yates joined Froome in retaining one of the leaders’ jerseys.

“As far as the Tour de France goes, it was as relaxed as it gets,” said Froome.

You just try and stay out of the wind, stay on the wheels and save as much energy as you can.

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A quiet day’s racing stood in stark contrast to the rest of this year’s Tour, which has seen a raft of crashes, the ejection of world champion Sagan and an early test in the mountains.

Froome’s Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas stayed second in the general classification, meaning there are three Brits in the top six.

Yates held onto his lead – and the white jersey – in the young rider’s competition, and remains sixth in the overall standings, but admitted he was much less relaxed than Froome.

The Orica-Scott rider said: “A day like today is not so difficult on the body. It’s more the head, the stress of fighting for position, to avoid crashes or splits in the bunch.

We’re going so fast and everything happens much quicker than you can imagine. It’s very stressful for everybody.

Kittel added to his victory on stage two by out-sprinting Frenchman Arnaud Demare and Germany’s Andre Greipel.

Earlier, the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected a complaint from Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team against the controversial decision to disqualify the Slovakian for his crash with Cavendish on Tuesday.

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Stage result

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 KITTEL MARCEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 05H 05' 34''
2 DEMARE ARNAUD FDJ 05H 05' 34'' 00' 00''
3 GREIPEL ANDRÉ LOTTO SOUDAL 05H 05' 34'' 00' 00''
4 KRISTOFF ALEXANDER TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 05H 05' 34'' 00' 00''
5 BOUHANNI NACER COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 05H 05' 34'' 00' 00''
6 GROENEWEGEN DYLAN TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO 05H 05' 34'' 00' 00''
7 MATTHEWS MICHAEL TEAM SUNWEB 05H 05' 34'' 00' 00''
8 MC LAY DANIEL TEAM FORTUNEO - OSCARO 05H 05' 34'' 00' 00''
9 SELIG RÜDIGER BORA - HANSGROHE 05H 05' 34'' 00' 00''
10 DEGENKOLB JOHN TREK - SEGAFREDO 05H 05' 34'' 00' 00''

General classification

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 23H 44' 33''
2 THOMAS GERAINT TEAM SKY 23H 44' 45'' 00' 12''
3 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 23H 44' 47'' 00' 14''
4 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 23H 44' 58'' 00' 25''
5 PORTE RICHIE BMC RACING TEAM 23H 45' 12'' 00' 39''
6 YATES SIMON ORICA - SCOTT 23H 45' 16'' 00' 43''
7 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE 23H 45' 20'' 00' 47''
8 CONTADOR ALBERTO TREK - SEGAFREDO 23H 45' 25'' 00' 52''
9 QUINTANA NAIRO MOVISTAR TEAM 23H 45' 27'' 00' 54''
10 MAJKA RAFAL BORA - HANSGROHE 23H 45' 34'' 01' 01''

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