Martin defends yellow on 6th stage of Tour


Germany’s Andre Greipel, wearing the best sprinter’s green jersey, talks to Germany’s Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, prior to the start of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) with start in Abbeville and finish in Le Havre, France, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Germany’s Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, signs autographs prior prior to the start of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) with start in Abbeville and finish in Le Havre, France, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — The latest from the sixth stage of the Tour de France (all times local):

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German rider Tony Martin defends the yellow jersey as riders set off on the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday.

Martin safely protected the leader’s jersey on a rainy fifth stage that featured another big crash, and which saw Martin’s countryman Andre Greipel sealing a second stage win in a sprint finish.

Stage 6 is a 191.5-kilometer route starting from Abbeville and finishing in Le Havre, France’s biggest commercial port.

It once again favors sprinters like Greipel, who will be eyeing a ninth career Tour stage win.

Martin leads British rider Chris Froome by 12 seconds and Tejay Van Garderen by 25.