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Greipel wins Stage 6 of Tour de France

Montpellier, France (Sports Network) - Andre Greipel of Germany won the sixth stage of the 2013 Tour de France on Thursday, a 176.5-kilometer ride from Aix- en-Provence to Montpellier.

Greipel pulled away late to beat Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish and Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle to the finish line.

Greipel completed Thursday's mostly flat trek in just under four hours.

Cavendish, the winner of Stage 5, crashed with less than 35 kilometers to go, but his teammates did enough to get him back in the hunt.

"I don't know if Mark Cavendish was hindered by his fall, he was there at the finish," Greipel said. "We are hard people: even when we crash, we are still there to do our job a lot of the time. Last year I also crashed two times near the end of a stage and I was still there for the sprint. I think he is okay because he is sprinting. He won yesterday and I won today and I think it's good because it's our objective to win stages."

Simon Gerrans handed his yellow jersey over to teammate Daryl Impey, who became the first South African to wear the jersey as the overall leader.

Friday's seventh stage is a 205.5-kilometer ride from Montpellier to Albi.

07/04 13:08:35 ET