Cavendish wins Tour Stage 6 in mass sprint in Montauban

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MONTAUBAN, France — British sprinter Mark Cavendish easily won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a mass finish on Thursday.

It was Cavendish’s third stage win of this Tour, his 29th overall.

Cavendish beat German sprinter Marcel Kittel by half a wheel, with Daniel McLay third.

The stage took the peloton from Arpajon-sur-Cere to Montauban in southwestern France on a 190.5-kilometer ride.

Early attackers Yukiya Arashiro and Jan Barta built up a lead of 4 1/2 minutes but were caught by the pack with 22 kilometers left.

Greg van Avermaet kept the yellow jersey ahead of Friday’s first stage in the Pyrenees.