Montpellier - Daryl Impey has made Tour de France history on Thursday by becoming the
first African to take possession of the Tour de France yellow jersey.
AndréGreipel, of Lotto, dominated a bunch sprint to win the sixth
stage of the race, held over 176.5 km between Aix-en-Provence and
Montpellier, ahead of Slovakian Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and German
Marcel Kittel (Argos).
Britain's Mark Cavendish, who claimed his
maiden win of the 100th edition and 24th of his career on Wednesday,
finished fourth having crashed with 34 km to race and battled to rejoin
VIDEO: Impey celebrates behind-the-scenes
"It was a very nervous stage but I knew if we kept it
together we could win this stage," said Greipel, one of several
sprinters out to grab a share of the glory normally enjoyed by
Impey, a South African who rides for Orica-GreenEdge, took over the race lead from Australian teammate Simon Gerrans.
really proud to be the first South African and the first African to
wear the yellow jersey," said Impey, who had been in second place
overall since Orica-GreenEdge's triumph in the team time trial on stage
"Sometimes all the stars line up for you and this is
definitely one of those moments.
"To wear the yellow jersey at the 100th
edition of the Tour de France is just a dream come true.
"History has been made and I'm really excited. I'm sure a lot of people back in South Africa are really happy.
"To be able to say I wore the yellow jersey for just one day is something I will treasure forever."
whose career was revived when he joined Orica on their inception in
2011 following an aborted move to the now-defunct Pegasus team, leads
Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen of Sky by 3secs with Gerrans third
overall at 5.
Another Orica rider, Swiss Michael Albasini, is
fourth on the same time while Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, who is
wearing the white jersey for the race's best-placed rider aged 25 or
under, is fifth at 6secs.
Tour de France favourite Chris Froome
(Sky), who was born in Africa but now represents Britain, is the
best-placed of the overall victory contenders in seventh place at 8secs
Friday's seventh stage is a 205.5 km ride from Montpellier
to Albi. The race's first mountain stages will be held in the Pyrenees
on Saturday and Sunday.
Impey added: "We've been really united
since we took the yellow jersey and I think we can keep the yellow
jersey for one more day.
Results from Stage six of the Tour de France, a 176.5-km ride from Aix-en-Provence, on Thursday:
1. Andr Greipel (GER/LTB) 3h59min 02sec
2. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) at 0:00.
3. Marcel Kittel (GER/ARG) 0:00.
4. Mark Cavendish (GBR/OPQ) 0:00.
5. Juan Jos Lobato (ESP/EUS) 0:00.
6. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 0:00.
7. Jos Joaquin Rojas (ESP/MOV) 0:00.
8. Danny van Poppel (NED/VAC) 0:00.
9. Roberto Ferrari (ITA/LAM) 0:00.
10. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM) 0:00.
11. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/SOJ) 0:00.
12. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/SKY) 0:00.
13. Daryl Impey (RSA/ORI) 0:00.
14. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP/VAC) 0:00.
15. Matthew Goss (AUS/ORI) 0:00.
16. Greg Henderson (NZL/LTB) 0:00.
17. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 0:05.
18. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:05.
19. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 0:05.
20. Jack Bauer (NZL/GRM) 0:05.
1. Daryl Impey (South Africa / Orica) 22:18:17"
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway / Team Sky) +3"
3. Simon Gerrans (Australia / Orica) +5"
4. Michael Albasini (Switzerland / Orica)
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +6"
6. Sylvain Chavanel (France / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
7. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) +8"
8. Richie Porte (Australia / Team Sky)
9. Nicolas Roche (Ireland / Saxo - Tinkoff) +14"
10. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic / Saxo - Tinkoff)