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Archbold 10th in Tour de France stage

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/07/2016

New Zealand's Shane Archbold has finished high among the world's best sprinters on the sixth stage of the Tour de France.

Making his debut on the Tour for the Bora-Argon 18 team, Archbold underlined his finishing prowess with a lone ride into 10th place on the 190km stage from Arpajon Sur-Cere to Montauban.

The stage was won by Briton Mark Cavendish - his 29th in Tour history - who saw off German Marcel Kittel and third-placed Daniel McLay, the Wellington-born rider who moved to England as a child.

Without a team leading him home, accomplished New Zealand track representative Archbold latched onto the wheel of Kittel over the closing stages but couldn't make a final thrust to the finish line.

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet continues to wear the yellow jersey while New Zealand's three riders are all well back on general classification.

Veteran leadout rider Greg Henderson is yet to set up a stage win for his German teammate Andre Greipel, with Cavendish having claimed three stage wins.

LottoNL-Jumbo rider George Bennett is expected to feature more prominently when the Tour enters the Pyrenees over coming days.

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