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From this point the peloton will travel to the mainland over one of the bridges since the feared Passage du Gois has a bad reputation for being too slippery. At the end of Week 1 the Tour de France will leave Bretagne with two stages 7 and 8 which offers chances for the sprinters of the peloton.
Most of the favourites matched them but Colombian Rigoberto Uran, who finished second overall last year, was dropped on the final climb and is now nearly four minutes back on Froome. Guillaume Martin also struggled, surprisingly, but Van Avermaet held tough to the group despite repeated accelerations.
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So to bounce back like that is the perfect response. The peloton let Van Avermaet go because the classics specialist, who was second on Sunday's cobble stage, poses no threat to the overall title - indeed post-race he rated his chances of keeping the race lead after Wednesday's stage 11 as "zero".
Van Avermaet retains yellow, partly by virtue of staying clear of the mess unfolding behind. This time trial lasts for 35 kilometres in and around Cholet. The winner of this sprint will be in the yellow jersey next day. The Dimension Data man clung on with Damien Gaudin until 20km to go, before being swallowed up by the dust, chaos and whirling arms and legs of the peloton.
A total of riders across 22 teams are participating in the stage race. Sagan lost contact with the lead group, but Van Avermaet continued with Pauwels, Gaudu, Gilbert, Moinard and Postlberger, eventually linking up with the two attackers on the descent. Team Sky and the other general classification teams know Van Avermaet, who is not a pure climber, should still lose the race lead over the next two days in the Alps but this was a superb ride to keep his yellow jersey into an eighth day.
Four-time winner Chris Froome is up to sixth overall, three minutes and 21 seconds back on Van Avermaet, while fellow Briton Adam Yates is seventh, on the same time. A route of He came in fourth on the stage, 1: