After Wednesday’s stage five ended as a battle of the general classification riders, it was back to a sprinting contest on stage six of the Tour de France 2017, the third bunch sprint stage of the race so far.

With another route of over 200km from Vesoul to Troyes, it would be another long day out for the riders of the Tour peloton, but one that they knew would likely come down to a gallop to the line for the fast men.

With two of the star sprint names in Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) now out of the Tour, who would rise to the forefront of the remaining sprinters?

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step), winner of stage two, has shown he has some good form, but could he be challenged by veterans André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), or would green jersey Arnaud Démare be able to follow up his stage four win with another victory?

Catch-up with the best bits of the stage or read up on everything that happened on the sixth day of racing in our stage six report.

The 2017 Tour de France starts in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday July 1 and finishes three weeks later in Paris on Sunday, July 23.