Dutch rider Groenewegen sprints to stage six win of Tour de France in Dijon

Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands won stage six of the Tour de France on Thursday in a mass dash for the Dijon finish line in which Belgian Jasper Philipsen was relegated for a swerve.

Overnight leader Tadej Pogacar retains the yellow jersey by 45sec from Belgian Remco Evenepoel while defending champion Jonas Vingegaard is third at 50sec.

Rounding out the top five are Spaniard Juan Ayuso and Pogacar's Slovenian compatriot Primoz Roglic.

Groenewegen powered straight ahead with his head down but kept his run straight as he wore an unusual black aerodynamic nosefoil or 'beak'.

"I've lost some sprints like that, man-to-man, but I was just a bit better than Jasper Philipsen today," Groenewegen said.

Philipsen was originally second at the line in Dijon, but was relegated for a swerve that almost took Wout van Aert out during the dash for the line.

"That's a bad habit of his," said Visma's van Aert.

"I would be angry if there were no sanctions. He does not need to be thrown out of the race for me, but a declassification is appropriate."

Ahead of Thursday's race Bahrain-Victorious voiced discontent over Phil Bauhaus's 13 point penalty in the green sprinters' jersey race after he was judged to have deviated from his line dangerously on stage five.

They felt three other riders made similar deviations without being penalised and insisted on this point to the race commissioners outside their bus.

Thursday's decision means green jersey wearer Biniam Girmay was promoted to second.

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