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Jul 4, 2013 8:06 PM by Bill Halter, AP

Greipel wins sixth stage at Tour de France

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) - German rider Andre Greipel won Thursday's sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish and Daryl Impey became the first South African to wear the race leader's yellow jersey after taking it from teammate Simon Gerrans.

In baking hot temperatures, Greipel surged ahead some 500 meters from the line and held off a strong challenge from Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel.

The 30-year-old Greipel dedicated his fifth career Tour stage win to his Lotto-Belisol teammate Jurgen Van den Broeck, who pulled out before the start of after failing to overcome a knee injury from a crash Wednesday.

The Tour's first rest day is Monday.

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