Stage 6: A flat 129-mile ride from Epernay to Metz across the green vineyards of the Champagne region.
Winner: Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who won his third stage victory at this year's Tour after a massive crash 16 miles from the finish thinned the ranks of sprinters, including world champion Mark Cavendish, who finished six minutes behind.
Yellow jersey: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland kept the race leader's jersey for a seventh consecutive day. He leads Bradley Wiggins of Britain by seven seconds. Defending champ Cadel Evans of Australia moved up one place to sixth, 17 seconds off the pace.
Stat of the day: 6. The number of riders who dropped out of the race after crashing during the stage's two big pile-ups, including former three-time world champion Oscar Freire of Spain and American rider Tom Danielson.