Tour de France 2018 stage 8 -- Dylan Groenewegen wins on Bastille Day

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The Breton flag flies in the background during the early part of Tuesday's fifth stage Credit Getty Images

The Dutchman needed no help from his team mates in the final straight as he slalomed through his rivals to beat German Andre Greipel by nearly a bike length after 181 kms from Dreux, with Colombian Fernando Gaviria crossing the line third.

Groenewegen said: "My legs are better every day".

Gaviria and green jersey holder Sagan, who have won two stages each in this year's race, ended up following Groenewegen home in a line without ever looking likely to challenge him, with Arnaud Demare in fourth.

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Five years after his first stage win and the last Irish victory on the Tour, at Bagneres-du-Bigorres in the Pyrenees, Martin took glory on the shorter but equally steep slopes of the aptly named Mur de Bretagne, or "Wall of Brittany". "I saw Gaviria and Greipel were fighting for position but I saw the finish line and thought, 'This is the moment". All the GC contenders finished in the main pack.

"Having already lost 53 seconds on the stage - finishing 46th after a big effort from team-mate Soren Kragh Andersen, in the white jersey, to minimise their losses, he now drops to 19th - 1'23" behind yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet.

Four-time victor Chris Froome remained over a minute behind Van Avermaet, a support rider for BMC leading hope Richie Porte.

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The mostly flat 181-kilometer (112-mile) ride from Dreux to Amiens was won by Groenewegen in 4 hours, 23 minutes.

The mostly flat 181-kilometre (112-mile) ride from Dreux to Amiens comes before the three-week race faces one of its most hard legs when it hits the tricky and occasionally treacherous cobblestones. "I've had so many second places at the Tour since the last one".

Fans helped celebrate Bastille Day by waving French flags along the side of road as the riders moved north of Paris through wheat fields to Amiens, the birthplace of French President Emmanuel Macron. The result was another mostly calm ride. I didn't think it was going to happen, but the legs just were there.

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Martin and 11 other riders couldn't reconnect and Martin lost more than a minute, falling from 21st to 31st place at 2:47 behind.

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