Germany's Tour de France sprint supremacy continued in Champagne country on Thursday as Andre Greipel triumphed in Reims.
Team Sky's problems continued on Thursday as Spaniard Xabier Zandio joined Chris Froome in exiting the Tour de France.
A dejected Chris Froome saw his Tour de France title defence ended by a third crash in two days on Wednesday's fifth stage with his own personal hell coming even before he hit the cobbles used in 'The Hell of the North'.
Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France on Wednesday, leaving Team Sky to turn their focus towards a podium challenge for Richie Porte.
Holland's Lars Boom prevailed amid the carnage which saw defending champion Chris Froome abandon the Tour de France to win a thrilling fifth stage over the cobbles of northern France on Wednesday.
The Ypres to Arenburg Porte du Hinaut stage commemorated 100 years since the start of World War One and featured many of the cobbles used in the Paris-Roubaix one-day race 'the Hell of the North'.