Troyes, France: Marcel Kittel burst through to win a bunch sprint at the end of the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday.
The powerful German sprinter looked to be struggling as the leaders roared towards the finish in Troyes but ended up winning the sprint comfortably for his 11th Tour stage victory.
The Quick Step rider, who also won the second stage, crossed the line in front of Frenchman Arnaud Demare and fierce rival Andre Greipel.
"I'm proud of my team, they did a great job because it was a very different finish to Liege," Kittel said.
"The last kilometre was a little bit freestyle, but I had a good wheel to follow in Demare, and then I had to go on my own from 250m. I feel good at the moment, and for sure I have (the green jersey) in my focus."
Race leader Chris Froome finished safely in the pack to retain the yellow jersey.