Adam Yates moves into the top-10 overall after a thrilling stage 10 of the Tour de France

Mon 15 Jul 2019

European champion Matteo Trentin took his fifth top-10 finish of this year’s Tour de France as team leader Adam Yates claimed time on a host of general classification rivals on stage 10.

The final day before the rest day appeared to be heading for a routine sprint finish, but the race was blown apart inside the final 50-kilometres as crosswinds wreaked havoc in the peloton.

Adam Yates and Trentin were alert to the danger and made it into the right side of a split that saw several big name GC contenders distanced, while Adam Yates moved into the top-10 overall in seventh place.

Steady Start

The stage had been tipped as a potential one for the break, but the sprint teams were also keen to have one last shot at victory before the rest day. And the day seem to have swung in favour of the sprinters when just six riders headed down the road to form the breakaway.

The sprint teams quickly capped the escapees advantage to just shy of three minutes and it seemed like the stage would come down to a bunch finish in Albi. The gap to the six leaders then began to tumble rapidly with 65-kilometres left on the stage as EF Education First moved to the head of the bunch with the threat of crosswinds looming.

The increase in pace saw several riders distanced, but they were able to get back on as the tempo let up, and as the pace slowed the gap to the breakaway edged back out to 1’45”. However, the race was blown apart inside 40-kilometres to go as Team INEOS and Deceuninck - Quick Step ripped the bunch apart on the narrows roads with the crosswinds blowing.

Frantic Finish

The split saw several groups spread across the road and a host of GC hopefuls distanced, including third placed Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ), fourth placed George Bennett (Team Jumbo-Visma), plus Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team). The chasers scrambled to get organised and began hunting down the front group that contained Adam Yates and Trentin, who were contributing to the pace in front in order to further distance the chasing pack.

The chasers got within 12-seconds of making contact but the gap grew again as the yellow jersey group swept past the breakaway with 24-kilometres to go. The front group continued to work together to put more time into the distanced GC contenders and the numbers in the second group began to fall as the gap reached one minute.

The sprint teams then took over on the front as the leaders raced under the three kilometres to go banner as they looked to tee it up for the fast men who had made into the front split. Trentin was the first to launch his kick for the line and the Italian held on for eighth behind winner Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma), while Adam Yates profited from the carnage on the day to move into seventh overall.

Adam Yates:
"What can you say? It was pretty chilled out in the beginning, then all of a sudden it went warp speed! Good job I had guys around me, especially Matteo."

"As soon as it went in the gutter we were there at the front swapping off and doing turns, I’ve never done that before, that’s a new experience. But all in all a good day."

Matt White (Sports Director):
"We came into today not really to gain time but just to make sure we didn’t lose any time and the time we’ve gained on some of our biggest rivals is a big, big bonus and a bonus you wouldn’t expect to take on a flat stage the day before the rest day."

"Matteo was looking after Adam, riding through in the crosswinds with him and looking after him all the way to the line. Having someone with Matteo’s experience taking Adam to the line was a big bonus and was part of the reason we’ve taken so much time."

"We’ve moved into the top-10 in seventh place and it’s very tight. Besides yesterday’s win, we’ve had a very quiet 10 days for a reason, and we know how tough this second half of the race is."

"All the different groups in our team have done a great job and the biggest group of workers in the first 10 days has been the ‘engine room’ boys and they’re tired and they’re tired for a reason, they’ve been guiding Adam around for 10 days and it’s a well-deserved rest day for them."

Tour de France 2019 Stage 10 Results:
1. Wout van Aert (Team jumbo-Visma) 4:49:39
2. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick Step) ST
3. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) ST
8. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General Classification After Stage 10:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) 38:37:36
2. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +1:12
3. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +1:16
7. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:47

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