An ease back into racing after the first rest day at the Tour de France

Tue 11 Jul 2017

Racing eased back into action for stage 10 of the Tour de France following the first rest day yesterday.

A flat profile and small, two-man breakaway made for a predictable day on the road with the stage finishing in a bunch sprint won by Marcel Kittel (Quickstep Floors).

ORICA-SCOTT and Simon Yates maintained the white jersey, crossing the line on bunch time.  South African Daryl Impey the top finisher in 41st place with Yates not far behind in 49th.

“It was a pretty cruisy day on the bike for the most part,” Yates said. “Of course the final is always a little bit stressful. It’s nothing too serious, everyone just wants to stay out of trouble.”

How it happened:

Fresh off the rest day, some predicted stage 10 to be a breakaway opportunity despite the relatively flat parcours.

It wasn’t to be as two riders went off the front immediately and quickly rode out to a five-minute advantage, playing right into the hands of the sprint outfits. 

The duo of Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) were kept under control at the had of the race, whilst the load at the front of the peloton was shared between Lotto-Soudal, Katusha Alpecin and Quickstep Floors.

With 30km to go, their advantage was under two-minutes before the race eventually came back together in the final seven kilometres. 

Despite a slightly technical finale, the sprint transpired without mishap with Kittel once again too strong for the rest.

Tour de France – Stage 10 Results:

1. Marcel Kittel (Quickstep Floors) 4:01:00
2. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) ST
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto-Jumbo) ST
41. Daryl Impey (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

Tour de France – General Classification after stage 10:

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 42:27:28
2. Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) +0:18
3. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) +0:51
4. Simon Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +2:02

Photo courtesy of TDWsport.