Stage Report: Cross-wind chaos! The damage to the overall placings today was not caused by mountains or crashes, but the invisible enemy – The wind. The race split with Jumbo-Visma’s Wout Van Aert in the front group and cross champ took some big scalps in the sprint. Losers on the day: Pinot, Landa and Bennett.
Wout Van Aert – What must Viviani and Ewan be thinking?
Wout van Aert was the best in Albi after 217 kilometres of echelons, which caused big changes in the overall rankings. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) strengthened his yellow jersey, as Thibaut Pinot, Jakob Fuglsang, Richie Porte, Rigoberto Urán, Mikel Landa and George Bennett all lost time.
Maybe Peter Sagan also has his eyes on the KOM jersey
Stage 10 Route:
Another tough day, no big climbs, but no flat road on the 217,5 kilometres between Saint-Flour and Albi. Four climbs; one Cat. 4 and three Cat. 3. The last climb, Côte de La Malric (3,6km at 4,7%), comes 53 kilometres before the finish so it shouldn’t make any difference to the result. If the race comes back together it could be another day for Peter Sagan or any sprinter that can hang on. Albi is the home town of Lilian Calmejane of Total Direct Energie, also the birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec, who painted many advertising posters for cycling firms.
Day 10 – Rest day tomorrow
The climbs come early on stage 10
Mørkøv was hard at work as usual
The early break
Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Gobert), Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie) jumped away early in the stage. The sprinter teams thought that was fine, but CCC and Team Sunweb wanted to send someone along.
A quiet time in the peloton
Those attacks were countered, especially those from Sunweb. Michael Schär was given space, which allowed the CCC rider to make the cross to the leading group. The six up front didn’t get much advantage. Lotto Soudal, Jumbo-Visma and Deceuninck – Quick-Step kept the lead around 3 minutes.
Just after the intermediate sprint the peloton started to look like they wanted to race. The lead of the break was cut in half as the strong wind was coming from the back and across the race. With 65 kilometres to go, it became really serious when Ineos put the pressure on to put the peloton into a long line, Jumbo-Visma was also near the in front.
Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie) lead the break
A split at the back of the peloton, shortly before a third Cat. 3 climb. This slowed the pace and the lead of the escape again grew to 2 minutes. Moments later, EF Education First tried a surprise move using the wind. This caused the peloton to split again.
The peloton was pulled into one long line by Tony Martin
Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Ineos were the next teams to give it a go. With 35 kilometres to the finish, it was the yellow jersey of Julian Alaphilippe who made the pace, further thinning the peloton. Giulio Ciccone (2nd overall), Thibaut Pinot (3rd), Rigoberto Urán (8th), Jakob Fuglsang (9th), Richie Porte (18th) and Bauke Mollema (19th) were surprised and had to chase. George Bennett (4th) was in a third group after he had dropped back to get water bottles.
And the ‘Break of the Day’ is: Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie), Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Gobert), Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin), Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) and Michael Schar (CCC)
Pinot loses time, Bennett…. All hope
The break of the day was caught due to the action in the peloton. The gap to the Pinot group was just half a minute with 20 kilometres to the line. The Pinot group lost more and more ground as Albi approached. Ciccone and Groenewegen, among others, had already been dropped. The Bennett group lost more than 2 minutes. There was bad news for Mikel Landa as the Movistar leader was initially in the front group, but at a crucial moment he lost his position and had to chase.
Today’s Wanty-Gobert rider is Norway’s Odd Eiking
Ineos, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Bora-Hansgrohe kept the pace high in the front group. As well as the classification riders, a number of fast-finishers were also present, such as Peter Sagan, Caleb Ewan, Elia Viviani, Michael Matthews, Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen.
Ineos (amongst others) saw an opportunity and put the hammer down
Alaphilippe was happy to help the split
With a lot of riders in the front group; Sunweb hit the front to lead-out Matthews. This worked at first, but on the slight rise, Van Aert went early in the sprint and managed to surprise the rest and hold off Viviani by a tyre width on the line. Viviani was second, Ewan third, Matthews fourth, Sagan fifth.
Jumbo-Visma and Ineos well to the fore
And a crossman wins a stage of the Tour de France
Behind the front group; Pinot and Co. crossed the line with Fuglsang, Urán and Porte at 1:39. The group with Landa and Ciccone followed at 2:08. Behind that Bennett lost more than 5 minutes. Due to all the shifts, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal are second and third on the overall with Steven Kruijswijk in fourth.
The big win on the road for Wout Van Aert
Stage winner, Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “I’m sorry, I can’t believe that I’ve won a stage of the Tour de France. It’s above anything else. I’ve discovered this race in the last ten days. Winning at my first attempt is incredible. It became quite nervous in the finale. Luckily we stayed at the front with Steven Kruijswijk and Dylan Groenewegen. I went 250 meters from the finish. It was close with Viviani at the end, but 1cm is enough as long as I won it.”
Tour de France Stage 10 Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 4:49:39
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
6. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
7. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
10. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC
11. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
12. Geraint Thomas (GB) Ineos
13. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
14. Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos
15. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
16. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
17. Cees Bol (Ned) Sunweb
18. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
19. Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
20. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
21. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar
22. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
23. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
24. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data
25. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 10:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 43:27:15
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) Ineos at 1:12
3. Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos at 1:16
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1:27
5. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:45
6. Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:46
7. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:47
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:04
9. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates at 2:09
10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:33
11. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:33
12. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:46
13. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First at 3:18
14. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
15. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 3:20
16. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 3:22
17. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 3:26
18. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data at 3:28
19. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert at 3:42
20. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 3:59
21. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 4:15
22. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 4:25
23. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 4:32
24. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana at 4:34
25. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 5:57.