Tour de France Stage 10 Analysis

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Tour de France Stage 10 Analysis

After a much needed rest day the peloton headed back on the roads to continue the journey to Paris. Today was a toss up for who would come out on top, and in the end it belonged to the breakaway. A sprinter would claim the victory and defeat the World Champion in the process, as cycling fans were treated to another thrilling finish.

Matthews Comes Out On Top

Orica-Bike Exchange claimed their first win of the tour, as Michael Matthews took his first career Tour de France stage win in an exciting sprint to the finish. The Australian was a member of the breakaway that opened up a healthy gap on the peloton early on and eventually split into a seven man group. All seven made it to the final straightaway where Matthews bounced to the outside and cruised to the win.

His teammates Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey were instrumental in his victory. Both riders made sure the pace remained high in order for Matthews to do as little as possible. Impey went off the front multiple times in an attempt to get the group to chase him. Peter Sagan ended up doing the chasing and in the end it may have had an effect on him in the final sprint.

Sagan Regains Green Jersey

It was another brave effort today from Sagan as he attempted to go for victory in the breakaway. Despite just missing out on the victory in the sprint, he did manage to regain the green jersey. He moves ahead of Mark Cavendish in the standings, and he may very well hold on to the jersey until Paris at this point.

Top Riders Stay Safe

It was a quiet day for the top general classification riders as the peloton calmly crossed the line today. There was no real urgency to bring back the breakaway. At one point it appeared they might try and cut the gap when the lead dwindled down to four minutes. However, there appeared to be no real organized effort to bring back the riders up the road.

Thomas Voeckler made an appearance at the front of the peloton during the stage, which provided many of us some entertainment. Other than that it was a rather uneventful day today. Most of the riders appeared to be well rested, as they prepare for what should  be a sprint stage tomorrow.

Stage Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7by25xpo_pQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oSqlagTpGg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzwoKcFprzs

Tweets Of The Day

Stage 10 Data

 

Stage Results

General Classification After Stage 10

Points Classification

  1. Peter Sagan 242 Pts
  2. Mark Cavendish 204 Pts
  3. Marcel Kittel 182 Pts
  4. Michael Matthews 124 Pts
  5. Greg Van Avermaet 112 Pts

Young Riders Classification

  1. Adam Yates
  2. Louis Meintjes + 00’39”
  3. Warren Barguil + 02’35”
  4. Wilco Kelderman + 05’12”
  5. Emanuel Buchmann +08’32”

Mountain Classification

  1. Thibaut Pinot 80 Pts
  2. Rafal Majka 77 Pts
  3. Tom Dumoulin 58 Pts
  4. Rui Costa 50 Pts
  5. Thomas De Gendt 36 Pts

Team Classification

  1. BMC
  2. Movistar
  3. Team Sky
  4. Astana
  5. AG2R La Mondiale

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