Tour de France – Stage 10 – Voeckler Wins the Break

Thomas Voeckler (EUR), one of the most divisive riders in the peloton has somehow, once again, summoned the energy in his 10th Tour de France to take the win from the breakaway. The sprint for the line between Voeckler, Scarponi, Voigt, L.L. Sanchez, and Dries Devenyns looked to be almost at crawling pace as each rider had a dig and blew themselves apart. After going over the newest addition to the Tour – the Col de Grand Colombiere, the breakaway fought it out over the Col du Richmond and then yelled at, waved at and attacked each other to the line, all five men exhausted and broken at the line.

The GC was a expertly controlled affair by Team Sky with Rogers, Porte, and Froome escorting Wiggins to the line. Vincenzo Nibali was the only truly active contender on the Colombiere attacking on the descent and meeting up with teammate Peter Sagan only to be caught on the Richmond. Jurgen Van Den Broeck and Pierre Rolland attacked off the Richmond but Sky kepy them in check as they only managed 31 seconds.

Tomorrow, another day in the Alps with more climbing. We’ve got two Hors Catagorie climbs – The Col de la Madeleine and the Col de la Croix de Fer, followed by the stepped Mollard and the finish up to La Toussuirre at 18km and 6.1%. Sky looks totally in control. Will the assaults on Wiggins be even more aggressive? Tomorrow will be another massive day and the selection could be fierce over the Col de la Croix. Expect huge time gaps in the top twenty, we’ll see about the top five.

Stage 10 Top Five
1. Thomas Voeckler (EUR)_____4h46’26”
2. Michele Scarponi (LAM)____+3″
3. Jens Voigt (RNT)__________+7″
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (RAB)___+23″
5. Dries Devenyns (OPQ)______+30″

Full Overall Classification: LeTour.fr

Overall Classification after Stage 10
1. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)_____43h59’02”
2. Cadel Evans (BMC)________+1’53”
3. Chris Froome (SKY)________+2’07”
4. Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ)_______+2’23”
5. Denis Menchov (KAT)______+3’02”
6. Haimar Zubeldia (RNT)_____+3’19”
7. Maxime Monfort (RNT)______+4’23”
8. Jurgen VanDenBroeck (LTB)_+4’48”
9. Nicolas Roche (ALM)_______+5’29”
10. Teejay Vangarderen (BMC)_+5’31”
11. Rui Costa (MOV)__________+5’46”
12. Rein Taaramae (COF)_____+5’56”
13. Janez Brajkovic (AST)_____+6’29”
14. Andreas Kloden (RNT)_____+6’33”
15. Michele Scarponi (LAM)____+7’14”
16. Frank Schleck (RNT)______+8’19”
17. Jerome Coppel (SAU)_____+8’31”
18. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)_______+8’53”
19. Levi Leipheimer (OPQ)____+8’58”
20. Pierre Rolland (EUR)_____+9’28”
21. Ivan Basso (LIQ)_________+9’30”
22. Chris Horner (RNT)_______+9’45”
23. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)_+10’46”

Full Overall Classification: LeTour.fr

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