2013 Tour – Stage 10 – Jet Stream

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The day after the rest day always makes for something of a casual affair, and today’s race was just that for the majority of the day. A five man break (Simon, Oroz, Mate, Westra and Cousin) tested their luck, and the peloton’s sprint teams did the least they could to keep them in check without letting them get away. Averaging just 37.9kmph for the majority of the stage, the boys were relaxed until the final 25km.

As the group approached the coast, the wind became a massive concern. 30kmph off the beach and the GC teams were mixing in with the sprint teams as things got very nervous. Saxo Bank looked jumpy as they appeared ready to bolt at any opportunity for a split but Chris Froome, aided by Ian Stannard, diligently kept up to the front. Although things were very twitchy, there was only one small crash when Juan Antonio Flecha got squeezed out at a roundabout.

Entering into Saint Malo, with 5km remaining, Orica Greenedge took control of the lead and held for about a km until Omega Pharma really surged through. Both teams perhaps taking it up early, and Lotto took advantage as they whipped the speed up something fierce in the final 1.5km and placed Andre Griepel perfectly. Cavendish was doing his best to hold the wheels of the bigger men, even shoulder checking a Argos leadout man to the ground, but with that his run slowed. Sagan just tried to keep close as Greipel looked to have it in the bag until Marcel Kittel turned on the afterburners in the final 100m and closed on the Gorilla in a stunning display of speed and just edged him at the line. No change in the top ten as the teams did a great job of keeping their men safe. Tomorrow, the crucial (and likely windy) TT.

Stage 10 Top Five
1. Marcel Kittel (ARG)_________4h53’25”
2. Andre Griepel (LTB)
3. Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
4. Peter Sagan (CAN)
5. William Bonnet (FDJ)

Overall Classification after 10 stages
1. Chris Froome (SKY)________41h52’43″
2. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)____+1’25″
3. Bauke Mollema (BEL)_______+1’44″
4. Laurens Ten Dam (BEL)_____+1’50″
5. Roman Kreuziger (TST)_____+1’51″
6. Alberto Contador (TST)
7. Nairo Quintana (MOV)______+2’02″
8. Dan Martin (GRM)__________+2’28″
9. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)___+2’31″
10. Rui Costa (MOV)__________+2’45″
11. Mikel Nieve (EUS)_________+2’55″
12. Jacob Fuglsang (AST)______+3’07″
13. Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQ)__+3’25″
14. JC Peraud (ALM)__________+3’29″
15. Andy Schleck (RLT)_______+4’00″
16. Cadel Evans (BMC)________+4’36″

19. Igor Anton (EUS)_________+6’40″

25. Andrew Talansky (GRM)____+11’15″
26. Pierre Rolland (EUR)______+12’34″

34. Richie Porte (SKY)________+20’10″

38. Damiano Cunego (LAM)____+22’30″

41. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)_____+27’48″

49. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)______+33’11″
50. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)___+35’01″

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