German sprint machine Marcel Kittel wins his four stage of the 2017 Tour de France
Stage 10 was another opportunity for the sprinters and a chance for German rider Marcel Kittel to notch his fourth stage win of this year’s tour. Kittel did just that, using Dan Mclay as his lead-out rider.
Yesterday provided the riders with an opportunity to catch their breath and enjoy a well-earned break from the tensions of the peloton. If stage nine was a cocktail of misery, pain and disappointment, stage 10 was a cocktail of relative calm and order.
Elie Gesbert and Yoann Offredo remain four and a half minutes clear. Offredo took the intermediate sprint and the pair remained out front until around the 23KM when it looked like they were going to be caught by the peloton. The Frenchmen then began to increase the gap as the peloton turned down the gas. They were eventually caught with 7KM to go.
Lotto Soudal and Katusha jostled for position as they aimed to line up André Greipel and Alexander Kristoff respectively. The attacks came in the final 200 meters and British rider Dan Mclay of Team Fortuneo looked like he was in the mood for a stage win, he went too early and ran out of steam. Kittel’s timing was perfect and he powered by John Degenkolb and Dylan Groenewegen to win by two-to-three bike lengths. The other sprinters will look back at the film and assess where they got their timing wrong.
Kittel takes his Tour de France stage win tally to 13, the most for any German rider, that’s not bad considering the company he is in. The starting riders all made it home safe. There is no change in the GC standings.
Stage 11 takes the riders 2013.5KM from Eymet to Pau, the largest city in the Pyrenees, and is the last real flat stage of the Tour until the riders reach Marseille on stage 20.
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