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Old 7th July 2016, 15:24   #31
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Stage 5 Results

It was a show of Grit, Determination and Dream come true. Greg Van Avermaet takes stage win to win the yellow jersey.

This stage has given a glimpse of who are the real contenders of the Tour. The mountain climbs provided all the entertainment yesterday.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) soloed into Le Lioran to claim victory on stage 5 of the Tour de France and move into the yellow jersey at the end of a demanding day in the Massif Central that saw Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) surrender all hopes of final overall victory and a struggling Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) concede yet more ground to his chief rivals.

The BMC Racing rider had been part of a nine-man breakaway group that went away from the peloton early in the day and was given a huge margin.

De Gendt came over the finish line second and earned the polka dot jersey for his efforts on the stage’s climbs.

Movistar did much of the early pace making and their fast pace saw many riders go out the back of the peloton. Team Sky came to the front and took up lead duties of what soon became a very select group.

Behind him things livened up as Romain Bardet (ag2r La Mondiale) used his local knowledge to up the pace in the favourites group, but he couldn’t get away from the likes of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Early breakaway
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It's becoming difficult tour for Contador. He lost additional time on stage 5. His shoulder injury was visible thru his jersey.
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Old 7th July 2016, 15:39   #32
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Stage 06 : 7-July-2016

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Start City/Location: Arpajon Sur Cere, France

End City/Location: Montauban, France

Local start time: 12:50 pm (4:25 pm IST)

Total Distance: 190.5 kms

Type of stage: Mostly flat

Mountain passes
  • At Km 62.0 - Col des Estaques - 2 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 3
  • At Km 71.5 - Côte d'Aubin - 1.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% - category 4
  • At Km 149.0 - Côte de Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val - 3.2 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% - category 3

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Stage Summary

Stage 6 is targeted by the sprinters as the finale has no difficulty. In its first half, stage 6 is contested on a lumpy terrain, very suitable for breakaways to take shape. Five points are up for grabs in the King of the Mountains competition. Thomas De Gendt who now wears the polka dot jersey might be eager to break away again to defend his position but as far as the overall ranking is concerned, Greg Van Avermaet made clear that only one day in the yellow jersey is already a huge achievement for him. Since his BMC team has other targets in the mountains with Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte, the door is open for other opportunists. It'll be a hot day in the South West of France!
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Stage 6 Results

Mark Cavendish makes history with Tour de France stage six victory. His third stage win from six stages of 2016. He has also taken back the green jersey from Sagan

The Manxman sits five victories off the record of Eddy Merckx with 34 stage wins, but has now surpassed Bernard Hinault, who’s 28-win record he matched on stage three of this edition of the Tour.

He beat rival Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) to the line on the long slightly down hill run-in to the finish, launching his sprint early, coming around the German and managing to hold him off for the win on the line.

Britain’s Dan McLay also put in a fine showing on the stage, having recorded three top-10s already in this Tour, the Fortuneo-Vital Concept rider was only narrowly beaten to second place by Kittel.

Direct Energie took the command of the peloton to bring the breakaway back with 35 km to go. It was all together 22 km before Montauban. Arashiro and Barta have covered 165 km at the front but without any illusion of winning as the main pack kept them under control. Team Sky moved up to the front 12 km away from the finishing line. Lotto-Soudal, LottoNL-Jumbo, Katusha and Etixx-Quick Step were among the teams who tried to keep the peloton under control before and after the flamme rouge, but Mark Cavendish made his way to the front by himself to pass Marcel Kittel in the last 100 meters.


1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data, in 4-43-48
2. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-QuickStep
3. Daniel McLay (GBr) Fortuneo-Vital Concept
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
5. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff
7. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
8. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
9. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
10. Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon18,

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Old 8th July 2016, 16:46   #34
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Stage 07 : 8-July-2016

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Start City/Location: Lisle-Jourdain, France

End City/Location: Lac de Payolle, France

Local start time: 1:10 pm (4:45 pm IST)

Total Distance: 162.5 kms

Type of stage: Mountain

Mountain passes
  • At Km 117.0 - Côte de Capvern - 7.7 kilometre-long climb at 3.1% - category 4
  • At Km 155.5 - Col d'Aspin - 12 kilometre-long climb at 6.5% - category 1

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Stage Summary

Pyrenees, here we are

The run in to the mountains is radically different from last year when Chris Froome put an end to the eventual suspense atop the first climb of the Tour de France at La Pierre-Saint-Martin. The first mountain stage is quite light with only the col d'Aspin on the menu, preceding a 7-km downhill to the unprecedented finish at Lac de Payolle. Col d'Aspin is one of the giants of the Pyrenees but definitely not the hardest with 12 km of climbing at an average gradient of 6.5%. Is it too hard for Greg Van Avermaet to keep the yellow jersey? It all depends on how much the GC contenders will fight, possibly way behind the long breakaway. Up to the Pas de Peyrol on Wednesday, Movistar showed they're in a hurry to challenge Chris Froome and Team Sky. They might be inspired to put pressure on the defending champion without waiting for the two grueling Pyrenean stages as the downhill of col d'Aspin is likely to shake up the overall classification even more than the uphill. It's just a taste of the high mountains but it could give a bitter after taste to some of the protagonists and it'll say more about Alberto Contador's recovery after he badly crashed twice in the first two stages.
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Brilliant performance by Stephen Cummins. Demolished the competition and landed a tight slap on the face of the England selectors who didn't pick him for Rio. When it comes to stage victories, it looks like Dimension Data's year.

Team Sky and Chris Froome will need to get a move on shortly if they have to catch overall leader Greg Van Avermaet.

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Stage 7 Results

Steve Cummings takes stunning solo victory. Surprisingly Avermat retains yellow and increases his lead.

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) attacked with around 27km to go on stage seven to take a stunning solo victory on stage seven of the Tour de France.

The Briton’s win caps of a sensational first week for his team Dimenson Data, who have now taken four wins from the seven stages after Mark Cavendish‘s three sprint victories.

Cummings had clearly targeted the 162.5km stage, which took in the category one Col d’Aspin and finished on a small rise after the descent in Lac de Payolle, working hard to make sure he was in the large breakaway group that got away


Behind there were no significant movements from the big GC contenders like Nairo Quintana (Movistar) or Chris Froome (Team Sky), but Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) was the biggest casualty as he failed to hold the pace and lost well over two minutes to the leading GC contenders.


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General classification after stage seven

1. Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC 34-13-40
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx-Quick Step at 6-36
3. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar at 6-38
4. Joaquin Rodríguez (Esp) Katusha at 6-39
5. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky at 6-42
6. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 6-42
7. Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant-Alpecin at 6-42
8. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale at 6-42
9. Dan Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep at 6-42
10. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 6-42
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Stage 08 : 9-July-2016

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Start City/Location: Pau, France

End City/Location: Banners de luchon, France

Local start time: 1:10 pm (4:45 pm IST)

Total Distance: 184 kms

Type of stage: Mountain

Mountain passes

Km 86.0 - Col du Tourmalet (2 115 m) Souvenir Jacques Golden - 19 kilometre-long climb at 7.4% - category H
Km 120.0 - Hourquette d'Ancizan (1 564 m) - 8.2 kilometre-long climb at 4.9% - category 2
Km 148.0 - Col de Val Louron-Azet (1 580 m) - 10.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.8% - category 1
Km 168.5 - Col de Peyresourde (1 569 m) - 7.1 kilometre-long climb at 7.8% - category 1


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Stage Summary

Expect to see lot of attacks, counter attacks, break aways, mental games, and team strategies and what not. Avermaet has more than 6 minutes gap. It would be interesting to see if any GC contenders take chance to get yellow today or they will just reduce the gap. There is lot of tour still pending and there is no hurry to wear yellow.

Tour de France organizers have opted for gradual difficulties in the Pyrenees this year, the complete opposite as last year when La Pierre-Saint-Martin, in fact the grueling ascent to col du Soudet, was the first and decisive climb. Col d'Aspin was the first category 1 climb this time around – and the only climb of stage 7. Before the queen stage at Andorra, the second act in the Pyrenees is of a higher difficulty with a hint of unprecedented as well. The col du Tourmalet is nothing new. It's even the most visited climb in the history of the Tour de France (79 times). The Souvenir Jacques-Goddet price will be awarded to the rider who will crest the first HC climb of this Tour in first position. It should be another breakaway from far out with Peter Sagan probable eager to hunt for his well beloved green jersey at the intermediate sprint located at Esquièze-Sère (km 67) just before climbing the Tourmalet. The run-in to Val Louron, another well known hill, will be throughout the Hourquette d'Ancizan on an unprecedented versant. Col de Peyresourde, another legendary one since 1910, the first time in the mountains, precedes the downhill finish to Bagnères-de-Luchon where Michael Rogers was the stage winner two years ago. Shall the favourites be willing to fight, the terrain enables them to do so. But they might wait for the day after…

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Stage 8 Results

Chris Froome attacks unexpectedly and win stage, wears yellow

Chris Froome won stage 8 at Bagnères-de-Luchon in a surprising way as he soloed to victory in the downhill of col de Peyresourde after cresting in first position of the group comprising the favourites at the exception of Alberto Contador. He took his sixth stage of the Tour de France - since 2012 - in an unexpected manner, at least a very different one from his usual uphill show. He also moved into the overall lead ahead of the queen stage of the Pyrenees to Andorra

The two-time winner pulled off the unexpected by attacking over the summit of the Col de Peyresourde and holding off his rivals with a daredevil descent.

The main GC favourites were all together on the final category on climb of a tough day in the Pyrenees, with no attacks able to stick on the way up, but two-time Tour winner Froome made a move over the summit and launched himself down the descent with just over 15km remaining.

At first it looked like the group behind, headed by Movistar pair Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana, would be back on top of him with only around 10 seconds gap put in to them by Froome.

But the Brit took every chance on the descent, adopting a super aero position and pedalling furiously, with the group behind unable to make any gains and the gap slipping out to around 22 seconds.

After reaching the foot of the descent, Froome looked likely to take the stage win with around 15 seconds in hand, and put in a final effort on the flat run in to secure victory, his sixth stage victory in the Tour.

The time bonus on the line also gave him the overall lead for the first time in the race, with Dan Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) taking the second time bonus and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) the third. Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) also finished in the second group, and remains second on GC, 16 seconds behind compatriot Froome.

Pinot and Majka were the early breakaway riders staying together on all the climbs except the last. Team sky rode very well today and gave the perfect backup to Froome.

The biggest GC casualty on the eighth day of racing was Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) who lost well over a minute after being unable to follow on the Peyresourde, and now looks to concede team leadership to Roman Kreuziger.

1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, in 4-57-33
2. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-Quick Step, at 13 secs
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Esp) Katusha
4. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff
6. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
7. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange
8. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing, all same time
11. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, st
12. Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff, at 1-41

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Many times Froome is accused of being boring and predictable, but yesterday he showed why he is the best in the business. When he decided to go on the offensive, absolutely no one had an answer. Excellent rider with an excellent team.

Good to see Adam Yates on the podium. Friday's accident was real bad luck.
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Many times Froome is accused of being boring and predictable, but yesterday he showed why he is the best in the business. When he decided to go on the offensive, absolutely no one had an answer. Excellent rider with an excellent team.

Good to see Adam Yates on the podium. Friday's accident was real bad luck.
This year, looks like team sky has different strategy. Froome has shown his climbing abilities in previous years. Yesterday got to see his descending skill as well. Surprised to see other riders had no answer to Froome. I was hoping Froome attack on 9th stage but he proved it wrong.

"I felt like a kid again out there just trying to race my bike as fast as I could. It was such a hard stage – there was barely time for a nature break. It really was one of the hardest stages I’ve done in a long time. I thought I needed to make the most of it, so I gave it a go on the climb and that didn’t really work". Froome said after wearing the yellow jersey.

It will be interesting to see Sky strategy today now that they have yellow Jersey to protect. I guess they will still have one or two riders be part of breakaway. Let's see.

Inflatable marker accident was really unfortunate and feels sorry for Yates who lost 10 second advantage due to the accident.

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Stage 9 : 10-July-2016

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Just look at today's stage. It's massive climbing all the way. We will definitely see the real GC contenders group today. I am guessing a select group of around 5 to 6 riders. It would be interesting to see team strategy of Sky, Movistar and Bmc.

Start City/Location: Vilha Val Daran, Spain

End City/Location: Andorra Arcalis, Andorre

Local start time: 12 pm (3:45 pm IST)

Total Distance: 184 kms

Type of stage: Mountain

Mountain passes

At Km 19.0 - Port de la Bonaigua (2 072 m) - 13.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% - category 1
At Km 87.5 - Port del Cantò (1 721 m) - 19 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% - category 1
At Km 143.0 - Côte de la Comella (1 347 m) - 4.2 kilometre-long climb at 8.2% - category 2
At Km 157.0 - Col de Beixalis (1 796 m) (CS210-CS310) - 6.4 kilometre-long climb at 8.5% - category 1
At Km 184.5 - ANDORRE ARCALIS (2 240m) - 10.1 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% - category H


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Stage Summary

Talking about the Tour de France route he studied during the off season, Chris Froome highlighted Andorra as the first major appointment for a fight between the favourites. He didn't expect to be in the yellow jersey ahead of stage 9. Moreover, he didn't expect to win the way he did at Bagnères-de-Luchon, riding away solo in the downhill after cresting the col de Peyresourde. He didn't create a massive gap and the Tour is far from over. He has 23 seconds lead over Nairo Quintana and Fabio Aru. Alberto Contador is further down at 3.12 as injuries from the first two days have taken their toll. Five big climbs are on the menu. The first two are on Spanish soil like the first 120 kilometres after the start at Vielha-Val d'Aran in the province of Lérida before entering the principality of Andorra. This is the third stage finish at Arcalis in the history of the Tour de France, after Jan Ullrich sealed his overall victory in 1997 and Brice Feillu claimed the only victory of his career up to date in 2009. Colombia's Oliveiro Rincón also won a mountain stage in Andorra but that was at Pal when Quintana was only three years old (in 1993). But Nairoman knows all of the career of his fellow countryman from Boyacá and he'd love to mimic him 23 years later to take a stage win at the 2016 Tour de France. Breakaway from far out can always work out in long mountainous stages, especially with the Port de la Bonaigua located only 19km after the start, but shall the protagonists be willing to challenge Froome, the terrain is ideal for the great climbers.

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Few selected moments from Stage 8

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Stage 9 Results

What a stage. It had almost all the drama a cycling enthusiast look for.
Early breakaways, attacks, counter attacks, treacherous conditions - hail storm, spectator getting knocked out by a rider for coming on the road. Wow.

One big news from this stage is, Contador finally calling it off. He was suffering from fever in the morning and he could not keep up the pace and decided to abandon the tour. He had abandon in 2014 as well due to crash. This is really unfortunate. Would have been interesting to see the champion from Spain in the climbs.

Chris Froome and Adam Yates cross the line in same group to retain first and second place overall in the Tour de France after climb-filled stage nine
- Tom Dumoulin takes the stage victory

Chris Froome (Team Sky) safely retained his 2016 Tour de France overall lead in Andorra on Sunday. His Sky team delivered a perfect backup almost till the finish line. Looks like this is the team to beat this year.

Froome fended off attacks on the long final Arcalis climb in what was billed as the ‘queen’ Pyrenean mountain stage. He finished in 11th place on the stage in a group of GC contenders.

Froome sits 16 seconds ahead of fellow British rider Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) in the general classification, and 19 seconds ahead of third-placed Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep).

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) took a solo stage victory after attacking from the day’s escape group just prior to the final climb of Arcalis. Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) came home in second, with Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) in third, also from the day’s escape group.

The beginning of the stage was marked by several early attacks, and finally a 21-man break took hold. One of those present, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) caused the Sky-led peloton to chase as hard as possible. Valverde then decided to sit up, and drifted back to the bunch.

With a more relaxed attitude toward the remaining 20 riders in the break, they stretched out the lead to over 10 minutes.

Throughout the stage, Majka had been engaged in a battle with Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) for the 85 King of the Mountains points on offer. Pinot prevailed, moving into the polka dot jersey.

Also on a mission to collect points, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) put himself into the escape and easily took the maximum points on offer in the intermediate sprint with 46km to go – putting him closer to Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in the points classification.

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin in 5-16-24
2. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida at 38 secs
3. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff at same time
4. Daniel Navarro (Esp) Cofidis at 1-39
5. Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar at 1-57
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 2-30
7. George Bennett (NZl) LottoNl-Jumbo at 2-48
8. Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana at 2-52
9. Mathias Frank (Sui) IAM Cycling at 3-44
10. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange at 6-35
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11. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky
12. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at same time
13. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing at 6-37
14. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx-QuickStep at same time

Contador finally decided it's time to quit

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Tom Dumoulin wins his first stage of the tour

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Extreme weather and difficult condition for the riders in last 10 kms

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On the final climb of the day, there were multiple attacks from Porte, Martin, Yates. Surprisingly, Quintana did not attack as expected. He just followed Froome's wheels.

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It's a much needed Rest day on Monday. Contador was hoping to make stage 9 and then recover on rest day.

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Stage 10 : 12-July-2016

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Start City/Location: Escaldes Engordany, Andorre

End City/Location: Revel, France

Local start time: 12:35 pm (4:10 pm IST)

Total Distance: 197 kms

Type of stage: Mountain

Mountain passes
  • At Km 24.0 - Port d'Envalira (2 408 m) Souvenir Henri Desgrange - 22.6 kilometre-long climb at 5.5% - category 1
  • At Km 190.0 - Côte de Saint-Ferréol - 1.8 kilometre-long climb at 6.6% - category 3

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Stage Summary

The Tour de France leaves Andorra after the first rest day. The next major appointment for the GC contenders is on Thursday at the Mont Ventoux. A traditional tactic by great cycling champions consists of letting the yellow jersey go for a day or two to please the crowds and make a few friends in the peloton. The last one to do so was Vincenzo Nibali who made a gift to Tony Gallopin and his French fans two years ago. Chris Froome might be well inspired to do so as well, as Paris is still a long way away and the daily defense of the yellow jersey is very taxing. Therefore, riders who are between five and fifteen minutes down on GC should try and get into the breakaway that will be probably formed over the Port d'Envalira, where a 5000-euros prime will be awarded as the Souvenir Henri-Desgrange in the name of the founder of the Tour de France because it's the highest summit of this year's race. Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ) and Emmanuel Buchmann (Bora-Argon 18) are the kind of riders who could be allowed by Team Sky to go for a short interim on top of the results sheets. It's a day for attackers anyway. The côte de Saint-Ferréol with 7km to go is set to split a potential long breakaway. In 2005, neo pro Simon Gerrans took his first result at the Tour de France via the same finale as he finished third in Revel behind Paolo Savoldelli and Kurt Asle Arvesen. He's one of the numerous candidates for a stage win there again.
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Stage 10 Results

Michael Matthews beats Peter Sagan to Tour de France stage 10 win

What a stage. Peter Sagan has yet again proved why he is a true champion. He is getting better every year and he is no more afraid of climbs.

Matthews took his maiden Tour stage win out of a small breakaway group that got away after the major mountain pass of the stage

Matthews found himself among an elite 13-man breakaway shortly after the category one climb of Port d’Envalira, with Mikel Landa (Sky), Gorka Izagirre (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Damiano Caruso (BMC), Edvald Boasson Hagen and Steve Cummings (Dimension Data), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), and Orica teammates Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey all there.

The opening of the stage was full of attacks as riders chased the KOM points on the summit of the climb and tried to get in the breakaway, with peloton looking happy to allow the break to go when the pace settled after the descent.

That allowed Sagan to take the intermediate sprint points ahead of Matthews in the stage, meaning the Slovakian will take over the lead of the points classification from Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

The break eventually built up an advantage of well over six minutes, and though that dropped to around just over four minutes, world champion Sagan’s attack with 24km to go looked to ensure that the break would stay away.

That attack caused a split in the 13-man group, with only Matthews and his two Orica teammates, Boasson Hagen, Van Avermaet and Dumoulin able to follow.

The seven other riders quickly slipped to around a minute behind as the front group approached the final category three climb of the stage with around 9km to the finish, with seven minutes back to the peloton.

And that’s where Orica attempted to make their numbers count. Despite the climb being only 1.8km in length, Impey’s consistent attacks on the climb forced Sagan to work hard to chase as the others followed his wheel.

The front group eventually came together into the final straight on the 197km stage from Andorra, and it was Van Avermaet who tried to jump first. Matthews then launched himself on the right hand side of the road, with Sagan slightly crowded out as he tried to reply.

But Matthews was a bike length clear by the time he hit the line, and Sagan was able to hold on to second with Boasson Hagen in third.

Stage 10

1. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange in 4-22-38
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing
5. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r at same time
6. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-BikeExchange at 2 secs
7. Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange at 1-10
8. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing at 3-01
9. Gorka Izaguirre (Esp) Movistar at 3-10
10. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Soudal at same time

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Peloton took it easy today and never gave a chase to the breakaway

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