2017 Tour de France

Stage 10: Périgueux to Bergerac

Tuesday, July 11, 7:25 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET

The riders will leave the Alps via plane for a rest day in the Dordogne. This will bring a complete change of scenery, with the action restarting on what should be a rather tranquil stage 10. The route is short and follows a magnificent route that winds through the Périgord countryside and passes close to the Lascaux caves. In theory, this is a stage that shouldn’t slip through the sprinters’ fingers.

Stage 10: Kittel sets new German record with 13th win

Marcel Kittel

Wearing the sprinter’s green colors from head to toe, Marcel Kittel won his 13th career Tour de France stage in Bergerac Tuesday. With his victory in stage 10, the Quick-Step rider stands alone with most Tour stage wins of any German rider. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) was second but not even close. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) was third on the stage.

“Of course it means something for me,” Kittel said when asked about being the most successful German in Tour history. “I never expected it when I was starting my career. I never expected to be in the Tour. It’s hard to imagine.”

Sky’s Chris Froome maintained a low profile in the 178km stage from Perigueux. He kept the yellow jersey. The Tour’s overall standings did not change.

Stage 11, top 10

1. Marcel Kittel (GER/QST) in 4h01:00.
2. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) at 0:00.
3. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/LNL) 0:00.
4. Rüdiger Selig (GER/BOR) 0:00.
5. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 0:00.
6. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/COF) 0:00.
7. Daniel McLay (GBR/TFO) 0:00.
8. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL/AJW) 0:00.
9. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 0:00.
10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 0:00.

Top-10 overall

1. Christopher Froome (GBR/Sky) in 42h27:28.
2. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) at 0:18.
3. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:51.
4. Rigoberto Uran (COL/CAN) 0:55.
5. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 1:37.
6. Daniel Martin (EIR/QST) 1:44.
7. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 2:02.
8. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 2:13.
9. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) 3:06.
10. George Bennett (NZL/LNL) 3:53.

On a day tailor-made for the sprinters, only two riders dared to ride off the front. Tour debutants Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Elie Gesbert (Fotuneo-Oscaro) escaped for much of the day until they were caught 7km from the finish.

André Greipel’s Lotto-Soudal team took charge of the peloton, riding the front for much of the final five kilometers.

However, the lead-out disintegrated in the final kilometer, which had a few sharp corners.

Exiting the final 90-degree left-hand corner, Katusha-Alpecin’s Marco Haller was on the front for Alexander Kristoff. Kittel was well back with 500 meters to go. His patience was the proper tactic in this finish.

Dan McLay (Fortuneo-Oscaro) jumped early, and Kittel hopped into the Brit’s slipstream. The German quickly passed eight riders on the left side. His victory was never in doubt as McLay’s sprint fizzled in the final 50 meters.

“I can’t really believe it it’s number four. I’m so happy,” Kittel added. It was his fourth victory of this Tour.

“I saw that McLay started very early to sprint to the front and that was my lead-out.”

Kittel could add a fifth win to his trophy case during this Tour in Wednesday’s stage 11. The race from Eymet to Pau only has one categorized climb on the 203.5km route.

Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Germany on the front
Two German riders, Quick-Step’s Marcel Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin’s Tony Martin, led the peloton on a stage built for the sprinters. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Aru
Fabio Aru (Astana) and the other GC contenders got a break from the mountains. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Breakaway
There were two men who made the break on stage 10, Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro). Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Peloton
Stage 10 was a flat one that went through fields of sunflowers on the 178-kilometer route from Perigueux to Bergerac. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Froome in yellow
There was no change in the overall classification and Chris Froome (Sky) led the Tour de France by 18 seconds over Aru after the conclusion of stage 10. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Contador and Pantano
Trek-Segafredo’s Alberto Contador lost significant time on stage 9 but he hopes to disrupt the race and get some time back with the help of teammate Jarlinson Pantano. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Yates best young rider
Orica-Scott’s Simon Yates wore the best young rider’s jersey on stage 10. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Montignac
The peloton was greeted by large groups of fans as it went through the city of Montignac. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Duck, duck, goose
No sitting ducks here. These birds were not interested in the race passing by as they made their way to the feed zone during stage 10 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Medieval walled city of Domme
The peloton went through the walled city of Domme also referred to as “Akropolis des Perigord.” Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Breakaway
The two-man break was caught by the peloton with seven kilometers to go. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Kittel wins
Points leader Kittel made his stage 10 win look easy, leaving all other challengers in his wake. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Final sprint
In a somewhat technical finish, Kittel hung back in the pack until the finish straight, where he could effectively open up his powerful sprint. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 10: Kittel podium
His victory was the 13th Tour de France stage win for Kittel and his fourth win at the 2017 Tour. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com