After a cobbled ninth stage and a much-deserved resting day, the Tour de France riders headed to tenth 158.5km stage which helped the climbers show their skills on the first mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France that started in Annecy and ended in Le Grand Bornand.
Yesterday’s stage was won by Frnechman Julian Alaphilippe who was able to claim an impressive victory after going solo just under 30 kilometers to go. On the meantime, BMC’s man Van Averamaet kept the leader’s jersey after finishing fourth at yesterday’s stage right after Ion Izagirre and Rein Taaramae.
The Belgian rider is now two minutes and 22 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas from UK as four time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is now up to sixth place on the overall classification, only 3 minutes and 21 seconds behind first place.
“We were expecting that from Van Avermaet, he did that last time he had the jersey in 2016,” Geraint Thomas said.
“It would have been nice to take the yellow jersey but it’s the Tour de France – it doesn’t come easily and doesn’t come just because you want it.”
— Le Tour de France (@LeTour) July 17, 2018
Tour de France Stage 10 results
Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) – 4hrs 25mins 27secs
Ion Izagirre (Spa/Bahrain-Merida) +1min 34secs
Rein Taaramae (Est/Direct Energie) +1min 40secs
Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing) +1min 44secs
Serge Pauwels (Bel/Team Dimension Data) same
Lilian Calmejane (Fra/Direct Energie) +2mins 24secs
Dan Martin (Ire/UAE Team Emirates) +3mins 23secs
Primoz Roglic (Slo/LottoNL-Jumbo) same
David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama-FDJ)
Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky)
General classification after stage 10
Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing) – 40hrs 34mins 28secs
Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +2mins 22secs
Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +3mins 10secs
Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) +3mins 12secs
Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step Floors) +3mins 20secs
Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +3mins 21secs
Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) same
Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar)
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +3mins 27secs
Primoz Roglic (Slo/LottoNL-Jumbo) +3mins 36secs