Wout van Aert wins chaotic tenth stage in Tour de France
Jul 15 2019 11:19 pm CET

Wout van Aert wins chaotic tenth stage in Tour de France
Wout van Aert wins chaotic tenth stage in Tour de France
Wout van Aert by Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert has taken the victory of the 10th stage of the Tour de France. The rider was the fastest of the front part of the peloton, which suffered several breaks due to crosswinds, while a group formed by Thibaut Pinot and Rigoberto Uran finished the stage one minute and 40 seconds behind.

The closing stage of the first week of the Tour de France was 217.5 kilometres long between Saint-Flour and Albi over a rolling course. Tony Gallopin, Natnael Berhane, Michael Schär, Odd Christian Eiking, Mads Würtz Schmidt and Anthony Turgis formed the escape of the day and built a gap of more than three minutes with the peloton.

At around 30 kilometres to go and to take advantage of the wind, the front part of the peloton accelerated and broke the bunch in two. The first part of the pack included riders like Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal, Nairo Quintana and Julian Alaphilippe, while the second had GC favourites like Jakob Fuglsang, Rigoberto Uran, Thibaut Pinot and Richie Porte.

This change of pace also managed to catch the escape at around 20 kilometres to go. The chaos continued for a while and at around 15 kilometres to go, Mikel Landa (Movistar) suffered a crash and was left behind, having to rejoin the third group with Giulio Ciccone, Vincenzo Nibali and Ilnur Zakarin, among others.

The front group didn't include Dylan Groenewegen, but his Jumbo-Visma teammate Wout van Aert was the first to cross the finish line ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal). The group of Pinot and Uran crossed the finish line one minute and 40 seconds behind the stage winner, while the group of Landa lost two minutes and nine seconds.

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has kept the Yellow Jersey, Thomas has climbed to the second place of the overall classification, Bernal is now in the third place, and Steven Kruijswijk and Emanuel Buchmann complete the top five.



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