09/07/13 - 11:55
Saint-Gildas-des-Bois - Saint-Malo
Tour de France • Stage10

Saint-Gildas-des-Bois - Saint-Malo
Tour de France - 9 July 2013

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No change in the overall standings with Chris Froome coming over the line safely to conserve his yellow jersey ahead of tomorrow's individual time trial.


The Argos man who went down was Tom Vellers. Mark Cavendish was shaking his head as he crossed the line, but he looked to have been at fault there...


The Argos Shimano spinter powers through from far back to pip his German counterpart Andre Greipel for the win, with Cavendish well back for third and Sagan fourth.




CRASH: An Argos-Shimano man goes down after a clash of shoulders with Cavendish!


Steegmans now leads out Cavendish - but the Manxman has lost his wheel!


Sagan is completely alone - his Cannondale team-mates have messed this one up.


Lotto are really cranking it up on the front, but the green jersey of Sagan is edging forward.


And now Lotto-Belisol take it up - so all the big sprinters' teams are primed for this one.


Michal Kwiatkowski drives the pace for OPQS, with Saxo finally turning off the gas and giving way to Argos-Shimano.


Now GreenEdge take it on on the front - can they deliver their man Matt Goss to the line? He's one of the sprinters who has yet to take a win so far...


Last burst for Mate and then Simon, but it's all over, the break is caught!


David Millar now peels off the front and drops well off the back of the peloton, his work for the day done. He'll be an outside tip for the time trial tomorrow, surely?


None of the four leaders wants to give up despite the peloton's presence breathing down their necks...


Argos-Shimano are trying to form their train - they have five or six riders near the front for their man Marcel Kittel. Millar and Martin are the for Garmin, trying to negate the winds.


Just 18 seconds for the four escapees now as Jerome Cousin has another dig in a bid to put off the inevitable.


Pierre Rolland, the polka dot jersey, is struggling on the back, with Thomas Voeckler helping him back on after losing contact in these cross winds.


Saxo-Tinkoff are riding hard on the front, but a second train has formed on the left through Garmin. Some riders are off the back, including Sojasun's Brice Feillu.


CRASH: Svein Tuft of GreenEdge and Andrew Talansky of Garmin come down and need new bikes.


Lieuwe Westra is the first of the escapees to be reeled in. The others are 25 seconds ahead of the pack. Sky have Ian Stannard on the front with the yellow jersey in his wheel. Froome, like Saxo Bank, is being very cautious.


RadioShack move to the front for Andy Schleck. GreeEdge and Cannondale have formed small trains on the left of the road.


CRASH: Juan Antonio Flecha of Vacansoleil and a Cofidis rider come down as the road splits for a roundabout. Nothing serious and they're back on their bikes.


Nicolas Roche leads Saxo-Tinkoff for a long stint on the front - it looks like the team-mates of Alberto Contador are just trying to force something here. But they're taken up by Omega Pharma-Quick Step, whose rider Mark Cavendish will be the favourite tonight.


The riders are passing the town of Cancale, whose port is renowned for its famous oysters. I doubt any of the riders would brave an oyster tonight - the effects could be drastic.


The gap drops below the minute-mark for the first time. Back with the pack, Andy Schleck, Chris Froome and Cadel Evans are all riding together in a huddle, while Alberto Contador's Saxo Bank have moved near to the front of the pack.


Jerome Cousin passes the buck on to Julien Simon, who at the moment will be awarded the combativity prize for it was him who started the initial break. That said, Westra put a dig in earlier too, which will put him in good stead. Normally, however, it's whoever stays out the longest - so expect some minor drama coming up for the escapees over the next 10km. The gap is 1:10 now.


Now Belkin and Katusha have come forward. Lots of the big teams are near the front - they must be worried about winds, crashes and splits. The road is pretty perfect - it must have been laid just weeks ago. The peloton cuts the gap to 1:35.


The gap is down to two minutes for the five leaders. Back in the bunch, Sky have dropped quite far back, with Chris Froome riding alongside Richie Porte. Movistar have edged closer forward.


We spoke to stage one winner Marcel Kittel at the start today. The Argos Shimano sprinter said: "I'm going to try and save as much energy as possible before the finish. I'm sure all the sprinters' teams will have the same tactics - we all want to be there. The wind will make things interesting. We will have to get the latest through on race radio so we know where to position ourselves."


Westra has been reeled in by the other four fugitives, meanwhile Euskaltel have bought two riders to the front of the peloton, which is odd. Perhaps they want to monitor the situation. Should Oroz not stand a chance in the break, then they have another Juan Jose - Lobato - who could play a card at the finish.


Westra takes the point going over the summit in Dinan - but it looks like that was just a smokescreen for the Dutchman has continued riding hard off the front. He's going for a long solo ride to Saint Malo...


The escapees are onto the only climb of the day, the Cat.4 Cote de Dinan (1km at 4.2%). Lieuwe Westra is motivated by the solitary point for he's just darted off the front...


The leaders have just passed through the town of Calorguen, where Bernard Hinault bought a farm back in 1983, one year after his fourth Tour de France win. Their advantage is 2:15 over the peloton.


The advantage of the five leaders is down to 2:15 now as the roads start to get narrower. The peloton has certainly upped the pace since the intermediate sprint.


Peter Sagan is the fourth in a line of Cannondale riders appeaoching the sprint, with Greipel and Cavendish in his wheel. But it's Greipel who takes points for sixth place ahead of the green jersey and Cavendish, so the German will reduce Sagan's advantage to 92 points now in the points competition.


Luis Mate takes the intermediate sprint ahead of Liewe Westra, but it was hardly contested. Meanwhile, back with the pack, the Cannondale train gets prepared - they'll be crossing in 1km.


None of these five escapees has ever won a stage on any Grand Tour. There's a slight downhill ride to the finish today and it could play into their hands - but you get the impression that as soon as the peloton start riding hard, they'll be swept up in no time.


A reminder of those five escapees: Frenchmen Jerome Cousin (Europcar) and Julien Simon (Sojasun), Spaniards Juanjo Oroz (Euskaltel) and Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM). The gap is 3:30.


Europcar's Kevin Reza changes his bike for the second time in five minutes. He's not the only one with mechanical issues - Philippe Gilbert, the world champion, is riding off the back after needing to drop back to his BMC team car. The gap meanwhile is 3:40 for the leading quintet of riders, who broke clear shortly after the start of today's stage.


Wonderful description of the finish town today in Cycle Sport Magazine's special Tour edition: "Saint Malo is a tourist trap on the north coast, whose population is virtually doubled by thousands of French exchange pupils from England asking the way to the hotel de ville, and trying to buy flick-knives and fireworks." Ah, the memories... weren't those small red bangers great?


The peloton has really strung out like a snake now, with riders just one, two or three abreast for a few hundred metres. Four minutes further up the road, the leaders pick up their musettes as they pass through the feed zone.


The last time the Tour came to Saint-Malo the winner was none other than... Samuel Dumoulin, the smallest rider in the pro peloton. Now 32, the Frenchman rides his 10th Tour de France and is still looking for his first major win since joining Ag2R-La Mondiale from Cofidis. Although he's been well placed in some of the sprints so far, it's hard to see Dumoulin repeating his feat and bettering some of the peloton's fast men today.


Some riders are answering a call of nature. The pace is really quite slow at the moment. This stage may not finish for another three hours at this race. The gap is still just below four minutes. The yellow jersey Chris Froome just dropped off the back himself - and is now riding back with two Sky team-mates.


Who is the richest team? The top three teams in terms of prize money so far in the Tour are: 1. Omega Pharma-Quick Step (32,020 euros), 2. Orica-GreenEdge (29,610 euros), 3. Cannondale (29,100 euros).


The pace of the first hour of the stage was 42.5kmh but it has slowed to 36.5kmh over the second hour because of a strong headwind.


British national champion Mark Cavendish is having a chat alongside Sky's Peter Kennaugh near the front of the peloton, which trails the five leaders by 4:05. Bart de Clercq of Lotto-Belisol is riding on the front.


Dutchman Lieuwe Westra entered last year's Tour on the back of finishing runner-up behind Bradley Wiggins in Paris-Nice. The 30-year-old has had a less successful 2013, although he won the opening stage of the Tour of California and the Dutch time trial national championships. This is his third Tour, after abandoning last year when he crashed heavily in the opening week. This year, he - like Vacansoleil-DCM team-mate Thomas de Gendt - lost a lot of time in Corsica and is now more than 1hr back.


Today is going to be long and hard. The wind is quite blustery and the road is up and down. After resting up yesterday, there will be some sore legs. The gap has stabilised at just under four minutes and it's the usual suspects leading the chase.


The gap is down to four minutes now for the five leaders. Spaniard Juanjo Oroz is in the break again after having a pop on Friday's stage nine to Albi. The 32-year-old is a pretty large unit - must be pushing two metres tall - and is riding his fourth Tour. Oroz is also one of the few Euskaltel riders to have completed Paris-Roubaix - in 2008.


Today's stage passes 20km from Montfort-sur-Meu, the home town of Julien Simon. The 27-year-old Sojasun rider has had a quiet season but last year won two stages on the Tour of Catalunya, plus the Tour du Finistere and the GPs of Plumelec-Morbihan and Wallonie. He's a puncheur who is riding his second Tour de France.


It's a mixture of Sky, OPQS, Argos Shimano and Lotto Belisol on the front of the peloton, which trails the four leaders by 4:25.


The gap is now 4:45 for the leaders. We spoke to Mark Cavendish today before the start. This is what the OPQS sprinter said: "It should be all right today but it won't be easy with the wind. It's not a pan-flat stage so breaking the wind will be quite hard. It should be a sprint at the end so that's exciting. It's near where I won at Cap Frehel two years ago."


The gap is five minutes for the five leaders. So far, 16 riders have quit the race - which is bang on average for the first rest day. Over the previous ten years, the number of withdrawals at this stage (from 2003 onwards) is the following: 25, 22, 14, 6, 17, 11, 9, 12, 18, 20.


People talk about this Tour being over, but Sunday was proof that there's still a lot of racing left. With Richie Porte cracking, Sky now have no Plan B - so it's all in for Chris Froome. The gap between him and 10th place Rui Costa is 2:45. It has only been less four times in the past decade. Indees, last year, Bradley Wiggins had 5:29 over 10th place Nicolas Roche at the same moment. Back in 2004, Thomas Voeckler led 10th place Erik Zabel by a huge 10:06 - and didn't win come Paris.


Today's stage may look a bit dull on paper, but it will be just what the riders need after the last week or so. Remember, before the mountain stages, there was that particularly fast stage where Cannondale blew the pack apart on the Cat.2 climb before driving the pace hard all the way to the finish? There may be few fireworks today, but Britanny is one of the hotbeds of French cycling and so the crowds on the side of the road will be huge.


All of the big sprinters - Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel, Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan - have won a single stage in this year's Tour. Is today the day someone gets a second?


There were no withdrawals over the rest day, but Sky's Vasil Kiryienka was disqualified from the race on Sunday after finishing outside the cut-off point. A crazy stage also saw the withdrawal of Jose Gutierrez (Movistar) and Benjamin Noval (Saxo-Tinkoff), which leveled things out with regards to Froome's rivals Valverde and Contador. Before the stage, Michael Schar (BMC) and Rohan Dennis (Garmin) quit the race after injuries sustained the previous day in that nasty crash near the start.


The lead is up to 4:50 for the quintet out in front. Luis Mate, the Spanish rider from Cofidis, will much prefer today's scenario than the one he was in last week in stage six to Montpellier, where he was out alone for the first 40km before coming to his senses and dropping back into the peloton.


Team Sky shouldn't be under too much pressure today after what was a torrid day for the British outfit on Sunday. The best placed rider in the break is Spainard Oroz, but he's over an hour back on GC in 93rd place and so no threat to the yellow jersey of Chris Froome.


With the gap growing to four minutes, the Lotto Belsiol team of Andre Greipel have come to the front to take up the pace setting.


Europcar's Cousin was involved in a five-man break on the opening day of the race, one which was wrapped up with 40km from the finish ahead of Marcel Kittel's win. Cousin is making his debut in the Tour this year and so far it has been encouraging... can he snare a second combativity prize today?


The gap is up to three minutes so it looks like this is the day's break. Game on!


The five leaders are: Jerome Cousin (Europcar), Juanjo Oroz (Euskaltel), Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Julien Simon (Sojasun). They have just over a minute to play with.


After just 1.5km a group of five riders has managed to form off the front.


They're off! Race director Christian Prudhomme waves the flag and the second phase of this intriguing 2013 Tour is under way...


It's a sunny day in Brittany but not as hot as the sweltering weekend in the Pyrenees. The temperature is in the mid-20s and the remaining 182 riders are just approaching the official start after a short neutral section.


After brilliant back-to-back stages in the mountains, Colombian 23-year-old Nairo Quintana is the race's white jersey as best young rider. The Movistar climb leads Pole Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS) by 1:23 with impressive French debutant Romain Bardet (Ag2R-La Mondiale) in third at 5:07.


With just the one Cat.4 climb today, Pierre Rolland's polka dot jersey will be secure. In fact, with this week largely taken up by flat stages and the first individual time trial, Rolland will be decked out in red dots until, at least, Sunday's stage to Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day. The Frenchman leads the KOM standings with 49 points, with Chris Froome in second place on 33 points and Richie Porte in third with 28 points.


Today there should not be any change on the overall standings but the battle for the green jersey should hot up. After a series of consistent finishes (including a run of three second places and a stage win) Slovakia's Peter Sagan has a considerable lead in the points competition, which he won last year in his debut Tour. Cannondale's Sagan currently has an 93-point lead over Germany's Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) with Britain's Mark Cavendish (OPQS) a further 13 points back.


Yesterday was the first rest-day of the race for the remaining riders after a particularly brutal opening phase of the race, which included those beautiful but leg-sapping stages in Corsica, not to mention numerous crashes and back-to-back rides in the high mountains. After putting his stamp on the race on stage eight to Ax 3 Domaines, yellow jersey Chris Froome withstood an onslaught of attacks on Sunday's stage 10 to retain the race lead by 1:25 over Spain's Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).


Welcome to live coverage of stage 10 of the Tour de France - a flat 197km schlep through Brittany from Saint-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo, which should give an opportunity for the sprinters to return to the fray after the pre-rest day battering in the Pyrenees.