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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 10

Tour de FranceSaint-Flour > Albi

Distance: 217.5 kilometers.

Officially a “flat” stage, so ignore the four categorized climbs:

  • Côte de Mallet 22 km (cat 4: 2.2km @ 5.2%)
  • Côte de Chaudes-Aigues 40.5 km (cat 3: 3km @ 6.6%)
  • Côte d’Espalion 95.5 km (cat 3: 5.2km @ 4.9%)
  • Côte de La Malric 164.5 km (cat 3: 3.6km @ 4.7%)

The intermediate sprint is at 128.5 km, La Primaube, and it’s downhill to the finish.

The second longest stage on this year’s Tour and the eve of the first rest day would normally result in the sprinters going all out as the mountains are coming, while the contenders for the Yellow Jersey rode on cruise control. Then Julian Alaphilippe decided to gain some time on those behind him and all hell broke. The front of the peloton took off and stretched out. When it got hit with a crosswind at 50 km, it snapped and the majority was left behind.

Egan Bernal took the White Jersey and third place, while last year’s Yellow Jersey, Geraint Thomas moved up to second place, a minute, 12 seconds behing Alaphilippe. Movistar is now wearing the Yellow Numbers.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 43h 27′ 15″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 229 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 3

Stage winner: Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 )
Combative: Natnael Berhane ( Eri – COF – 152 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Thirty below the fold:

1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 01′ 12″
3 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 01′ 16″
4 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 27″
5 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 01′ 45″
6 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 01′ 46″
7 Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 101 ) + 00h 01′ 47″
8 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 ) + 00h 02′ 04″
9 Daniel Martin ( Irl – UAD – 121 ) + 00h 02′ 09″
10 Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) + 00h 02′ 32″
11 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 02′ 33″
12 Patrick Konrad ( Aut – BOH – 014 ) + 00h 02′ 46″
13 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 03′ 18″
14 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 062 ) + 00h 03′ 18″
15 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 03′ 20″
16 Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – AST – 071 ) + 00h 03′ 22″
17 Warren Barguil ( Fra – PCB – 211 ) + 00h 03′ 26″
18 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TDD – 206 ) + 00h 03′ 28″
19 Xandro Meurisse ( Bel – WGB – 195 ) + 00h 03′ 42″
20 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 131 ) + 00h 03′ 59″
21 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) + 00h 04′ 15″
22 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 136 ) + 00h 04′ 25″
23 David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) + 00h 04′ 32″
24 Alexey Lutsenko ( Kaz – AST – 076 ) + 00h 04′ 34″
25 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 122 ) + 00h 05′ 57″
26 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGB – 191 ) + 00h 05′ 59″
27 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 11′ 01″
28 Sébastien Reichenbach ( Swi – GFC – 057 ) + 00h 11′ 56″
29 Rudy Molard ( Fra – GFC – 056 ) + 00h 12′ 47″
30 Vincenzo Nibali ( Ita – TBM – 041 ) + 00h 14′ 00″

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

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