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Périgueux - Bergerac
Tour de France • Stage10

Périgueux - Bergerac
Tour de France - 11 July 2017

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Here's the top ten... Impressive for Rudiger Selig, standing in for sprint duties at Bora-Hansgrohe, but disappointing for the likes of Kristoff, Bouhanni and Greipel, who didn't even figure at all.


Marcel Kittel equals his best haul in the Tour... and there's still at least another three sprints up for grabs...


The powerful German was streets ahead of anyone else there - winning by a bike length over John Degenkolb and Dylan Groenewegen.


Four and easy for Marcel Kittel!


Marco Haller opens up the sprint for Kristoff...


A reduced peloton now as they pass through the 1km-to-go banner. Kittel has Sabatini as his led-out man - but Lotto and Katusha are on the front...


Bahrain Merida edging up for Sonny Colbrelli - but Kittel only has one team-mate and he's quite far back for now...


Here come the LottoNL-Jumbo team-mates of Dylan Groenewegen, who's due a good result. They're crossing a bridge and entering Bergerac now...


Direct Energie are there for Adrien Petit and BMC for Greg van Avermaet. Dimension Data are readying themselves. No sign of FDJ, but then again, they've lost their sprinter and three other riders in that tactical snafu on Sunday.


Still Lotto-Soudal doing the work with a train of seven riders on the right of the road, as Katusha-Alpecin edge up...


All over for the two escapees, who are swept up by the pack. Straight away Offredo and Gesbert are right out the back of the pack. Now the race is being ridden in team formations as everyone bunches up for their respective targets: the sprint, a counter or simply keeping out of trouble.


Offredo still going hell for leather, but Gesbert has looked over his shoulders and is shaking his head: he knows the game is up. The gap is 11 seconds as the peloton shed water bottles galore.


Just 10km to go as the peloton splits for another roundabout ahead of the banner. Lars Bak is not happy about the situation because the constant splitting of the peloton - we've just had three roundabouts in succession - means the peloton is moving at a slower pace than he'd like.


Froome is still very near the front in a bid to stay safe and out of trouble.


Our leading French duo will be able to see the peloton behind them if only they turned - they can probably feel their collective breath on their necks by now... 17 seconds is the gap, and there's no way this one will stay out.


Thomas De Gendt has now come to the front of the pack for Lotto Soudal, to relieve Lars Bak after his almost stage-long shift. The gap is down to 25 seconds ahead of what has been billed as the Battle for German Supremacy in Bergerac: Kittel v Greipel.


The gap has crept back up to 55 seconds for the two leaders after the peloton took its collective foot off the gas, not wanting to reel them in too early. It's worth remembering that Offredo was named the most combative rider in stage 2 after his break with Taylor Phinney, who won the race's first polka dot jersey that day.


Who else could make a splash at the finish? Given the circumstances, never before have the likes of Nacer Bouhanni, Dylan Groenewegen, Ben Swift and – shudder – Sonny Colbrelli had a better chance of winning a stage on the Tour, while Norwegians Alexander Kristoff and Boasson Hagen have realistic chances of ending their respective droughts. But by the same token, Kittel could go on to win at least six stages – and with it, build up the kind of points cushion in the green jersey competition that we usually associate with the absent Sagan.


Andre Greipel lies a distant third in the points classification and the veteran German would face an uphill challenge to keep up his run of winning at least one stage in every Grand Tour he’s ridden since the Vuelta in 2007, except for the fact that, with Sagan, Cavendish and Demare all out, Greipel will only need a Kittel mechanical or off-day to turn the tables; expect to see the Gorilla through the mist again soon.


Team Sunweb’s admirable pursuit of 20 intermediate sprint points for Michael Matthews on Sunday deserved applause but could well have cost the team a stage win, after Warren Barguil and the leading break sat up to wait for their pursuers after the Col de la Biche and Grand Colombier double header. Matthews demonstrated Sagan-like qualities in pocketing points while his fellow sprinters toiled with the broom wagon, but it’s hard to see the Australian over-turning a 52-point deficit - more now, after that intermediate sprint - with still so many stages suited to the pure sprinters remaining. Unless, that is, Sunweb can conspire to eliminate Kittel, too.


The gap for escapees Offredo and Gesbert has collapsed completely over the past few kilometres, as Cofidis take up the chase. Their advantage is just 40 seconds now.


Marcel Kittel – imperious winner of three stages, including the narrowest victory in Tour history (just 0.0003 seconds) ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen – looks the favourite to keep green for the next fortnight, especially after Stage 4 winner Demare finished outside the time limit along with half his FDJ team in a calamitous Stage 9.


Whatever happens between now and Paris, the controversial coming together of Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan in Vittel ensured that a new rider will be crowned points champion this year. Sagan may feel aggrieved to have perhaps been made a scapegoat for similar actions that go unpunished from, say, Arnaud Demare. His disqualification means there will be no sixth consecutive green jersey for the world champion, and with Cavendish forced out with a broken shoulder after his high-speed smash into the barriers, there remains no former winners of the points classification in the peloton.


Between shifts in the commentary box, Eurosport commentators Rob Hatch and Sean Kelly had a chat about today's stage and the Tour in general in this Facebook live. Click the link below to watch...


Machago, the only Portuguese rider in the race, leads the peloton over the summit of the climb. Another rider to watch in the finish today is Germany's John Degenkolb, who this morning told Eurosport: "Today looks flat and easy, it depends on how tired everyone is after the weekend. We will have to see how fresh Marcel is and how strong he is. It's a tricky final with some corners and technical parts - it's going to be very important to have the right position."


And it's Gesbert who takes the point over the top - so the escapees must have an arrangement that one takes the climbs and the other takes the intermediate sprint. Their gap is 2:25 and there will be no shake up in the polka dot jersey standings because Gesbert is no factor in that race.


The two leaders are well onto the Cat.3 Cote du Buisson-de-Cadouin - a 6km climb with gentle gradients that shouldn't cause too much trouble.


The gap is down to 2:30 for the two leaders, Gesbert and Offredo. Regarding one half of our breakaway, we should say that the local French press are reporting that Gesbert almost caused a fire in his team hotel yesterday. According to Ouest-France, the Tour's youngest rider left his towel on a hot radiator and it caught fire - but was contained before anyone was hurt or there was too much damage...


One thing you see a lot of - and sometimes, way too much - in bike races are motorcycles. While there have been many high-profile incidents involving motorcycles - most notably the tragic death of Antoine Demoitie last year, or the incident that saw Chris Froome run up Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day - most of these motos are there to ensure the safety of riders. Our friends at GCN have done this explainer about the role of motorcycles in races - click the link below...


Dimension Data lost their lead-out man Mark Renshaw on Sunday days after they lost their sprinter, Mark Cavendish, after the Australian finished outside the time limit. But Edvald Boasson Hagen's performance in stage 7 - when he lost by just 6mm to Marcel Kittel - has given the team reason to harbour hope in the sprints. This morning, we asked Bernie Eisel how things were for Dimension Data following their latest set back: "Well, there's way more space in the bus - free seats everywhere," the Austrian joked. "No, we've seen Eddie in great form and with great speed, so we'll try it again. We have a great train and we all had a good rest day, so we're looking forward to a calm day and a bunch sprint. After losing Mark and then finishing second in the photo finish, we celebrated that like it was a victory."


A taste of things to come? Greipel outsprints Kittel at the intermediate sprint, with two Katusha riders - one being Kristoff - just behind and ahead of Matthews. The German duo looked very strong there in that leg-stretched, while Australian Matthews showcased his limitations when it comes to flat sprints suited to the pure fast men.


Offredo rides through the intermediate sprint ahead of Gesbert at Saint-Cyprien.


The Quick-Step Floors train have come to the front for their man Marcel Kittel, gunning for a fourth win in his green skin suit - but before then, the small matter of the intermediate sprint. The strung-out peloton trail the two leaders by 2:50.


Things will get a bit more intense now after a succession of stunning castles... that's because the intermediate sprint is coming right up - and that will motivate the likes of Matthews, Greipel, Kittel and, no doubt, Sonny Colbrelli.


Check out some of the on-board footage from Sunday's fast and frantic stage through the Jura - including some hair-raising descents.


The two leaders are approaching the Chateau de Beynac, which is yet another absolutely stunning castle overlooking the Dordogne. The aerial images are really remarkable today - France at its very best. It's no surprise the Tour is one of the biggest marketing campaigns for France and its tourism...


The peloton passes through the medieval walled town of Domme just over three minutes down.


Offredo lets his younger escapee companion do the honours and it's Gesbert who crests the summit in pole position to pocket one point in the KOM competition currently being led by another Frenchman, Warren Barguil of Sunweb, on 60 points.


We're onto the first of two categorised climbs - and we can no doubt expect fellow Frenchmen Offredo and Gesbert to share the prizes out and crest one each in pole position. First up is the Cat.4 Cote de Domme - a mere blip compared to some of the HC monsters we saw appear in succession on Sunday.


The sun has come out now in the Dordogne. The temperature is 26 degrees Celsius. Stark contrast to the last time the Tour came to Bergerac, back in 2014 when Ramunas Navardauskas went off script to defy the peloton and hold on for a memorable win in torrential rain. On three of five occasions the race has come to Bergerac it's been a time trial, so we have only once seen a sprint. Today should set that record straight... unless someone channels Navardauskas and goes for broke.


The riders are currently in the feed zone with the gap down to just 3:22 for Gesbert and Offredo.


Gesbert was the first rider to roll down the ramp on the opening day of this Tour, the Frenchman kicking the 104th edition of the race on his 22nd birthday. In the heavy rain, the Fortuneo-Oscaro rider almost made it a bit of an inauspicious start with a slip on the ramp. Gesbert was initially a mountain biker and cyclo-cross rider - winning the mythical Britanny race, the Route Penn Ar Bed in 2012, before he switched to the road. Success came fast: last year, one month before turning pro with Fortuneo, Gesbert won two stages in the Tour de Dordogne. So he clearly likes riding in this neck of the woods...


New gloves for Fabio Aru today... as if the Italian didn't already look cool enough in his classic national champion's jersey. The question remains whether or not he can see them when he raises his hands up...


We spoke to yellow jersey Chris Froome this morning about the loss of his team-mate Geraint Thomas: "G is one of those guys - he's such a versatile rider, good in the cross winds, good on the flats, good in the mountains. We're definitely going to miss him." Thomas wore the first yellow jersey of the race after winning the opening time trial - his first Grand Tour stage win or leader's jersey. The Welshman crashed out of his main target of the season, the Giro, and then crashed out of the Tour. It remains to be seen if he rides the Vuelta - and if he does, if he manages to make it third time lucky and avoid any spills.


With the gap still around the 5:30 mark, the Cofidis team of Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni make their way towards the front to assist in the chase. Bouhanni has never won a stage on the Tour - and he'll never have a better chance than in these next two weeks - especially in the absence of his bete noir, Arnaud Demare.


It's worth remembering that we may be less than half-way through the race but we've already lost three stage winners from this year's race: Geraint Thomas (who crashed out with a broken collarbone on Sunday), Peter Sagan (kicked out after his irregular sprint in Vittel) and Arnaud Demare (who, ill, finished outside the time limit in Stage 10 alongside three FDJ team-mates).


One of the big stories from Sunday's stage in the Jura was that horrific crash suffered by BMC's Richie Porte, who lost control on the descent of the Mont du Chat and careered into both Dan Martin and a rock wall. Thankfully, the Australian 'walked away' from the accident - albeit with a fractured pelvis and collarbone. After the stage, Eurosport spoke to a visibly shaken Dave Brailsford, Porte's former boss at Team Sky.


The chateau game is indeed very high today - the helicopter camera man is having a complete field day.


The gap for Offredo and Gesbert rises to 5:30 as the Katusha-Alpecin team-mates of Alexander Kristoff come to the front: Tiago Machado takes up pacing duties and Tony Martin tucks himself behind Bak, Vermote and some of the Team Sky boys. Kristoff hasn't won a stage on the Tour since 2014 but with so many sprinters out, he'll have a chance to remedy that. We're passing loads of chateaux today, by the way...


Talking of Uran - his win came after help from the Mavic neutral mechanic, who sorted out a problem in his rear derailleur, albeit a solution that means the Colombian only had two gears for the finale of the frenetic stage. Being stuck in the 11 was not a bad thing for the sprint, mind, and Uran took the win. Our friends at GCN were perhaps inspired by that turn of events: they have just dropped this videos on why mechanics' team trucks are cool...


The remaining jersey to bring you up to speed with is the one that will not change hands today - unless Warren Barguil crashes out... With just two KOM points up for grabs, the French Sunweb rider will keep his hands on the polka dot jersey - and should do at least until the Pyrenees. Barguil has 60pts in the polka dot standings, with Slovenia's Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo on 30pts and Alexis Vuillermoz of Ag2R-La Mondiale on 27pts. Barguil took the jersey after starring in the break on Sunday - and it was a consolation prize for the 25-year-old after he lost the stage in a photo finish to Uran.

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Sunday's stage 9 was outrageous in so many respects. It was an overload of everything – the good, the bad and the ugly. From bone breaks to questionable attacks, tears of misplaced joy to mechanical mayhem – the pendulum of emotions swung this way and that, ultimately favouring forgotten man, Rigoberto Uran. Read my take on it by clicking the link below...


Talking of the white jersey, Britain's Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) currently leads the youth classification that his twin brother Adam won last year. Yates is 2:58 ahead of Louis Meintjes of UAE Team Emirates, with Pierre Latour (Ag2R-La Mondiale) third at 3:28 and Buchmann fourth at 6:44. Yates has had an impressive race and managed to finish in that Quintana-Dan Martin chase group on Sunday, 1:15 behind the other GC favourites. Currently seventh on GC at 2:02, he'll be targeting a possible top-five finish - like his brother last year.


The gap is just under five minutes now for the two leaders, Offredo and Gesbert. Behind Bak and Vermote on the front we have the German national champion, Marcus Burghardt, of Bora-Hansgrohe. I'm not 100% why he's there, because his German team have lost their man for the sprints, Peter Sagan, plus his brother, Juraj, and their GC man Majka. In fact, they now just have Emanuel Buchman for GC and, potentially, the white jersey, so it's lucky that Sagan managed to win a stage before being unceremoniously booted off the race for his part in that crash that ended Mark Cavendish's race.


That man Kittel, in a green skin suit, is currently chatting to his Quick-Step Floors team-mate Julien 'Breakaway Killer' Vermote on the front of the pack. Vermote, once again, rides tempo alongside Lars Bak of Lotto Soudal, the latter hoping to pave the way for a first win of the race for Andre Greipel.


With a sprint expected - and only two men up the road for the intermediate sprint - expect a fierce battle for the green jersey today, with a maximum 65 points up for grabs (taking into consideration the intermediate sprints will be for third place and beyond). Marcel Kittel leads the green jersey competition with 212 points and - following the elimination of his nearest rival, Arnaud Demare, on Sunday - his biggest challenge now comes from Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb who has 160 points (20 of which expertly collected during Sunday's stage in the mountains). Andre Greipel is in third with 130 points for Lotto Soudal. Here's both Froome, in yellow, and Kittel, in green, during today's stage.


Here's the official profile for today's stage - largely flat with a couple of lower-category climbs ahead of an expected fast finish in Bergerac.


A reminder that Chris Froome of Team Sky leads the race by just 18 seconds over Fabio Aru, with Romain Bardet - whose Ag2R-La Mondiale team were quite brilliant on their 'home' roads near Chambery on Sunday - in third at 51 seconds, four seconds ahead of Colombia's Rigoberto Uran, the stage 9 winner from Cannondale-Drapac. Jakob Fuglsang of Astana completes the top five in 1:37.


The advantage of the two Frenchmen out ahead grows to five minutes. Neither, after all, are a threat on GC, Offredo the best placed, 50 minutes down.


The youngest rider in the race, Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) has joined his compatriot Offredo out ahead. There's no reaction from the peloton.


Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) is one non-starter today. The Pole finished Sunday's stage after crashing badly in that incident that ended Geraint Thomas' Tour, but he's decided to call it a day because he's in a lot of pain and finding breathing difficult. So, Bora have now lost both their star riders in Peter Sagan and Majka.


Frenchman Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) attacks from the gun - he was involved in that stage 2 break with, among others, Taylor Phinney, if you cast your mind back to Germany and Belgium...


On an overcast day in south-west France, Christian Prudhomme waves the flag and gets this stage under way...


Rest day recap: After seven days of largely tedious, sometimes frenetic and occasionally controversial racing, the Tour de France burst into life with a blockbuster weekend in the Jura mountains that was as enthralling as it was hazardous. Our cycling expert Felix Lowe - that's me - rounds up the big stories from a polarising opening week in the 104th edition of the world’s biggest bike race. Clink link below for more...


Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage 10 of the Tour de France - a 178km scenic ride from Perigueux to Bergerac, a second rest day if you will, and a chance for the sprinters to take back some of the limelight from the GC men.