Stage 10 race report
To get back into it after the rest day the Tour organisers decided to do it gently, with a transitional stage between Saint-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo that was sure to finish in a group kick.
We had moved from the rugged beauty of the south of France to the windswept refinery of Brittany, a beautiful part of the world and also home of Le Blaireau and his wife, who is a hard woman according to Stephen Roche.
In fact surely this is the time to take a trip down through one of Bernard’s greatest hits
The break went ZUPER early, like within the first couple of kilometres of the stage and Jerome Cousin (Team Europcar), Juan Jose Oroz (Euskaltel), Luis Mate (Cofidis), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansolile) and Julien Simon (Sojasun) were to become BFFs 4 EVER until their inevitable demise later in the day.
The sprinters teams were all over the front of the peloton from the start and the gap sat around 4 to 5 minutes for a while before dropping down to the 2 to 3 minute mark within the final 60kms. Once we got within 40km to go and the gusty wind turned to a block head wind it was not going to be long before it was all together. With 23km to go the course turned left meaning the block head became a feral cross wind: potential carnage in the group?
The GC teams started to move to the front and it was a fight between the sprinter and GC contenders to take control of the race. The pace started picking up but the break was stubborn like the local hero, LE BLAIREAU.
15km to go and the pace was feral. This and the wind and riders were going out the back en masse. But the break couldn’t be shut down and with 10km to go they still had 10 seconds. Eventually, with 5km to go they were bought back and it was on for the group kick. 2km to go and Lotto was driving the pace at the front with Quick Step and Argos close by.
Coming into the final 500m and Greipel opened it up on the right off Henderson’s wheel. Kittel was all over it and Cavendish, in his excitement to get across to Kittel’s wheel, basically pushed Veelers off his bike. This caused everyone to pause for an instant and by the time Greipel was moving up to top speed Kittel was onto his wheel and took the win with a metre to spare. ZE GERMANS ARE COMING!!!
Interested in the thoughts of the masses, but we at VeloTipper are far less apologetic on behalf of Cav than the Phil/Paul combination. At the end of the day Cav dropped a shoulder and absolutely decimated Veelers. Cav had the presence of mind to sit up, likely knowing that even if he had taken the win, his efforts would have been brought back by the commissaires. Agree? Disagree?
Stage 10 tipping report
148 of you selected Kittel. I’m not sure if that reflects an actual belief that he would win as much as a “nuts, I don’t have Cav left.” A further 94 selected Greipel.
But it wasn’t the easiest of stages. Only 876 tippers managed to avoid losing time, with Degenkolb dropping an excellent stinker worth in excess of 1 minute. Porte lost time as well.
Three people managed to select Julien Simon (hometown hero): Olly Harris, Jules Knuppel and Ivan Landrian! Special tipping…except once caught he went directly out the arse. Special mention to Beñat Sarasola Santamaria who managed to pick Jonathan Hivert for a solo last place.
In the Delay Start Competition (feel free to join — it’s the only public competition remaining on the dashboard. Once you’ve joined, your tips for the first nine stages will default to the nine Lampre riders), we have two people going for the all Italian designation. Chris Little leads Max Osborne. That competition will likely heat up very quickly as it’s what we in the industry call a HIGH VOLATILITY COMPETITION. Nobody has used Millar yet, and we’re not keeping ultra close tabs on flat tyres/mechanicals.
Not surprisingly, there really isn’t any change to the overall competition. Julian Chipper is still looking resplendent in Yellow with Nicholas D’Ambrosio and Danial Scheiner in second and third.
We have a new leader in the sprint competition, Plamen Stoyanov come on down! Plamen is on an incredible 266 points. Peter Sagan, by way of comparison, is on 269 points. Plamen lead James Deane on 264 and Tom Galbraith on 261.
Tom Wakeling continues to lead the KOM comp on 49, with eight people in equal second on 48: Plamen Stoyanov, Paul Guarrera, Tom Galbraith, Dennis Munster, Don Sirikhant, Nick Flynn, Baz Rodgers and Stephen Baxter.
Tipping report is short…because nothing really happened. Bad luck to those who dropped a bit of time today, there were always bound to be a few of you.
For tomorrow the question will have to be what sort of condition should we expect to see Tony Martin? Will he demolish everyone?
Stage 10 visual representation of rider times
General Classification tipping ladder top 50 after stage 10
|1||Julian Chipper||1 day(s), 17:52:18||194||33|
|2||Nicholas D’Ambrosio||1 day(s), 17:52:32||218||30|
|3||daniel scheiner||1 day(s), 17:52:34||98||38|
|4||Joel Watson||1 day(s), 17:52:38||180||30|
|5||Neil Mylott||1 day(s), 17:52:38||184||30|
|6||Niels Hanje||1 day(s), 17:52:38||217||30|
|7||Marthijs Heuperman||1 day(s), 17:52:38||117||31|
|8||Mik Efford||1 day(s), 17:52:44||186||30|
|9||Nick Lothian||1 day(s), 17:52:52||224||30|
|10||George Bogus||1 day(s), 17:52:52||223||30|
|11||Riley Tempany||1 day(s), 17:52:52||217||30|
|12||Brett Mckenzie||1 day(s), 17:52:52||187||31|
|13||Jimmy Gordon||1 day(s), 17:52:52||163||30|
|14||Chris Neal||1 day(s), 17:52:52||217||30|
|15||Troy Bryant||1 day(s), 17:52:52||211||35|
|16||Guthrie Finlay Collins||1 day(s), 17:52:52||139||30|
|17||andrew crowd||1 day(s), 17:52:52||221||30|
|18||Remy Giuliani||1 day(s), 17:53:03||109||30|
|19||Angus Macdonald||1 day(s), 17:53:20||176||31|
|20||Michael Janetzki||1 day(s), 17:53:20||130||31|
|21||Alex Fregon||1 day(s), 17:53:20||113||36|
|22||Robbie Russell||1 day(s), 17:53:20||174||32|
|23||Diana Dai||1 day(s), 17:53:20||102||32|
|24||Neil Brydges||1 day(s), 17:53:23||169||31|
|25||Nick Weeks||1 day(s), 17:53:23||198||33|
|26||Aaron Leavy||1 day(s), 17:53:23||172||31|
|27||Matt Best||1 day(s), 17:53:25||124||31|
|28||Darryl McAndrew||1 day(s), 17:53:26||164||31|
|29||Steele Adams||1 day(s), 17:53:30||161||31|
|30||Marcus Cairney||1 day(s), 17:53:33||160||28|
|31||Craig McCulloch||1 day(s), 17:53:34||176||31|
|32||martin thornton||1 day(s), 17:53:34||195||31|
|33||Andrew Collins||1 day(s), 17:53:34||137||31|
|34||Jason Murfitt||1 day(s), 17:53:34||140||33|
|35||Wayne Crowley||1 day(s), 17:53:34||88||32|
|36||brenton thain||1 day(s), 17:53:43||162||30|
|37||Andrew Irwin||1 day(s), 17:53:43||116||20|
|38||Michael Jones||1 day(s), 17:53:43||182||28|
|39||Tim Lawrence||1 day(s), 17:53:43||139||30|
|40||Carl Kinsella||1 day(s), 17:53:43||110||31|
|41||Paul Ruskin||1 day(s), 17:53:44||183||20|
|42||Dane Cash||1 day(s), 17:53:44||170||20|
|43||Correy Edmed||1 day(s), 17:53:46||149||21|
|44||Adam Kachyckyj||1 day(s), 17:53:46||143||22|
|45||Daniel Howitt||1 day(s), 17:53:46||113||20|
|46||buds fuller||1 day(s), 17:53:47||216||30|
|47||Ashley Bleeker||1 day(s), 17:53:50||190||20|
|48||james monahan||1 day(s), 17:53:51||122||22|
|49||Sam Dwyer||1 day(s), 17:53:51||71||21|
|50||Allan Weatherley||1 day(s), 17:53:54||151||28|
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