The tenth stage of the Tour de France: a duel of top riders , Sam Bennett's first stage victory
On September 8, the tenth stage of the Tour de France ended. The Irish national champion, Sam Bennett found the right time to launch a winning sprint at the final critical moment, defeating EWAN and SAGAN, and won his first Tour de France stage championship.
The tenth stage after the rest day is a flat road stage with almost no fluctuation in altitude. The main group will ride in the beautiful scenery of the west coast of France. The strong sea breeze may affect the rhythm of the race. In addition to seeing how long the breakout group can last, it is worth looking forward to the sprint battle at the end.
▲Roglič & SAGAN
The race officially started on a magnificent bridge. Two Swiss drivers joined forces to break through. SCHÄR (CCC) and Stefan KüNG (FDJ) quickly separated from the main group and established a 1-minute lead 1km after the start of the race. The main group is led by Lotto Soudal and Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and the time gap is controlled at about one and a half minutes. This puts a lot of pressure on the breakout drivers.
In the final 100km of the race, the main group has come to the rear of the breakout riders. A wave of leaders from Deceuninck-Quick-Step team tore the main group apart, POELS (Bahrain McLaren), SIVAKOV (INEOS Grenadiers), BUCHMANN (Bora-Hansgrohe) , Dan MARTIN (Israel Start-Up Nation) and others were left behind, and the two Swiss breakout drivers were quickly recovered.
However, less than 1km later, a minor crash occurred behind the main group. World champions Mads PEDERSEN, SKUJIŅŠ (Trek-Segafredo), POWLESS (EF Education First), ROCHE (Team Sunweb), GESINK (Team Jumbo-Visma) ), BEWLEY (MITCHELTON-SCOTT) and other riders were involved. This fall completely ended BEWLEY’s Tour de France tour. Then the main group was divided into two. The first group led by Team Jumbo-Visma slowed down, allowing all the lagging drivers to return to the team. The main group continued to race in strong winds.
At 65km from the end, the main group crashed again. This time, POGAČAR, FORMOLO (UAE TEAM EMIRATES), Guillaume MARTIN (Cofidis Solutions Crédits), POLITT (Israel Start-Up Nation) and COQUARD (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), etc. The people fell to the ground, but the main group did not have full firepower, and the lagging drivers all returned to the team about 56km from the finish line.
There is still 45km in the race. INEOS Grenadiers, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Bahrain McLaren, EF Education First and UAE TEAM EMIRATES team lead the ride in front of the main group. The sprint point on the way is 39km before the finish line, waiting for the sprinters. 's arrival The battle for the sprint started, TRENTIN (CCC) took the lead, Sagan followed closely, and Sam Bennett clenched Sagan again. In the end, TRENTIN rushed to a maximum speed of 66.6km/h, defeating Sagan again to get the first sprint point, Sagan second, and Sam Bennett third.
So far, TRENTIN's sprint points have reached 118 points, and the ranking has risen to third place. Sagan held 155 points, 9 points ahead of Sam Bennett, and temporarily ranked first in the sprint standings.
The leading team in front of the main group has undergone several rounds of rotation, and the INEOS Grenadiers team led the main group into the last 20km at a speed of about 60km/h. At this time, a cross wind raided the sea and the main group split into two groups. Team Jumbo-Visma took over the lead in the chaos, and the pace of the race was fast enough to fly. Soon after, a car crashed behind the main group, KOCH (CCC), VALVERDE (Movistar Team) and LóPEZ (Astana Pro Team) fell to the ground, and Alafilipe suffered a mechanical failure and fell behind.
The Team Jumbo-Visma team protected VAN AERT in front of the main group. Sagan and Sam Bennett were at the back of the group. With the last 5km, it was time for the teams to start lining up. As the road widened, Team Sunweb, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, NTT Pro Cycling, UAE TEAM EMIRATES also came to the front of the group, and BOL (Team Sunweb) led the main group into the last 3km at a speed of 60km/h.
The sprint battle started, and the sprinters started rushing in the last 500m. Under the leadership of his teammates, Sam Bennett waited until his sprint window. Ewan grabbed Sagan in front of him and bit the Irishman's rear wheel tightly. Sagan was gradually thrown away by the two. In the end Sam Bennett sprinted to victory and won his first Tour de France championship. Ewan took second place, Sagan took third place, and VIVIANI fourth.
At the end of the stage, Roglič retained the overall result to lead the yellow jersey. Sam Bennett surpassed Sagan by 21 points in sprint points, ranking first with 196 points and won the sprint green jersey. This is a non-slope stage, so COSNEFROY continues to wear a climbing polka dot shirt, BERNAL is still the best young driver. Stefan KüNG won the Combativity award. The Movistar Team retains the title of best team won in the ninth stage.