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Tour de France | Stage 10 Commentary

17:25 Peloton at 5'40'': At col de la Colombière, the deficit of the peloton led by Team Sky is 5'40''. Castroviejo punctures in the downhill.
17:21 Alaphilippe first at col de Romme: Result of the cat. 1 KOM at col de Romme, km 130: 1. Julian Alaphilippe, 10 points At 15’’: 2. Rein Taaramäe, 8 At 32’’ 3. Serge Pauwels, 6 At 45’’: 4. Greg Van Avermaet, 4 5. Lilian Calmejane, 2 6. Robert Gesink, 1
16:57 Barguil on the offensive: Warren Barguil attacks from the peloton.
14:49 Rein Taaramäe counters: Rein Taaramäe goes solo behind Molard. Two riders in the lead. Yellow jersey group at 30''. Peloton at 3'15''. 1.7km to the summit.
14:10 Van Avermaet at the front: Greg Van Avermaet has rejoined a front group including Peter Sagan and several national champions: Lukas Pöstlberger, Daryl Impey... Ion Izagirre is also up there with Vichot and Molard for FDJ.
13:22 Toms Skujins in the polka dot jersey: Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) is the King of the Mountains with 6 points, followed by Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) and Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), 4. A total of 51 points are up for grabs today.
12:26 Stage 10 to start at 13.15: Welcome to the live coverage of stage 10 in the 105th Tour de France, 158.5km from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand. Start scheduled at 13.15.
18:06 Julian Alaphilippe takes his first Tour win: 1. Julian Alaphilippe 2. Ion Izagirre 3. Rein Taaramäe 4. Greg Van Avermaet 5. Serge Pauwels Greg Van Avermaet retains the yellow jersey.
18:04 Julian Alaphilippe wins stage 10: Julian Alaphilippe arrives solo at Le Grand-Bornand. It's his first Tour de France stage victory.
17:59 Alaphilippe within 5km to go: Taaramäe and Izagirre are reunited 2' behind the Frenchman.
17:58 First stage win for Alaphilippe?: Julian Alaphilippe is taking part in his second Tour de France. In 2016, he missed out on the stage victory in Cherbourg, beaten by Peter Sagan, and crashed in the downhill of Le Grand Colombier when he had a second opportunity. He's now in the downhill of la Colombière, on the hunt for his first Tour de France stage victory.
17:55 Greg Van Avermaet gets the combativity price: Greg Van Avermaet is designated the most aggressive rider of the day.
17:53 Result at col de la Colombière: Result of the cat. 1 KOM at col de la Colombière, km 144: 1. Julian Alaphilippe, 10 points At 1’30’’: 2. Ion Izagirre, 8 At 2’: 3. Rein Taaramäe, 6 At 2’10’’: 4. Serge Pauwels, 4 5. Greg Van Avermaet, 2 At 2’35’’: 6. Lilian Calmejane, 1
17:48 Alaphilippe at la Colombière: Julian Alaphilippe crests la Colombière alone in the lead, with 14.5km to go. Uran is dropped by the main peloton.
17:45 15km to go: Julian Alaphilippe is 1'25'' ahead of Ion Izagirre and 1'40'' ahead of Rein Taaramäe
17:33 20km to go: 20km before the end, Alaphilippe is 45'' ahead of Taaramäe, 1'30'' ahead of the yellow jersey group, 6'15'' ahead of the main peloton led by Team Sky. Greg Van Avermaet is in a good position to retain the yellow jersey.
17:26 Alaphilippe speeds up downhill: Julian Alaphilippe goes fast downhill. He's 15'' ahead of Taaramäe with 21km to go.
17:25 Peloton at 5'40'': At col de la Colombière, the deficit of the peloton led by Team Sky is 5'40''. Castroviejo punctures in the downhill.
17:24 Alaphilippe very likely in the polka dot jersey: Julian Alaphilippe provisionally leads the KOM competition with 31 points, ahead of Rein Taaramäe and Rudy Molard, 22, David Gaudu, 21, and Serge Pauwels, 20. There are 10 more points up for grabs at the top of col de la Colombière.
17:21 Alaphilippe first at col de Romme: Result of the cat. 1 KOM at col de Romme, km 130: 1. Julian Alaphilippe, 10 points At 15’’: 2. Rein Taaramäe, 8 At 32’’ 3. Serge Pauwels, 6 At 45’’: 4. Greg Van Avermaet, 4 5. Lilian Calmejane, 2 6. Robert Gesink, 1
17:16 Uran in trouble: Last year's runner up Rigoberto Uran who has been injured on the cobblestones is in difficulty at the back of the main pack.
17:14 Taaramäe, the 13th triple crowned: Mark Cavendish, André Greipel, Marcel Kittel, Alejandro Valverde, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Philippe Gilbert, Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Simon Gerrans, Thomas De Gendt and John Degenkolb – since the day before yesterday – are the 12 Tour de France contenders who have won at least one stage in every single Grand Tour. Rein Taaramäe could join the club today.
17:13 Alaphilippe bridges the gap: Alaphilippe rejoins Taaramäe at the front with 30km to go
17:09 Alaphilippe and Gaudu in the chase: Gaudu and Alaphilippe speed up to go after Taaramäe who is 25'' ahead of them
17:06 Taaramäe with 25'': 4km before the summit, Taaramäe is 25'' ahead of the yellow jersey group. Barguil is reeled in by the peloton.
16:59 Taaramäe alone in the lead: Rein Taaramäe is alone in the lead 6km before the summit. The Estonian is a Vuelta and Giro stage winner but he's yet to win at the Tour.
16:57 Barguil on the offensive: Warren Barguil attacks from the peloton.
16:54 Calmejane speeds up: Lilian Calmejane speeds up in the climb. He’s one of the five breakaway riders who have already won at least a stage at the Tour de France (Les Rousses 2017), along with Greg Van Avermaet (Rodez 2015 et Le Lioran 2016), Philippe Gilbert (Mont des Alouettes 2011), Tony Gallopin (Oyonnax 2014) and Ion Izagirre (Morzine 2016).
16:51 Gilbert first rider out: Philippe Gilbert is the first breakaway rider dropped up the col de Romme. Degand and Impey are also in trouble
16:50 At the bottom of col de Romme: Breakaway at the bottom of col de Romme. It's only the second time the Tour de France uses this climb after 2009 when Fränk Schleck crested it first.
16:47 Guillaume Martin virtually in the white jersey: Being 4’6’’ down on Soren Kragh in the overall ranking, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) is still the virtual best young rider with 40km to go (peloton at 6’30’’). David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) can also eye at the white jersey sooner or later as he’s 3’36’’ behind Martin.
16:33 50km to go: With 50km to go, the time gap is 7'10''. Escapees to tackle col de Romme and col de la Colombière in the finale like in 2009 when Fränk Schleck won at Le Grand-Bornand. Both summits are within 30km to go.
16:31 11 teams in the front group: Tony Gallopin (AG2R), Elie Gesbert and Amaël Moinard (Cofidis), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step), Serge Pauwels and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data), David Gaudu, Rudy Molard and Arthur Vichot (Groupama-FDJ), Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Lilian Calmejane and Rein Taaramäe (Direct Energie), Guillaume Martin and Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) are the eighteen riders in the breakaway. 11 teams aren't represented at the front: Sky, EF, Sunweb, Movistar, UAE, Bora, Astana, Katusha, Lotto-Soudal, Trek and Cofidis.
16:26 Luke Roberts didn't expect fireworks today: Team Sunweb’s sport director Luke Roberts told letour.fr this morning: “It's after the rest day, we're going into a different Tour de France, it's surprising to see how close the gaps are its' been defensive racing, everybody was trying not to lose time, instead of gaining time. I expect the same today, a defensive race. Everybody is uncertain after the rest day. It's the first day in the high mountains, everybody is on the defensive. Even with good legs it's too early to attack. I'd be surprised if we saw fireworks today.” Indeed...
16:25 Sagan and Pöstlberger to be reeled in: From the initial 21 riders in the breakaway, Jack Bauer had been first to be dropped and caught by the bunch. Sagan and Pöstlberger are about to be reeled in now. 18 riders remain in the lead.
16:20 7'35'' with 70km to go: At the exit of the feed zone, the deficit of the peloton to the 18 leaders is 7'35''.
16:18 Nicolas Portal: "It's a bit early to take the yellow jersey": Team Sky’s sport director Nicolas Portal told letour.fr this morning: “Of course our priority remains to win the Tour with Chris Froome. But we’ve got Geraint [Thomas] who is improving a lot, not to forget Egan Bernal. Geraint has had an exceptional season so far. He had a stint of the yellow jersey last year and he wants to wear it again. We’ll help him to do so even though it’s a bit early today.”
16:09 Eighteen riders in the lead: Gilbert, Degand and Impey make it back to the front group. 18 riders in the lead with 69km to go.
16:08 70km to go: With 70km to go, Team Sky leads the peloton 7'20'' behind the fifteen leaders.
16:00 Fifteen riders in the lead: After Vichot, Slagter makes it back to the front group. 15 riders in the lead with an advantage of 7' over the peloton led by Team Sky with 73km to go.
15:51 Froome back in the pack: Chris Froome is back in the pack after a flat tyre. The peloton led by Team Sky is 6'40'' behind the 14 leaders. Arthur Vichot is back to the front group. Time gap after the dirt road: 6'40''.
15:48 Chris Froome has a flat tyre: Chris Froome punctures on the dirt road. Jonathan Castroviejo gives him a wheel.
15:47 31.1km in the second hour: The front group has covered 31.1km in the second hour. Average speed: 34.4km/h.
15:44 Rudy Molard virtually leads the KOM competition: After the Plateau des Glières, Rudy Molard virtually leads the KOM competition with 22 points. Julian Alaphilippe and David Gaudu have 21 points each.
15:43 Result of KOM at Plateau des Glières: Result of the H.C. KOM at Plateau des Glières, km 68.5: 1. Julian Alaphilippe, 20 points 2. David Gaudu, 15 3. Rudy Molard, 12 4. Serge Pauwels, 10 5. Greg Van Avermaet, 8 6. Rein Taaramäe, 6 7. Robert Gesink, 4 8. Ion Izagirre, 2
15:40 Alaphilippe first at Plateau des Glières, again: Julian Alaphilippe beats David Gaudu at the KOM and continues solo on the dirt road of the Plateau des Glières.
15:35 Cavendish quite far back: Mark Cavendish is timed 10'45'' behind the leading group, along with his team-mate Julien Vermote.
15:33 13 in the lead: The five leaders have been rejoined by eight chasers led by Gesink, 1.5km before the KOM.
15:31 FDJ had a team building at Plateau des Glières: During the off season, the Groupama-FDJ team had a team building at the Plateau des Glières, sleeping in huts and starting campfires. Gaudu and Molard are part of the front group of five riders with Van Avermaet, Pauwels and Taaramäe 2km before the HC KOM.
15:19 Vichot and Gesink on their way back: Arthur Vichot and Robert Gesink try to make it across to the eight leading riders.
15:18 Alaphilippe won at Plateau des Glières: It’s the first time for the Tour de France to pass the Plateau des Glières, where Julian Alaphilippe won a stage of the 2013 Tour de l’Avenir. The Frenchman is once again inspired in this area. He’s in the second group along with Peter Sagan. Adam Yates, Tom Skujins, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Guillaume Martin, Mickael Valgren, Stefan Küng, Jasper Stuyven, Rick Zabel and Damien Howson who are part of the race today also competed in the 2013 Tour de l’Avenir.
15:10 100km to go: The 8 leading riders are with 100km to go. The peloton led by Team Sky is 4' adrift.
15:08 No dirt road at the Tour since 1987: The attraction of the coming H.C. climb to Plateau des Glières is 1.8km of dirt roads right after the KOM point. The last time the Tour de France used a non-asphalted road was 300 metres of the col du Coq in 1987.
15:01 Eight riders in the lead: Moinard, Van Avermaet, Gilbert, Pöstlberger, Pauwels, Molard, Gaudu and Taaramäe form the front group in the downhill.
14:57 Molard leads the KOM competition: Result of the cat. 1 KOM at col de la Croix-Fry, km 43: 1. Rudy Molard, 10 points 2. Rein Taaramäe, 8 3. David Gaudu, 6 4. Serge Pauwels, 4 5. Philippe Gilbert, 2 6. Greg Van Avermaet, 1
14:54 Molard first at col de la Croix-Fry: Rudy Molard wins the cat. 1 KOM
14:49 Rein Taaramäe counters: Rein Taaramäe goes solo behind Molard. Two riders in the lead. Yellow jersey group at 30''. Peloton at 3'15''. 1.7km to the summit.
14:46 Molard speeds up: Rudy Molard escapes from the front 3km before the summit of la Croix-Fry.
14:36 Fourth time at col de la Croix-Fry: It's the fourth time at col de la Croix-Fry for the Tour de France. The last one was in 2013. Rui Costa crested in first position on his way to winning at Le Grand-Bornand.
14:35 Front group split in two: Climbing to la Croix-Fry, the front group is splitting in two.
14:33 A duel Gilbert-Van Avermaet: Race leader Greg Van Avermaet is obviously the highest ranked of the 21 breakaway riders. The next one is Philippe Gilbert, 3rd at 44''. This can make another duel between the best two Belgians cyclists!
14:26 Climbing to La Croix Fry: The 21 leading riders are climbing the first cat. 1 climb of the 105th Tour de France: the col de la Croix-Fry. Peloton led by Team Sky with a deficit of 2'30'' with 125km to go.
14:23 Intermediate sprint result: Result of the intermediate sprint at Thônes, km 29: 1. Peter Sagan, 20 points 2. Lukas Pöstlberger, 17 3. Philippe Gilbert, 15 4. Tony Gallopin, 13 5. Greg Van Avermaet, 11 6. Tom Jelte Slagter, 10 7. Elie Gesbert, 9 8. Jack Bauer, 8 9. Lilian Calmejane, 7 10. Daryl Impey, 6 11. Rudy Molard, 5 12. Serge Pauwels, 4 13. Amaël Moinard, 3 14. Guillaume Martin, 2 15. Ion Izagirre, 1 Peloton at 2’20’’
14:18 Sagan wins the intermediate sprint: Peter Sagan takes 20 more points at the intermediate sprint.
14:18 The 21 leaders: Tony Gallopin (AG2R), Elie Gesbert and Amaël Moinard (Cofidis), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Jack Bauer and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step), Peter Sagan and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Serge Pauwels and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data), David Gaudu, Rudy Molard and Arthur Vichot (Groupama-FDJ), Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Lilian Calmejane and Rein Taaramäe (Direct Energie), Guillaume Martin and Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) form the front group. Peloton led by Team Sky at 2'10''.
14:14 21 riders in the lead: 21 riders including Sagan and Van Avermaet are at the front ahead of the intermediate sprint.
14:10 Van Avermaet at the front: Greg Van Avermaet has rejoined a front group including Peter Sagan and several national champions: Lukas Pöstlberger, Daryl Impey... Ion Izagirre is also up there with Vichot and Molard for FDJ.
14:05 First KOM point for Alaphilippe: Julian Alaphilippe takes his first KOM point this year at the côte de Bluffy. He's away with Peter Sagan, Tom Jelte Slagter and Elie Gesbert.
14:03 Sagan at the front, Craddock at the back: Peter Sagan speeds up. The first man dropped is Lawson Craddock who is injured since day 1.
14:02 Race at côte de Bluffy: The front runners are in the cat. 4 côte de Bluffy. It was on the map of the Tour only once before, in the individual time trial won by Alberto Contador around the lake of Annecy in 2009.
14:00 Yates, Uran and Zakarin at the back: The peloton is split in two. Adam Yates, Uran and Zakarin are in the second group.
13:58 Zakarin has a mechanical: Ilnur Zakarin gets a bike change. Pavel Kotchekov waits for him.
13:57 Alaphilippe goes again: It's all together again in the non classifiied climb of Talloire. Alaphilippe is very active again.
13:54 Chavanel, Degand and Burghardt go clear: Alaphilippe and Vachon have been reined in. Chavanel goes clear with Degand and Burghardt.
13:50 Van Avermaet wants to break away: Greg Van Avermaet has tried to break away. He knows it's his main possibility to retain the yellow jersey. Direct Energie is also keen to counter attack.
13:48 Greg Van Avermaet: "It'll be hard to keep the yellow jersey": Greg Van Avermaet told France Televisions on the start line: “It’s a good day for Geraint Thomas to take the yellow jersey over from me. He’s only 40 seconds behind and we have a hard mountain stage. If Sky wants the yellow jersey, it’ll be difficult for me to hold on to it but I’ll try my best.”
13:46 Alaphilippe on the go: Julian Alaphilippe attacks after 5.5km. Florian Vachon goes with him.
13:42 Sicard tries his luck: French teams are very motivated. They launch the first skirmishes. Direct Energie's Romain Sicard wants to go. Also Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) and David Gaudu (FDJ).
13:40 The race is on: The start proper has been given to 165 riders at 13.39.
13:37 Zorionak, Omar!: Basque rider Omar Fraile (Astana) turns 28 today.
13:34 Jens Keukeleire is also a non starter: Jens Keukeleire of Lotto-Soudal has abandoned the Tour. He has a fracture in the upper part of his splint-bone and his thigh is bruised.
13:28 Landa caught in a crash: Mikel Landa, Fernando Gaviria and Ion Izagirre are caught in a crash in the neutral, apparently with no consequence.
13:26 Quick Step with the yellow bibs: Quick Step Floors leads the teams classification ahead of Movistar with a difference of 4’51’’. Mitchelton-Scott is 5’58’’ adrift.
13:25 Sore Kragh in the white jersey: Soren Kragh (Sunweb) is the best young rider. Former runner up Egan Bernal (Sky) lost a huge amount of time (16’9’’) after crashing on the cobblestones. Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) is the second best young rider at 7’’. Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale) is third at 7’37’’.
13:22 Toms Skujins in the polka dot jersey: Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) is the King of the Mountains with 6 points, followed by Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) and Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), 4. A total of 51 points are up for grabs today.
13:21 Peter Sagan in the green jersey: Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) leads the points classification with 299 points, followed by the other double stage winners Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step), 218, and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), 132.
13:20 Greg Van Avermaet in the yellow jersey: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in is the yellow jersey since the team time trial on stage 3. Stage 9 including cobbled sectors gave him the opportunity to extend his lead. He’s 43’’ ahead of Critérium du Dauphiné winner Geraint Thomas, 44’’ ahead of Philippe Gilbert, 50’’ ahead of Bob Jungels. Thomas is in an ideal position. The other GC contenders are: 5. Alejandro Valverde, at 1’31’’ 6. Rafal Majka, at 1’32’’ 7. Jakob Fuglsang, at 1’33’’ 8. Chris Froome, at 1’42’’ 9. Adam Yates, st 10. Mikel Landa, st 12. Vincenzo Nibali, at 1’48’’ 13. Primoz Roglic, at 1’57’’ 14. Bauke Mollema, at 1’58’’ 15. Tom Dumoulin, at 2’3’’ 16. Steven Kruijswijk, at 2’6’’ 17. Romain Bardet, at 2’32’’ 18. Warren Barguil, at 2’37’’ 19. Ilnur Zakarin, at 2’42’’ 21. Nairo Quintana, at 2’50’’ 22. Rigoberto Uran, at 2’53’’ 24. Dan Martin, at 3’22’’
13:18 Vuillermoz is a non starter: The riders are moving towards the start proper, 12.7km after the starting area. Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale) is a non starter due to a broken shoulder on stage 9.
13:15 On the start line: Riders are ready to leave the starting area.
13:07 Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course: For the second year in a row, Annemiek van Vleuten of Mitchelton-Scott has won La Course by Le Tour de France with FDJ in a thrilling finale against her Dutch compatriot Anna van der Breggen.
12:26 Stage 10 to start at 13.15: Welcome to the live coverage of stage 10 in the 105th Tour de France, 158.5km from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand. Start scheduled at 13.15.

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