Tour de France: Stage 10 – Kittel


Marcel Kittel has won stage 10 of the 2013 Tour de France as the race arrived in the beautiful city of Saint-Malo

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Stage 10 of the Tour de France from Saint-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo came down to a bunch sprint as expected with Marcel Kittel winning the bunch kick.


Photo: ASO/B.Bade.

The stage was more of a rest day for most of the day as the peloton rode within themselves at around 25mph behind a break of five riders; Jerome Cousin (EUC), Juan Jose Oroz (EUS), Luis Mate (COF), Lieuwe Westra (VCD) and Julien Simon (SOJ).

[pullquote]KITTEL: I’m really proud that we won today and that everyone was there for the finale and that I could beat even [André] Greipel in close race to the line.[/pullquote]

With Quickstep, Argos-Shimano and Lotto-Belisol taking on the responsibility for most of the stage to keep the gap to the break within touching distance. It opened as far as five minutes or so but as the race approached the 50k to go mark, it was down to just over two minutes.


Photo: ASO/B.Bade.

One of the factoids to come out of the stage was that some of the riders including former trackie Greg Henderson riding narrow 36cm handlebars, something GB have been doing with Alpina bars available from Dolan Bikes.
The first dress rehearsal for the sprint down the narrow finishing funnel was at the first intermediate sprint where Andre Greipel was 6th ahead of Green jersey Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish.

Whilst Westra tried a lone attack in the break at the 4th cat KoM point of the race, the hammer didn’t really start to fall until there was 15 to 20 miles to go. For Britain, Ian Stannard was keeping the yellow jersey Chris Froome out of danger at the front as the rest of the sprint trains were starting to make their presence felt alongside the trains for the GC contenders.

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With the race speeding alongside the Emerald coast, the break was in sight with Rogers (Saxobank) whipping up the speed up in the crosswinds for his team leader Contador as the crowds lined both sides of the road. Flecha meanwhile in the peloton came to grief as the bunch split for a roundabout as the chase for the break continued.

Other crashes took out other riders such as Sven Tuft as the speed of the race continued to rise with the break, minus Westra, going full gas trying to stay clear.

At the front of the race, Scotland’s David Millar was looking after stage winner Dan Martin while Froome it seems only had Ian Stannard for protection with Sky riders slipping off the back. It was the GC teams driving it with the sprint trains tucked in behind as the race entered the final ten kilometres and the desperate faces on the break showing how much they were trying to stay away.


Photo: ASO/B.Bade.

The catch was made with five kilometres to go despite final surges from Simon and Mate as Omega Pharma Quickstep and Orica GreenEdge turned up the gas and put the pedals to the metal. With the peloton lined out, Contador and Froome at the front with the sprint teams trying to get organised and take control.

[pullquote]CAVENDISH: Just seen the sprint. I believe I didn’t move line. I’m actually coming past Veelers & we touch elbows when he moves. Anyway, hope he’s ok.”[/pullquote]

There were three teams trying to put their sprinter into the best place, Lotto, Orica and Quickstep. Orica soon ran out of riders and it was left to Quickstep and Lotto as they entered the final kilometre.

It was Lotto doing the best until Argos-Shimano came alongside but Henderson dropped off Greipel in the perfect place and as Cavendish bumped into one of the Argos riders who was drifting across the road, accidental or deliberate into Cav’s racing line, causing the Argos rider to fall, another Argos rider Marcel Kittel came past Greipel to win by the narrowest of margins.


Photo: ASO

Marcel Kittel: “You could say that it is more satisfying today because all the big sprinters were there at the finish. I’m really proud that we won today and that everyone was there for the finale and that I could beat even [André] Greipel in close race to the line. I have to say a big thank you to my team-mates they did an amazing job and it’s just a pity that Tom [Veelers] crashed so bad in the last 100 metres. I really hope that he’s okay and that we can concentrate on the next stages.

“Apparently [Mark] Cavendish bumped into Tom and he lost control of his handlebars and crashed… I cannot imagine that Cavendish did that on purpose, it just happens sometimes in a hectic final. Every sprinter wants to come to the front when he comes to the line and I hope that he’s okay.

“You can see it… Tom Veelers crashed and at that moment I had a bit of a gap to André Greipel; when I started my sprint, I could use his slipstream to get up to his wheel and then to pass him just before the line. It was very close.


Geraint Thomas and Mark cavendish during the stage. Photo: ASO/B.Bade.

“You can see that Cavendish really bumped into the handlebar of Tom but it doesn’t look like he does it on purpose. Tom swings off to the right and Cavendish to the left – and it’s just very unlucky at that moment.

“This is a big result for me, for the whole team. It’s great that we showed – in a sprint of one-against-one – that I can beat him and I’m very proud of it.”

After the stage, Mark Cavendish said on twitter, “Not seen a replay of the final yet, but was involved in an incident with Tom Veelers. Whatever has happened, if I’m at fault, I’m sorry. There’s no way I’d move on a rider deliberately, especially one not contesting a sprint. I hope @tom_veelers is ok adding shortly afterwards. “Just seen the sprint. I believe I didn’t move line. I’m actually coming past Veelers & we touch elbows when he moves. Anyway, hope he’s ok.”

His team, Omega Pharma Quickstep, them later released this press statement saying “”For the sprint we ran out of guys and Gert went early with just under a kilometer to go,” Cavendish said. “It would have been too far if I had tried to go with him. I tried to get on another train, and just got beat. We could have done things a little bit differently, but that’s bike racing.”


Photo: ASO

“The road was bearing left, 150 meters to go the road bears left,” Cavendish said of the contact made with Veelers. “I went to come round Veelers as he dropped the wheel, but he moved right. Unfortunately we touched elbows and with the difference of speed, he crashed. I do not believe there is fault on either side, but I hope he is ok.”

“About Kittel…he is good,” Cavendish said of the stage winner. “I think it’s disrespectful to make it out as a big loss for us when he wins. He’s an incredible bike rider. His team rode really well. It would have been nice to win today but he’s an incredible sprinter and deserves the credit.”

Andre Greipel meanwhile also said on twitter “Unfortunately lost a TdF speed final by my mistake in the last corner. Scared in that last corner lost momentum and speed.Disappointment”


Photo: ASO

“My guys did a super job today keeping me up front. Ian Stannard is an absolute bear in those kind of conditions and he kept me out of trouble. All day the guys were just chipping away and doing what was needed to get through the stage without losing any time. Ian is a big guy, there’s a lot of slipstream behind him and I enjoy staying on his wheel and he really knows how to ride in the crosswinds and, being one of the Classics guys, he’s really good at positioning in the peloton.

“We saw Saxo Bank come and get onto the front as soon as there was a hint of crosswind in the final. Okay, for them they are obviously looking after their own riders but if the opportunity came up I would expect them to go on the offensive too. I think as long as we’re aware that this isn’t going to be an easy ride now and every day that we have in yellow is an absolute honour.

“I’m not really going for a stage win [in the time trial of stage 11] but if I can try and extend my lead on the general classification – or at least hold onto my lead – that would be 100 per cent fine by me.

“I’m not really looking at my opponents for tomorrow’s stage. I’m just going to go out there and try and do the best time trial that I can do on the day. Tomorrow evening we’ll sit down and have a look at the results again and re-evaluate things from there. The course is fast and flat and hopefully a good one for me.”

Stage 10

1 KITTEL Marcel Team Argos – Shimano 04:53:25
2 GREIPEL Andre Lotto Belisol Team @ st
3 CAVENDISH Mark Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
4 SAGAN Peter Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
5 BONNET William Equipe Cycliste @ st
6 KRISTOFF Alexander Katusha Team @ st
7 DUMOULIN Samuel AG2R La Mondiale @ st
8 REZA Kevin Team Europcar @ st
9 VAN POPPEL Danny Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
10 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin Movistar Team @ st
11 GOSS Matthew Orica GreenEDGE @ st
12 HENDERSON Gregory Lotto Belisol Team @ st
13 GENE Yohann Team Europcar @ st
14 LEMOINE Cyril Sojasun @ st
15 FLECHA Juan Antonio Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
16 EL FARES Julien Sojasun @ st
17 FERRARI Roberto Lampre – Merida 00:06
18 GARCíA ETXEGIBEL Egoitz Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
19 DUMOULIN Tom Team Argos – Shimano @ st
20 JEANNESSON Arnold Equipe Cycliste @ st
21 EVANS Cadel BMC Racing Team @ st
22 POELS Wout Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
23 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
24 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling @ st
25 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team @ st
26 STANNARD Ian Sky Procycling @ st
27 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling @ st
28 KREUZIGER Roman Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
29 LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
30 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team @ st
31 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
32 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
33 PERAUD Jean-Christophe AG2R La Mondiale @ st
34 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas Garmin – Sharp @ st
35 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
36 PEREZ MORENO Ruben Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
37 TEN DAM Laurens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 00:11
38 BAUER Jack Garmin – Sharp @ st
39 MOLLEMA Bauke Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
40 GAVAZZI Francesco Astana Pro Team @ st
41 SABATINI Fabio Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
42 MARTIN Daniel Garmin – Sharp @ st
43 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team @ st
44 COSTA Rui Movistar Team @ st
45 LAGUTIN Sergey Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
46 BOOM Lars Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
47 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander Movistar Team @ st
48 BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale @ st
49 STEEGMANS Gert Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
50 MALACARNE Davide Team Europcar @ st
51 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan Movistar Team @ st
52 BODNAR Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
53 VELITS Peter Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
54 SMUKULIS Gatis Katusha Team @ st
55 MONFORT Maxime RadioShack – Leopard @ st
56 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team @ st
57 BRUTT Pavel Katusha Team @ st
58 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
59 ROELANDTS Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team @ st
60 TRENTIN Matteo Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
61 KOREN Kristjan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
62 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste @ st
63 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
64 WYNANTS Maarten Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
65 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
66 ASTARLOZA CHAURREAU Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
67 MOLARD Rudy Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
68 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team @ st
69 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack – Leopard @ st
70 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard @ st
71 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel RadioShack – Leopard @ st
72 GAUTIER Cyril Team Europcar @ st
73 TERPSTRA Niki Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
74 LE MEVEL Christophe Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
75 MINARD Sébastien AG2R La Mondiale @ st
76 VOIGT Jens RadioShack – Leopard @ st
77 VORGANOV Eduard Katusha Team @ st
78 TANKINK Bram Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
79 MEDEREL Maxime Sojasun @ st
80 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC Racing Team @ st
81 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team @ st
82 SCHLECK Andy RadioShack – Leopard @ st
83 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
84 DIDIER Laurent RadioShack – Leopard @ st
85 SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo Lampre – Merida @ st
86 CUNEGO Damiano Lampre – Merida @ st
87 SICARD Romain Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
88 ROLLAND Pierre Team Europcar @ st
89 OROZ UGALDE Juan Jos̩ Euskaltel РEuskadi @ st
90 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team @ st
91 NIEMIEC Przemyslaw Lampre – Merida @ st
92 MOINARD Amaël BMC Racing Team @ st
93 BAKELANTS Jan RadioShack – Leopard @ st
94 MARTIN Tony Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
95 VICHOT Arthur Equipe Cycliste @ st
96 DELAPLACE Anthony Sojasun @ st
97 KUSCHYNSKI Aleksandr Katusha Team @ st
98 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
99 LANCASTER Brett Orica GreenEDGE 00:25
100 KL̦DEN Andr̩as RadioShack РLeopard @ st
101 MORI Manuele Lampre – Merida 00:28
102 FAVILLI Elia Lampre – Merida @ st
103 MORABITO Steve BMC Racing Team @ st
104 ALBASINI Michael Orica GreenEDGE 00:30
105 SIEBERG Marcel Lotto Belisol Team @ st
106 CURVERS Roy Team Argos – Shimano 00:53
107 BENNATI Daniele Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:55
108 HANSEN Adam Lotto Belisol Team 01:04
109 MARINO Jean Marc Sojasun 01:09
110 DE GENDT Thomas Vacansoleil – DCM 01:16
111 VUILLERMOZ Alexis Sojasun @ st
112 DE KORT Koen Team Argos – Shimano 01:23
113 DEGENKOLB John Team Argos – Shimano @ st
114 GERRANS Simon Orica GreenEDGE 01:36
115 IMPEY Daryl Orica GreenEDGE @ st
116 ERVITI OLLO Imanol Movistar Team 01:40
117 PLAZA MOLINA Ruben Movistar Team @ st
118 PINOT Thibaut Equipe Cycliste @ st
119 AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA Andrey Movistar Team @ st
120 FEDRIGO Pierrick Equipe Cycliste @ st
121 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling @ st
122 LEVARLET Guillaume Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
123 MORENO FERNáNDEZ Daniel Katusha Team @ st
124 SIUTSOU Kanstantsin Sky Procycling @ st
125 TOSATTO Matteo Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
126 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
127 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp @ st
128 HESJEDAL Ryder Garmin – Sharp @ st
129 ROY Jérémy Equipe Cycliste @ st
130 VEILLEUX David Team Europcar @ st
131 BAK Lars Ytting Lotto Belisol Team @ st
132 RIBLON Christophe AG2R La Mondiale @ st
133 DUPONT Hubert AG2R La Mondiale @ st
134 GADRET John AG2R La Mondiale @ st
135 VAN POPPEL Boy Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
136 MARANGONI Alan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
137 COPPEL Jérome Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
138 TROFIMOV Yuri Katusha Team @ st
139 BAZAYEV Assan Astana Pro Team @ st
140 VANDBORG Brian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
141 GESINK Robert Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
142 LEEZER Tom Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
143 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
144 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling @ st
145 GASPAROTTO Enrico Astana Pro Team @ st
146 FROHLINGER Johannes Team Argos – Shimano @ st
147 FISCHER Murilo Antonio Equipe Cycliste @ st
148 DANIELSON Thomas Garmin – Sharp @ st
149 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
150 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
151 MOSER Moreno Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
152 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE 01:50
153 MEYER Cameron Orica GreenEDGE @ st
154 KADRI Blel AG2R La Mondiale @ st
155 GESCHKE Simon Team Argos – Shimano @ st
156 O’GRADY Stuart Orica GreenEDGE @ st
157 BURGHARDT Marcus BMC Racing Team @ st
158 VOECKLER Thomas Team Europcar @ st
159 VEELERS Tom Team Argos – Shimano 02:06
160 TIMMER Albert Team Argos – Shimano @ st
161 VANMARCKE Sep Belkin Pro Cycling Team 02:48
162 NORDHAUG Lars Petter Belkin Pro Cycling Team 02:51
163 COUSIN Jérôme Team Europcar 02:56
164 PINEAU J̩rome Omega Pharma РQuick-Step @ st
165 WILLEMS Frederik Lotto Belisol Team 03:04
166 SIMON Julien Sojasun 03:08
167 LUTSENKO Aleksey Astana Pro Team 03:10
168 BOECKMANS Kris Vacansoleil – DCM 03:29
169 ARASHIRO Yukiya Team Europcar @ st
170 MURAVYEV Dmitriy Astana Pro Team 03:32
171 CIMOLAI Davide Lampre – Merida 03:47
172 MILLAR David Garmin – Sharp 04:17
173 HIVERT Jonathan Sojasun 06:23
174 HERNáNDEZ BLAZQUEZ Jesús Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
175 FEILLU Brice Sojasun @ st
176 LOPEZ GARCIA David Sky Procycling @ st
177 MOREIRA PAULINHO Sergio Miguel Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
178 DE MARCHI Alessandro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
179 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
180 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team @ st
181 KENNAUGH Peter Sky Procycling 06:27
182 TUFT Svein Orica GreenEDGE 08:04


1 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 41:52:43
2 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team 01:25
3 MOLLEMA Bauke Belkin Pro Cycling Team 01:44
4 TEN DAM Laurens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 01:50
5 KREUZIGER Roman Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:51
6 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff ,,
7 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander Movistar Team 02:02
8 MARTIN Daniel Garmin – Sharp 02:28
9 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team 02:31
10 COSTA Rui Movistar Team 02:45
11 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi 02:55
12 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 03:07
13 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 03:25
14 PERAUD Jean-Christophe AG2R La Mondiale 03:29
15 SCHLECK Andy RadioShack – Leopard 04:00
16 EVANS Cadel BMC Racing Team 04:36
17 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff 06:14
18 MORENO FERNáNDEZ Daniel Katusha Team 06:16
19 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor Euskaltel – Euskadi 06:40
20 BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale 07:09








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