Tour de France 2017: Marcel Kittel wins again on stage ten

Tomas Mccoy
July 14, 2017

With barely 500m to go Bodnar was swept up, and from there it was just a matter of watching the peerless Kittel powering to a fifth stage win of this year's Tour.

Africa's Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka performed a great leadout for Edvald Boasson Hagen, who did well to make podium as he sprinted to third place. "With 2km to go, I looked back and I saw the bunch still 200m back - but it was also only 200m".

When Froome was asked if he is planning to attack in Thursday's stage 12, he said: "I don't need to at this point. but let's see out on the road". 'It was one of the most relaxed days we've had in this Tour.

"We won't be holding anything back on a stage like [Thursday's] but at the back of our minds we will be thinking about the following day", Froome said.

The Quick-Step Floors rider faced the prospect of seeing victory slip through his fingers after a spirited effort from Poland's Maciej Bodnar.

Bouhanni was later fined 200 Swiss francs ($207) and given a one-minute penalty in the general classification for "assault", the race jury said without elaborating.

Today the riders face a 214.5-km trek in the Pyrenees ending with a tough climb to Peyragudes. You just can't get it started again.

"The last games I've always got the right gaps". Otherwise, this is a day to gain yet more clarity in the General Classification and King of the Mountains competition. Aru did not follow up on his attack and Froome caught them - ending the stage in third place and collecting four seconds in time bonuses. Legend has it that Simpson's last words were "put me back on the bike", which he duly was before collapsing a second time.

There will be a twist this time around, with the stage finishing on the steep gradients of the Peyresourde-Balestas airfield which was used in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.

Although alliances between teams rarely materialise, LeMond believes that Froome's rivals should be relentless.

Simpson, Britain's first world champion and the first Brit to wear yellow, died when he collapsed on the mountain during the 1967 Tour.

"What we will see is I guess a train from Sky (setting a high pace in the climbs)", LeMond, who is on the Tour as an analyst for Eurosport, said on Wednesday in his daily chat with Reuters. "I'm not expecting anything insane, but sometimes it's when you don't expect things that they happen".

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