2017 Tour de France: Stage 10 live race updates, blog

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    After a chaotic stage that saw key general classification men fall by the wayside, the Tour de France gets back underway following the first rest day with an expected sprint finish. Join The Roar for live coverage of Stage 10 from 10:30pm (AEST).

    The riders start the 178-kilometre journey of today’s stage from Periguex, and climb out of the town for the first 20 kilometres, though; the climb is a false flat more than anything else.

    There are a few other climbs on the stage, with two classified climbs being inside the final 80 kilometres of racing.

    The first of those climbs is the category four test of the Cite de Domme, which averages only 3.3 per cent for 3.5 kilometres.

    Before the second categorised climb on the days route, the town of Saint-Cyprien hosts the intermediate sprint.

    A further 20 kilometres down the road is the final categorised climb on the day’s schedule, the Cote du Duisson-de-Cadoion, which is rated as a fourth category climb.

    It is a 2.1-kilometre climb, with averages at over 5 per cent, with gradients close to 10.

    At the top of the climb, the riders will be just inside the 40 kilometres to go point, with a flat final 50 minutes of racing ahead of the peloton, which should culminate in another bunch kick for the sprinters at the end of the stage in Bergerac.

    The final 3 kilometres are technical, with a 90-degree right-hand bend leading the riders over the Dordogne River into the city centre. At the end of the bridge, the riders head right again, before straightening themselves until the final kilometre, when the riders turn 90 degrees left, before doing so again within 600 metres to the line.

    It is then a dead straight finish that the final sprint will be raced over.

    Marcel Kittel will be looking for another stage win, while Arnaud Demare will be hoping to resurrect his green jersey points classification challenge.

    Join The Roar for live coverage of Stage 10 of the Tour de France from 10:30pm (AEST).

    Preview written by Brendon Vella

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    • Roar Guru

      1:35am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:35am | ! Report

      GENERAL CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 10

      No changes to the GC standings thatnks to a bunch finish.

      An easy day in the saddle for yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome. Sky were in front and controlling the pace of the pack all day and Froom was allowed to just sit a few wheels back and save the legs.

    • Roar Guru

      1:33am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:33am | ! Report

      STAGE 10 RESULTS

      Kittel takes another stage at the Tour and adds to his green jersey tally as well. Greipel limped to the line after a mistimed jump, not even picking up a top ten finish in the end.

    • Roar Guru

      1:31am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:31am | ! Report

      MARCEL KITTEL WINS STAGE 10!!

    • Roar Guru

      1:30am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:30am | ! Report

    • Roar Guru

      1:30am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:30am | ! Report

      FINAL KILOMETRE!!

      Two long straights to the line now with a pair of sharp left hand turns all that stands in the way!!

      Katusha firing here coming out of the final corner.

      Greipel jumped a bit early as he shoots out in front inside the final 500 metres but.

      Kittel in green jumps perfectly though and he flies past Bouhanni and Greipel, just making it look as easy as you like on his way over the line.

      Another stage win for the sprint king and he is unstoppable.

    • Roar Guru

      1:27am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:27am | ! Report

      2km to go

      Lotto really shaping up in the best position right now but Katusha are lining up as well and BMC just refuse to die on the outside.

      This is a high-pace chess battle!!

      Direct Energy are trying to wrestle their way up and they`re sneaking into BMC`s position.

      SKY aren`t interested in the sprint, just keeping their distance for Froome.

    • Roar Rookie

      1:26am
      Chancho said | 1:26am | ! Report

      The kind of situation Sagan would excel at!!!

    • Roar Guru

      1:25am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:25am | ! Report

      3km to go

      Movistar are lost at the back end of the pack and numbers spread out across the peleton.

      Direct Energy are moving well up the middle as are Katusha. This is getting intense!!

    • Roar Guru

      1:24am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:24am | ! Report

      4km to go

      BMC stretching across the road on the right edge, coming up alongside Katusha who have shot up out of nowhere alongside Lotto-Soudal.

      Direct Energy are in the fight as well and riders are flying across the road all over the place!! Everyone looking over their shoulders… waiting.

    • Roar Guru

      1:23am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:23am | ! Report

      5km to go

      Very scrappy in the peleton here with a lot of teams jostling for prime position as we close into the finish line.

      Lotto-Soudal have numbers up front. Kittle is biding his time here but making sure to stay towards the front.

    • Roar Guru

      1:21am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:21am | ! Report

      6km to go

      There we go… the breakaway have been reeled in after over 150km out in front today.

      They`ve been absorbed back into the pack and will quickly slip through and out the back. Their day is done.

    • Roar Guru

      1:20am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:20am | ! Report

      7km to go

      BMC really coming up out of nowhere in the last kilometre and they have plenty of numbers up the right side of the road now and look to be taking control of the peleton.

      SKY now just being swamped a touch by other teams coming up having controlled all day.

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