André Greipel is back: in the 10th stage, the German top sprinter took part in the bunch sprint after countless falls and injuries and finished well ahead. Sam Bennett won.
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Sam Bennett declared himself sprint king on the Ile de Ré and triumphed for the first time in the bunch sprint of the 107th Tour de France. In the fast boys’ showdown on the windy tenth stage, the Irishman from the Deceuninck-Quick Step team struggled with his Australian rival Caleb Ewan (Australia / Lotto). Former world champion Peter Sagan (Slovakia) lost the green jersey to his longtime Bora teammate Bennett.
“I thank everyone who joined me here,” Bennett said in tears. “Sorry, I don’t want to be a crying baby.”
Pleasant from a German point of view: veteran Andre Greipel, who suffered so much in the first week of the tour, sprinted for the first time and finished in a strong sixth place in a poignant final on the Atlantic island – after Corona’s big buzz around the Tour director Christian Prudhomme tested positive After the first rest day in the Tour de France it was really sporty.
Roglic continues in yellow
Primoz Roglic from Slovenia defended the leader’s yellow jersey without much effort. Emanuel Buchmann rolled back to the finish – the Bora captain, who had been badly beaten in the Pyrenees, had voided his ambition for classification on the rest day.
At the start of the Ile d’Oleron at 12 noon, all 165 drivers who were still in the race were standing; they were sent on a trip – not tour boss Christian Prudhomme. This was already in quarantine after positive testing for a corona infection on the rest day.
Strong wind and hectic peloton
“This proves that anyone can be caught here too,” said Sunweb professional Nikias Arndt. For him and all other riders, the routine tests – the first since the start of the tour – were negative, the dreaded chaos did not occur. However, a total of four caregivers had to travel home after positive results.
When “island hopping” from the Ile d’Oleron to the Ile de Ré, as feared, high winds also caused a hectic pace in the field. In one of the straight-line falls, the favorites of the favorites were Slovenian Laruns stage winner Tadej Pogacar, seventh overall, and third-placed Frenchman Guillaume Martin, but managed to overtake the field with some difficulty.
Politt with a painful fall
Nils Politt from Cologne, of the Israel Start-Up Nation team, also fell, after which he repeatedly held pain in his shoulder and could not keep up with the pace in the field in the quick final phase. Moments later, debutant Jonas Koch was also hit – the German pros are not lucky enough to participate in the Tour 2020.
A sprint finish can also be expected on Wednesday in Poitiers, after which Bennett, Sagan and Co. Say goodbye to the limelight, begin the tough days in the Massif Central and the Alps.