Stage 10 - 217,5 km - Flat - Saint-Flour > Albi

For this year's Tour de France we've teamed up with The Velocast to share with you their nominated Conquistador of the Day. During their daily stage review podcast, Scott and John will announce the rider who they feel deserves a special mention for their efforts that day.

 

John Galloway of The Velocast was spoilt for choice today with several riders catching his eye. In the end, though he's gone for Luke Rowe of Team INEOS as his Conquistador of the Day.

 

Luke Rowe Team INEOS

  

"I've got some real difficulty because there were quite a few riders who did absolutely storming rides today. Really strong performances both within the GC and also to look out for who the overall was going to be moving forward and had some potential for the stage win. But I'm actually going to go for Luke Rowe because what we saw was a masterful road captain's performance from the Team INEOS rider.

There were other people to consider too. We saw Alaphilippe. Any number of the Deceuninck-Quick Step guys. We saw Daniel Oss and some of the other BORA - hansgrohe guys pulling at the front. But whenever the pace looked like slipping Luke Rowe was either up the front or he was sending people like Eddie Dunbar or Gianni Moscon up the front. I think he had a real sense of what was possible today along with his leader Geraint Thomas and just marshalled the forces of INEOS perfectly. A well-schooled, well-drilled team is a delight to see and that was Luke Rowe's job today, and he delivered."

 

 Geraint Thomas Team Ineos ASO / Pauline BALLET

Photo credit: ASO / Pauline BALLET

 

REACTION FROM TEAM INEOS


Geraint Thomas 
 
“It’s a really good day for us in the end. We had a little go earlier, but the conditions weren’t quite right.
 
“EF and Quick-Step both had a go too, so we just had to make sure we were ready. We were in the perfect position when it split - we all committed when we needed to.
 
“When they tried to close it as quickly as possible but couldn’t manage it, that’s when the elastic snapped and we really gained a bit of time.
 
“It’s a good gap now - and we’ve landed a good blow on a day when you wouldn’t really have expected it. To gain a minute and a half due to a positioning error on their part is great from our point of view.
 
“In the end it’s a really good day for us.”
 
  
Dylan van Baarle
 
“It’s not only in the mountains where you can gain time, we have a strong team for days like today too and that’s what we showed. 
 
“Maybe EF pushed the pace at the wrong moment and then they blew up a little bit after going full gas and it worked out pretty well for us.”

  

STAGE SUMMARY FROM ASO

Wout van Aert claimed his first Tour de France stage victory in Albi, the fourth for Jumbo-Visma and the third for Belgian riders, at the end of an eventful stage 10 to Albi. A lot of damage was done by Team Ineos as they managed to split the bunch into pieces in the crosswinds and gained a lot of time on Thibaut Pinot, Jakob Fuglsang, Richie Porte and Mikel Landa, considering that it was a fairly flat stage. Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey.

 

Photo credit: ASO / Pauline BALLET

 

Six riders in the lead

171 riders took the start of stage 10 in Saint-Flour. Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie) was first to attack right after the flag off as he was determined to win in his hometown of Albi but he was reined in and another group managed to take off, composed of five riders: Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). Michael Schär (CCC), the most aggressive rider of stage 4, bridged the gap at km 12 to make it a six-man breakaway that satisfied the peloton. Sprinters teams, namely Deceuninck-Quick Step, Lotto-Soudal and Jumbo-Visma maintained the time difference below three minutes until it reached 3’05’’ with 140km to go.

Action in the crosswind

73km before the end, Team Ineos and Bora-Hansgrohe profited from a strong side wind to put the hammer down. It brought the gap down quickly. The time difference was only 25’’ at the bottom of the côte de La Malric (km 164.5) but the peloton slowed down up the hill and the advantage of the six leaders was back to two minutes with 50km to go. As a consequence of this hard racing, Calmejane was among the riders in difficulty as the Tour de France entered the Tarn province he hails from. Another strong action 33km before the finish split the peloton in three with George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), fourth on GC, got trapped in the third part.

 

Photo credit: ASO / Pauline BALLET

 

Pinot and Fuglsang lose 1’40’’, Landa 2’08’’

25km before the end, the six escapees got swallowed by the yellow jersey group led by riders from Ineos and Movistar while Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) were trapped in a second group and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) in the third peloton. The Pinot-Fuglsang group was 20’’ behind with 20km to go and 15’’ behind with 15km to go. Mikel Landa (Movistar) was hampered by a mechanical. Ineos and Deceuninck-Quick Step kept pulling at the front and the gap increased significantly in the last 15km. On the finishing line, after Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) pipped Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) on the line with Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) in third place, the deficit of the Pinot-Fuglsang group was 1’40’’ and Landa completed the stage 2’08’’ after the yellow jersey peloton that included defending champion Geraint Thomas and his team-mate Egan Bernal.

 

 

Conquistadors of the Day - Tour de France 2019

Stage 1 - Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team)

Stage 2 - Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Stage 3 - Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick Step)

Stage 4 - Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck - Quick Step)

Stage 5 - Marcus Burghardt (BORA - hansgrohe)

Stage 6 - Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS)

Stage 7 - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo - Visma)

Stage 8 - Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

Stage 9 - Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

Stage 10 - Luke Rowe  (Team INEOS)

 

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