Stage 10 – Tour de France Bastille Day

tour-de-france-logoBastille Day was celebrated with the 2014 Tour de France’s participants heading on a 170km journey from Mulhouse toward La Planche des Belles Filles. This is the final of three stages in the Vosges mountains and right before a well deserved break. Many consider Stage 10 to be the most difficult of the three stages placed in  the Vosges.

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The weather was cool and cloudy with a few occasions of drizzle.  There are plenty of steep segments and, of course, a few mishaps were bound to occur but no one anticipated a day of racing in the Vosges would eliminate yet another rider.

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Spanish Alberto Contador’s ambition of winning the Tour was diminished as he crashed out as he neared the 3rd climb, the Col du Platzerwasel.  He fell onto his knee and doctors immediately attended to him, and he tried to continue on the route for several kilometers. The pain became unbearable, he stopped riding and he is now officially the second top contender unable to continue on for the balance of the Tour.

At the final climb that features a punishing 20 percent gradient at La Planche des Belles, Nibali of Italy was able to distance himself from the pack. Vincenzo Nibali won Stage 10 of the 2014 Tour de France in an assertive attack and timing in at 4 hours 27 minutes 26 seconds.
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It was short-lived for the France’s Tony Gallopin to hold on to the yellow jersey and a bitter sweet moment for the French population that their countryman lost it on Bastille Day. However three riders representing France made it into the top five of Stage 10.

In quick fashion, the yellow jersey was handed back to Vincenzo Nibali. Tuesday, July 15th is a rest day and the Tour is nearly at its half-way point.

The Top Five for Stage 10 were:

1.    Vincenzo Nibali of  Italy
2.    Thibaut Pinot of France
3.    Alejandro Valverde  of Spain
4.    Jean Christophe Peraud of France
5.    Romain Bardet of France

The Overall Leader Board as of July 15, 2014

1.    Vincenzo Nibali of Italy
2.    Richie Porte of Australia
3.    Alejandro Valverde of  Spain
4.    Romain Bardet of France
5.    Tony Gallopin of France

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