Only multiple attacks can unsettle Chris Froome, says Greg LeMond

Nick Sanchez
July 14, 2017

Bergerac - Marcel Kittel cantered to a fourth stage win of the Tour de France at the end of Tuesday's 178km 10th stage from Perigueux to Bergerac, with reigning champion Chris Froome retaining the overall lead.

He's unlikely to face much opposition from French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni, once touted as a genuine contender for stage wins, but whose torrid Tour reached a new nadir yesterday after he appeared to throw a punch at Kittel's...

The battle for the yellow jersey remained unchanged as Chris Froome (Sky) finished unscathed within the peloton, though a number of team leaders will be nursing injuries after a number of small crashes punctuated the stage.

New Zealand rider George Bennett has kept his spot in the top 10 for another day, the Nelson cyclist remains in 10th, 3 minutes and 53 seconds behind Froome.

UAE Team Emirates' Meintjes stays 11th in the overall standings, 5min behind Froome, with Orica-Scott's Daryll Impey, who did some hard work on Wednesday's stage, next-best South African in 71st (+55min 44sec).

Michael Matthews will be hoping Marcel Kittel has already been dropped from the peloton, as the intermediate sprint point comes after 90 kilometres. That's the theory, at least, and it is given some credence by Aru's performance on Stage Five, where he seemed the strongest climber in the race.

"It's incredible sometimes", Kittel said.

Froome, who retains an 18-second lead over Fabio Aru, said he accepted the Italian's explanation that he didn't see the Brit raise his arm for mechanical assistance before attacking him. "I personally like to act like I don't have green on my shoulders because you saw a couple of days ago with the GC guys the race can very quickly be over", Kittel said.

"We'll do our best, it's going to be a marathon stage of more than 200km, it has the kind of profile I like".

Froome and the other 181 riders still in the three-week race flew across the country late Sunday to southwestern France, where after Monday's rest day the race resumes with two flat stages suited for sprinters.

"I have mixed feelings about that day", Froome said.

"Tomorrow, I'll know more in the mountains".

It's a 214.5km Pyrenean mountain stage from Pau to Peyragudes that includes six categorised climbs, with riders expected to spend more than six hours in the saddle.

"There are many queen stages at the Tour de France, and this is an important stage - a lovely mountain stage with a summit finish", said the 27-year-old AG2R leader.

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