Wout van Aert Wins Tour de France Stage 10 & Thomas Jumps To Second
- Wout van Aert won Stage 10 of the Tour de France in a photo finish, while the General Classification went through unexpected changes.
- The pack split into three main groups on the stage, with several overall favorites losing key time as a result.
- Julian Alaphilippe kept his yellow jersey, but Ineos’s Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal rose to second and third overall as Thibaut Pinot fell out of the top 10.
- A windy day brought a surprise shakeup to the General Classification on what many had thought would be an innocuous transition stage before the first rest day of the 2019 Tour de France.
Wout van Aert won Stage 10 on Monday in a smaller-than-anticipated bunch sprint to the finish in Albi. The 24-year-old Belgian and Tour rookie took the biggest win of his career so far with an impressive charge at the very end, narrowly crossing the line in front of Stage 4 winner Elia Viviani. It’s the fourth stage win so far this year for van Aert’s Jumbo–Visma team.
Behind them, crosswinds had split the peloton into three main groups with considerable gaps between each. The front group included many sprinters – such as Caleb Ewan, who placed third on the stage, plus Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan in fourth and fifth – as well as a number of overall favourites, who as a result gained key time on their rivals and rose in the overall rankings.
Notable among them were Ineos’s Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, who now sit in second and third on the General Classification. Finishing with them were Steven Kruijswijk (who jumped from seventh to fourth overall), Emanuel Buchmann (10th to fifth), Adam Yates (12th to seventh), Nairo Quintana (14th to eighth), and Daniel Martin (16th to ninth).
Race leader Julian Alaphilippe launched the attack that formed this dominant front group from 20K out, managing to stick with them to the end and defend his yellow jersey. He continues to lead Thomas by 1:12 going into the first rest day.
Monday’s biggest loser was likely Thibaut Pinot, who got caught in the second group 1:40 behind and lost too much time to stay in the top 10. The Frenchman fell from third to 11th on the GC. Pre-race favorites Jakob Fuglsang, Rigoberto Uran, Mikel Landa, and Richie Porte also finished with this group, losing significant time in the process.
Tour rookie Giulio Ciccone, who held the race lead for two days starting on Stage 6, finished with the third group, more than two minutes behind the leaders. The Italian fell to 10th place on the GC and also lost his white jersey to 22-year-old Bernal, who now leads the Best Young Rider competition.
Australian George Bennett – not a contender for the Tour win, but a rider who managed to hold onto fourth place overall for several days – got dropped and finished the stage 9:41 behind, falling to 27th place.
Tim Wellens kept his polka dot jersey as King of the Mountains, while Peter Sagan extended his lead in the green jersey competition to more than 60 points.