Frenchman Cedric Vasseur (Quick Step) triumphed in today’s rolling stage as the main contenders and sprinters enjoyed a more relaxed day in the saddle after the tough Alps stages. In an incredible close final lunge to the line, Vasseur managed to edge just ahead of compatriot Sandy Casar (FDJeux).
The 229.5km stage from Tallard to Marseille was dominated by an eleven rider break, which formed at the 80 kilometre mark. This break fragmented with around 20km to go, leaving Vasseur, Jens Voigt (CSC), Casar, Michael Albasini (Liqugas) and Patrice Halgand (Credit Agricole) in contention.
The remainder of the peloton rolled in around ten minutes after the lead group.
Today’s result changes little in the overall classification: Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) still holds the race lead, and a 2-35 advantage over second-placed Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne)
The action was somewhat overshadowed by the news that T-Mobile rider Patrik Sinkewitz – who crashed into a spectator on Sunday and dropped out of the race – tested positive for testosterone during an out-of-competition test on June 8. Subsequently, German TV ceased transmitting the stage in protest.
TOUR DE FRANCE 2007: STAGE 10 RESULTS
1 Cedric Vasseur (Quick Step) 229.5km in 5-20-24
2 Sandy Casar (FDJeux)
3 Michael Albasini (Liqugas)
4 Patrice Halgand (Credit Agricole)
5 Jens Voigt (CSC) all at same time
6 Staf Scheirlinckx (Cofidis) at 36 secs
7 Paolo Bossoni (Lampre-Fondital) at same time
8 Marcus Burghardt (T-Mobile) at 1-01
9 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Liquigas) at 2-34
10 Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) at same time
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 10
1 Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) in 49-23-48
2 Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) at 2-35
3 Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval) at 2-39
4 Cadel Evans (Predictor ? Lotto) at 2-41
5 Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel) at 3-08
6 Christophe Moreau (Ag2r) at 3-18
7 Carlos Sastre (CSC) at 3-39
8 Andreas Kloden (Astana) at 3-50
9 Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) at 3-53
10 Kim Kirchen (T-Mobile) at 5-06
76 Charly Wegelius (Liquigas) at 56-45
101 David Millar (Saunier Duval) at 1-10-07
151 Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis) at 1-34-23
165 Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) at 1-40-34