Tour de France stage 10 LIVE: Albertville to Valence

Live updates as sprinters get another opportunity after the first rest day

Good afternoon and welcome to our live updates from stage 10 of the 2021 Tour de France, from Albertville to Valence. 

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Welcome to our live coverage of stage 10 of the 2021 Tour de France. We are leaving the Alps today and heading back for a lumpy stage that should really be a sprint.

It's the start of the second week of the Tour. Hopefully we are leaving the horrible weather conditions behind in the Alps and we can have the sunshine that we're used to seeing here at the Tour.

Make sure to head over and vote in our poll on our Twitter page on who you think is going to take the glory today

Some must-reads from yesterday's rest day:

It looks like a glorious day weather-wise in Albertville. Lets hope this is a bit of what's to come.

Another good chance for Mark Cavendish today it seems.

Away from the Tour de France, the biggest stage race for the Women's WorldTour is underway. The newly rebranded Giro Donne, previously the Giro Rosa, is a huge target for the pros, but yesterday's time trial ended in huge disappointment for a big group of the riders.

We've had an abandon this morning. Jonas Koch from Intermarché-Wanty has pulled out of the race after being unwell over the last two days, so he won't take to the start  of stage 10. 

We're not too far off the start now. So many possibilities that can happen today with the awkward terrain on the menu today.

We've started the Départ réel. Just over 6km of this before the official start. The sun is out but there is a tiny bit of drizzle out there as well. 

The rain starts to fall and Alejandro Valverde starts complaining to the cameras. He has had a rough race. 

We are now racing! But, no attacks as of yet. I'm not surprised that not many riders want to go up the road.

Wout van Aert going for the win today!

Looks like we have the break sorted then. 181km to go and we already have a 2-00 gap to Van der Sande and and Houle.

Jumbo-Visma team boss, Richard Plugge spoke about Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert potentially riding on the same team. 

Pace has kicked up again with Küng, Dillier, Colbrelli and Benoot all trying to get up the road but two Deceuninck - Quick-Step riders jump onto them and it immediately sits up again.

Ciao cycling world, Alex Ballinger here.

For those out in the world still supporting the dream of 'Nairo in green' (it's an unusual Twitter niche, for those unaware), we have this update from Arkéa-Samsic.

The race is a t the foot of the only categorised climb on today's route, the Col de Couz. 

If you've been watching GCN's coverage during the Tour de France, you may have seen mention of WHOOP at some point.

The peloton has made it over the categorised climb, Team DSM are leading the bunch. Mark Cavendish still in there looking fairly comfortable.

114km and riders are approaching the intermediate sprint. 

Team DSM are leading the bunch, Deceuninck close behind with Cavendish. 

Crash in the bunch, bit of a compression and the concertina effect took down Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) was caught up in that. 

The sprint is here! Van der Sande wins maximum points up in the breakaway and the peloton and surging towards it three metres behind.

With that, I'll hand back to my colleague Tim Bonville-Ginn, who is back from lunch and ready to bring you all the action from the new few kilometres. 

Thanks Alex for taking that middle slot of the day. Bit of an intriguing day today with the occasional attack and Cavendish not contesting the intermediate sprint.

The was was dragged up briefly before the feed station with 83km to go so the time gap to the break is now down at 1-06.

Interesting to hear Hugo Houle say to Tosh Van der Sande to take it easy for now and really go for it with 30km to go. Could be an interesting finish today.

Deceuninck - Quick-Step have moved up closer to the front with Cavendish. They have Declercq on the front as per usual along with riders from DSM and Arkéa-Samsic.

Big crash at the back of the peloton including almost all of the Ineos Grenadiers team. Porte staying down a bit longer than the rest but that team just can't buy luck. 

We're seeing some amazing shots of the mountains in the distance but the light is showing a lot of rain.

Results are in and it's a huge percentage for the 'Manx missile' for today. Can he hold on over the climb?

UAE, Jumbo-Visma, Bora, Qhubeka-NextHash, Movistar and EF all in colour order at the front of the bunch already.

The break is going to be coming back very soon as the pace has rocketed in the peloton. Van der Sande and Houle did have a plan for the final 30km, but they may not even get to that before getting caught. Just 22 seconds with 46km to go.

The pace has gone out of the peloton again. 42km to go and the gap is starting to head out to a minute again. 

We have started the final awkward climb of the day with 40km to go. Deceuninck have Cavendish right at the front along with all the other sprinters, but will anyone try and really kick up the pace to drop the Manxman? 

Jonas Vingegaard getting a little bullied in the peloton there as he is forced down the bunch by Deceuninck with Team BikeExchange upping the pace for Michael Matthews.

Lucas Hamilton is absolutely hammering the pace here. Pogačar has had to come up to fourth wheel and looks to be breathing heavily. 

That's the climb done. Cavendish now at the front. We now have a cross-tail-wind hitting the riders at 29kph.

They have now gone into the open and it is a stiff crosswind. The peloton is not a full one, quite a few riders out of the back.

The whole Deceuninck - Quick-Step team are now together as Tim Declercq returns to the front once again.

Sonny Colbrelli with a rear wheel puncture at the worst possible moment for the Italian national champion! 

Very clunky bike change there from the Bahrain Victorious team car as Deceuninck - Quick-Step continue to push. Bora-Hansgrohe continuing the pace too. Pogačar well placed still.

It looks like Colbrelli will make it back to the peloton with 22km to go but he has to make his way up to the front again.

Suddenly, we hit a very wide road and the peloton is all over it. Greg Van Avermaet now moves up with his team as they look after second overall, Ben O'Connor.

That effort from Pogačar to close that rather large gap looked superhuman! Absolutely incredible the power he can put out.

Jonas Vingegaard is trying to help split the race but he just doesn't have the power to go with the likes of Cort, Asgreen, Alaphilippe or Mohorič.

Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Richie Porte all have sat up. Not nice to see those riders so far back and giving up on the race. 10km to go and Carapaz is really trying to get rid of Pogačar but it is really not working.

Cees Bol and DSM have missed the move! But the pace has completely gone out of the peloton.

5km to go and Pogačar is right at the back of the bunch at the moment. He is slowly being brought up again but Kwiatkowski is pushing the pace with Carapaz on his wheel.

Alarm bells die down for UAE as Pogačar comes back up with Mikkel Bjerg. But, Pogačar is being pushed around a bit.

Ah Asgreen and Cattaneo have rejoined their team-mates. DSM an Bora both moving up. Colbrelli, Philipsen, Sagan, Greipel, García and Van Aert all well placed.

Flamme rouge! Asgreen still on the front. He pulls off with 800 metres to go and hands over to Ballerini, he starts his sprint, Mørkøv picks it up now with Cavendish perfectly placed 

Mark Cavendish wins his 33rd Tour de France stage in emphatic style! That was a vintage lead out! Wow!

1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, in 4-14-07
2. Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma
3. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkéa-Samsic
5. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange
6. Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck - Quick-Step
7. André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation
8. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Anthony Turgis (Fra) Team TotalEnergies
10. Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM, all at same time.

GC after stage 10!

Cavendish has a nice gap in green but it is still all to play for.

Tomorrow, we head back to some mountains but it is a monster. Double Mont Ventoux! Both the Sault and Bédoin sides of the 'Giant of Provence' will be tackled before a finish in Malaucène.

Here is Tadej Pogačar's reaction after stage 10 - Read here

Mark Cavendish reacts to his third stage win - read the full story 

Wout van Aert put on a good show in the sprint to finish second.

And finally check out our analysis from the stage, as we picked the five biggest moments from the day. Read here 

That wraps up our live coverage from stage 10 of the Tour de France 2021.

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