Tour de France: Philipsen Wins 10th Stage Powered by Van der Poel

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Saint-Amand-Montrond, July 9 — Jasper Philipsen of Alpecin Deceuninck secured a triumphant victory in the 10th stage of the Tour de France, marking a strong start to the second week of the competition. The Belgian, who won the green jersey in last year’s Tour, sprinted to victory thanks to the formidable lead-out by his teammate, world champion Mathieu van der Poel.

Philipsen, the 2023 Tour de France green jersey holder, outpaced current green jersey leader Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty) who finished second, and Pascal Ackermann (Israel-Premier Tech) who took third. “I’m happy with the way we are starting this second week. We had gone through five sprints without winning, it was too much,” Philipsen said after the race.

“I’m very happy and very relieved. We finally showed our strength. It was a perfect team effort,” he celebrated. “Girmay is having a very strong Tour so far. He’s way ahead on points, so we decided to focus on stage victories, which we achieved today. Now we’re looking forward to the upcoming stages, aiming for more victories. Let’s see how far we can go,” Philipsen added.

After Aleksandr Vlasov (Red Bull – Bora Hansgrohe) withdrew due to a fractured ankle sustained in a crash during the previous stage, the 10th stage began with 172 cyclists departing from Orléans for the 187.3km journey to Saint-Amand-Montrond.

Despite fears of strong crosswinds, the general classification remained unchanged. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) retained his 33-second lead over Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and maintained a 1-minute and 15-second gap ahead of Jonas Vingegaard (Team Visma Lease a Bike).

“It’s never easy to get back on the bike and race after a rest day. Fortunately, it was an easy stage, especially the first part. We didn’t push to the front the whole time because it wasn’t necessary. It’s good to be at the front when things get tricky, but otherwise, you risk getting into stressful situations that can lead to crashes for no reason. We knew there was a point where crosswinds could have been a factor, so all teams tried to move to the front simultaneously. The wind wasn’t strong enough, so there were no splits. It’s better this way,” Pogacar explained.

“Today, there was nothing to do in terms of the general classification, but the next stage poses a big question mark. It’s long and tough. I haven’t done a course reconnaissance, but I remember the Pas de Peyrol from a 2020 stage where I battled Primoz (Roglic) to the finish line, and it was one of the hardest finishes I’ve ever done,” the yellow jersey holder added.

Jersey Holders

  • Yellow Jersey – Overall leader – Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Green Jersey – Points leader – Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty)
  • Polka Dot Jersey – King of the Mountains – Jonas Abrahamsen (UNO X Mobility)
  • White Jersey – Best young rider – Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step)

Next Stage

The 11th stage, on Wednesday, July 10, covers 211km from Évaux-les-Bains to Le Lioran. This sole stage in the Massif Central features a total elevation gain of 4,350 meters, with a challenging final 50km. The route includes climbs at Col de Néronne, followed by the Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol with its daunting final two kilometers, continuing through Col de Pertus, Col de Font de Cère, and finally ascending to Le Lioran.

Tour Stages Overview

  • Stage 1: June 29 – Florence to Rimini – 206km
  • Stage 2: June 30 – Cesenatico to Bologna – 198.7km
  • Stage 3: July 1 – Piacenza to Torino – 230.5km
  • Stage 4: July 2 – Pinerolo to Valloire – 139.6km
  • Stage 5: July 3 – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Saint-Vulbas Plaine de l’Ain – 177.4km
  • Stage 6: July 4 – Mâcon to Dijon – 163.5km
  • Stage 7: July 5 – Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin – 25.3km (ITT)
  • Stage 8: July 6 – Semur-en-Auxois to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises – 183.4km
  • Stage 9: July 7 – Troyes to Troyes – 199km
  • Rest Day: July 8
  • Stage 10: July 9 – Orléans to Saint-Amand-Montrond – 187.3km
  • Stage 11: July 10 – Évaux-les-Bains to Le Lioran – 211km
  • Stage 12: July 11 – Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot – 203.6km
  • Stage 13: July 12 – Agen to Pau – 165.3km
  • Stage 14: July 13 – Pau to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet – 151.9km
  • Stage 15: July 14 – Loudenvielle to Plateau de Beille – 197.7km
  • Rest Day: July 15
  • Stage 16: July 16 – Gruissan to Nîmes – 188.6km
  • Stage 17: July 17 – Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Superdévoluy – 177.8km
  • Stage 18: July 18 – Gap to Barcelonnette – 179.6km
  • Stage 19: July 19 – Embrun to Isola 2000 – 144.6km
  • Stage 20: July 20 – Nice to Col de la Couillole – 132.8km
  • Stage 21: July 21 – Monaco to Nice – 33.7km (ITT)

Stay tuned for more thrilling updates as the Tour de France progresses!

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