Tour de France #10: Kreuziger climbs up to 18th in crosswinds

Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) sprinted to victory on stage 10 of the Tour de France, coming in just ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal).

Stage 10 of the Tour de France was another long stage, measuring in at 217km. It was meant to be a stage for the sprinters, but not all the sprinters had things go their own way today. The stage would be characterized by crosswinds and splits in the peloton, seeing a number of big names losing out.

The real action began with just 35km remaining, as Deceuninck-Quickstep and Team Ineos put the peloton in the gutter. Roman Kreuziger was paying close attention at the head of affairs for Team Dimension Data and was able to make the front split when gaps began to open.

Edvald Boasson Hagen, Ben King and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg were close to making the front selection too but would instead find themselves split between groups 2 & 3, which also contained the likes of Jakob Fuglsang (Team Astana) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).

With a number of teams having a vested interest in the front group staying away, they all worked well together to open a minute gap to the 2nd group on the road. This meant there was no real chance for Team Dimension Data to contest for the stage result with Boasson Hagen but Kreuziger was gaining some valuable time on the GC.

At the line, the front group contained just 43 riders, a mixture of sprinters and GC contenders. Van Aert was the fastest of them all, taking the stage win while Kreuziger rolled home in the wheels. The 2nd group finished over 1’40” down with smaller groups even further back.

As a result, Kreuziger was able to move up 7 placings on the general classification and into the top 20 overall. Our Czech climber now heads into tomorrow’s rest day in 18th overall.

It was good for us to have Roman up there in the front group. He has been consistent and riding well all week and now he is in the top 20 overall. That’s a nice little boost of confidence heading into the rest day.” – Michael Valgren