Bennett sprint to stage victory after nervous tenth stage Tour de France

Sam Bennett has for the first time in his career written a tour stage to his name. The Irishman was the fastest in the bunch sprint and won the tenth stage from Île d’Oléron to Île de Ré. Cees Bol finished in eighth place.

The 29-year old Bennett is in his third Tour of France and was already close to victory in the third stage. The win went to Caleb Ewan, who passed Bennett just before the finish. Bennett already won stages in the Giro and the Vuelta in his cycling career.

Bennett is the first Irishman to cross the line in a sprint stage in the Tour since Sean Kelly in 1980.

The top of the general classification is unchanged. Primoz Roglic will also have the yellow jersey on his shoulders in the eleventh stage.

The tenth stage of the Tour de France started with 165 riders. Domenico Pozzovivo had already announced before the rest day that he wouldn’t start in the 168.5 kilometer long stage. The small Italian crashed during the first stage and hadn’t recovered sufficiently.

The starting signal was given by François Lemarchand, the assistant of Tourbaas Christian Prudhomme, who will be absent for at least a week due to a positive coron test

Immediately at the start two Swiss chose the attack. Stefan Küng (Groupama) and Michael Schär (CCC) quickly made a gap with the peloton, but the breakaway didn’t last long. In the first race hour the speed was almost fifty kilometers per hour. Küng and Schär were caught up about a hundred kilometers before the finish

Falls

For a moment it looked like the peloton broke into fans due to Deceuninck-QuickStep’s hard pull, but it was a false alarm. The nervousness did cause a big crash. Jumbo-Visma riders Robert Gesink, Sepp Kuss and George Bennett and Sunweb rider Nicolas Roche, among others, hit the asphalt

Most of the riders who were involved in the crash were able to continue their way. The biggest victim was Sam Bewley. The Australian Tour debutant of Mitchelton-Scott had to stop the fight.

Moments later it hit again. This time classification men Tadej Pogacar and Guillaume Martin were involved in the crash, but the Slovenian tastemaker of the Pyrenean weekend and the number three of the classification could continue undamaged

Watch the images of the crashes here

Along the way points could still be earned for the points classification. Matteo Trentin defeated Peter Sagan and Sam Bennett in the intermediate sprint

At 18 kilometers before the finish, on an exposed stretch of road, Ineos and Jumbo-Visma led the pace up. The peloton broke into several fans. Among others Miguel Ángel López, the leader of Astana, missed the battle and had to chase

On the way to the finish line, the Sunweb sprint train for Bol was quickly smoked up. Bennett came early in the lead, but Ewan and Sagan couldn’t overtake the Irishman. Because of the stage win Bennett takes over the green jersey from Sagan.