Mark Cavendish and Tour de France sprint rivals return on stage 10 - Preview

Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the Tour de France
Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

After the first rest day in the Alps, the Tour de France returns for stage 10 on Tuesday, with the sprinters back to the fore on the 190.7km ride from Albertville to Valence in the Rhone valley. 

It is the first of three stages in the south of France that are usually raced under a hot summer sun. However, Tuesday’s stage could be hit by crosswinds mid-stage and then heavy rainstorms for the final two hours, possibly creating more of the havoc, crashes, and chaos that has so often characterised the 2021 Tour de France.  

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.