Tour de France: Kittel still sprint king in Bergerac

Marcel Kittel (QuickStep Floors) proved again that he is the sprinter to beat at the Tour de France, winning the mad dash to the line on stage 10 by an impressive margin. John Degenkolb (Trek Segafredo) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) could only watch the man in the green jersey pull away from them.

There was no change in the overall classification on an otherwise quiet day, with Sky's Chris Froome keeping his 18 second lead over Fabio Aru (Astana), and 51 seconds over Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale).

Kittel's win, his fourth in this Tour, was his 13th overall, moving him into the record for victories for German riders in the Tour. He came into the finale relatively far back in the field, but simply powered his way up to blast by his would-be rivals.

"I won now so many stages in the Tour. I never expected it when I was starting my career," Kittel said. "I never really expected to be even in the Tour. I was hoping maybe at one point to become a professional, but that I would be at this level with these wins, it's hard for me to imagine.

"I think I had a pretty good spot because it was still relatively far with 500m to go at the last left corner. I saw that McLay started to sprint very early to come to the front, and that was my lead-out. From then on, I hit the front at 220 and I think it's no surprise that I feel really good at the moment in the sprint."

How it unfolded

The day was overcast but mercifully dry, as the 180-rider strong peloton took off from Perigueux after a rainy rest day. As expected, the action started immediately. Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) took off as soon as the flag dropped, and was soon looking back in surprise at being alone. At last Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) joined him. The peloton breathed a sigh of relief and let the duo go. After 20 km they had a lead of more than five minutes.

But five and a half minutes was a bit too much for the field, and Lotto-Soudal, desperate to set up a sprint win for Andre Greipel, started the early chase. The gap soon dropped and then held steady at around five minutes before inching its way back up

By the time the feed zone was reached halfway through, the gap had fallen to 3:20, with Lotto-Soudal and Quick-Step Floors leading the field.

As usual, the sprinter teams lined up for the day's intermediate sprint, less than three minutes behind the leaders. Quick-Step took off first, but it was Andre Greipel who took the maximum points, ahead of Marcel Kittel (QuickStep) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Their speed dropped the gap to 2:33.

Katusha and Cofidis both moved up to help with the chase, and with 40 km left, the gap had fallen under two minutes, continuing to fall rapidly. The field ground their way steadily along and with 6.9 km, the two leaders were swallowed up.

Lotto Soudal drove furiously, with Katusha and Direct Energie setting up their trains at the front as well. The sprint teams put up such a pace that the field split.

Lotto took the lead into the finale and around the final curve, but then faded away. Kristoff was the first to go but was again too early in the wind. Daniel MacLay (Fortuneo-Oscaro) went for his chance, but Kittel put on his usual impressive show of strength to move from far back to fly past everyone else. Degenkolb pulled hard, with Groenewegen right behind him, but they had no chance against the man in the green jersey.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors4:01:00
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 2 - Cell 2
4Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 3 - Cell 2
5Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 4 - Cell 2
6Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 5 - Cell 2
7Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 6 - Cell 2
8Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 7 - Cell 2
9Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 9 - Cell 2
11Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 10 - Cell 2
12André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 11 - Cell 2
13Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 12 - Cell 2
14Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 15 - Cell 2
17Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 18 - Cell 2
20Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 19 - Cell 2
21Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 21 - Cell 2
23Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 22 - Cell 2
24Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-MeridaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 27 - Cell 2
29Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 32 - Cell 2
34Christopher Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 36 - Cell 2
38Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-DrapacRow 37 - Cell 2
39George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 38 - Cell 2
40Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 39 - Cell 2
41Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-ScottRow 40 - Cell 2
42Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 41 - Cell 2
43Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 43 - Cell 2
45Mikel Landa (Spa) Team SkyRow 44 - Cell 2
46Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team EmiratesRow 45 - Cell 2
47Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 46 - Cell 2
48Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 48 - Cell 2
50Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 49 - Cell 2
51Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 51 - Cell 2
53Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 52 - Cell 2
54Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 53 - Cell 2
55Warren Barguil (Fra) Team SunwebRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 55 - Cell 2
57Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 56 - Cell 2
58Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 57 - Cell 2
59Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team SkyRow 58 - Cell 2
60Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 59 - Cell 2
61Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 60 - Cell 2
62Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 63 - Cell 2
65Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto SoudalRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 66 - Cell 2
68Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 69 - Cell 2
71Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 70 - Cell 2
72Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-ScottRow 71 - Cell 2
73Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-ScottRow 73 - Cell 2
75Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJRow 74 - Cell 2
76Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 77 - Cell 2
79Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 78 - Cell 2
80Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 79 - Cell 2
81Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-ScottRow 81 - Cell 2
83Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 83 - Cell 2
85Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 85 - Cell 2
87Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-ScottRow 86 - Cell 2
88Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 87 - Cell 2
89Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 88 - Cell 2
90Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 89 - Cell 2
91Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 90 - Cell 2
92Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team EmiratesRow 93 - Cell 2
95Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 94 - Cell 2
96Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 95 - Cell 2
97Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 100 - Cell 2
102Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 101 - Cell 2
103Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJRow 102 - Cell 2
104Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 103 - Cell 2
105Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 104 - Cell 2
106Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-MeridaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 106 - Cell 2
108Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 107 - Cell 2
109Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 108 - Cell 2
110Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 109 - Cell 2
111Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 110 - Cell 2
112Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 112 - Cell 2
114Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-MeridaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 115 - Cell 2
117Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 116 - Cell 2
118Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 117 - Cell 2
119Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 118 - Cell 2
120Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 119 - Cell 2
121Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 120 - Cell 2
122Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 121 - Cell 2
123Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension DataRow 122 - Cell 2
124Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 123 - Cell 2
125Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 124 - Cell 2
126Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 125 - Cell 2
127Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 126 - Cell 2
128Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 127 - Cell 2
129Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 128 - Cell 2
130Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 130 - Cell 2
132Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 131 - Cell 2
133Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 132 - Cell 2
134Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 133 - Cell 2
135Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 134 - Cell 2
136Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 135 - Cell 2
137Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 136 - Cell 2
138Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 137 - Cell 2
139Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:37
140Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:41
141Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 140 - Cell 2
142Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 141 - Cell 2
143Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:51
144Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 143 - Cell 2
145Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 144 - Cell 2
146Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 145 - Cell 2
147Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 147 - Cell 2
149Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 148 - Cell 2
150Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 149 - Cell 2
151Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 150 - Cell 2
152Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 151 - Cell 2
153Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 152 - Cell 2
154Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 153 - Cell 2
155Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 154 - Cell 2
156Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 155 - Cell 2
157Albert Timmer (Ned) Team SunwebRow 156 - Cell 2
158Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:58
159Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:01:02
160Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 159 - Cell 2
161Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 160 - Cell 2
162Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 161 - Cell 2
163Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:23
164Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 163 - Cell 2
165Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:25
166Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 165 - Cell 2
167Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 166 - Cell 2
168Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 167 - Cell 2
169Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:01:27
170Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 169 - Cell 2
171Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:01:36
172Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 171 - Cell 2
173Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:01
174Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:02:17
175Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:34
176Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 175 - Cell 2
177Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 176 - Cell 2
178Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 177 - Cell 2
179Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 178 - Cell 2
180Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:03:11
DNSRafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 180 - Cell 2
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Intermediate sprint - Saint-Cyprien, km 121
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert20pts
2Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro17Row 1 - Cell 3
3André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors50pts
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo30Row 1 - Cell 3
3Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe18Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits14Row 5 - Cell 3
7Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro12Row 6 - Cell 3
8Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert10Row 7 - Cell 3
9Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida8Row 8 - Cell 3
10Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie6Row 10 - Cell 3
12André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal5Row 11 - Cell 3
13Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb4Row 12 - Cell 3
14Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ3Row 13 - Cell 3
15Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team2Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Côte de Domme (Cat. 4), km. 100.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro1
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