After a first well-deserved rest day, the riders of the Tour de France took off again this Tuesday in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, from the town of Albertville. They had to cover 190 kilometers to reach Valence, which hosted a bunch sprint the last time the Tour finished there in 2015.
The peloton set off for this 10th stage in a light rain, without the German Jonas Koch, who had been ill for two days. Marked by a grueling first part of the Tour, the peloton immediately let Van der Sande (Lotto) and Houle (Astana) escape. The two men made the breakaway of the day, monopolizing the only point of the only GPM of the course, the Col de Couz (7.5 km at 2.8).
Approaching the foothills of the Vercors, the peloton had accelerated in the unlisted climb of Beauregard-Baret (5.3 km at 3.8%), a potential threat for the sprinters. The change of pace had significantly reduced the gap with the two fugitives, resulting in a regrouping 36 kilometers from the finish.
The wind then allowed an echelon to form, which broke the peloton 15 kilometers from the finish. Attentive, Jan Bakelants, Louis Meintjes and Boy van Poppel were part of the front group. Boy van Poppel was therefore able to participate in the final in the streets of Valence, taking eleventh place of the sprint won by Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck).