Tour de France 2024 stage 10: Recap, highlights and Jasper Philipsen’s triumph

Frustrated day after day until Tuesday, Belgian Jasper Philipsen won the sprint in the tenth stage of the Tour de France, in Saint-Amand-Montrond (center), where the Alpecin rider beat Eritrean Biniam Girmay and German Pascal Ackermann.

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retains the yellow jersey at the end of a day that is of no interest to the men fighting for the general classification.

It was the first stage win in this edition of the Tour for a rider who had not yet raised his arms since the start in Florence, despite being one of the favourites to accumulate stage victories.

It is the seventh stage victory in the ‘Grande Boucle’ for Philipsen, who last year had become the king of the sprint on French roads.

“We had a shitty week. We had to keep believing”the Alpecin rider admitted, who comfortably beat Girmay and Ackermann, with the Colombian Fernando Gaviria (Movistar) in fifth position, behind the Belgian Wout Van Aert.

“It’s a relief, last week was not a good week, it was even endless. We can finally show our strength,” he insisted.

The 26-year-old Belgian was masterfully guided by his team, and it was world champion Mathieu van der Poel who propelled him to victory, which puts him back in the fight for the green jersey, which remains in the hands of Girmay.

Jasper Philipsen, winner of stage 10.

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Fight for the green jersey

“He is having a very strong Tour de France, he is still well ahead. We will try to do everything possible to catch up with him”said Philipsen, who wore green in Paris last year.

Girmay has two stage wins – the only one to repeat so far – and 267 points, compared to Philipsen’s 193.

The Belgian has three chances left, on Thursday in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, on Friday in Pau and next Tuesday in Nîmes. And hope is still alive, especially if Alpecin manage to repeat the same collective display as in the home town of French star Julian Alaphilippe.

“A world champion who launches you into a stage of the Tour de France is always great. Mathieu is very strong”applauded Philipsen, who gave his team a “10 out of 10”.

This victory calms the waters at the Alpecin, where nerves have been palpable in recent days.

Otherwise, the stage was calm, with no notable events. So much so that no breakaways occurred, with a compact peloton from start to finish.

There was a chance that the wind could affect the development of the stage, causing fans like those that dashed Alejandro Valverde’s hopes on those same roads in 2013.

Jasper Philipsen, Belgian cyclist.

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Ode to the siesta

But the god Aeolus did not blow too hard and the race remains in the status quo ahead of the decisive days ahead.

So runners looked for entertainment that would add some spark to the dull pace of the kilometres.

Pavel Sivakov, Pogacar’s French teammate in the yellow jersey, had fun successfully throwing his bottle through the door of a camper van.

The Spanish and French began to squabble over the semi-final of the European Football Championship. And even the television production tried to avoid boredom by focusing on two swans sailing peacefully on the waters of a pond.

That ode to siesta was only broken when Philipsen put it into fifth gear.

But everything could change on Wednesday in the dreaded Cantal mountains stage, where the favourites could wake up from their slumber.

 
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