TDF 2024: Stage 10: Philipsen Finally Finishes First

TOUR DE FRANCE 2024 | STAGE 10 | ORLÉANS > SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND

Jasper Philipsen gave the Alpecin – Deceuninck team a win finally in a bunch sprint in Saint-Amand-Montrond on Stage 10.

He was craftily led out by his World Champion teammate Mathieu van der Poel to put him in a great position to beat Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty) and Pascal Ackermann (Israel-Premier Tech) to the line, for his first victory at this year’s Tour.

On a relatively relaxed stage for the GC riders, the threats of crosswinds strong enough to disrupt the peloton did not materialize so there were no changes in the GC rank. After ten days of racing at this year’s Tour, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) remains in control in the Yellow Jersey, still 33” in front of Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and 1’15” ahead of Jonas Vingegaard (Team Visma | Lease a Bike) in the general classification.

Things are chill at first
Aleksandr Vlasov (Red Bull – BORA – hansgrohe) left the Tour due to an ankle fracture sustained in a crash on Stage 9. That left 172 riders at the start line in Orleans, ready to do battle over the 187.3 km route to Saint-Amand-Montrond. Any candidates for the breakaway were chill at the start of the stage as the peloton advanced from Orleans at a moderate 37.2 km/h average speed in the first hour of racing.

Philipsen first in intermediate sprint
A brief pull to the front for two teams with intermediate sprint interests saw Intermarche – Wanty’s Kobe Goossens and Lotto Dstny’s Harm Vanhoucke and Maxim Van Gils break clear. Van Gils soon sat up, but Goossens reached the point of the intermediate sprint first, followed by Vanhoucke. When the peloton arrived, the bunch sprint was for third place, which was taken by Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) for 15 points, two more than green jersey Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty), who followed Philipsen over the line.

What crosswinds?
The approach to and passage through Issoudun (km 125.3) agitated the peloton somewhat, due to the possibility of echelons, but the expected crosswinds were not enough to considerably disrupt the progress of the GC and sprinters’ teams. So it was ultimately a bunch sprint in Saint-Amand-Montrond, with Philipsen proving too hot to handle for his rivals and able to take a memorable victory with the powerful assistance of Van der Poel.

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