Tour de France '07 Stage 10: Tallard - Marseille

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Cedric Vasseur gave France and Quick Step a victory as he won the sprint finish from a breakaway of five. Vasseur's career TdF stage tally is now two, the previous coming all the way back in 1997. It was a fairly uneventful stage, save for the actions of the breakaway on the final climbs, as the rest of the peloton was content to get some rest as they leave the Alps behind.

Today's stage had breakaway written all over it and there's no name in the Tour more synonymous with breakaway than Jens Voigt. A break of 11 riders, including Voigt, built up early in the stage and stayed together until the last two Cat 3 climbs. Voigt was the first to shake things up, but it was Halgand who really shook things apart. A group of five made it over the last climb together despite a flurry of attacks by Halgand to further whittle things down. With Voigt forced to the front and the riders all marking each other's wheels, Vasseur lead the sprint up the right side and took it to the line.

FD Jeux's Sandy Casar took second despite having been dropped on the final climb and having to claw his way back. Liquigas' Albasini took third, benefiting from having teammate and Lanterne Rouge Kuschynski there to help back when the break was at 11.

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CyclingNews Stage 10 Preview: "After the final Alpine effort, stage 10 heads south from Tallard, just south of Gap through the Alpes de Haute Provence to the port city of Marseille and opportunistic riders who are looking for a result will certainly be on the attack. The two Cat. 3 climbs, Bastides and Gineste in the final 30 kilometres will be decisive in determining who gets the winners big bowl of bouillabaisse for the stage that finishes in front of Marseille's Stade Velodrome."

My prediction: I'm going to go with Hincapie with this one. My stage 7 pick of Hincapie didn't even come close to panning out, but he's clearly itching for a stage win and Discovery's tactics still haven't given the team anything to show yet. That said, it's darn near impossible to pick a break, even if you keep picking Voigt. I'd probably pick Millar if he wasn't losing sleep to his itchy sun allergy (how do you race the TdF with a sun allergy?). Maybe he'll show it doesn't matter.

My prediction: I'm going with Millar. I originally wrote that I'd pick him if it weren't for his sun allergy problems. I just finished reading his diary for today, and he's convinced me that I needn't worry. Even if he doesn't win, the fact that he's going to go on the break will make my pick look good ;).

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Versus picks:

  • Paul: Zabel
  • Bob: Voigt
  • Phil: Millar
  • Al: Hincapie

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Voigt is part of the break of 11 -- why does he go the one time I don't pick him for a break? Burghardt (T-M) had the initial move and was joined by the others, including Flecha (Rab), Casar (FDJ) and the Lanterne Rouge Kuschynski -- no one will be worrying about his time gaps. They're 10:45 ahead.

Rabobank is leading the peloton but their rider Flecha is in the best tactical position in the break as he doesn't have to do any work. Liquigas also has two riders: Kuschynski and Albasini.

Voigt broke the monotony of the stage by putting in an attack, but it was pinned back.

Voigt feigns another attack and Halgand responds by attacking. Albasini and Casar get on his wheel. The break has broken into several groups trying to chase. Milram's Grivko is the first really dropped. Casar is losing the wheel of the leaders.

The 3 leaders keep their lead over the top of the KOM. Voigt attacks his chase group at the top of the KOM to try and bridge up.

Voigt and Vasseur have bridged to form a group of five at the front.

On the Cote de la Gineste, Casar is dropped as Albasini and Halgand attack. Voigt and Vasseur are gapped as well. Voigt pulls it back.

Halgand attacks again and it fails again.

Casar creeps back into the group.

Halgand attacks at the KOM, but its a short-lived attack

Voigt attacks with 4k to go but its pinned back.

They're all together with 1k as Voigt is at the front. They're all soft-pedaling.

Vasseur takes it!

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