Chris Froome (Team Sky) put in a remarkable performance today on the stage to La Pierre-Saint-Martin, the first summit of the Tour de France where he won the stage and increased his lead over all of his rivals. Richie Porte made it a one-two for the team by taking second.

There were two non-starters today: Ivan Basso (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Lars Boom (Astana) which meant 183 riders started the stage at Tarbes. Pierrick Fédrigo (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) attacked at km 7.5, and was later joined by Kenneth van Bilsen (Cofidis) who bridged the gap at km 45.

Movistar did much of the work behind to keep the duo in check, before FDJ took up the chase. By the time, they reached the final climb, their lead had reduced to 2’30”. Fédrigo then went solo with 14km to go. The pace went up behind on the lower slopes of the climb, and amongst those dropped early on were Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and the Cannondale-Garmin duo of Andrew Talansky and Dan Martin.

When Richie Porte (Team Sky) noticed that Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) was in trouble, he put the hammer down. Then with 6.5kms remaining, Froome took off and soloed to victory. With Porte taking second, the Sky duo now hold both the yellow and the polka dot jerseys.

After just one mountainous stage of the Tour de France, Froome now leads Tejay van Garderen (BMC) BY 2’52”, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) by 3’09”, Contador by 4’04” and Nibali by 6’57”. It seems like it’s already game over at the Tour.

Summary – Stage 10 (Tarbes > La Pierre-Saint… by tourdefrance_en


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