Tour de France 2017: Britain's McLay swept aside by Kittel as Froome stays in yellow

 
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Le Tour de France 2017 - Stage Ten
Marcel Kittel (green, centre) surges past Briton Dan McLay (white, centre) in the race to the line into Bergerac (Source: Getty)

British underdog Dan McLay suffered Tour de France heartbreak after he lost out to German Marcel Kittel a sprint finish to stage 10.

McLay, who has impressed with two top 10 finishes in this year's Tour, was in pole position with 350m to go, but the 25-year-old ran out of steam riding into a stiff headwind, leaving seasoned sprinters to surge past him.

Race leader Chris Froome finished alongside his main general classification rivals safely in the bunch on the flat 178km stage from Perigeux to Bergerac.

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“I’ve been so annoyed at waiting,” said Fortuneo–Oscaro rider McLay, who had been critical of himself for leaving the sprint too late in previous stages.

So I just went long and died a death. I started with 350m to go, it was always going to be too long. At least for once I’m not kicking myself for waiting too long. In hindsight it was pretty stupid to leave a wheel like Kittel.

Briton Froome retained his 18-second lead over Italy’s Fabio Aru. Ireland's Dan Martin is sixth, one minute and 44 seconds in arrears, while Britain’s Simon Yates is seventh and retained the best young rider's white jersey.

"It was quite relaxed as far as Tour de France flat stages go," said Froome. "It is another day out of the way."

Kittel, who took his fourth stage victory of this Tour, said he felt “in the best shape of my life”.

Wednesday’s stage 11 is again expected to finish in a bunch sprint and Froome admits his thoughts are turning to Thursday, when the race reaches the Pyrenees mountains.

He said:

One more flat day tomorrow and then we head up into the climbs again. There is a lot racing still coming up and think it’s going to be quite an open race.

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Stage result

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 KITTEL MARCEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 04H 01' 00''
2 DEGENKOLB JOHN TREK - SEGAFREDO 04H 01' 00'' + 00' 00''
3 GROENEWEGEN DYLAN TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO 04H 01' 00'' + 00' 00''
4 SELIG R†DIGER BORA - HANSGROHE 04H 01' 00'' + 00' 00''
5 KRISTOFF ALEXANDER TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 04H 01' 00'' + 00' 00''
6 BOUHANNI NACER COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 04H 01' 00'' + 00' 00''
7 MC LAY DANIEL TEAM FORTUNEO - OSCARO 04H 01' 00'' + 00' 00''
8 VANSPEYBROUCK PIETER WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT 04H 01' 00'' + 00' 00''
9 COLBRELLI SONNY BAHRAIN - MERIDA 04H 01' 00'' + 00' 00''
10 BOASSON HAGEN EDVALD TEAM DIMENSION DATA 04H 01' 00'' + 00' 00''

General classification

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 42H 27' 28''
2 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 42H 27' 46'' + 00' 18''
3 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE 42H 28' 19'' + 00' 51''
4 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC 42H 28' 23'' + 00' 55''
5 FUGLSANG JAKOB ASTANA PRO TEAM 42H 29' 05'' + 01' 37''
6 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 42H 29' 12'' + 01' 44''
7 YATES SIMON ORICA - SCOTT 42H 29' 30'' + 02' 02''
8 QUINTANA NAIRO MOVISTAR TEAM 42H 29' 41'' + 02' 13''
9 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY 42H 30' 34'' + 03' 06''
10 BENNETT GEORGE TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO 42H 31' 21'' + 03' 53''

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