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Date: Tuesday, July 11
Distance: 178km (110.6mi)
The stage after a rest day is always interesting, but Tour organisers have been benevolent, and a sprint-friendly stage is set for the peloton. As the green jersey battle heats up, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) will want to make the most of the flat stage to stretch out his 52-point lead over the more versatile Michael Matthews (Sunweb). But there are a number of high-profile sprinters who have yet to make an impact in the race. Look to Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to all push Kittel to the line in a bid for their first taste of Tour glory in 2017. Gone from the race, of course, are Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), and most recently, Arnaud Démare (FDJ), who was time cut on Stage 9. Kittel will also be missing key leadout man Matteo Trentin, who also missed the cut after suffering through the stage following a crash.
Christian Prudhomme, race director: “After a rest day in Dordogne, the debates resume in a romantic and peaceful atmosphere. But the challenge of winning a stage will stop the possible inclination to take it easy, notably when the pack moves closer to the Lascaux Grotto which will have its entire replica drawings available to see as of next December. Whether they’re enthusiasts of cave arts or not, the riders will be mainly focused on the sprint to take on, (or avoid, depending on the actors) in Bergerac.”