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by Neal Rogers
July 12, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kittel wins Stage 10 field sprint at Tour de France, his fourth at this year’s race; Is the battle for the Tour’s green jersey over?; Selig boosts morale at Bora-Hansgrohe with fourth-place sprint finish; Former Bora-Argon 18 rider Ralf Matzka positive for anti-estrogenic Tamoxifen; Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race women’s event to move up to UCI 1.1 status in 2018; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 10 highlights; Video: Kiwi George Bennett’s home away from home in Girona, Spain.
German Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors) sprinted to his fourth victory of the 2017 Tour de France on Stage 10. Compatriot John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) took second, with Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) in third.
The stage, concluding in Bergerac, was the first flat day after a rest day following a taxing mountainous weekend. Stage 10 marked Kittel’s fourth victory of the 2017 Tour and his 13th overall Tour stage win after his first in 2013, surpassing Erik Zabel with the record number of stage wins for a German rider.
“I think I had a good spot in the sprint, it was still relatively far, about 500m to go after the left corner,” Kittel said. “Dan Mclay started his sprint early, and that was my leadout. I hit the front at exactly 220m to go. I think it’s no surprise to say I feel good at the moment.”
Lotto-Soudal led into the final kilometer, their train still looking composed. Andre Greipel looked to be perfectly positioned to take Stage 10. But, in accordance with his style, Kittel waited for the dense chaos to clear at the front of the field and surfed wheels through the last 100 meters, only meeting the wind after he’d wound up his sprint behind the leaders. He fully opened up and his margin quickly grew, distancing runner-up John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and third-place Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo).
“I can’t really believe it, it’s number four, that’s an incredible amount of Tour de France wins,” Kittel said. “I can’t believe it, I’m so happy. The team worked so hard, I’m really, really happy. I’ve now won more than any German, I never expected this. I never dreamed to be at the Tour de France, I hoped to be a professional, I never dreamed to be at this level, to have all these wins. It’s hard to imagine.”
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