There are a maximum of 13 king of the mountains points on offer today, so expect Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) to be in the fight for the break and trying to extend his lead over Felix Gall (AG2R-Citroën). His teammate Magnus Cort is also one of the favourites for the day and Alberto Bettiol could be another option for the American team. This would’ve been one of the stages they highlighted as a great opportunity before the race, so look out for pink jerseys.
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Here’s the key moments to look out for on the route for stage 10:
160.2km to go – Climb: Col de la Moréno (4.8km at 4.7%)
139.9km to go – Climb: Col de Guéry (7.8km at 5%)
107.3km to go – Intermediate sprint: Le Mont-Dore
100.6km to go – Climb: Col de la Croix Saint-Robert (6km at 6.3%)
82.9km to go – Climb: Côte de Saint-Victor-la-Rivière (3km at 5.9%)
28.6km to go – Climb: Côte de la Chapelle-Marcousse (6.5km at 5.6%)
Stage finish: Issoire
The riders are completing sign-ons and the team presentation in Vulcania with cooling vests a very common choice for the riders on such a hot day. Here’s Tony Gallopin (Lidl-Trek) receiving a great reception on stage the day after announcing his retirement.
???? We wish @tonygallopin all the best as he announces his retirement from cycling after a fantastic 16-year career ! ???? Nous souhaitons le meilleur à @tonygallopin qui annonce sa retraite cycliste après une carrière fantastique de 16 ans ! #TDF2023 pic.twitter.com/uzXCMBSX3ZJuly 11, 2023
Here’s a look at the jagged profile of stage 10 which shows how we’ll be climbing straight from the flag being waved. There should be an almighty fight for the break once we get started and any team who missed out on the spoils of an electric first week will want to get something out of today.
Neutralised start: 13:05 CEST
Official start: 13:20 CEST
With the first rest day behind us and 12 stages left to race, we head into the second week with three hillier stages before venturing back into the high mountains at the weekend.
Today’s stage is a 167.2km test from Vulcania, a volcano-themed amusement park, to Issoire. The riders will have five categorised climbs to deal with in the sweltering heat of central France, and the parcours should suit the breakaway specialists.
Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live coverage of stage 10 of the 2023 Tour de France!