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Analytics in Action - Stage 10

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Still no match for Kittel on the sprints

Returning to the lowlands of France, the 2017 Tour saw Marcel Kittel (QST) grab his fourth stage win. And this time, nobody came close.

Flat stages on the 2017 Tour de France all seem to end in a similar fashion: with Marcel Kittel (QST) raising his arms in another victory. The German sprinter once again dominated the bunch gallop in stage 10. He covered the last 300m at an average of 67.49km/h (with a spike at 69.26km/h) to win his fourth stage this year, the 13th of his career and a record for a German rider on the Tour.

Dylan Groenewegen (TLJ) went faster than Kittel (QST) in the final sprint, with a top speed of 70.02km/h. But the Dutch youngster still lacks the mastery of his German rival when it comes to both placement and timing. 

After recharging their batteries during the rest day, two riders decided spending the day at the front of the race with only a small chance of success was worth the effort. It was the second time for Yoann Offredo (WGG) this July, who has now clocked up more than 300km of riding in the break since the Tour kicked off in Germany. He attacked as soon as the flag dropped, but his lead was never more than 5'48" after 51.25km.

And as for Elie Gesbert (TFO), the youngest rider participating this year: even his team manager was quoted as saying that the main point of this attack was to enjoy ‘a day of glory’ in front of the cameras. Well, mission accomplished! Gesbert (TFO) never really came close to the biggest feat ever achieved at the front of the Tour when, on the exact same day in 1947, Albert Bourlon won the stage at Luchon after a massive 253km solo breakaway. But that was 70 years ago. It seems there’s no such luck this year.

Key data highlights:

1.) Marcel Kittel (QST) already won four stages in the 2013 and 2014 Tours. He now has 11 days ahead of him to improve his record.

2.) The last time a breakaway succeeded on a flat stage after a rest day was back in 2003, when Juan Antonio Flecha went for it on the way to Toulouse. Since then, sprinters won six times out of six.

3.) With 18 riders already out of the race, only 180 tackled stage 10. Five had withdrawn ahead of stage 10 in last year's Tour.

4.) Stage 11 will be Chris Froome's (SKY) 50th day in the Yellow Jersey on the Tour de France.

 

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