Stage 10 | Escaldes-Egordany to Revel | Tour de France 2016
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by French journalist François Thomazeau to discuss the 10th stage of the Tour de France from Andorra to Revel.
The stage started with the Port d’Envilara, at more than 2,400 metres, the highest point in the three-week race, and a climb that proved to be the springboard for a powerful 15-man break that shaped the race.
World champion Peter Sagan was one of the first to attack, in search of a second stage win of this race, and he was joined by Greg Van Avermaet, another stage winner and yellow jersey wearer in this Tour. Also in the break were former stage winners Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sylvain Chavanel and former Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali.
Perhaps most significantly, three Orica-Bike Exchange riders made the break too and, when the lead group started to break up 25 kilometres from the finish, all three of them made the first group.
After that, Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey worked perfectly to set Michael Matthews up for the first Tour stage win of his career.
Richard, Lionel and François discuss the stage and particularly the way Orica worked for Matthews despite the knowledge that he will be leaving the team at the end of the season. We also hear from Impey and the Orica sports director Matt Wilson.
There’s the daily award of the Pédaleur de Charme, a chat with Dimension Data boss Doug Ryder, and a look ahead at the next couple of days in the Tour and whether the forecast wind could have an effect on either Wednesday’s short, sprint stage to Montpellier or Thursday’s stage to Mont Ventoux.
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