Beating Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen at the finish line, the Deceuninck sprinter claimed his 33rd stage victory on the Grande Boucle, his third this year. He is now only one victory away from Belgian legend Eddy Merckx’s record. Four massive sprints are still possible in this Tour so that the native of the Isle of Man can equal or exceed Merckx. The next meeting is set for Thursday in Nîmes.
In Valence, Cavendish, masterfully led by his team-mates, beat the Belgians Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen, who returned late. Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni took fourth place.
Wednesday, the Ventoux
In this 190.7 kilometer long stage, a duo that left shortly after the start, the Belgian Tosh van der Sande and the Canadian Hugo Houle, opened the road until the last hour of the race. His lead, usually less than two minutes, was checked by the Cavendish team before Houle continued the effort until 36 kilometers from the finish. In the final, the peloton was several times in single file, under the effect of the side wind and the battering of several formations (Deceuninck, Bora). He ended up breaking before the last 10 kilometers to let the sprinters explain themselves. Pogacar, trapped for a moment, easily returned to the front during one of the running moves.
Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE) kept the yellow jersey the day after the rest day in the Alps and on the eve of the double ascent of Mont Ventoux.
On Wednesday, the 11th stage starts from Sorgues (Vaucluse) and climbs the Mont Ventoux twice, the first time by Sault on the side, a second time by the classic climb from Bédoin on the southern slope. But the finish is judged this time in Malaucène, at the bottom of the 22 kilometer descent.