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Gallery: Cor-t blimey, Magnus wins protested Stage 10 of Tour de France

It was another eventful day at the Tour de France with a battle for the stage win and the yellow jersey

Robyn Davidson
12 Jul 2022

It was anything but rest after the second rest day of the Tour de France, Stage 10 giving us climate change protests, debates over Geraint Thomas’ new sunglasses and Magnus Cort success.

The day began in Morzine Les Portes du Soleil with copious attempts to form a breakaway. 

Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën Team) and Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First-EasyPost) were eventually reeled back in after a few kilometres as other teams didn’t want to be left behind.

Eventually, halfway through the stage, a 25-man group successfully ditched the peloton. Which leads one to ask: when is a peloton still the peloton if the breakaway is that size?

With 36 kilometres remaining until the finish in Megève, the stage had to be neutralised.

Climate activist group Dernière Renovation, who had previously protested during the men’s French Open semifinals, blocked the road in an attempt to alert people to the climate crisis.

Around 12 minutes later, the stage resumed.

10 men eyed one another up towards the final uphill dash to the line in Megève.

Nick Schultz of Team BikeExchange almost had his chance at victory before being overtaken by Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) inches before the line.

But behind came the chase for yellow, ultimately remaining on the shoulders of Tadej Pogacar for another day as Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) now sits second on GC.

Relive the day through the lens of Pete Goding.

Thibaut Pinot wore red numbers after winning the combativity award on Stage 9.

Pogačar smiles at Simon Geschke's hand.

Ah, there's Astana.

It was a long and hot day over 148.5km.

Bettiol and Cosnefroy tried to form an early breakaway, but their plan was foiled.

Filippo Ganna (centre, Ineos Grenadiers) was one of the men driving the pace in the eventual 25-man break.

Ganna's teammate Tom Pidcock still wears the white jersey, albeit for Pogačar who remains in yellow. 

The stage had to be neutralised as Derniere Renovation blocked the road. On their shirts and their website, the group say there are only '989 days left' to save our future.

Riders were stopped.

Protestors were dragged off the road. Their website says ‘the reality is that the world to which politicians are sending us is a world in which the Tour de France can no longer exist. In this world, we will be busy fighting to feed ourselves and to save our families.’

Over the hill they come...

All out.

Cort has been a delight to watch at this year's race.

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