Mâcon – Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (194.5km) Click for route map
Col du Grand Colombier
Some wonderful scenery today but the best views of the day had to be those of and from the Col du Grand Colombier, visited for the very first time by the Tour. The road snaked across the top of the ridge with breathtaking views all around. Here is the view as we saw it on TV. I have driven over the Col du Galibier, which is higher but this road looks far more precipitous and I am not sure whether I fancy driving it or not. One to think about but it would definitely be worth it for the views, especially over the River Rhône and the distant Lac du Bourget. En route the tour passed through a region of limestone with steep cliffs, not unlike the limestone scenery in the British Yorkshire Dales at Malham Cove, where we saw two beautiful waterfalls, Chute d’Albarine (also called La Charabotte) and Cascade de Cerveyrieu.
Thomas Voeckler, apparently sometimes called the housewife’s favourite, was outstanding today achieving his third ever Tour win as well as taking the polka dot jersey and the Fighting Spirit prize (most combatative rider). Bradley Wiggins rode well again today, retaining the yellow jersey still 1 minute and 52 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Cadel Evans.
The top five of Stage 10
1. Thomas Voeckler (FRA) EUC
2. Michele Scarponi (ITA) LAM at 3″
3. Jens Voigt (GER) RNT at 7″
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP) RAB at 23″
5. Dries Devenyns (BEL) OPQ at 30″
Team placings after Stage 10
1. Team Radioshack
2. Sky Procycling
Jerseys for Stage 11
Yellow – Wiggins
Green – Sagan
Polka Dot – Voeckler
White – Van Garderen
For more information on the cyclists, their teams and how they were placed see the Tour de France official site.
Read my TDF posts covering this and previous years.