The Irishman arrived in tears, the Slovenian kept the lead and the director of the test will be replaced a week by having Covid-19.
the Irish Sam Bennett won this Tuesday the tenth stage of the Tour de France, a sprint massive on the Ile de Ré, with the Slovenian Primoz Roglic keeping the shirt yellow for the leader of the most important road cycling event in the world, on a day in which the race director, Christian Prudhomme, tested positive for the coronavirus.
On the verge of tears when he arrived first, Bennett beat Australian Caleb Ewan and Slovak Peter Sagan in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, after a flat stage in which he ran with many nerves, with several falls, between the Island of Oléron and the Ile de Ré.
“I am very proud of my team. We knew there was headwind and we had to be sheltered for as long as possible,” said the Irish champion, who achieved his first victory in the event.
“It was not the easiest day. It was complicated, a very demanding stage, but in the end it went well,” said Roglic, who kept his 21 seconds over guard Egan Bernal.
“It has been a very stressful day. Although the wind was not blowing so much, the stress was noticeable throughout the stage. We were able to save the day. I am happy because the team kept me ahead all the time,” said the Colombian star.
The stage was marked by the positive of Prudhomme, who must leave the race for a week. He will be replaced by François Lemarchand, regular director of Paris-Nice.
The organization added that tAll cyclists tested negative in controls and they can continue the race. “That’s the most important thing,” Prudhomme stressed.
Four people, members of the teams that accompany the formations, tested positive in those exams practiced on Monday on the first day of rest.
For several big names, such as outgoing champion Bernal, Guillaume Martin and Romain Bardet, there is now the risk of a second case in their respective teams in a period of seven days, which would mean that their formation would be excluded from the test, according to the protocol established by the authorities.
“We must continue taking the measures so that the Tour can continue. Do not stigmatize: bad luck can affect all teams“said AG2R director Vincent Lavenu.
“Quarter test It is planned under the same conditions on the next rest day on September 14, “the organization warned.
After receiving the good news of the negatives, calm gave way to nerves on a sunny day between the two great islands of the Charente-Maritime, accessible by a bridge.
The French Martin, one of the revelations of the race and third classified in the general classification, was involved in one of the falls, 64 kilometers from the finish line, as well as the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, another of the fashionable names in this edition .
Worse luck was the New Zealander Sam Bewley, who abandons the race after suffering a fractured left wrist in one of the day’s falls. In addition, the Italian Davide Formolo, who also went to the ground, arrived in the last position and could retire due to a fracture in his left clavicle.
The peloton had split 100 kilometers from the finish, after an acceleration by Bennett’s Deceuninck team, which had ended with the first two escapees: the Swiss duo of Stefan Küng and Michael Schär.
29-year-old Bennett won the Tour for the first time in his third outing. The Irishman has 47 victories in his record and had already won the stages of the Tour of Spain and the Giro d’Italia.