VIDEO: Tour de France Stage 10 preview

After a badly-needed rest day on Monday, riders will take on the 197-km journey from Saint-Gildas-des-Bois across to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. Check out the video below for an expert preview of Stage 10 of the Tour de France.

VIDEO: Tour de France Stage 10 preview
Stage 10 route from Saint-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo. Photo: Screengrab/Le Tour


After moving up the west coast during Monday's rest day at Saint-Nazaire, riders are set to regroup in the new surroundings of Brittany for Tuesday's Stage 10.

After a gruelling weekend in the Pyrenees and then a much-needed rest day, the 100th Tour de France moves to the northern half of the country for the first time on Tuesday.

The 10th stage is a 197-kilometre largely flat ride from the village of Saint-Gildas-des-Bois north through Brittany to the Channel port city of Saint-Malo, which is hosting the Tour for the ninth time.

On its way, the stage will pass through the small town of Saint-Meen-le-Grand, the birthplace of Louison Bobet, a French cycling great who won the Tour three years in a row during the 1950s.

It will then pass through Calorguen, the home of Bernard Hinault, the five-time Tour winner whose 1985 triumph remains the last by a home rider.

But, apart from paying homage to past greats, and the small matter of one fourth-category climb on the Cote de Dinan, the stage will be a flat one and is set up for a sprint finish.

That means the chase for the green jersey should once again take centre stage, even if the chances of anyone catching Peter Sagan in the points standings already appear forlorn.

The sprinters will be looking to follow in the footsteps of one of the great French speed merchants, Andre Darrigade, who won in Saint-Malo in 1960.

Tuesday's stage, set to take place in the same kind of fine weather that has characterised the entire Tour to date, gets underway at 1050 GMT and is due to arrive at the finish around 1520 GMT.

It will be followed on Wednesday by a 33km individual time-trial between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel.

Watch this expert video preview of today's stage, by Global Cycling Network.

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Inaugural Women’s Tour de France to start at Eiffel Tower

The route for the inaugural women's Tour de France was unveiled on Thursday with eight stages, embarking from the Eiffel Tower on July 24th next year.

French cyclist Marion Rousse delivers a speech next to Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme during the presentation of the first edition of the Women's Tour de France cycling race.
French cyclist Marion Rousse delivers a speech next to Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme during the presentation of the first edition of the Women's Tour de France cycling race. Photo: Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP.

The first complete edition of the women’s version of cycling’s iconic race starts on the day the 109th edition of the men’s Tour ends.

After a route that winds through northern France, the race culminates in the Planche des Belles Filles climb in the Vosges mountains.

Danish cyclist Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig said she was over the moon to be taking part.

“I want it to be July now so we can get stared,” she said actually jumping up and down.

“The Tour de France is a reference and when you say you are a cyclist people ask about that. Now I can say I race the Tour de France,” she said after the presentation.

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Race director Marion Rousse, a former French cycling champion and now a TV commentator, told AFP it would be a varied course that would maintain suspense over the eight days.

“It is coherent in a sporting sense, and we wanted to start from Paris,” she said of the 1,029km run.

“With only eight stages we couldn’t go down to the Alps or the Pyrenees, the transfers would be too long.

“The stages obviously are shorter for the women than for the men’s races. The men can go 225 kilometres. For the women the longest race on our roster is 175km and we even needed special dispensation for that,” she said. “But it’s a course I love.”

Christian Prudhomme, the president of the Tour de France organisers, was equally enthusiastic.

“The fact it sets off from Paris the day the men’s race ends gives the new race a boost because it sets the media up to follow it more easily.

“It also means that with the Tour de France starting on July 1st and the women’s race ending on the 31st, there will be cycling on television every day of July.”

The men’s race is broadcast in around 190 countries.