Using a bike toss, Magnus Cort defeated Nick Schultz of BikeExchange to win stage 10 of the 2022 Tour de France. They were part of a breakaway group of about 20 cyclists that stayed out for most of the stage, finishing nearly 9 minutes ahead of the main group.
Lennard Kamna rode away from the pack, cutting Tadej Pogacar’s overall advantage to 11 seconds. Geraint Thomas is in fifth place, 39 seconds behind Pogacar, followed by Jonas Vingegaard at 1:17.
Stage 11 covers a total distance of 94 kilometres between Albertville and the finish line on Col de Granon.
2022 Tour De France 10 RESULTS
|1||Magnus CORT||EF Education-EasyPost||3:18:50|
|2||Nick SCHULTZ||Team BikeExchange – Jayco||0:00|
|3||Luis Leon SÁNCHEZ||Bahrain – Victorious||0:07|
|4||Matteo JORGENSON||Movistar Team||0:08|
|5||Dylan VAN BAARLE||INEOS Grenadiers||0:10|
|6||Georg ZIMMERMANN||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:15|
|8||Andreas LEKNESSUND||Team DSM||0:20|
|9||Fred WRIGHT||Bahrain – Victorious||0:22|
|10||Lennard KÄMNA||BORA – hansgrohe||0:22|
|1||Tadej POGAČAR||UAE Team Emirates||37:11:28|
|2||Lennard KÄMNA||BORA – hansgrohe||0:11|
|4||Geraint THOMAS||INEOS Grenadiers||1:17|
|5||Adam YATES||INEOS Grenadiers||1:25|
|6||David GAUDU||Groupama – FDJ||1:38|
|7||Romain BARDET||Team DSM||1:39|
|8||Tom PIDCOCK||INEOS Grenadiers||1:46|
|9||Enric MAS||Movistar Team||1:50|
|10||Luis Leon SÁNCHEZ||Bahrain – Victorious||1:50|
After Van Baarle and Cort brought over the pursuing group, Bettiol gave it another go with Zimmermann in the closing 10 kilometres. As the group of leading riders grew to a dozen, Bettiol was the one to crack, allowing Sanchez to make the move that appeared to be the deciding one, the Spanish veteran exploiting his knowledge of the course to time his breakaway perfectly on the gradual ascent.
Schultz was in the lead of the chase, but Sanchez’s teammate Wright was keeping track of his every move, setting up a dramatic climax. While Schultz and Jorgenson grabbed Sanchez shortly after he reached the top of the rise, other riders fought back in trickles, inspired by Van Baarle’s connection right below the flamme rouge. The route continued to climb for another two kilometres.
Cort was one of the riders who wouldn’t give up, and he eventually won the Tour de France for a second time, four years after his first victory.
The 29-year-old, who took part in the first four breakaways of this Tour and set a new record by reaching the top of the first eleven consecutive hills while wearing polka dots, thoroughly deserved his victory.