Tour de France (st. 10)
Movistar Team through least hard stage in 2017 TDF on Tuesday; focused on recovering Jesús Herrada, who completes the day's route inside the main field
Despite Tuesday’s stage ten of the 2017 Tour de France being a fast one -just over 44kph average-, for most of the riders it was the least hard they covered so far in the race, with no big stress inside the field and a two-man break by Offredo (WGG) and Gesbert (TFO) as only obstacle for the sprinters’ teams. Marcel Kittel (QST) came victorious at the bunch kick for the fourth time in the race.
The GC contenders had no troubles as the Movistar Team -which got 15th in the day with German youngster Jasha Sütterlin- conserved its eighth place overall with Nairo Quintana, still 2’13” behind Chris Froome (SKY). “We continue looking to the upcoming stages and seeking for those good legs. I felt well today, but in such a stage you can’t draw any conclusions at all,” was the Colombian’s quick summary as team-mate Jesús Herrada, still with bandages and tape all over his body after crashing on Sunday, completed the stage inside the main group and took the final 3km easily.
The Tour will keep riding south towards the Pyrenees -starting on Thursday- with another flat route on stage 11, 203.5km from Eymet to Pau.
Jesús Herrada: “I had a good sleep last night and woke up a little bit less sore than on Monday. I’m happy because it’s been the easiest you could dream of a Tour de France stage today. We continue to recover; it only hurts when I try to stretch, my muscles are hurting because you get rigid when you crash the way I did on Sunday. The knee isn’t giving me much problem, rather than my neck and arm. We’ll have to do some specific work to have them heal properly. Minutes after my crash, the race doctors were telling me about a knee dislocation – I think they were a bit exaggerate, because happily, I’m still here racing. It was a shorter stage today, but tomorrow there a 200+ one – I can just hope for an easy day like today.”