Ireland’s Sam Bennett won stage 10 of the Tour de France as Primoz Roglic retained the leader’s yellow jersey. Bennett edged out Australia’s Caleb Ewan in a sprint finish to give the Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider his first stage win on the Tour.
Roglic safely negotiated the flat 168.5km route from Ile d’Oleron Le Chateau-d’Oleron to Ile de Re Saint-Martin-de-Re to retain the lead. The Slovenian remains 21 seconds ahead of defending champion Egan Bernal.
Bennett’s victory had him become the sixth Irishman to win a stage at the Tour de France and ensured he now has stage wins at all three of cycling’s Grand Tours.
South Africa’s Daryl Impey and Ryan Gibbons produced their best results of the Tour when they crossed the line in 22nd and 23rd positions, respectively, and handed the same time as Bennett after 3hr 35min 22sec of riding.
Overall, Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) is now 127th and Gibbons 141st. Bennett, the stage 10 winner, is placed 142nd.
In Wednesday’s 11th stage the race travels the relatively flat 167.5km route from Chatelaillon-Plage to Poitiers.