Movistar's Team leader, Valverde, finishes in 3rd on top of La Planche des Belles Filles and climbs to 3rd overall place, as Contador (TCS) crashes out. Long breakaway by Visconti.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali (AST) got back his yellow jersey of the 2014 Tour de France with a solo win on top of the Cat-1 climb of La Planche des Belles Filles, where a huge mountain stage finished on Monday after 161km, seven categorized climbs in the Vosges and very changing weather, which caused lots of moves and setbacks into the bunch. The Movistar Team showed great attitude from the beginning of the day, sending Giovanni Visconti into a ten-man break that shrunk progressively to end up with four riders ahead after the Col des Chevrères: Kwiatkowski (OPQ), who came from the bunch after splits in the descent of the Firstplan (Cat-2); Joaquim Rodríguez (KAT), Amaël Moinard (BMC) and Visconti himself, all of them eventually neutralized.

Through that penultimate ascent, and after making up a four-minute deficit to Kwiatkowski, rode a small bunch of about twenty riders with two of the Blues: Alejandro Valverde and John Gadret. The Frenchman accompanied the Spaniard until halfway through the last climb, following great support from Herrada and Rojas in pursuit of the breakaway, and kept him away from mishaps as serious as the one suffered by Contador (TCS), one of the biggest favourites, forced to abandon after a big crash in the descent of the Petit Ballon (Cat-1). The attack by Nibali reduced the group even more, with Valverde having to stick to the other favourites after losing contact with the Italian. Following some struggling, Alejandro was able to sprint to the line to take 3rd, 20" after the new leader, and jump four places ahead in the standings, also in third place -2'47" behind Nibali-.

"I was noticed in the feed zone he had abandoned the race and I want to send him my support from here," was Valverde's first reaction about Contador after crossing the finish. "I saw him crashing right in front of me; I think he lost contact with the handlebars due to a pothole, we were riding so fast and everything happened in a second, if was really bad. For the rest, I'm happy - everything went fine considering the awful day we went through, with that rain and the hard climbs. Everything is going alright up to this point, I feel strong. Nibali showed to really be on top of his game, a bit above us, but the race is long and we'll see how we tackle it."To think about the eleven stages left, the Movistar Team leader and all his team-mates will enjoy a well-deserved rest day tomorrow before the Grande Boucle gets back into action on Wednesday.

Tour de France

Results / Stage 10


Stage results

Riders overall

  • 1st    Nibali   (AST)   4.27.26
  • 2nd    Pinot   (FDJ)   0.15
  • 3rd    Valverde   (MOV)   0.20
  • 4th    Peraud   (ALM)   m.t.
  • 5th    Bardet   (ALM)   m.t.

Movistar Team results

  • 3rd    Alejandro Valverde   0.20
  • 14th    John Gadret   1.08
  • 27th    Giovanni Visconti   4.11
  • 51st    Ion Izagirre   10.37
  • 58th    José Joaquín Rojas   16.07
  • 84th    Imanol Erviti   19.43
  • 87th    Rubén Plaza   m.t.
  • 92nd    Jesús Herrada   20.14
  • 161st    Beñat Intxausti   32.29