Kittel sprints to fourth stage win

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Marcel Kittel claimed his 13th all-time Tour de France stage win

Germany’s Marcel Kittel won a sprint to the line on stage 10 to claim his fourth victory of this year’s Tour de France, as Britain’s Chris Froome retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

Kittel finished ahead of compatriot John Degenkolb, with Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen third on Tuesday’s 178km stage from Perigueux to Bergerac.

It was the 29-year-old’s 13th Tour stage win, taking him one ahead of Erik Zabel’s German record of 12.

Froome, 32, finished safe in the bunch.

French pair Elie Gesbert and Yoann Offredo launched an early break, but their lead of more than five minutes was reined in with a little under 7km to go.

Kittel’s power in the bunch sprint could not be matched, as the Quick-Step Floors rider beat Degenkolb by more than a bike length to extend his lead in the points classification.

Stage 10 result:

1. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Quick-Step Floors) 4hrs 1min

2. John Degenkolb (Ger/Trek-Segafredo) Same Time

3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo)

4. Ruediger Selig (Ger/BORA-hansgrohe)

5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Katusha-Alpecin)

6. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/Cofidis)

7. Daniel McLay (GB/ Fortuneo-Oscaro)

8. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel/Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

9. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain-Merida)

10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Team Dimension Data)

General classification after stage 10:

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 42hrs 27mins 29secs

2. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team) +18secs

3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +51secs

4. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +55secs

5. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana Pro Team) +1min 37secs

6. Daniel Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors) +1min 44secs

7. Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +2min 02secs

8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Team) +2min 13secs

9. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +3min 06secs

10. George Bennett (NZ/LottoNL-Jumbo) +3min 53secs

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