Nav Menu

Photo Gallery: 2016 Tour de France Stage 10

July 13, 2016
Photo Gallery: 2016 Tour de France Stage 10

Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) took his first career stage win at the Tour de France out of a breakaway on stage 10 in Revel Tuesday. The finish saw the top two finishers at the world championships in 2015, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Matthews, battle it out for the stage victory. And though there was no rainbow jersey on the line, Matthews got a bit of redemption against his Slovakian rival.

The Australian was scheduled to make his Tour debut in 2014, but it was derailed by a crash in training just days before. Last year the Canberran broke four ribs on stage 3 and suffered just to make it to Paris. The Tour stage win completes the trifecta for Matthews, who now has stage wins in all three Grand Tours.

“It’s unbelievable,” Matthews said. “I was close to giving in at this race after I had two bad crashes [in 2014 and 2015]. I thought maybe this race is not for me but today my dream comes true. It was never the plan to go for a breakaway today. We wanted a bunch sprint finish but we’re such a strong group of guys. Durbridge and Impey gave me everything to win today. I have no words to describe what they did for me.”

Read the full stage 10 race report, highlight video and results here.

1 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Premium bike parking in the hotel lobby for Team Dimension Data ahead of stage 10. Photo: Gruber Images

2 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

The race headed uphill straight from the gun with the Category 1 Port d’Envalira. Many riders were seen warming up on trainers before the start. Photo: Cor Vos

3 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data) had his stage essentials neatly packed in his helmet before the start. Photo: Gruber Images

4 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18) fuels up for the big climb at the start of the stage. Photo: Cor Vos

5 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

The Port d’Envalira brought the riders to the highest altitude of this year’s race at 2,408m (7,900ft) above sea level. Photo: Gruber Images

6 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

The peloton kept climbing higher and higher on stage 10. Photo: Cor Vos

7 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

8 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Even though the riders have radios to communicate with their team cars, they are still given time gaps out on the road. Photo: Cor Vos

9 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Green jersey wearer Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) was dropped on the opening climb, but “The Manx Missile” would safely rejoin the peloton later in the stage. Photo: Gruber Images

10 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

It’s a lonely road for Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida). He led solo up the opening climb. Photo: Gruber Images.

11 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

12 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) has had a quiet Tour so far, but he has his eye on the individual time trial on Friday. Photo: Gruber Images

13 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

14 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

15 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Costa would cross the summit of the Port d’Envalira first and earn the Souvenir Henri Desgrange prize for doing so. Photo: Gruber Images

16 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Adrien Petit (Direct Energie) descends into the fog down the Port d’Envalira. Photo: Cor Vos

17 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

One of the stories of the day was that Tinkoff team owner Oleg Tinkov may be backpedaling on ending his sponsorship at the end of the year. Photo: Cor Vos

18 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Chris Froome (Team Sky) had a quiet day in the maillot jaune on Tuesday. Photo: Cor Vos

19 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Orica-BikeExchange was forced to do a good amount of pacemaking in the breakaway due to having three riders in the lead group. Photo: Cor Vos

20 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

The breakaway would soon split in two, as the race entered a section exposed to crosswinds. Photo: Cor Vos

21 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) was able to split the breakaway in the crosswinds, but all three Orica-BikeExchange riders made the lead group. Photo: Gruber Images

22 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange) drove the breakaway up the Côte de Saint-Ferréo, which crested 7km from the finish. Photo: Cor Vos

23 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

24 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) took his first Tour stage win in Revel. Photo: Cor Vos

25 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

26 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Former teammates Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) exchanged a few words as they crossed the finish line. Photo: Cor Vos

27 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Matthews and Luke Durbridge shared a hug while many photographers leaned in to capture the moment. Photo: Cor Vos

28 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

The peloton eased its way into Revel on stage 10. Photo: Cor Vos

29 cyclingtips tdf stage 10

Sagan leans in for the ceremonial kisses to receive his prize as Most Aggressive rider on the stage. Photo: Gruber Images

Photography by Cor Vos, Jered & Ashley Gruber

This article was originally published on

Follow us

Twitter - @bikeexchangeusa

Instagram - @bikeexchangeusa

Keep up with our reviews, news, interviews and more - like us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter