Stage 10 results: The peloton takes the day off on France's National Holiday; Sergio Paulinho wins the two-man sprint after being part of a five-man break

24 Big Photos from Stage 10sirotti/reuters
Stage 10 results
1  PAULINHO Sergio (TEAM RADIOSHACK)            5h10'56"   
3  DEVENYNS Dries  (QUICK STEP)                 + 01'29"
5  AERTS Mario  (OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO)          + 01'33"
6  BOUET Maxime  (AG2R LA MONDIALE)             + 03'20"
7  ROCHE Nicolas  (AG2R LA MONDIALE)            + 12'58"
9  CAVENDISH Mark (HTC - COLUMBIA)              + 14'19"

General Classification after Stage 10
1  SCHLECK Andy (SAXO BANK)                            49h00'56"  
2  CONTADOR Alberto (ASTANA)                            + 00'41"
3  SANCHEZ Samuel (EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI)                 + 02'45"
4  MENCHOV Denis (RABOBANK)                             + 02'58"
5  VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen (OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO)         + 03'31"
6  LEIPHEIMER Levi (RADIOSHACK)                         + 03'59"
7  GESINK Robert (RABOBANK)                             + 04'22"
8  SANCHEZ Luis-Leon (CAISSE D’EPARGNE)                 + 04'41"
9  RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin (KATUSHA)                   + 05'08"
10 BASSO Ivan (LIQUIGAS-DOIMO)                          + 05'09
Full Results (Click 'Stage Standing') —
Paulinho gives Radioshack something to celebratecyclingnews
  Last Km (01:33 english) — versus
  Winner's Interview w/Versus (01:36 english) — versus
  Alberto Contador Pre-Stage 10 (01:06 english) — versus
  Winner's Interview (01:07 spanish  english-translation) — letour
24 Big Photos from Stage 10sirotti/reuters
  Last 8 km (10:57s flemish) — sporza
  Robbie McEwen Post-Stage 10 (3:13) — ozcyclingdotcom
Graham Watson Photosgrahamwatson
  ITV stage 10 podcast with Matt Rendell and Chris Boardman (13:20) — ITV

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July 13 post: The final day in the French Alps is a hilly stage that will likely see a break succeed after the difficult, mountainous stage 9.

Starting from Chambéry, Stage 10 will see the peloton head south on narrow, tricky roads passing by Grenoble and over cat 1, cat 3 and cat 2 climbs before the descent into Gap. This is Criterium du Dauphine country and all three of the these cities are frequent start or stops during the month of June for the Tour de France warm-up race. Although Chambéry has hosted twenty Dauphine stages, this is only the second time it has entertained the Tour de France.

Gap, on the other hand, is a crossroads town which Napoleon put on the map and the Tour de France continues to use frequently. This year will mark the 20th time Gap has hosted a Tour stage and it is the location of one of the most dramatic moments in Tour de France history. No one will forget the scene of Lance Armstrong cutting across a field in 2003 to avoid Joseba Beloki, who skided and highsided on the melting asphalt during the descent into Gap, breaking several bones and effectively ending his career:

Astana's Alexandre Vinokourov won't forget that day either because he won the stage while riding for T-Mobile. A Frenchman will especially want to win stage 10 because July 14th is Bastille Day. — Steve

  Bernard Hinault Previews Stage 10 in english and en français (1:26) —
  Bob Roll Previews Stage 10 (01:39) — versus

Stage 10 climbs
Km 77.0 - Côte de Laffrey - 7.0 km of 9 % - Category 1
Km 98.0 - Côte des Terrasses - 3.3 km of 7.1 % - Category 3
Km 145.5 - Col du Noyer - 7.4 km of 5.3 % - Category 2

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