Tour de France: Germany's Marcel Kittel sprints to stage 10 win

Germany’s Marcel Kittel celebrates on the podium after winning the 10th stage of the Tour De France yesterday

German Marcel Kittel claimed his fourth victory in this year's Tour de France when he powered to an impressive Stage 10 win in a bunch sprint on Tuesday.

Quick-Step Floors' Kittel strengthened his grip on the green jersey as leader of the points classification by winning his fourth stage of the Tour, with fellow German John Degenkolb of Trek-Segafredo second and Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL-Jumbo third.

"But I think I'm in the best shape I've ever had since my very first Tour de France".

Following the weekend's exertions in the mountains, today's stage saw the overall contenders take a back seat with no change on GC and Chris Froome retaining the yellow jersey.

"Maybe if it was a race where I didn't win a stage yet, maybe I would have panicked with the position I was in", Kittel said.

A tilt at the record of eight stage wins from a single Tour has now become a viable possibility, but he isn't thinking about such issues.

Kittel, meanwhile, was quite a way back but was dropped off near the front by team-mate Fabio Sabatini and from there it was all about the green jersey.

Earlier in the day French pair Yoann Ofredo and Elie Gesbert took off from the get-go on Tuesday's stage and held a lead of five and a half minutes at one stage but their effort was always doomed to failure and they were inevitably caught with seven kilometres left.

"Even in stage 20 something can go wrong".

For Briton Froome, the reigning champion, and the other overall contenders it was a quiet day in the saddle.

Team Sky's Froome crossed the line safely in the pack, keeping the three-time Tour victor 18 seconds clear of Italian national champion Fabio Aru in the general classification.

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