While Marcel Kittel’s win of Stage 10 of the Tour de France was predictable – even yours truly predicted such – the manner of his victory was amazing.
Marcel Kittel’s confidence in his sprinting ability has so frightened the other sprinters that they gave up on the race to the line. I looked at Andre Greipel’s performance with surprise. His team was focussed on delivering him to the front for the final sprint. In this they were a tight group, though it could be said that they came to the front of the final sprint to early, leaving Greipel with a lot to do. Then Greipel positioned himself poorly, and then simply gave up when Kittel came surging by.
My prediction for Stage 11 is another Marcel Kittel win, and of course, Chris Froome to retain the overall lead of the tour.
Now, tommorrow, which is they say, is another day, will be back to the mountains, and so the battle for overall leadership will return. What a fascinating race is the Tour de France, with 11 days remaining to enjoy.