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Tadej Pogacar defended the yellow jersey on Tuesday. © ANSA / GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO

Pogacar rolls in yellow for the climbing test

Belgian sprint star Jasper Philipsen has won the fifth mass sprint of the 111th Tour de France. A thrilling stage awaits on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old professional cyclist won the tenth stage from Orleans to Saint-Amand-Montrond on Tuesday after 187,3 kilometers, ahead of the Eritrean Biniam Girmay and the German Pascal Ackermann. Before that, Philipsen had missed the stage win several times in this year's edition. As expected, nothing changed at the top of the overall ranking.

Tadej Pogacar goes into the demanding eleventh stage on Wednesday with a 33-second lead over time trial world champion Remco Evenepoel. Defending champion Jonas Vingegaard is third, 1:15 minutes behind.

Jasper Philipsen won the sprint to the finish. © ANSA / KIM LUDBROOK

After the start in Orléans, the field took it easy. In the first few hours of the race, the professionals reached an average speed of just over 40 km/h. All teams expected a mass sprint, so no breakaway group was formed. It was only in the final that things got really fast thanks to the work of the sprinter teams and the tailwind that set in.

On Wednesday, a climbing test awaits in the Massif Central. On the 211 kilometers to the ski resort of Le Loiran, the final 50 kilometers with four mountain classifications are particularly tough. The stage is made for breakaways. But there could also be attacks from the contenders for the overall victory.

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