Tour de France 2021: Stage 10 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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Climbs of Stage 10:
1) Col de Couz (category 4) - Hugo Houle (CAN)


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graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2021, Stage 10, Albertville to Valence

TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 10:  FLAT

190.7 km / 1352m

        ALBERTVILLE > VALENCE

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STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 21 (July 18)

Individual standings

Rider

Time

gap

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

82h 56’ 36”

UAE Team Emirates

2

Jonas Vingegaard (DEN)

83h 01” 56”

00h 05' 20"

Jumbo-Visma

3

Richard Carapaz (ECU)

83h 03’ 39”

00h 07’ 03”

Ineos Grenadiers

KOM Standing

Rider

KOM Points

Country

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar

107

Slovenia

UAE Team Emirates

2

Wouter Poels

88

Netherlands

Bahrain Victorious

3

Jonas Vingegaard

82

Denmark

Jumbo-Visma

KOM CORNER

Official pre-race summary for Stage 10 (July 6):

“Following the rest day in the Alps, Tadej Pogacar is a comfortable race leader with two minutes advantage over Tignes’ winner Ben O’Connor and more than five minutes over everyone else. From Albertville to Valence, the riders will be able to admire the mountains but there’s almost no climbing this time around. The col de Couz, the only categorized climb, is rolling. Approaching the Rhône valley, the wind can be a factor, giving hopes to the attackers to avoid a bunch gallop. For various reasons, Caleb Ewan, Arnaud Démare, Tim Merlier and Bryan Coquard aren’t at the Tour anymore, but even though Mark Cavendish catches a lot of attention, maybe even more for having completed stage 9 in the time cut than having won twice before, there are still enough top sprinters eager to bring the breakaway back. Michael Matthews, second in the points classification, is a serious contender for a second green jersey after 2017. Italian champion Sonny Colbrelli, third at Tignes at the end of a mountain stage, is probably the most amazing of the fast men these days. Belgian champion Wout van Aert is yet to win a stage and he doesn’t have the same duties at the service of Jonas Vingegaard, fourth overall, as if Primoz Roglic was in the yellow like last year at half way into the Tour de France. Nacer Bouhanni has never been so close to a stage win at the Tour. Jasper Philipsen doesn’t have Mathieu van der Poel to lead him out anymore but he’s fast enough to win without him. Peter Sagan must have more to say than in the first and he’s the latest stage winner in Valence, back in 2018…” letour.fr - Stage 10

Official post-race summary for Stage 10 (July 6):

“Mark Cavendish claimed his third stage victory in the 108th Tour de France as he outsprinted Belgians Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen in Valence after an eventful finale. The peloton split in several occasions but it was another bunch gallop and Tadej Pogacar retained the Maillot Jaune ahead of the much anticipated double ascent of the Mont Ventoux.

Van der Sande and Houle at the front

164 riders took the start of stage 10 in Albertville. One non-starter: Jonas Koch (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert). Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal) attacked at km 2. Hugo Houle (Astana) caught up with him. There was no reaction from the peloton. At km 17, a time gap of 6’05’’ was recorded, after which Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) tried to shake up the bunch but it was soon reorganised with Team DSM pulling at a steady tempo before Tim Declercq started to set the pace for Deceuninck-Quick Step. Houle took the only KOM point up for grabs at col de Couz, km 58.5. Van der Sande won the intermediate sprint at La Placette, km 82.3, where Mark Cavendish didn’t really try to defend his green jersey against the likes of Sonny Colbrelli, Michael Matthews and Jasper Philipsen who took the top spots behind the leading two riders.

All together with 36km to go

In the second half of the stage, the peloton kept the leading duo on a leash, at around about 1’30’’. Critérium du Dauphiné winner Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) crashed in the peloton at km 121 but made his way back to the pack after a bike exchange. As the bunch sped up, the time difference was only 28’’ with 45km to go but looking at the stormy weather ahead, the main group took it easy. Van der Sande sat up with 38km to go. 2km further, Houle got brought back as well after Team BikeExchange upped the tempo at the head of the peloton. Decuninck-Quick Step tried to create echelons within 30km to go but the conditions weren’t ideal for that despite the threat of a stormy weather. As the bunch slowed down, Colbrelli was able to come back after a flat tyre.

Deceuninck-Quick Step paves the way

More echelons were formed with 12km to go. But no sprinter or GC rider missed out on the first part. DSM tried to set up the sprint for Cees Bol but Deceuninck-Quick Step kept the situation under control and led the pack under the flamme rouge. Successively, Julian Alaphilippe, Kasper Asgreen, Davide Ballerini and Michael Morkov paved the way for Cavendish who fended off van Aert on his left and Philipsen on his right hand side to take one more stage victory, only one shy off Eddy Merckx’ record of 34 wins at the Tour de France.” letour.fr - Stage 10

Stage 10 Climbs

Category

Winner

Points Awarded

Bonus points

Strava KOM

Time/speed (mph)

Col de Couz

4

Hugo Houle (CAN)

1

Aurélien Paret-Peintre

10:58 / 24.3

STAGE 10 DETAILS AND STATISTICS

Map of Tour de France 2021 Stage 10, Albertville to Valence

Official Map of 2021 Tour de France Stage 10. 

Stage 10:

  • Distance: 190.7 kilometers
  • Altitude Gained: 1,352 meters
  • Percentage Grade:
  • 55.6% flat or descent
  • 42.8% 0-5%
  • 1.6% 5-10%
  • Steepest:
  • 500 meters 6.9%
  • 1 Kilometer 6.1%
  • Highest Point on the Route:  627 meters
  • Lowest Point on the Route: 138 meters

COMMENTS FROM RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME - STAGE 10:

“At the footstep of the Savoie resorts, the quality of its infrastructures and its welcoming atmosphere makes Albertville the perfect host city. But this time, the doorway to the Alps will not send the riders towards the summits. By heading to the valleys of Isère and of the Rhone, the course is clearly made for an explanation between the sprinters” (Tour de France Stage 10).

THE CLIMB OF STAGE 10 OF THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

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CLIMB 1 (CAT 4) - COL DE COUZ 

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EXPLANATION OF KING OF MOUNTAIN, KOM POINTS AND BONUS POINTS

FOR THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

KOM DEFINED:  Climb-related points are accumulated during the race and the rider with the most accumulated points at the beginning of the stage wears the red polka dot jersey that day and the rider with the most points at the end of the race is crowned that year’s Tour de France King of the Mountains.

“Category”:  When the mountain classification (King of the Mountains) was introduced in 1933, there were points given to the first 10 riders over the summit (10 for first, 1 for 10th).  In 1947, the Tour introduced two climb “categories” with a certain amount of points for the second category and twice as many as for the first category.  Over the years “categories” were added, in addition to an “Above” category (Hors or HC) and since 1979 there have been an HC (hardest), Category 1 (second hardest) on down to Category 4 (least difficult climb).

The category of the climb is significant for 2 reasons:

  • The points awarded for the TdF KOM for each climb is based upon the category of climb - thus, “category” is the basis for the points that are used to determine each year’s King of the Mountains.
  • Most cycling fans, particularly Grand Tour fans, are very interested in the climb “category” because that tells them how hard each climb on a stage is and where the riders will struggle more and the point in a stage where that day, or even the entire tour, will be won or lost.

KOM HISTORY:  King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)

POINTS:  KOM points are awarded in two ways on the Tour de France:

  •  To riders first over the summit of categorized climbs (in descending order HC, 1-4).  
  • The higher the category the more riders receive points (HC points are awarded to 8 riders while CAT 4 points are awarded to only 1 rider).
  • Bonus point (see below).

TDF POINTS FORMULA:

Wikipedia has the best summary and graph we’ve seen for TdF KOM points distribution:

he points gained by consecutive riders reaching a mountain top are distributed according to the following classification:

Wikipedia - Mountains Classification - Tour de France

BONUS POINTS:  These points go towards the King of the Mountain designation and are awarded to the first (8 points), second (5) and third (2) riders reaching designated summits in the race.  

This year’s bonus points are given at the top of the following climbs:

Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne (first passage)

Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon

Stage 8: Col de la Colombière

Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage

Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis

Stage 15: Col de Beixalis

MONEY PRIZES FOR KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

  • Prize for First to 4th place:
  • Winner = €25,000
  • 2nd = €15,000
  • 3rd = €10,000
  • 4th = €4,000, 5th €3,500, 6th €3,000, 7th €2,500, and 8th €2,000
  • Daily prize for wearing the Polka Dot jersey = €6,000
  • Per category climb:
  • HC
  • 1st = €800
  • 2nd = €450
  • 3rd = €300
  • Cat 1
  • 1st = €650
  • 2nd = €400
  • 3rd = €150
  • Cat 2
  • 1st = €500
  • 2nd = €250
  • Cat 3
  • 1st = €300
  • Cat 4
  • 1st = €200

Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000

Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000

The maximum amount the KOM winner could earn if he won every stage and wore the jersey from Stage 2 to the finish is $178,250 Euros ($217,351)