La Planche des Belles Filles, France (4E Sports) – Vincenzo Nibali has regained the yellow jersey at the Tour de France Monday after winning Stage 10 while title contender and two-time champion Albeto Contador pulled out of the event due to injury.
Nibali covered the 161.5-kilometer ride from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles in four hours, 27 minutes and 26 seconds to retake the lead one day after losing it to Frenchman Tony Gallopin Sunday.
The win was the second for Nibali, who also won Stage 2 to first take the overall lead.
With the victory, Nibali now has a lead of 2:23 over Australia’s Richie Porte, who was seventh Monday. Spain’s Alejandro Valverde is another 24 seconds behind in third overall after a third-place finish Monday.
“This is a wonderful victory, thanks to a great team work. It’s been a very demanding stage with the fog and the rain after ten days of hard racing,” said Nibali, who became the overwhelming favorite with Contador now sidelined.
“This was the hardest stage I’ve ever done in a Grand Tour, with seven climbs and so many crashes,” he added.
Meanwhile, Contador crashed midway through Monday’s stage on a mountain descent. After having his right knee treated, he rode for another 20 kilometers before calling his team car and deciding not to continue.
After undergoing tests, it was determined that Contador suffered a shinbone fracture.
“I feel sorry for Alberto Contador. He crashed just in front of me and I’ve been scared that I’d go down as well but I don’t know why he crashed,” Nibali said.