2010 Tour de France

The 2010 Tour de France was the 97th edition of the most important stages - cycle race in the world. She started on July 3, 2010 in Rotterdam - for the fifth time after 1954, 1973, 1978 and 1996 in the Netherlands - and ended on July 25, 2010 traditionally on the Avenue des Champs- Élysées in Paris. The original winner Alberto Contador of the title was subsequently withdrawn on 6 February 2012 for doping.

She was with a total distance of 3642 km about 180 km longer than the Tour de France 2009, comprised 20 stages and - in contrast to 2008 and 2009 - again a prologue in the form of a short individual time trial. The route on the map followed the clockwise direction, so first the Alps, were then crossed the Pyrenees. [O 1] Because of the 100th anniversary of the first crossing of the Pyrenees, the focus in 2010 was the Tour de France in the Pyrenees. Thus, the particularly difficult prestigious Col du Tourmalet was equal crossed twice.


The race organizers invited 22 teams: the 18 UCU ProTeam and Professional Continental teams 4. Each team consisted of nine riders. A total of 197 cyclists were ( Xavier Florencio was suspended before the race start ) from 31 nations at the start, including 15 German, Swiss 5, 3 and 2 Austrians Luxembourg. Like last year, the team Milram was the only participating team with German license.

→ Detailed starter list: Driver Field in 2010

As favorites for overall victory were in the run next to the defending champion Alberto Contador, the former Tour winner Carlos Sastre (2008 ) and Lance Armstrong (1999-2005 ), the best young rider of the match of 2009, Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Giro d'Italia, Ivan Basso, as well as the reigning road World Champion, Cadel Evans. Bradley also Wiggins, Alexandre Vinokourov and Denis Menshov were awarded a realistic chance for good results in the past.

With Thor Hushovd (2005 & 2009), Robbie McEwen ( 2002, 2004 & 2006) and Óscar Freire (2008) were three former winners of the points classification in 2009 on the starting list. Tom Boonen, who won the vote in 2007, had to cancel his participation due to knee problems. The Briton Mark Cavendish had six stage victories in the previous year with the greatest opportunities for the green jersey, he should reach Paris. Alessandro Petacchi, the first time took part in a tour -de -France - host since 2004, Robert Hunter and Tyler Farrar were also considered contenders for the scoring. The German hopes of a stage victory in a bunch sprint rested primarily on Gerald Ciolek.

The mountains classification was before the race once again completely open, since the tour started for the fourth time in a row without a former winner of the dotted jerseys.

The oldest participant was 39 years and 15 tour start Frenchman Christophe Moreau. The oldest German driver was Jens Voigt. After his early task in the previous year, the 38- year old started in 2010 for the 13th time in a Tour de France. Born in 1990 Fabio Felline was the youngest participant in this year's starting field. A total of 38 drivers were so nearly a fifth in the junior rankings.

List of stages

The route was announced on October 14, 2009 [ O 1 ] Unusually, apart from the prologue there was only one individual time trial. ; also a team time trial was not provided. The route map also included nine flat stages, hilly stages four and six mountain stages with three mountain top finishes. A total of 25 increases in categories 2, 1 and HC had to be overcome, including twice in the Pyrenees, the Col du Tourmalet.

After the prologue in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the first three stages led the riders through Belgium. Among other things made ​​a stop in Brussels and Spa. The first finish within the French borders held in Arenberg, one of eleven first approached stage destinations instead. In the second half of the first week of the Tour of Paris drove by to the south. Occurred between Montargis and Gueugnon with 227.5 km the longest part of the day.

The 7th stage pointed to the first Alpine passes, followed by the first rest day two separate high mountain stages and another hilly section. Three transfer stages brought the field around 100 km distance from the Mediterranean coast to the edge of the Pyrenees. Four high mountain sections and the second rest day in Pau opened the third tour this week, last stage in the Pyrenees ended the summit finish on the Tourmalet.

The subsequent flat stage and the individual time trial from Bordeaux to Pauillac led the tour back north. The last stage began, as usual, near Paris, and ends with the repeated circumnavigation of the Champs- Elysées.

Ratings in the itinerary

The table shows the leaders in the respective rating or the support of the jerseys or jersey numbers at the end of each stage.

Comments on the table:

170th and last overall ( " Lanterne Rouge ") of the 2010 Tour de France was Adriano Malori of Lampre - Farnese Vini. He finished the tour with a backlog of 4:27:03 hours. [O 3]


Total prize money in the amount of 3.2 million euros were distributed.

  • One-time special ratings: Souvenirs Jacques Goddet ( Stage 16 ) and Henri Desgrange ( Stage 17 ) for each first on the Col du Tourmalet: 5,000 €


Independent observers of the World Anti -Doping Agency (WADA ) monitored the doping control of the Tour de France 2010. Thereupon the WADA and the International Cycling Union Cycliste Internationale Union agreed (UCI ). Background were the allegations of the French anti -doping agency AFLD against the UCI to have ineffective controls carried out in 2009 at the Tour.

In an internal document from the UCI Tour de France in 2010 all drivers assigned to a doping suspicion value between 0 and 10 before beginning. The list was made public in May 2011 by L'Equipe.

On 18 June 2010, the UCI announced that for the first time to use the scanner in the Tour that can potentially make them visible in the wheels hidden motors (so-called " motor -doping "). Officially, nothing was known about the outcome of these checks after the tour, but nothing about the fact that a rigged wheel had been discovered.


The German channels ARD and ZDF transferred for one hour each day, after 2008 and 2009 due to doping in cycling events were transferred daily only 30 minutes and the station got out the live coverage during the 2007 Tour de France. Euro Sport transferred 80 hours live, including many stages from the beginning.