Bennett, 29 for Deceuninck-Quick-Step, claimed his first stage victory on the Tour, beating the other sprinters Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan. He also took the green jersey from the Sagan sprinters.
“I forgot to throw the bike on the line yet, and thought he might have caught me,” Bennett said in tears. “I thought I would be in tears, but I’m just a little in shock.
“You dream about it and you never think it will happen. It does. It made. ”
All the contenders for the general, led by the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, at the same time finished on the flattest stage of the Tour, the first in history to start on one island and finish on another.
Bennett took a 21-point lead in the sprint standings over Sagan, who holds a record seven titles in a green jersey. Sagan is in his longest drought between Tour stage victories since winning none in 2014 and 2015.
“We are still halfway through the Tour de France and there are still opportunities to pick up the jersey,” said Sagan, according to his team Bora-Hansgrohe.
Less than two hours before the start of the stage, Tour organizers and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) said all riders’ coronavirus tests carried out on Sunday and Monday were negative.
However, they announced that the director Christian Prudhomme tested positive with four staff members from four different teams who were taken out of the racing bubble.
The four employees who tested positive work for Cofidis, AG2R La Mondiale, title holder Egan Bernal‘s Ineos Grenadiers and Mitchelton Scott, which meant those four teams were more at risk of being sent off.
According to race health protocols, anyone who tests positive must quit the race and any team with two or more positive tests – runner or staff – within seven days must also quit.
Runners and staff are to be retested on the next rest day, September 15th.
The Tour continues with Stage 11 on Wednesday, a 104 mile flat day through the swamps that should produce a sprint winner. NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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