German rider Georg Zimmermann defended the colors of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in the front of the race this Tuesday, during the tenth stage of the Tour de France.
One day after the second rest day, the riders left Morzine to cover three relatively short climbs on their way to the final climb to the Altiport de Megève, where the finish line was drawn at an altitude of 1435 meter.
In his second Tour de France with the Belgian team, Zimmermann joined the right breakaway of 25 riders and this, after a battle of more than one hour in which also Sven Erik Bystrøm and Andrea Pasqualon participated.
Once the leading group was formed, the gap immediately increased above six minutes with 50 kilometer to go and then above 8 minutes at the foot of the climb towards Megève.
At the beginning of this final difficulty, Zimmermann attacked twice in duo until he finally was part of a group of twelve with 9 kilometer to go.
Nobody managed to make a difference in a tactical final, so this group sprinted for the victory in the last uphill straight. Zimmermann left it all out there and finished sixth.
One year ago, it was also from a breakaway that Zimmermann achieved a top ten in La Grande Boucle. He finished eighth in Libourne after an effort of 200 kilometer in the front of the race.