German rider Marcel Kittel won the 10th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish today, while Chris Froome stayed safely in the main pack to retain the race leader's yellow jersey.

A sprint specialist, Kittel perfectly timed his effort in the final straight to post his fourth stage win since the start of the race, crossing the line ahead of fellow German John Degenkolb.

The stage took the peloton on a flat, 178-kilometre (111-mile) run from Perigueux to Bergerac in southwestern France.

Kiwi rider George Bennett remains in 10th place in the overall classification.


Froome, the three-time Tour champion, will be wearing the yellow jersey for the 50th time tonight.

He will join five-time Tour winner Jacques Anquetil in fourth place on the all-time list of riders' days in yellow - behind Eddy Merckx (96), Bernard Hinault (75), and Miguel Indurain (60).