Tour riders cleared of virus, Bennett wins Stage 10

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Ireland's Sam Bennett. center in white, crosses the finish line ahead of second place Australia's Caleb Ewan, right, and third place Slovakia's Peter Sagan, center left in green, to win stage 10 of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (104.7 miles) from Ile d'Oleron to Ile de Re, France, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Sebastien Nogier/Pool via AP)

Tour de France riders passed coronavirus tests to confirm their good health only to endure numerous crashes along the Atlantic coastline when the race resumed on Tuesday.

Sprinter Sam Bennett prevailed ahead of Caleb Ewan to post his first Tour stage win, while Primoz Roglic avoided the many crashes that punctuated Stage 10 to keep the race leader's yellow jersey.

After the 168.5-kilometer (105-mile) ride from Ile d’Oleron to Ile de Re, Roglic maintained a 21-second lead over defending champion Egan Bernal. Frenchman Guillaume Martin was in third place, 28 seconds off the pace.

Having performed 841 tests of all 166 riders and team staff over the past two days, organizers gave all cyclists the go-ahead to start. But Tour director Christian Prudhomme was forced to abandon the race after testing positive for the virus.

Also, four staff members from four different teams failed the test and were dropped from the race bubble.

“I'm happy that the race goes on, it's beautiful" Roglic said after the stage.

The race did lose one rider before the stage started, as the injured Domenico Pozzovivo of Italy pulled out.

Under sunny skies in western France, Stefan Küng and Michael Schar made an early break but were kept on a leash. On flat roads exposed to winds, the main teams rode at full speed at the front of the pack to avoid getting caught in crosswinds, limiting the gap to less than two minutes.