Chris Froome

Van Avermaet extends Tour lead as Sky bides its time

Facing the climbing prowess of Chris Froome's Team Sky, Greg Van Avermaet expected to lose his lead of the Tour de France on the first day in the mountains.

Instead, the Olympic champion managed to strengthen his hold on the yellow jersey when an anticipated attack never came on Tuesday's Stage 10.

Van Avermaet escaped in an early breakaway and held on when he was left all alone to struggle up the final of four Alpine passes. Once over the Col de la Colombiere, he glided down to the finish to remain leader for a seventh straight day.

"I was waiting for directions from Sky to see what they wanted. (But) the moment I went nobody reacted," Van Avermaet said....