Degenkolb was always the more likely of the trio to win the stage due to his sprinting skills while the Belgian Van Avermaet was keen to take his yellow jersey into the mountains next week. "I'm not afraid. I want to be in a good position, and I trust my team".
"This is such an incredible feeling for me because I've had so many second places at the Tour since winning my first stage in 2013", said the 31-year-old.
Van Avermaet won the single-day cobblestone Paris-Roubaix race in 2017.
While he seized the moment to attack the main protagonists in the mountains, his courageous ride is only likely to have extended his stay in yellow for 24 hours, as the Tour continues with another day for the climbers on Wednesday.
The 2018 Tour de France has reached its first rest day, and the nine previous stages have been a mixed bag in terms entertainment for spectators.
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"I had a little tumble halfway through, but I'm just grateful to get through the stage without having any major issue", he said, aware that most of his rivals finished on the same time but that Richie Porte crashed out after just 10km.
Tom Dumoulin lost almost a minute due to a mechanical problem, while AG2R's Romain Bardet lost 31 seconds during the final climb.
"It's really hard to describe", Degenkolb said after crossing the line.
Movistar's Mikel Landa and Education First-Drapac's Rigoberto Uran also fell, while France's great hope, Romain Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale suffered five mechanical problems - three punctures and two bike changes - along the way.
"So maybe I'll get away Tuesday's stage", which is a rolling run into the Alps and looks ideal for him.
"I'm relieved to get through today and looking forward to getting into the mountains now where the real race for GC (general classification) will start", Froome said.
Porte's team, BMC Racing, confirmed Porte had headed to hospital for an "examination". - Peter the Great - There are two teams who have an obvious chance of winning the Arras-Roubaix stage who do not have a leader to protect, and they are Bora-Hansgrohe with Peter Sagan and Quick-Step with Niki Terpstra, Bob Jungels and Philippe Gilbert, none of whom would be a surprise victor.