133 km – Gianni Moscon throws in the towel
The Italian from the Astana team leaves the roads of the Tour de France. Gianni Moscon was 161st overall at over 17′.
137 km – Jasper Philipsen beats Van Aert for the peloton sprint
Wout van Aert is beaten on the line by his compatriot Philipsen, who takes 13 points. Van Aert’s main rival in the race for the green jersey, Fabio Jakobsen takes only 7 points and lets the Belgian slip away in the points classification.
139 km – Fred Wright takes the lead in the intermediate sprint
The Englishman from Bahrain-Victorious took the lead in the intermediate sprint in Montrond and pocketed 20 points.
157 km – Always three men in the front
Cattaneo (Quick-Step), Wright (Bahrain Victorious) and Frison (Lotto-Soudal) are now 3 minutes ahead of the peloton. We’ve got it, the first real breakaway of the day.
159 km – Retirement of Kevin Vermaerke (DSM)
Seriously hit in the big fall at the front of the peloton (he also seems to be the first to fall), the American Kevin Vermaerke, teammate of Romain Bardet in Team DSM, has just retired.
Pogacar finds the peloton
The yellow jersey was able to return to the peloton after being caught in the collective fall. Ditto for the ex-winner Geraint Thomas.
Shoe problem for Bardet
If the Frenchman was able to leave after being caught in the collective fall, he had to change shoes.
30” ahead for the three breakaways
The Italian Cattaneo, the British Wright and the Belgian Frison have a 33” lead over the peloton.
Big fall in the peloton
The race begins with a very big collective fall in the peloton at the 9th kilometer. Tadej Pogacar, Romain Bardet and David Gaudu are among the riders who fell. It would seem that there weren’t too many breakages, but this crash suited the three riders who escaped: Wright, Cattaneo and Frison.
Vuillermoz expects “a special moment” on the roads of his youth
Alexis Vuillermoz is the local for the 8th stage of the Tour de France this Saturday between Dole and Lausanne. The TotalEnergies rider expects “a special moment” on the training routes of his youth.
Let’s go for this 8th stage!
The runners started from Dole. A little over 186km to Lausanne in Switzerland are on the program for this race which could delight punchers. Two 3rd category and as many 4th category climbs are on the menu.
A Pogacar teammate leaves the race due to the Covid
The Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen, teammate of Tadej Pogacar, will not start the eighth stage either due to a positive Covid test. He presented symptoms overnight and an internal test was carried out this morning.
End of Tour for Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R-Citroën), positive for Covid
Suffering during the seventh stage on Friday, Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R-Citroën) underwent an antigen test on his return to the hotel which turned out to be positive. He was immediately isolated from the rest of the group.
“During the stage, I didn’t feel well. It’s a big disappointment because I was entering my favorite terrain, the mountains. It was my first Tour de France and it’s sad to end it like this. I wish my teammates a lot of success and I send them all my strength for the rest of the Tour de France”, reacts the rider.
“Since the start, the AG2R-Citroën team has carried out antigenic tests every three days in addition to the tests carried out by the Tour de France organizer. The entire team – riders and staff – underwent an antigenic test on Thursday evening or Friday morning, negative for the whole group”, explains doctor Serge Niamke, team doctor.
“We have implemented and applied a very strict protocol since the start of the health crisis to guarantee the health of our riders and our management. I am sad for Geoffrey, on whom we were counting in the coming days. The Tour will not is not over and we hope to find the front of the stage when we arrive in the mountains”, comments for his part Vincent Lavenu, general manager of the AG2R-Citroën team.
Cyrille Guimard’s analysis of the 8th stage
The Tour de France makes a detour via Switzerland for the 8th stage, this Saturday. Our consultant Cyrille Guimard expects an escape to go to the end of the Swiss journey
Welcome to RMC Sport to follow live commentary on the eighth stage of the Tour de France, between Dole and Lausanne. It will be necessary to cover 186 kilometers for the runners through the Jura and Switzerland. The course promises to be ideal for backpackers even if the finish favors punchers.