2017 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

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    Stage 8 brings the second mountainous challenge of the 2017 Tour de France. Join The Roar tonight to follow the live coverage from 9:30pm (AEST).

    Three categorised climbs are on the menu in today’s 187.5km journey from Dole – Sation des Rousses culminating in a category one ascent cresting near the finish, a day that could see another GC showdown or maybe the first successful breakaway of the race.

    The first 95km of today’s route is best described as lumpy tailor-made for a strong breakaway to form on the undulating terrain.

    After 95km of hard racing the riders face the first categorised climb of the day a category 3 ascent measuring 6.1km at a gentle 4.7 per cent.

    The lengthy descent of the Col de la Joux takes the riders to the foot of the category 2 Cote de Viry 7.6km in length and averaging a modest 5.2 per cent.

    After completing the Cote de Viry the riders have an undulating descent to the final climb of the day the Montée de la Combe de Laisia les Molunes (11.7km, 6.7 per cent).

    The gradient of the climb fluctuates throughout the ascent with its steeper sections reaching 12 per cent.

    The combination of the climb summiting 12km from the finish and its moderate difficulty shouldn’t see much of a shakeup in the GC and doesn’t lend itself to attacks from the main contenders.

    The riders face a 6km descent after the summit followed by a 3km incline to the finish.

    The route today should see the first breakaway of the race succeed as the GC teams keep their powder dry for the more stern mountain tests that await.

    The overall contenders will be content to let a large group ride away for the stage win while closing marking each other on the final climb ensuring no time gaps.

    With a breakaway more the likely to succeed picking a stage winner is really a shot in the dark.

    However a rider like Steve Cummings is known for targeting stages like this at big races and more often than not he takes the win.

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    • 1:07am
      Ryan Day said | 1:07am | ! Report

      General classification after stage 8

      1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 33:19:10
      2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:12
      3 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:14
      4 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:25
      5 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:39
      6 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:43
      7 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:47
      8 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:52
      9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:54
      10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:01

    • 1:07am
      Ryan Day said | 1:07am | ! Report

      Stage Top 10

      1 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 4:30:29
      2 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:37
      3 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty – Groupe Gobert 0:00:50
      4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team 0:00:50
      5 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott 0:00:50
      6 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:50
      7 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:50
      8 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:50
      9 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:50
      10 Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo – Oscaro 0:00:50

    • 1:05am
      Ryan Day said | 1:05am | ! Report

      Stage recap:

      A fast and furious start saw the riders cover 120km in under 3 hours as riders and teams desperately tried to get into the breakaway with a stage win their reward. After much attacking a massive group of 50 emerged at the front. A group of that size was never going to stay together and over the categorised climbs was whittled down to a group of 8. Lilian Camejane, Michael Valgren, Robert Gesink, Nicholas Roche, Greg Van Avermaet, Serge Pauwels, Simon Clarke, and Jan Bakelants. Camejane, Gesink, Roche and Pauwels proved the strongest on the final climb. The young Frenchman Camejane proved the strongest as he made a decisive solo attack halfway up the climb, Gesink gamely chased but couldn’t couldn’t reel him in, with Camejane taking a brilliant solo victory.

      In the race for the overall it was status quo today with Team Sky showing their strength controlling the peloton as we have seen in previous editions. However the final climb on paper was never going to be difficult enough to see serious attacks from the overall favourites. A sterner test awaits tomorrow and no one wanted to burn their matches today.

      Thank you for joining The Roar for our live coverage of stage 8. Be sure to check back in tomorrow night for our live coverage of Stage 9. Good night.

    • 12:57am
      Ryan Day said | 12:57am | ! Report

      The main peloton with all the favourites finishes 53 seconds down on stage winner Camejane. No change in the GC all the overall contenders present and accounted for in the peloton.

    • 12:55am
      Ryan Day said | 12:55am | ! Report

      Calmejane in the finishing straight and he can take his time to celebrate the biggest win of his career. Lilian Camejane of Direct Energie takes Stage 8 of the Tour de France with his arms aloft. France has another promising young climber for the future. Gesink finishes a brave second.

    • 12:54am
      Ryan Day said | 12:54am | ! Report

      Martin quickly caught.

    • 12:53am
      Ryan Day said | 12:53am | ! Report

      Dan Martin has attacked from the peloton and has joined Tony Gallopin.

    • 12:53am
      Ryan Day said | 12:53am | ! Report

      1.5km to go and Calmejane has stuck out his tongue for the camera. What a win this will be for him and Direct Energie.

    • 12:51am
      Ryan Day said | 12:51am | ! Report

      Now Gesink is losing time, 3km to go. Lead back out to 37 seconds.

    • 12:50am
      Ryan Day said | 12:50am | ! Report

      The gap has started to increase again as Calmejane finds his rhythm again. 3.6km to go.

    • 12:49am
      Ryan Day said | 12:49am | ! Report

      Calmejane appears to have returned to his regular cadence. The cramping appears to have subsided for the moment.

    • 12:48am
      Ryan Day said | 12:48am | ! Report

      What a disaster for the young man. The gap is dropping quickly as the cramping continues for Camejane.

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