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Another stage in the books at the 2018 Tour de France. Young sprint phenom Dylan Groenewegan has taken back to back victories with another commanding sprint showcasing his strength and blistering top end speed.

Behind him Gaviria and Greipel jostled with each other but were clearly beaten by the young Dutchman. The big loser of the day was Dan Martin who crashed heavily in the last 15km and despite bravely riding on with his UAE teammates he lost 1min15. He will be sore tomorrow and the cobbles of France will be unforgiving.

Thanks for joining The Roar for our live coverage of stage 8. Be sure to join us tomorrow for Stage 9 which should be a cracker with cobbles on the menu and the GC riders under pressure.

Good night.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Top 10 on Stage 8:

1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 4:23:36
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
3 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
6 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
7 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8 Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
9 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
10 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

The big loser of the day unfortunately was Dan Martin who went down heavily in a late crash and lost over a minute. He seems to be a magnet for crashes at the grand tours. Scans will reveal the extent of any injuries but the crash appeared significant.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

In the end as it was yesterday Groenewegan wins convincingly in the final metres He is a star of the future and the now. Super impressive ride against the fastest riders in the world.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Groenewegan takes it from Greipel and Gaviria comes over the top of a fading Sagan for third.

Groenewegan coming of age and showing his class. His top end speed is just too much for the best sprinters.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Demare in perfect position as FDJ set the pace. Gaviria on the barriers with Sagan and Greipel comes late. But Groenewegan makes it back to back wins with a late flash.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

1km to go Lotto leading out Greipel well.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Martin losing seconds by the metre.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Gilbert carrying on with his attack but it won’t be successful as he is caught with 2km to go.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Gilbert driving the pace and inadvertently opens a gap. 3km to as they negotiate a right hand bend.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

4km to go as the peloton charges through a tight left hand turn.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

FDJ moving forward with Demare their man for the stage.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

5km to ride. Team Sky setting the pace.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Martin down 36 seconds.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Lotto Soudal and Dimension Data all over the front. Sky as always prominent keeping Froome out of trouble.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Grellier a picture of pain as the peloton looms in the background. With 7km to go the peloton have flicked the switch and Grellier is swallowed up after a brave ride.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

The sprint teams well organised at the front with Grellier still dangling at 15 seconds.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Minnarrd has cracked and Grellier goes it alone.

The peloton puts the brakes on as Grellier leads by 21 seconds with 10km to go.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

UAE team time trialling and they have reduced the gap to the peloton to 1min10.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Adam Yates well protected on the front by Matthew Hayman. Yates was involved in multiple crashes earlier in the race.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Dan Martin surrounded by teammates as they try desperately to reduce the gap. He still trails by 1min30.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

A much reduced peloton charges on, None of the big sprinters appeared to be disadvantaged by the crash.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

15km to ride. Grellier and Minnarrd only hold a 40 second lead. Martin already down 1min30 on the main favourites.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

His chances of rejoining the peloton appear slim as the peloton is in full chase mode.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog

Martin has fallen heavily blood streaming from his elbow and his jersey ripped.

2018 Tour de France: Stage 8 live race updates, blog