Frenchman Calmejane wins Tour de France stage eight

Frenchman Calmejane wins Tour de France stage eight

Frenchman Calmejane wins Tour de France stage eight

Following Wednesday's fireworks on the first mountain top finish of this year's race, won by Italian Fabio Aru following a gutsy solo attack, it will be down to the ground with a bump, and perhaps a few bruises too, on Thursday.

"Sunday's a big, big day, with three really tough, steep climbs, for sure it'll be one of the toughest of the whole race", reflects Thomas.

Richie Porte in fifth place overall and other riders eyeing victory in Paris on July 23 were simply pleased to get the long, hot stage over without incident. The stage victor should be a climber who gets in the early break such as Cannondale's Pierre Rolland. "They are great supporters of the sport".

Team Sky's maillot jaune Chris Froome finished safely, ensconced in a reduced peloton 50 seconds down, easily retaining his overall lead after a fast-paced and at times brutal stage over the mountainous parcours in eastern France.

"We'll definitely get a very good idea of who's really going well and above all who's climbing well", Thomas, now lying second overall after his spell in the Tour lead, said on Friday. You can take on the full race or shorter sections - either way you'll have VIP access along the course.

"We are going to see aggressive racing and gaps are going to open up". "There are more sprints to come, I'll take my revenge", he said following the sixth stage, where he had to squeeze down an nearly imperceptible gap next to the safety barriers alongside Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen in order to contest the sprint.

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Statistic, fact and quote of the day after the seventh stage of the Tour de France, a 213.5-km ride from Troyes on Friday.

They held on for nearly 2km more but with 4km to ride, it was over and now all down to the overall contenders.

Froome's Welsh road captain Luke Rowe was dropped early and came home with the stragglers, leaving him second last on the general classification, ten minutes clear of FDJ's Olivier Le Gac who carries the lantern rouge as last man in the Tour. "There is a fair distance to the finish after the climb on Sunday so it could be a negative race".

However, seven years ago, the Welshman faded badly on the climb, dropping to 31st.

Kittel leapfrogged Arnaud Demare in the green jersey competition after receiving maximum points through victory, the Frenchman finishing well back in 11th (6 points).

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