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Le Tour – Stage 8

Tour de FranceBelfort to Porrentruy

Distance: 157.5 kilometers.

RadioShack-Nissan is in firm control of the Team category with 6 riders in the top 20. Sky has only managed to keep 4 riders in the top 50. Thibaut Pinot timed his move with precision to take the stage win, but Fredrik Kessiakoff won the race to the Polka Dots.

Three more riders are out, including Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltel-Euskadi’s team leader.

This was definitely a stage for the climbers who faced in order: 4 – Côte de Bondeva, 3 – Côte du Passage de la Douleur, 2 – Côte de Maison-Rouge, 2 – Côte de Saignelégier, 2 – Côte de Saulcy, 2 – Côte de la Caquerelle, and 1 – Col de la Croix.

Tomorrow is a short day for time trials, and a rest day afterwards.

Yellow Jersey Bradley Wiggins ( GB – SKY – 101 ) [Yellow]
Green Jersey Peter Sagan (Svk-LIQ-057) [Green] 217 points
Polka Dot Jersey Fredrik Kessiakoff ( Swe – AST – 187 ) [Polka Dot] 21 points
White Jersey Rein Taaramae ( Est – COF – 081 ) 4 [White]

Team: RadioShack-Nissan ( 011-019 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – FDJ – 146 )
Combative: Fredrik Kessiakoff ( Swe – AST – 187 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Bradley Wiggins ( G B – SKY – 101 )
2 Cadel Evans ( Aus – BMC – 001 ) + 00′ 10”
3 Vincenzo Nibali ( Ita – LIQ – 051 ) + 00′ 16”
4 Denis Menchov ( Rus – KAT – 131 ) + 00′ 54”
5 Haimar Zubeldia ( Esp – RNT – 019 ) + 00′ 59”
6 Christopher Froome ( G B – SKY – 105 ) + 01′ 32”
7 Maxime Monfort ( Bel – RNT – 016 ) + 02′ 08”
8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck ( Bel – LTB – 111 ) + 02′ 11”
9 Nicolas Roche ( Irl – ALM – 079 ) + 02′ 21”
10 Rein Taaramae ( Est – COF – 081 ) + 02′ 27”

The Rest of the Top 50:
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July 8, 2012   Comments Off on Le Tour – Stage 8