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Le Tour 2017 – Stage 8

Tour de FranceDole – Station des rousses

Distance: 187.5 kilometers.

This stage gives the riders a hundred kilometers to warm up before three increasingly difficult climbs: category 3 Col de la Joux, category 2 Côte de Viry,and category 1 Côte de la Combe de Laisia-Les Molunes near the end of the stage. This will start the shake up of the general classification.

Lilian Calmejane won the stage, the most combative, the Polka Dots, cut a minute off his deficit in the generenal classification and moved from 38 to 28th position. He won the stage by 37 seconds over Robert Gesink. This was his day to shine.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 33h 19′ 10″
Green Jersey Marcel Kittel ( Ger – QST – 101 ) [Green] 212 points
Polka Dot Jersey Lilian Calmejane ( Fra – DEN – 173 ) [Polka Dot] 11 points
White Jersey Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) 6 [White]

Team: Team Sky ( SKY – 001-009 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Lilian Calmejane ( Fra – DEN – 173 )
Combative: Lilian Calmejane ( Fra – DEN – 173 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBr – SKY – 001 )
2 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – SKY – 009 ) + 00′ 12″
3 Fabio Aru ( Ita – AST – 051 ) + 00′ 14″
4 Daniel Martin ( Irl – QST – 105 ) + 00′ 25″
5 Richie Porte ( Aus – BMC – 041 ) + 00′ 39″
6 Simon Yates ( GBr – ORS – 089 ) + 00′ 43″
7 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 011 ) + 00′ 47″
8 Alberto Contador ( Spa – TFS – 031 ) + 00′ 52″
9 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 021 ) + 00′ 54″
10 Rafal Majka ( Pol – BOH – 115 ) + 01′ 01″

The Rest of the Top 30:

11 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – CDT – 188 ) + 01′ 01″
12 Pierre-Roger Latour ( Fra – ALM – 017 ) + 01′ 07″
13 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – UAD – 061 ) + 01′ 24″
14 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 113 ) + 01′ 29″
15 Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – AST – 053 ) + 01′ 33″
16 Mikel Landa ( Spa – SKY – 006 ) + 01′ 47″
17 Andrew Talansky ( USA – CDT – 187 ) + 01′ 57″
18 Serge Pauwels ( Bel – DDD – 096 ) + 02′ 00″
19 Nicolas Roche ( Irl – BMC – 046 ) + 02′ 14″
20 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGG – 201 ) + 02′ 23″
21 Sergio Luis Henao ( Col – SKY – 002 ) + 02′ 32″
22 George Bennett ( NZl – TLJ – 162 ) + 02′ 34″
23 Damiano Caruso ( Ita – BMC – 042 ) + 02′ 35″
24 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – ORS – 088 ) + 02′ 41″
25 Mikel Nieve ( Spa – SKY – 007 ) + 02′ 42″
26 Johan Esteban Chaves ( Col – ORS – 081 ) + 02′ 44″
27 Carlos Alberto Betancur ( Col – MOV – 024 ) + 03′ 17″
28 Lilian Calmejane ( Fra – DEN – 173 ) + 03′ 24″
29 Brice Feillu ( Fra – TFO – 213 ) + 03′ 32″
30 Alexis Vuillermoz ( Fra – ALM – 019 ) + 03′ 33″

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

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2 comments

1 Steve Bates { 07.08.17 at 11:53 pm }

Of all the competitors who also write on the web. I empathize most of all with the cyclists. Can’t imagine why! 😃 I really miss cycling, but it’s no longer an option for me.

2 Bryan { 07.09.17 at 10:40 am }

Yeah, trying to walk on the beach when the cane just sinks and pain shoots up the right side. Getting old isn’t for wimps.

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