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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 8

Tour de FranceMâcon > Saint-Étienne

Distance: 200 kilometers.

Officially a “hilly” stage, Which translates into seven categorized climbs:

  • Col de la Croix Montmain 51 km (cat 2 2.1km @ 7%)
  • Col de la Croix de Thel 71 km (cat 2 4.1km @ 8.1%)
  • Col de la Croix Paquet 84.5 km (cat 2 2.1km @ 9.7%)
  • Côte d’Affoux 97 km (cat 3 8.5km @ 4.5%)
  • Côte de la Croix de Part 133 km (cat 2 4.9km @ 7.9%)
  • Côte d’Aveize 148.5 km (cat 2 5.2km @ 6.4%)
  • Côte de la Jaillère 187.5 km (cat 3 1.9km @ 7.9%)

The intermediate sprint is at 33 km, Cercié-en-Beaujolais, and there is a sprint finish. Thomas De Gendt took off at the start and was at the front for all 200 kilometers. He took all of the “King of the Mountain” points and moved up from seventh to second place in the race for the Polka Dot Jersey.

Julian Alaphilippe managed to get back in the Yellow Jersey for Bastille Day.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 34h 17′ 59″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 204 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Thomas De Gendt ( Bel – LTS – 164 )
Combative: Thomas De Gendt ( Bel – LTS – 164 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Trek – Segafredo ( TFS – 131-138 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) + 00h 00′ 23″
3 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 00′ 53″
4 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 01′ 10″
5 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 01′ 12″
6 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 01′ 16″
7 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 27″
8 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 01′ 38″
9 Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – AST – 071 ) + 00h 01′ 42″
10 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 01′ 45″

The Rest of the Top 30:

11 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 01′ 46″
12 Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 101 ) + 00h 01′ 47″
13 Xandro Meurisse ( Bel – WGB – 195 ) + 00h 02′ 02″
14 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 ) + 00h 02′ 04″
15 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) + 00h 02′ 06″
16 Daniel Martin ( Irl – UAD – 121 ) + 00h 02′ 09″
17 David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) + 00h 02′ 15″
18 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 131 ) + 00h 02′ 19″
19 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 136 ) + 00h 02′ 45″
20 Patrick Konrad ( Aut – BOH – 014 ) + 00h 02′ 46″
21 Alexey Lutsenko ( Kaz – AST – 076 ) + 00h 02′ 54″
22 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 062 ) + 00h 03′ 18″
23 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 03′ 20″
24 Warren Barguil ( Fra – PCB – 211 ) + 00h 03′ 26″
25 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TDD – 206 ) + 00h 03′ 28″
26 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 122 ) + 00h 03′ 48″
27 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGB – 191 ) + 00h 03′ 50″
28 Vincenzo Nibali ( Ita – TBM – 041 ) + 00h 06′ 18″
29 Sébastien Reichenbach ( Swi – GFC – 057 ) + 00h 10′ 12″
30 Rudy Molard ( Fra – GFC – 056 ) + 00h 11′ 07″

Did not start:
Tejay Van Garderen ( USA – EF1 – 097 ) – Broken thumb

Withdrew:
Christophe Laporte ( Fra – COF – 151 ) – Illness

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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