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Le Tour 2020 – Stage 8

Tour de FranceCazères-sur-Garonne > Loudenvielle

Distance: 141 kilometers.

A “Mountain” stage in the Pyrenees with three major climbs followed by a downhill run to the finish.

  • Col de Menté 59.5 km (cat 1: 6.9km @ 8.1%)
  • Port de Balès 104.5 km (HC: 11.7km @ 7.7%)
  • Col de Peyresourde 129.5 km (cat 1: 9.7km @ 7.8%)

The intermediate sprint is at 42.5 km at Sengouagnet. The sprinters will lose everything they gained yesterday.

Nans Peters had a great day taking his first stage win on his first Tour. This was made possible by rapid controlled descent after cresting the Col de Peyresourde.

Four riders had earlier injuries catch up with them on the climbs: William Bonnet ( Fra – GFC – 052 ), Diego Rosa ( Ita – ARK – 086 ), Lilian Calmejane ( Fra – TDE – 183 ), and Giacomo Nizzolo ( Ita – NTT – 191 ) weren’t able to finish the stage.

Yellow Jersey Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 161 ) [Yellow] 34 hours 44 minutes 52 seconds
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 021 ) [Green] 138 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Benoit Cosnefroy ( Fra – ALM – 033 ) [Polka Dot] 35 points
White Jersey Egan Arley Bernal Gomez ( Col – INS – 001 ) [White] 5

Stage winner: Nans Peters ( Fra – ALM – 036 )
Combative: Nans Peters ( Fra – ALM – 036 ) [Red numbers]
Team: EF Pro Cycling ( EF1 – 071-078 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top 30 below the fold

1 Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 161 ) 34 hours 44 minutes 52 seconds
2 Primož Roglic ( Slo – TJV – 011 ) + 00h 00′ 03″
3 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – COF – 121 ) + 00h 00′ 09″
4 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 00′ 11″
5 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez ( Col – INS – 001 ) + 00h 00′ 13″
6 Nairo Quintana ( Col – ARK – 081 ) + 00h 00′ 13″
7 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno ( Col – AST – 141 ) + 00h 00′ 13″
8 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 071 ) + 00h 00′ 13″
9 Tadej Pogacar ( Slo – UAD – 131 ) + 00h 00′ 48″
10 Enric Mas Nicolau ( Spa – MOV – 094 ) + 00h 01′ 00″
11 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 022 ) + 00h 01′ 25″
12 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – TBM – 061 ) + 00h 01′ 34″
13 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 101 ) + 00h 01′ 34″
14 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 104 ) + 00h 02′ 12″
15 Tom Dumoulin ( Ned – TJV – 014 ) + 00h 02′ 20″
16 Esteban Chaves ( Col – MTS – 164 ) + 00h 02′ 37″
17 Richard Carapaz ( Ecu – INS – 003 ) + 00h 02′ 40″
18 Damiano Caruso ( Ita – TBM – 063 ) + 00h 02′ 40″
19 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 091 ) + 00h 02′ 41″
20 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia ( Col – EF1 – 074 ) + 00h 02′ 48″
21 Pierre Rolland ( Fra – BVC – 218 ) + 00h 03′ 09″
22 Hugh Carthy ( GBr – EF1 – 073 ) + 00h 07′ 52″
23 Warren Barguil ( Fra – ARK – 083 ) + 00h 07′ 55″
24 Marc Soler ( Spa – MOV – 097 ) + 00h 11′ 03″
25 Ilnur Zakarin ( Rus – CCC – 118 ) + 00h 11′ 03″
26 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 041 ) + 00h 11′ 42″
27 Pello Bilbao ( Spa – TBM – 062 ) + 00h 15′ 57″
28 Romain Sicard ( Fra – TDE – 186 ) + 00h 17′ 58″
29 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 132 ) + 00h 18′ 10″
30 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 18′ 56″

Did not finish:
William Bonnet ( Fra – GFC – 052 )
Diego Rosa ( Ita – ARK – 086 )
Lilian Calmejane ( Fra – TDE – 183 )
Giacomo Nizzolo ( Ita – NTT – 191 )

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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