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Le Tour 2021 – Stage 8

Tour de France Oyonnax > Le Grand-Bornand

Distance: 150.8 kilometers.

Definitely a Mountain stage with a Cat 3, a Cat 4, and three Cat 1 climbs.

  • Côte de Copponex 61.9 km (cat 3: 6.5km @ 4.4%)
  • Côte de Menthonnex-en-Bornes 72.5 km (cat 4: 2.7km @ 4.9%)
  • Côte de Mont-Saxonnex 104.0 km(cat 1: 5.7km @ 8.3%)
  • Col de Romme 122.1 km (cat 1: 8.8km @ 8.9%)
  • Col de Colombière 136.1 km (cat 1: 7.5km @ 8.5%)

The intermediate sprint is at 44.8 km at Frangy.

In additions to the mountains there was rain to make the descents “interesting”. This was a very good day for Tadej Pogačar who has captured the Yellow, but also for Team Bahrain Victorious which now leads the Teams competition, and whose riders won the stage, the Red Numbers, and the Polka Dots. Three of the top four climbers are on Team Bahrain Victorious.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 29 hours 38 minutes 25 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 168 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 23 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 5*

Stage winner: Dylan Teuns (TBV – 167)
Combative: Wouter Poels (TBV – 166 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

*Number 2 wearing the White as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

Top 30 below the fold

1 Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001)
2 Wout Van Aert (TJV – 012) + 00h 01′ 48″
3 Alexey Lutsenko (APT – 188) + 00h 04′ 38″
4 Rigoberto Uran (EFN – 111) + 00h 04′ 46″
5 Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) + 00h 05′ 00″
6 Richard Carapaz (IGD – 022) + 00h 05′ 01″
7 Wilco Kelderman (BOH – 073) + 00h 05′ 13″
8 Enric Mas (MOV – 065) + 00h 05′ 15″
9 David Gaudu (GFC – 081) + 00h 05′ 52″
10 Peio Bilbao (TBV – 162) + 00h 06′ 41″
11 Sergio Luis Henao (TQA – 191) + 00h 07′ 16″
12 Guillaume Martin (COF – 091) + 00h 07′ 28″
13 Aurélien Paret Peintre (ACT – 125) + 00h 07′ 33″
14 Ben O’Connor (ACT – 124) + 00h 08′ 13″
15 Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) + 00h 08′ 51″
16 Bauke Mollema (TFS – 044) + 00h 11′ 35″
17 Simon Yates (BEX – 178) + 00h 12′ 13″
18 Dylan Teuns (TBV – 167) + 00h 12′ 35″
19 Mattia Cattaneo (DQT – 054) + 00h 12′ 39″
20 Jhoan Esteban Chaves (BEX – 172) + 00h 12′ 51″
21 Louis Meintjes (IWG – 211) + 00h 17′ 09″
22 Jakob Fuglsang (APT – 181) + 00h 17′ 14″
23 Mathieu Van Der Poel (AFC – 101) + 00h 17′ 20″
24 Julian Alaphilippe (DQT – 051) + 00h 18′ 51″
25 Søren Kragh Andersen (DSM – 141) + 00h 19′ 03″
26 Vincenzo Nibali (TFS – 041) + 00h 21′ 32″
27 Richie Porte (IGD – 026) + 00h 22′ 01″
28 Steven Kruijswijk (TJV – 014) + 00h 22′ 09″
29 Nairo Quintana (ARK – 136) + 00h 23′ 49″
30 Franck Bonnamour (BBK – 223) + 00h 25′ 07″

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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