stage profileThe eighth stage of the Tour de France takes the riders today over more than 186 kilometers from Dole to Lausanne. Adventurers will smell their chance clean.
The riders have already been to Denmark, France and Belgium this Tour, and will also be allowed to cross Switzerland today. The start will be from Dole at 1.05 pm and the finish will be in Lausanne around 5.30 pm, but without Geoffrey Bouchard who has tested positive for corona. This city of the IOC has already been the setting for Dutch success twice. In 1978 Gerrie Knetemann was the best and in 2000 Erik Dekker completed his incredible hat-trick of stage victories there.
There is some climbing involved in this ride, but they are not mountains that are very awe-inspiring. Hills earlier. The three short cols on the way are hardly steeper than 6 percent, while the final climb towards the finish line can safely be called a runner: 4.8 kilometers at 4.6 percent. Not the area where the favorites can really hurt each other. For many sprinters, on the other hand, it is too heavy.
The stage therefore seems to be ideal for refugees. Yesterday Lennard Kämna was killed in sight of the meet, but today there are new opportunities and the fight for a spot in the early break will be at least as fierce. names? Taco van der Hoorn, Alberto Bettiol, Bauke Mollema, Tim Wellens, Mattia Cattaneo, Matej Mohoric, Nils Eekhoff, Stefan Bissegger. Too many to mention really.
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