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Stage 8: Cazères to Loudenvielle - 141 km
« on: September 04, 2020, 17:43 »
Stage 8: Cazères to Loudenvielle - 141 km

The first of two stages in the Pyrenees packs three major climbs into less than 100 km, including the HC Port de Balès. The race kicks off in Cazères-sur-Garonne to finish downhill in Loudenvielle.


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The first Pyrenees stage was designed on a course that will be both dynamic and demanding. In less than 100 kilometres, the riders will have to reach the Col de Menté followed by the Port de Balès and the Col de Peyresourde. A fine downhiller could then have the opportunity to make a difference on a descent of around ten kilometres to the finish.



At 140 kilometres, the 8th stage on the Tour de France is not exactly long. The second half is where the real action is to be expected. Following two huge climbs the decisive factor will be the downhill of the Col de Peyresourde.



Effectively, the road begins to slope at kilometre 80, but this is merely a false flat. The climb starts to show its teeth at kilometre 95 and continues to do so for 11.7 kilometres until the riders reach the top. The average gradient on the Port de Balès is 7.7%.



The first three riders over the Peyesourde gain time bonuses of 8, 5 and 2 seconds.
Aficionados of downhill finales are treated in the 8th stage.



Obviously, how the race unfolds depends largely on the general classification. And on how motivated the teams/GC riders are to take the yellow jersey ahead of the first rest day. The course lends itself to keep the breakaway.
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    Re: Stage 8: Cazères to Loudenvielle - 141 km
    « Reply #1 on: September 05, 2020, 16:52 »
    I haven't watched cycling since the lockdown... And while it was entertaining today, the event does seem irresponsible in the current climate if they can't enforce any covid protocols. Deluxe social distancing and many unmasked fans.
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    Re: Stage 8: Cazères to Loudenvielle - 141 km
    « Reply #2 on: September 05, 2020, 20:13 »
     The yellow jersey favourites emerged as ten riders finished in the yellow jersey group (38 seconds behind Pogačar, who had successfully attack again earlier): Romain Bardet  #ag2r, Miguel Ángel López #astana, Adam Yates #mitchelton, Egan Bernal #ineos, Mikel Landa #bahrain, Guillaume Martin #cofidis, Primož Roglič #jumbo, Nairo Quintana #arkea, Rigoberto Urán #ef and Richie Porte  #trek. It’s highly likely that one of these riders will be wearing the yellow jersey in Paris.

    However, the day proved to be the insurmountable hurdle for many of the top favourites’ dreams of winning this year’s Tour de France.

    Biggest losers of the day were  #groupama with the capitulation of Tibaut Pinot.
     Julian Alaphilippe  #deceuninck was ejected out the back of the peloton just moments after attempting to make an attack. It was a strange misjudgement of how strong his legs were, and he ended up finishing over ten minutes behind the group of favourites.
     #jumbo  adopted a strategy that appeared to sacrifice Tom Dumoulin’s hopes of a GC finish. The Dutchman used up all his energy setting a ferocious pace at the front of the peloton, and ultimately lost over two minutes to the other favourites.
    Perhaps they were at fault to begin with, as their sprinter, come mountain goat, Wout Van Aert, in the process of putting a number of minor contenders out the back, also accounted for most of Roglic's mountain support ensemble.
    Others dropped included last year’s fourth-place finisher Emanual Buchmann  #bora, who may still be struggling from the injury that forced him out of the Dauphine last month, #ineos Richard Carapaz and Yates’ teammate Esteban Chaves  #mitchelton— although these riders managed to limit their losses to just one minute, so could still be in contention for a high GC finish.

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    Re: Stage 8: Cazères to Loudenvielle - 141 km
    « Reply #3 on: September 05, 2020, 20:18 »
    good win fpr #ag2r Nans Peter, he seems to have one good day per year. Can he become the first rider to take victories in all three Grand Tours before winning anything else?! ;D

    Strange riding from Roglic though. Maybe he is not at 100% himself, but today really looked like a wasted opportunity to get a gap on Bernal - and allowing Pogacar to get back in play wasn't exactly smart either. No idea why he didn't work with Pogacar and Quintana when those three were in front together.
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    Re: Stage 8: Cazères to Loudenvielle - 141 km
    « Reply #4 on: September 05, 2020, 23:04 »
    more strange stuff from #jumbo Jumbo:

    We hoped for Roglic to gain time on the climb, and Dumoulin to stay with the other favourites behind. He was not supposed to go the front and do any work. He made the decision himself, and once we noticed, it was too late already. He didn't feel good enough, and wanted to contribute something that way, but that was not necessary. I don't think his shape is bad at all. It's a pity.

    https://nos.nl/collectie/13847/video/2346958-ploegleider-maassen-dumoulin-had-beter-niet-op-kop-moeten-rijden
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    Re: Stage 8: Cazères to Loudenvielle - 141 km
    « Reply #5 on: September 06, 2020, 07:29 »
    weird

    I did see that he said he really didnt have the legs to do GC this year ... so wanted to do some domestique work and committ to the team ... but I did assume it was a team decision for him to go to the front.

    Still - it was pretty clear Bernal didnt really have hte legs, so it was a good attempt to get rid of him, and quite a few other gc hopefuls
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