Stage 8: Belfort to Porrentruy
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The second day of mountain Stage of the 99th Tour de France will be more serious climb for the peloton than the race yesterday. As the race starts from Belfort to Perrentruy, Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky will start with the yellow jersey. It will be a punishing ascend to the finish and Sylvian Chavanel is the bookmakers favourite while triple Olympic champion Wiggins is at odds 80/1 and Cadel Evans at 40/1. After the race in La Planche des Belles Files, Stage 7 winner Chris Froome has questioned the defending champion Evan’s legs. In his observation, the Aussie does not have any leg power left during the attack to the finish line. Maybe this could just one of the tactics in the part of the BMC leader and if it is, we might see him burst into action soon.
When: Sunday 8th July
Starting Point: Belfort
End Point: Porrentuy
Type: Medium Mountain
Belfort - Porrentuy, 157.5km
Staying within mountain, Stage 8 won’t be easy and if the riders thought Stage 7 was tough then this route will give them something to think about and the ones coming up. Moving away from La Planche des Belles Files to Belfort as the starting point, there are going to start with some high attitude obstacle courses. Stage 8 considers five climbs with different ranges between 7.9km to 3.7 in lengthen. This is where the riders who can handle the mountain would flourish while others might have to stick to the team tactics to get through these challenges.
Getting to Porrentuy will present a few challenge, the key factor can come at the final 20km ascent could determine the yellow jersey. However, before that, around 92.5km, the Cote De Saulcy will see an ascend of 4.6km from 530m to 928m mountain pass. If any rider is to make it to Switzerland then this will be the key factor to get pass.
Odds for Stage 8 - Winner
|Chris Anker Sorensen||25/1||28/1|
|Edvald Boasson Hagen||33/1||33/1|
|Luis Leon Sanchez||33/1||40/1|
At The Finish Line
Three time Olympic medalist Bradley Wiggins has retained the yellow jersey going on tomorrow’s Stage 9 of Tour de France 2012 with a 10” lead from his main rival defending champion Cadel Evans. Although delighted to have kept the maillot jaune, Wiggo was at the same time offended with the comparison between him and Lance Armstrong who is currently been linked in an investigation by the US Anti-doping Agency. With this, the Sky team leader Bradley did not hold back and gave his piece of wording to his doubters. On the other hand, Stage 8 was won by the youngest rider in the Tour. The 22-year-old Thibaut Pinot of FDJ-Bigmat had his sixth stage win in his career when he finished the race from Belfort to Porrentruy in 3h 56’ 10”. Joining him in this in second and third place were Cadel Evans and Tony Gallopin of Radioshack-Nissan after 26sec . Peter Sagan (Liquigas) retains the green jersey while Fredrik Kessiakoff of Astana took hold of the mountain jersey, polka-dot, from Chris Froome.
Stage 8 Result
|1.||PINOT T.||FDJ||03h 56' 10''|
|2.||EVANS C.||BMC||00' 26''|
|3.||GALLOPIN T.||RNT||00' 26''|
|4.||WIGGINS B.||SKY||00' 26''|
|5.||NIBALI V.||LIQ||00' 26''|
|1.||WIGGINS B||SKY||38h 17' 56''|
|2.||EVANS C.||BMC||00' 10''|
|3.||NIBALI V.||LIQ||00' 16''|
|4.||MENCHOV D.||KAT||00' 54''|
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