14h00: Ouesh cyclix, it rolls? EXCELLENT VANNE thank you all.
No more humor, I offer without further delay the anticipated summary of this 8th stage.
Annoyed at having been punished like children yesterday because they had missed the right breakaway, Total Direct Energie worked hard from the start of the stage to put Pierre Latour in front. Against all expectations, it works and the climber leaves with Warren Barguil, Guillaume Martin, Dan Martin and Matej Mohoric. The Slovenian has a hot paw, and even if it pulls a bit everywhere, he makes the effort to strengthen his polka dot jersey.
There is even a virtual yellow jersey thanks to the 6-minute lead left by the peloton at the foot of the Mont-Saxonnex pass. In fact, no one wants to ride behind. Van der Poel lets the favorites do – and then he’s done anyway – Pogacar is still sulking, Van Aert is busy patching up Roglic’s thigh, still caught in a crash early in the stage. Roller, climber, trainer, the Belgian can do it all. His carbo pasta at Campanile du Creusot on Friday evening amazed everyone.
But the serious things begin in this first grade of the first category. Julian Alaphilippe took a loyalty card in Le Grand-Bornand in 2018 and intends to take advantage of it. There was 30 minutes of spa free for the second stage victory. Bibao and Buchmann engage. The three men take back all the French in the Colombière, only Mohoric resists again and again.
The final descent will reshuffle all the cards. At the end of the roll, the Slovenian makes a mistake. The three pursuers mark each other, which allows the Jumbo to bring back the group of favorites. The victory is played in the sprint, and it is Van Aert who wins. And yes, he is also a sprinter. Tonight, it’s osso bucco to celebrate.