The Belgian Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) won the eighth stage of the 108th Tour de France, the 150km alpine ride from Oyonnax to Le Grand Bornand. The Flemish, already winner of the Tour two years ago at Planche des Belles Filles, preceded on the finish line by 45 ″ the Spaniard Ion Izagirre (Astana Premier Tech) with the Canadian Michael Woods (Israel Start Up Nation) third at 47 ″ and Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates) fourth at 49 ″ who won the yellow jersey.
In the overall standings, the Komenda champion dug an abysmal ditch compared to all his opponents. Vout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) heroically defended the place of honor on hostile terrain. He is now 1’48 ”from the Slovenian golden boy. It is difficult to think that he will be able to keep his position after tomorrow’s fraction. Surprisingly, Kazakh Alexei Lutsenko (Astana Premier Tech) (Astana Premier Tech) occupies third place at 4’38 ”, the first goal of several riders within seconds behind the first two. Certainly, in this edition of the Grande Boucl there is as much uncertainty about the two surrounding places on the podium as there is no doubt about who will triumph on the Elysian Fields.
Today’s stage got off to a cracking start which cost dearly to two champions in crisis: Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma). Both of them would have been half an hour late at the finish line. Then, the day’s escape with 18 supporting actors out of the ranking games went away. On the Col de Romme, while Woods among the fugitives started alone and the yellow jersey Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix) abdicated, Pogacar started from the group of the best. Only the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) tried to resist but after a few hundred meters even El Diablito was forced to admire the flag. At that point, 31 km to the finish were missing and Pogacar began to swallow the attackers of the day at double speed. On the summit of the Col de la Colombiere, the last bump of the day with a brow at 14 km from the finish, only Teuns could resist the comeback of the Slovenian meat grinder. Downhill, the Flemish risked his neck, being rewarded with the victory of the day, while the Slovenian, satisfied with the devastating result, let himself be taken back by Izagirre and Woods.
Tomorrow the second and most demanding Alpine stage will be staged. You will cycle from Cluses to the Tignes ski resort for just 144 hard kilometers. Before the long final ascent, which will take the runners to 2,107 meters from the finish, the Col de Prè and the Col de Roseland will face in rapid succession, from minus 80 to minus 50 at the finish line. After the knockout of his opponents today, will the good Tadej still want to amaze the world?