Stage summary13.06.2014First season win for Bakelants, first crash for Froome
A spectacular stage winner of the Tour de France in Ajaccio last year, Jan Bakelants scored his first win for Omega Pharma-Quick Step in Poisy after winning a tormented two-man sprint against Lieuwe Westra of Astana. Race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) got a fright as he crashed within ten kilometers but without any apparent consequence. He praised his rivals' sportsmanship for waiting for him.read more
interview13.06.2014Wilco Kelderman: «I'm still in a great shape»
“The start of the race has been very fast. But once the move has been formed and we had Bram Tankink at the front, it has become quieter in the peloton. Of course it was speeding up at the end but even on that rhythm, I felt that I had good legs. My team-mates looked after me really well. They kept me in the first positions of the peloton. Even with the Giro d'Italia and six days of the Dauphiné in my legs, I'm still in a great shape. But I know that tomorrow's climbs will be much harder...read more
interview13.06.2014Alessandro De Marchi: «It's a small dream»
“It's a small dream for me to wear the polka dot jersey. It has never happened to me before. But it's a heavy task to have it on my shoulders. I know what it means for French people. I was delighted to go on stage to get it yesterday but I was also surprised. I was mainly looking for a stage win but I didn't have my best legs so I focused on the KOM competition first. I'll do my best this week-end but I really don't know what can happen to me in the mountains.”
interview13.06.2014Jan Bakelants: "Medium mountain stages suit me"
“In the sprint, I really thought that Westra was going to close the door on me. It wasn't fair. I was already on my way to passing him but he eventually let me go through so I thank him for his fair-play. In this case scenario, disillusion and intense joy are very close. With winning a stage at the Dauphiné, my season is already partly a success. In the past two days, I was already in the decisive breakaway, but I've always found on my way a Katusha rider who was stronger than me. I...read more
interview13.06.2014Chris Froome: "It's painful but nothing is broken"
“I had a bit of a crash, I don't even know how it happened, my front wheel went into a ditch. It's painful but nothing is broken. I need a few bandages. But this is very minor. I was in a difficult situation but the peloton slowed down. I'm thankful to my rivals. The teams Tinkoff-Saxo and Astana were first to ask everyone to wait for me. They've showed a lot of respect for me and a great sportsmanship. I'll see tomorrow how I feel in the morning but we have a difficult stage ahead. It's...read more
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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