Saturday July 12th, 2014

Stage 8Tomblaine / Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Start 13h40 (Local time)

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Blel Kadri of AG2R-La Mondiale was the only survivor of the breakaway. Therefore, he delivered the first French stage win of the 2014 Tour de France whereas the battle of the giants gave a little advantage to Alberto Contador who moved up to the top ten on GC. But the Spaniard only regained three seconds from Vincenzo Nibali who reached a new summit: the 200th day of an Italian in the lead of the Tour de France.

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News from the sick bay…12.07.2014

Talansky crashes again

Already involved in a controversial crash in the finale of stage 7 in Nancy, Andrew Talansky (GRS) fell again in Saturday's stage and lost precious time.
According  to the medical communiqué, the American, winner of the last Dauphine, suffers from "multiple contusions".
35th in the stage, 4:35 adrift, the Garmin Sharp team leader is now 16th overall, 4:22 behind Vincenzo Nibali.  

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Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov believes his protégé might have won the Tour if he keeps the same lead over his rivals at La Planche des Belles Filles on Monday.

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Stage winner, most aggressive rider of the day, King of the Mountains.

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Close to the arch-favourites of this Tour de France in Gerardmer, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) earned a promising 5th place in the stage but he insists that the Tour is now a duel between Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador.

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Second in the stage, 2:17 behind Blel Kadri, Alberto Contador tried to upset Vincenzo Nibali but only managed to take three seconds off him in the finale.

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Off the bus quotes12.07.2014

Licking their wounds

Ironically many riders feel relieved at the prospect of tackling the mountain at last.

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The of the town12.07.2014

Will the Vosges make a difference?

The peloton takes a little but of altitude in the Vosges at the weekend and the question at the start on Saturday was whether the massif, less familiar than the Alps or Pyrenees, was hard enough to make a difference.

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Stage 8 will be a spectacular finish at La Mauselaine, a ski resort that offers a wonderful view over the lake of Gérardmer, “the pearl of the Vosges” according to the flattering words of Victor Hugo's brother Abel. On the famous date of September 11, 2001, in the Tour de l'Avenir, sprinter ace Baden Cooke outclassed Denis Menchov who was a climber in the making. Therefore, the 1.8km long stretch to La Mauselaine that has an average gradient of 10.3% and a maximum at 15% can favor...

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How was the first time ?11.07.2014

Tom Jelte-Slagter eyes Gerardmer stage

Winner of the 2013 Tour Down Under and two Paris-Nice stages this season, Tom-Jelte Slagter is one of the best-known and most promising debutants on the Tour de France this year.

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Team FDJ paid a high price for the spills and thrills of stage 6 between Arras and Reims.

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Col de Grosse Pierre, at kilometre 150, is not unknown to the riders.

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:33Top 5

1. Blel Kadri (AG2R)

2. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), 2.17

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), 2.20

4. Richie Porte (Sky), 2.24

5. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 2.28

17:29The duel is on

Nibali and Contador go away in the final climb. Porte isn't far behind.

17:28Blel Kadri wins at La Mauselaine

First French win at the 2014 Tour de France, it's Blel Kadri!

17:27VDB dropped

Up to La Mauselaine, Tinkoff-Saxo keeps riding hard. Jurgen van den Broeck is dropped.

17:24Talansky crashes

Andrew Talansky is caught in a crash in the downhill to Gérardmer.

17:22Kadri the most agressive rider

Blel Kadri has been awarded the most agressive rider price of the day.

17:21Chavanel at 2.15

Kadri is on his way to winning at La Mauselaine. Chavanel is at 2.15.

17:17Rolland off the back

Pierre Rolland, Cyril Gautier and runner up Jakob Fuglsang have been dropped by the main group before the col de Grosse-Pierre.

17:16Col de Grosse-Pierre

Result at top of Grosse-Pierre (cat. 2)


1.    Blel Kadri (AG2R), 5 points


2.    At 1.50: Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), 3


3.    At 2.30: Simon Yates (Orica), 2


4.    At 2.37: Niki Terpstra (OPQS), 1

Peloton at 3.54

17:12Kadri first at Grosse Pierre

11km to go for Kadri who will at least take the polka dot jersey in Gérardmer.

17:10Chavanel keeps losing to Kadri

Chavanel is 1.27 behind Kadri.

17:0715km to go: 4.15

With 15km to go, the peloton still led by Tinkoff is 4.15 behind lone leader Blel Kadri.

17:06Martin helps Kwiatkowski

Michal Kwiatkowski is about to come across to the main group with the precious help of Tony Martin.

17:04Kadri at Grosse Pierre

Blel Kadri is still alone in the lead in the ascent to the col de Grosse Pierre, with an advantage of 50 seconds over Sylvain Chavanel.

17:03Kadri virtual leader of the KOM

Result at the col de la Croix des Moinats (cat. 2)


1.    Blel Kadri (AG2R), 5 points


2.    Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), 3


3.    Simon Yates (Orica), 2


4.    Niki Terpstra (OPQS), 1

17:01Sagan off the back

Peter Sagan is in laughing group. He'll lose the lead in the best young rider competition and won't contest the stage victory today.

16:59Kwiatkowski in difficulty

White jersey wearer Michal Kwiatkowski is in trouble at the back of the peloton

16:58Tinkoff in action

At the head of the peloton with a deficit of 4.34, Majka, Rogers, Contador and Roche set a high pace.

16:49Kadri on his own

With 22.5km to go, Kadri goes solo

16:45Chavanel and Kadri in the lead

With 24km to go, Chavanel and Kadri lead the race. The bunch now actively led by Tinkoff is at 5 minutes.

16:43Chavanel in the lead

Sylvain Chavanel attacks in the climb. Kadri tries to bridge the gap.

16:40First climb in sight

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Blel Kadri (AG2R-La Mondiale), Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling), Adrien Petit (Cofidis) and Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) are close to the bottom of the first climb to the col de la Croix des Moinats (7.6km long).

16:3828km to go: 7.10

The gap keeps decreasing as the rain encourages the riders to speed up in the bunch: 7.10 with 28km to go.

16:2935km to go

With 35km to go, the time gap is 9 minutes.

16:19The bunch speeds up

Because of the rain, the bunch is suddenly speeding up with 42km to go. Time gap: 10.26.

16:17Voigt changes bike

Oldest rider Jens Voigt gets a wheel change under the rain after a mechanical.

16:15Jean-Luc Jonrond: "Petit is in pain"

Questioned during the race by France Televisions, Cofidis' DS Jean-Luc Jonrond said about breakaway rider Adrien Petit: “He crashed two days ago and his knee is in pain. He absolutely wanted to catch this breakaway. He gave his best but he probably hurt his knee again by riding so hard in the first hour. I'm afraid he's paying for it now…”

16:12Nibali towards 200...

Shall Vincenzo Nibali keep the yellow jersey today, it'll be the 200th day with an Italian leading the Tour de France. The first one, Borgarello, also named Vincenzo, took the command in 1912 before the inception of the yellow jersey (1919). Ottavio Bottecchia is the Italian who has led the Tour the most, with 34 days in the 1920s. Interestingly, Felice Gimondi wore the yellow jersey for 19 days, all the same year (1965). Nibali might as well equal him, as he took the lead on stage 2...

16:0711 minutes with 50km to go

New time gap: 11 minutes with 50km. It's a pouring rain, suddenly, on the route of the Tour de France.

16:06Terpstra wins intermediate sprint

Result of the intermediate sprint in Dinozé, km 100


1.    Niki Terpstra (OPQS), 20 points


2.    Adrien Petit (Cofidis), 17


3.    Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), 15


4.    Blel Kadri (AG2R), 13


5.    Simon Yates (Orica), 11


6.    Bryan Coquard (Europcar), 10


7.    Marcel Kittel (Giant), 9


8.    Peter Sagan (Cannondale), 8


9.    André Greipel (Lotto),...

16:00Italian history at the Tour de France

Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport put the Tour de France at the top of its front page following Matteo Trentin's victory in Nancy. They noted that no Italian was in the yellow jersey on the same day another Italian won a stage since the 2000 Tour de France in Dax with Paolo Bettini as a stage winner while Alberto Elli led the race. The last time that two Italians won a stage in the first seven days before Vincenzo Nibali and Trentin was in 1997 with Mario Cipollini and Nicola...

15:5010.55 in Epinal

In Epinal, the native town of former French champion Nacer Bouhanni, the time gap between the five leaders and the peloton is 10.55.

15:4245.5km/h after two hours of racing

The breakaway riders have covered 39.9km in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 45.5km/h.

15:3910.45 with 70km to go

The peloton is riding on a slow motion, with a deficit of 10.45 and 70km remaining.

15:27Davide Bramati: «It won't be easy for us»

Questioned during the race by France Televisions, Davide Bramati, DS of Omega Pharma-Quick Step who won stage 7 yesterday with Matteo Trentin said: “Now there are a lot of possibilities for one of those five escapees to win the stage. It won't be easy for us. The first hour has been very fast at 51km/h. We have Niki [Terpstra] in the breakaway. We'll evaluate his chances in the finale, depending on the legs of every member of the breakaway.”

15:21Remember Alcala

The front of the race is approaching Epinal. The prefecture of the Vosges has hosted four stages of the Tour de France previously, the last one being in 1990 when Raul Alcala scored the only Mexican victory at the Tour de France up to date.

15:1110.25 with 88km to go

The peloton doesn't chase at all: 10.25 the gap with 88km to go.

14:556.30 with 100km to go

With 100km to go, the time gap is 6.40.

14:49JL Arrieta: "Valverde is getting better and better"

Questioned before the start by letour.fr, José Luis Arrieta, DS of Movistar, talked about his leader Alejandro Valverde who will find an interesting finale for his characteristics. “We can say that he's all right”, the former super domestique from Navarra said. “But he crashed as he entered a cobbled section in stage 5 and he's still in a recovery process. The assessment for the first seven days of racing is pretty good, even though he has lost some time from Vincenzo Nibali. He's...

14:48Trentin punctures

Yesterday's winner Matteo Trentin has a flat tyre, but it's not a problem as the peloton is cruising at a moderated speed.

14:4151.2km in the first hour

With the help of a tailwind, the five breakaway riders have covered 51.2km in the first hour.

14:40Time gap on the up

The five leading riders have an advance of 5.51 after 50km.

14:39Prudhomme pays a tribute to Jean-Louis Gauthier

In his daily speech on Radio Tour, Tour director Christian Prudhomme has paid a tribute to Jean-Louis Gauthier, a former Maillot Jaune and stage winner of the Tour de France in the 1980s who died yesterday at the age of 58.

14:34Bart De Clercq pulls out

Bart De Clercq (Lotto) abandons the Tour de France.

14:29Bauke Mollema: "I really like today's finish"

Bauke Mollema, 14th on GC at 2.27, spoke to letour.fr before the start. “I've crashed during the first week but not too badly”, said the Dutchman who finished sixth overall last year. “I'm ok. I didn't lose too much time. I managed to stay out of troubles and I feel good as the mountains are coming up. I think today's finish suits me. It's a little bit like the Flèche wallonne. I like it really and I hope to be up there trying and win, but you don't know before such a stage if a...

14:27Five riders in the lead

At km 41.5, five riders are united in the lead: Niki Terpstra (OPQS), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), Adrien Petit (Cofidis) and Simon Yates (Orica). 3.40 is their advantage over the peloton quietly led by Astana.

14:22Chavanel and Terpstra don't wait

Kadri, Petit and Yates are 18 seconds behind the two leaders.

14:21Chavanel the highest ranked

Among the five escapees who are not united yet, Sylvain Chavanel is the highest ranked on GC, 73rd at 26.24

14:201.45 at km 36

The deficit of the peloton is 1.45 at km 36. Nibali, Contador and co smile in the bunch and take it easy.

14:18Three riders in between

Kadri, Yates and Petit try to bridge the gap to Chavanel and Terpstra.

14:17Peloton slowing down

Some riders stop to answer the call of the nature. Mickaël Delage (FDJ) asks for a wheel change after a puncture. No more chase at km 35.

14:15Kadri on the move

Blel Kadri (AG2R) rejoins Yates and Cofidis reacts at the head of the binch, as Kadri is the first threat to Lemoine's polka dot jersey.

14:14Simon Yates in between

Chavanel and Terpstra are 15 seconds ahead of the peloton, with Simon Yates in between, at 10 seconds.

14:10Chavanel and Terpstra at the front

Two riders in the lead at km 26: Terpstra and Chavanel, six seconds ahead of chasers, twelve seconds ahead of the reunited peloton. Talansky and Voeckler are no longer off the back.

14:08Six riders in the lead

The riders enjoy a tail wind. Chavanel insist at the front with five other riders including Paris-Roubaix winners Niki Terpstra and Fabian Cancellara

14:07Talansky off the back

Possibly injured after his crash yesterday, Andrew Talansky (Garmin) is among the riders dropped, along with Thomas Voeckler (Europcar).

14:06Peloton split in three

After the acceleration of Chavanel who insists, the peloton is split in three

14:05Chavanel on the move

Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) attacks at km 23.

14:03Kjel Carlström: "IAM will keep on fighting"

Mathias Frank was IAM Cycling's leader at the Tour. His withdrawal doesn't prevent the Swiss team from being ambitious, as evidenced by the likes of Sylvain Chavanel and Martin Elmiger who have been noticed among the aggressive riders since the start, albeit with no luck so far. IAM's DS Kjell Carlström explained how the strategy was reshuffled last night. “We'll keep on fighting”, he said. “But now it'll be for a stage win. All our guys can win a stage. Sébastien [Reichenbach] and...

13:55Peloton strunge out

Among the riders stretching the peloton: Simon Clarke (Orica), Gregory Rast (Trek), Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne)...

13:52Bunched up

It's all together at km 11.

13:51Oss tries his luck

Daniel Oss (BMC) tries to escape from the peloton.

13:49Cancellara punctures

Fabian Cancellara has a flat tyre after 5km of racing while three riders accelerate. They're from Orica, Movistar and BMC.

13:47Peter Sagan like Charles Pélissier

According AFP senior reporter Jean Montois, Peter Sagan is the first rider to have made the top 5 of the first seven stages since Charles Pélissier in 1930!

13:45All together after 3km

No attack from the gun today...

13:44Baden Cooke: "I remember 9/11 really well»

Everyone remembers where he was on September 11, 2001. Baden Cooke, the green jersey winner of the 2003 Tour de France, won stage 6 of the Tour de l'Avenir from Ancerville to La Mauselaine. At the ski resort of Gérardmer, he outsprinted eventual overall winner Denis Menchov. The Australian retired from cycling at the end of last season. He's back at the Tour de France as an expert commentator for a post-race show on Australian TV SBS. This morning, he spoke to letour.fr about his memory of...

13:40Armindo Fonseca: «I'd like to break away and not be caught»

There's often a rider from first timers Bretagne-Séché Environnement in the breakaway. Questioned before the start by letour.fr, Armindo Fonseca said: “After seven days of racing, my legs hurt a bit. The rain has added to the difficulty but my morale is intact, as well as the motivation in our team. We're all fired up! We've got ambitions on GC with Brice [Feillu] and we want to continue target stage victories. Today, we hope to have a rider at the front and anticipate the action of the...

13:39Start proper given

The start proper has been given at 13.39.

13:35Kwiatkowski in the waiting room

Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS) wears the yellow jersey as a runner up to Peter Sagan but stage 8 gives him an opportunity to become the best young rider, shall the Slovakian champion not survive the hills prior to the ascent to La Mauselaine.

13:34Probably the last day for Lemoine

Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) is likely to lose the polka dot jersey today as the race enters a new phase with category 2 climbs on the menu. However, he has other goals for himself and his team later in the Tour.

13:34Sagan so far ahead...

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) has an enormous advantage in the points classification after he finished second in Nancy while none of the sprinters were in contention for the stage victory. He leads over Bryan Coquard (Europcar) by 113 points!

13:33Nibali shines in yellow

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is in the yellow jersey for the sixth straight day. Most of the favorites finished in the front group of only 27 riders in Nancy but not Tejay van Garderen (BMC) who lost 1.02 because of a late crash. He's now 3.14 down on GC. Fabian Cancellara (Trek) is the only rider who disappeared from the top ten, giving way to Romain Bardet (AG2R) who moved up to tenth ahead of stages that suit him well.

13:32Three climbs today

Climbs of the day


-    Km 142: Col de la Croix des Moinats (cat. 2), 7.6% at 6%


-    Km 150: Col de Grosse-Pierre (cat. 2), 3km at 7.5%


-    Km 161: La Mauselaine (cat. 3), 1.8km at 10.3%

13:31One non-starter

The riders are cruising in the neutral zone. One non-starter: Mathias Frank (IAM). He crossed the finishing line in Nancy with a broken femur.

13:29Jersey holders at the start

For the third consecutive day, the same distinctive jersey holders, Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Cyril Lemoine (polka dot) and Michal Kwiatkowski (white), shake hands on the start line.

13:17Welcome...

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 8 from Tomblaine to Gérardmer-La Mauselaine (161km). This is the first of three stages in the Vosges mountains with three climbs in the last twenty kilometers including the uphill finish to La Mauselaine.

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