Yates through stage 8 unscathed as cobbles loom at Tour de France

Sat 14 Jul 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT have guided leader Adam Yates through another bunch sprint on stage eight of the Tour de France ahead of a crucial day tomorrow.

A late crash caught out one general classification rival before Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) went on to win his second consecutive stage.

Thoughts immediately turn to tomorrow’s ninth stage that features over 20km of cobblestones in what is expected to drastically shape the overall chances of some contenders. 

Hesitant break
Like yesterday, it seemed like no one was interested in the break as the peloton rolled through the first 20km with little action. 

Finally a group of three, that shortly after reduced to two, formed at the 23km point and rode out to over five minute’s advantage. 

But, as expected, they stood no chance and their day was ended with 6.4km to go as the sprint teams came to the fore before Groenewegen stole the show once again. 

Crashes catch out again
On an otherwise uneventful day, a crash with 17km to go on the stage once again caught out one of the general classification contenders.

This time it was UAE Team Emirates’ Dan Martin who went down and required a new bike before he could continue. The stage six winner chased hard with the help of teammates, but lost one-minute 16seconds over the line to his rivals.

Wary of tomorrow:
After two successive ‘low key’ days on the bike, tomorrow will be anything but as the race hits the cobbles for one of the most anticipated stages of this year’s Tour de France. 

The 156.5km stage features 15sectors and 21.7km of cobbles in what is guaranteed to shake up the general classification. 

Adam Yates:
“I didn’t crash, so that is always a positive. It’s eight days done. 

“Tomorrow will be tough, tougher than we expected when the route was announced but I have a super strong team around me and we are going to do everything we can to stay out of trouble. Everyone needs a bit of luck tomorrow, all the GC guys especially, but let’s just hope there’s not many crashes and it’s safe out there.”

Tour de France – Stage 8:
1. Dylan Groenewgen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) 4:23:36
2. Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) ST
3. John Degenkolb (Trek Segafredo) ST
42. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Tour de France – General Classification after Stage 8:
1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) 32:43:00
2. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +0:07
3. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) +0:09
13. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:06

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