Stage Report: Bahrain Victorious’ Dylan Teuns may have won stage 8, but the ‘hero of the day’ and maybe the 2021 Tour de France was Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates). The young Slovenian crossed from what was left of the peloton to the front of the race, a gap of over 6 minutes. Teuns was the only rider he didn’t catch before the finish in Le Grand-Bornand.
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Dylan Teuns – The win for his grandfather
– The final kilometre of Stage 8 and read our full report and pics below:-
Tadej Pogačar showed in the first Alpine stage that he is the best rider in the Tour de France. With an early attack on the Col de Romme, the Slovenian got rid of all his competitors before the finish line in Le Grand-Bornand. He only had early escapee Dylan Teuns ahead of him. Ion Izagirre and Michael Woods managed to hold Pogačar to finish just ahead of him.
Stage 8 profile
Tour boss Christian Prudhomme describes stage 8: “After 2009 and 2018, the finish at Le Grand-Bornand will once again be conditioned by the Romme – Colombière climbing sequence. But this time it’ll be preceded by the climb up to Mont-Saxonnex (5,7 km at 8,3%) first ascent towards the Plateau de Solaison, and will therefore offer a triple climb on a distance of over 20 kms at close to 9%. Of course it’ll be a day for the best climbers!”
The leaders jersey’s – All change today?
The first attacks came early
The big break of the day
Not a nice day for a bike ride
Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) was off the front and in many moves – Good for the KOM jersey
Mathieu van der Poel’s last day in yellow
Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Tiesj Benoot (DSM) leading the break
Not as good a day for Mohoric
Sepp Kuss gave it a go
As did Tiesj Benoot
Teuns held off the storming Pogačar
Pogačar rode from the back to the front of the race
The win for Teuns
What a ride from Pogačar
2nd overall for Wout van Aert
Mathieu van der Poel out of yellow
Tadej Pogačar – In yellow all the way to Paris?
Tour de France Stage 8 Result:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious in 3:54:41
2. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:44
3. Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:47
4. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:49
5. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious at 2:33
6. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 2:43
7. Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 3:03
8. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
9. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 4:07
10. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 4:09.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 8:
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 29:38:25
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 1:48
3. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 4:38
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 4:46
5. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 5:00
6. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:01
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:13
8. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 5:15
9. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 5:52
10. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 6:41.