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Tour de France 2020 Stage 8

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Nans Peters scored a first home stage win on the Tour de France on Saturday with Britain’s Adam Yates clinging on to the overall lead on a tough Pyrenean stage that caused an unexpected shake-up on stage 8 of 21. Chief amongst the day’s victims was fancied French climber Thibaut Pinot, who dropped out of the race for the overall standings entirely on the penultimate climb. Peters achieved his win over three major mountains in the presence of French Prime Minister Jean Castex, producing a brilliant long-range solo breakaway.

“I told myself, believe, believe believe,” said the AG2R rider who finished the 141km run from Cazeres-sur-Garonne to Loudenvielle in just over four hours.

But there was also a ferocious battle on the final climb of the dreaded Col de Peyresourde. Yates, defending Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and French climber Romain Bardet were all dropped and appeared doomed. Yates caught back up near the summit however while the other two swooped down the daredevil final descent to claw their way back closer to the form men, Primoz Roglic and Nairo Quintana. Yates leads Roglic by three seconds, Frenchman Guillaume Martin by nine and Bardet by 11. Ineos leader Bernal is fifth at 13 seconds, level with three other Colombians, Quintana, Lopez and Uran in a tight overall standings.

Peter Sagan (SVK – Bora – Hansgrohe) – Adam Yates (GBR – Mitchelton – Scott) – Egan Bernal (COL – Team Ineos) – Benoit Cosnefroy (FRA – AG2R – La Mondiale)

A week into the Tour and some familiar faces have taken control of the leader’s jerseys.

 

Tour de France 2020 – 107th Edition – 7th stage Cazeres – Loudenvielle

Immediately a break established with notable riders like Benoit Cosnefroy, Ilnur Zakarin, Neislon Powless and Nans Peters.

Tom Dumoulin (NED – Team Jumbo – Visma) – Adam Yates (GBR – Mitchelton – Scott) Primoz Roglic (SLV – Team Jumbo – Visma)

The overall contenders focused on each other as the breakaway pushed a 10-minute gap.

 

Primoz Roglic (SLO – Team Jumbo – Visma)
Egan Bernal (COL – Team Ineos)  (Miguel Lopez ( COL – Team Astana_)
Adam Yates (GBR – Mitchelton – Scott)
Tadej Pogacar (SLO – UAE – Team Emirates)
Nans Peters (BEL – AG2R – La Mondiale)

 

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