The Tour de France once again crosses the borders of France, this Saturday July 9th. After Denmark, where the Grand Départ of this 2022 edition was given, and Belgium, the start of the 6th stage, the Grande Boucle peloton heads to Switzerland at the end of this 8th stage, 186.3 km long. A stage whose arrival will be judged at the top of the hill of the Olympic stadium. Here’s what you need to know about this step.
8th stage: what route between Dole and Lausanne?
This 8th stage of the Tour de France 2022 between Dole and Lausanne will be 186.3 km long. The first part of the stage does not present any great danger, but the crossing of the Jura, with three difficulties on the program, could start to hurt your legs. The real attraction of the day will be the last bump, in the final in Lausanne. The coast of the Olympic stadium is irregular (4.8 km at 4.6%) but 1 km from the goal, passages at 12% will make a difference. This is where the stage should be played. It remains to be seen whether the victory will be disputed between the last survivors of the breakaway of the day or between punchers who have remained in the peloton.
Profile, route… Stage 8 Dole – Lausanne in detail
What are the challenges of this 8th stage?
If the riders will not end the day with an eight-kilometre climb, as was the case on Friday at La Super Planche des Belles Filles, it is once again at the top of a bump that the stage victory will be decided. . After the explanation between favorites in Haute-Saône, the stage victory should go to a puncher, this Saturday. Unless the breakaway of the day, which should be substantial, manages to resist the return of the peloton and go to the end.
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Which favorites for the stage victory?
The rider who will win in Lausanne, this Saturday, July 9, will certainly have a good burst of speed on the high percentages. The coast of the Olympic stadium with passages at 12%. Riders like Dylan Teuns (Bahrain – Victorious), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Mohoric) or even Wout Van Aert, who lost the yellow jersey in Longwy, could shine. If he held on to the Pulventeux coast, towards Longwy, Michael Matthews (BikeExchange – Jayco) could come up against this time on the final climb. On the French side, Benoit Cosnefroy, David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) or Alexis Vuillermoz, on the attack two days ago, also have a card to play. Finally, in the event that a breakaway goes to the end, the Belgian Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), decided to go forward in recent days, will be one to watch.
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What classifications at the start of the stage?
Friday at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles, Pogacar strengthened his lead over Jonas Vingegaard (Denmark / Jumbo-Visma), second in the stage and now second overall at 35”. Two Frenchmen are still in the top 10: David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) is 5th at 1’31”, Romain Bardet (DSM) 5th at 1’32”.
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia/UAE Team Emirates) 24’43’14”
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Denmark/Jumbo-Visma) at 35”
3. Geraint Thomas (Great Britain / Ineos-Grenadiers) 1”10”
4. Adam Yates (Great Britain / Ineos-Grenadiers) at 1’18”
5. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) at 1’31”
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What time of passage of the peloton and the caravan?
The real start of the stage will be given at 1:20 p.m., in Dole. The caravan will start two hours before, at 11.20 a.m. The arrival in Lausanne should take place between 5.28 p.m. and 5.53 p.m., depending on the pace of the runners during this 8th stage.
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The weather conditions will be summer, this Saturday, July 9, in Lausanne. 27°C are expected at the best of the day, with a very light wind, around 10 km/h.
At what time and on what channel to watch the stage?
As for several years now, all stages of the Tour de France are broadcast in full on France Télévisions. Thus, France 3 will go on the air at 12:45 p.m. The traditional switch to France 2 will take place around 3:05 p.m. For its part, Eurosport 1 will also broadcast the stage in full, with an airing at 12:45 p.m.
You can also follow the 8th stage between Dole and Lausanne on Ouest-France.fr