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Tour de France 2024: stage eight heads to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises – live
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Tour de France 2024: stage eight heads to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises – live

the initial x-rays showed no sign of a fracture, together with the Team, the decision was made that it was in Mads’ best interest to stop racing in order to undergo more detailed examinations to assess his injuries further and give him the proper rest and recovery needed to focus on his remaining goals this summer and the final part of the season.

“It is a big bummer to lose Mads like this, after having lost Tao [Geoghegan Hart] before the start. That said we will still be in the game with Cicco and we will work out the plan B to race aggressively.” – Luca Guercilena, General Manager

Mads just said of his team: “these fuckers will have to win some stages now”. He now gets ready for the Olympics.

The news ahead of the stage is that it’s soggy, gloomy skies. Three categorised climbs in the early stages.

Friday’s race report from Jeremy Whittle.

William Fotheringham describes today’s stage thus:

Stage eight, Saturday 6 July: Semur-en-Auxois to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, 183.5km

The breathtaking run of cultural, culinary and historic reference points continues: now we’re off to the home and burial place of Charles de Gaulle. In 1960 en route to Troyes the riders stopped to greet France’s wartime leader; anti-climactically, lowly placed Pierre Beuffeuil took advantage of the halt to nip off up the road and win the stage. No chance of that today; expect a fourth bunch sprint.

A Saturday sprint special on the Tour, give or take a breakaway, perhaps from a Frenchman. After a day when GC came back into focus and the coming force, Remco Evenepoel, showed off his TT expertise, to show that Pogacar might actually have a challenger, then it’s back to the sprint trains and the GC teams to protect their own. And there’s always the chance that something happens along the way. It’s the Tour after all.

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Source: theguardian.com