Tour de France 2016 Stages
Chris Froome (Team Sky) attacked at the summit of Col de Peyresourde, riding an incredible descent to the finish, winning the stage and moving into the yellow jersey.
It was a bit of fun really. I thought I would give it a try. I had one or two little goes on the climb and nothing really was sticking, so I thought, over the top, let’s give it a go and see what I can do on the descent.
That was real old-school bike racing; just fun. I don’t know, maybe I spent a little bit too much. Let’s see. Tomorrow is going to be a hard day, so 20 seconds, more or less, it’s not a huge margin, but I will take every second I can get at this point.”
– Chris Froome
Dan Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step) was second, 13 seconds back and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) was third.
There’s no easy day at the Tour de France and we saw that again today. I knew I had good legs at the start, I was feeling good after yesterday and was really comfortable. Julian gave everything to help me on the first climb, so chapeau to him. I remained calm at all times and was well-positioned on a day which saw everybody test each other. When Chris attacked and took a handful of seconds, we chased but couldn’t bring him back. What it matters is that I am in fine form, a reward of the hard training I’ve done on the climbs before the Tour. I am happy with the way things are going for me in the GC, and hopefully a win is just around the corner.”
– Dan Martin
Michael Morkov (Katusha) abandoned during stage 8, the first rider to leave the race – a record for the Tour to make it to stage 8 without a rider withdrawing.
Stage 9 takes the riders to Spain, with four climbs along the way including three category 1 climbs and one category 2, before reaching the fifth climb, the long HC ascent to Arcalis and the finish line.
Tour de France 2016 Stage 8 Top Ten
- Christopher FROOME (GBR) SKY 4:57:33
- Daniel MARTIN (IRL) EQS +:13
- Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER (ESP) KAT +:13
- Romain BARDET (FRA) ALM +:13
- Roman KREUZIGER (CZE) TNK +:13
- Fabio ARU (ITA) AST +:13
- Adam YATES (GBR) OBE +:13
- Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (ESP) MOV +:13
- Bauke MOLLEMA (NED) TFS +:13
- Richie PORTE (AUS) BMC +:13
Tour de France 2016 General Classification Top Ten after Stage 8
- Christopher FROOME Great Britain SKY 39:13:04
- Adam YATES Great Britain OBE +:16
- Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Spain KAT +:16
- Daniel MARTIN Ireland EQS +:17
- Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV +:19
- Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS Colombia MOV +:23
- Fabio ARU Italy AST +:23
- Tejay VAN GARDEREN United States BMC +:23
- Romain BARDET France ALM +:23
- Bauke MOLLEMA Netherlands TFS +:23
Tour de France 2016 Jerseys after Stage 8
Yellow Leader’s jersey: Chris Froome
Green Sprinter’s jersey: Mark Cavendish
Polka dot KOM jersey: Rafal Majka
White Best Young Rider jersey: Adam Yates
Combative: Thibaut Pinot
Tour de France 2016 Stage 8 route
Stage 7’s Col d’Aspin was merely a warm up for the riders as Stage 8 presented the first really tough climbing of the race. After conquering the HC Tourmalet 86 km into the day, the riders quickly head toward the category 2 Hourquette d’Ancizan at 120 km. Just a ways down the road at 148 km, sits climb number three, the Col de Val Louron-Azet and then the fourth and final climb, the category 1 Col de Peyresourde. The signature of the 2016 Tour, Stage 8 ends after a fast descent into Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Date: 9 July, 2016
Distance: 184 km
Tour de France 2016 Stage 8 route map
Tour de France 2016 Stage 8 profile
Tour de France 2016 Stage 8 mountains and climbs
86.0 km – Col du Tourmalet (2 115 m) Souvenir Jacques Goddet 19 kilometre-long climb at 7.4% – category H
120.0 km – Hourquette d’Ancizan (1 564 m) 8.2 kilometre-long climb at 4.9% – category 2
148.0 km – Col de Val Louron-Azet (1 580 m) 10.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.8% – category 1
168.5 km – Col de Peyresourde (1 569 m) 7.1 kilometre-long climb at 7.8% – category 1