Tour de France 2018 Route stage 8: Dreux - Amiens

Tour de France 2018 stage 8Saturday, 14 July 2018 – Stage 8 in the Tour de France sets off in Dreux to arrive in Amiens after 181 flat to gently rolling kilometres. It’s Bastille Day so the French fast men Nacer Bouhanni, Arnaud Démare and Bryan Coquard will be dreaming about winning this one. (Slideshow route/profile)

It’s Quatorze Juillet when the flag drops just outside Dreux and the riders head up north. The departure place hosts a Tour de France peloton for the first time in its history.

On the other side of the spectrum, Amiens and the Tour de France share a long history. The first time the race arrived in the northern French town was in 1932 when André Leducq took the stage honours. It was one of six victories for the French GC-rider, who topped it off by winning the overall that year 24 minutes and 3 seconds ahead of runner-up Kurt Stöpel.

In the sixties and seventees Amiens was popular in the Tour de France as it hosted seven stages. Rudi Altig, André Darrigade, Marino Basso, Joseph Spruyt, Eric Leman and Ronny De Witte – they all took stages in the town. The last time the race visited Amiens was in 2015, when André Greipel outsprinted Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish.

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