Tour de France 2020 Favourites stage 8: Fast descenders in first Pyrenees race
Aficionados of downhill finales are treated in the 8th stage. The race serves two massive ascents inside the last 50 kilometres before a steep descent to the line.
At 140 kilometres, the 8th stage on the Tour de France is not exactly long. Following a prolonged (false) flat opening phase the riders crest the Col de Menté half-way through the race. The second half is where the real action is to be expected. Following two gigantic climbs the decisive factor will be the downhill of the Col de Peyresourde.
After the Menté the route continues to the Port de Balès. The ascent begins just before the 100 kilometres mark and is 11.7 kilometres long, while the average gradient sits at 7.7%. The second part is tougher than the first and leads onto a long descent to the foot of the Col de Peyresourde. This is a 9.7 kilometres climb at 7.8%. The first three riders at the top win time bonuses, which could be of interest to GC riders.
How motivated are the teams/GC riders – or should we say, Jumbo/Roglic? – to take the yellow jersey ahead of the first rest day? The course lends itself to keep the breakaway within range and go for the stage victory and the bonus seconds, both on the line and at the Peyresourde. And yes, Roglic is a very skillful descender
By the way, this Peyresourde descent is not the one where Froome unexpectedly attacked over the summit to hold off his rivals with a daredevil descent into Bagnères-de-Luchon in 2016.
Favourites 8th stage 2020 Tour de France
*** Primoz Roglic, Tadej Pogacar, Adam Yates
** Miguel Ángel López, Egan Bernal, Bauke Mollema, Tom Dumoulin
* Julian Alaphilippe, Sergio Higuita, Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa
Take a look at the route of the 8th stage on the Tour de France.
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Leave a comment
Related articles Sagan stays in green - Tour de France 2020 The Route - Tour de France 2020 Riders - Tour de France 2020 Withdrawals - Tour de France 2020 Favourites - Tour de France 2020 Winners and records - Tour de France Enter Tour de France pool with 30,000 euros in prize money GC Favourites - Tour de France 2020 More articles
Giro 2020: Hart wins maglia rosa, Ganna takes final ITT
Vuelta 2020: Solo win Ion Izagirre in Aramón Formigal, Carapaz new leader
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 6: Biescas - Aramón Formigal
Vuelta 2020: The Route
Vuelta 2020: Riders
Vuelta 2020: Withdrawals
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 7: Vitoria Gasteiz - Valdegovia
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 7: Breakaway day
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 8: Logroño - Moncalvillo
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 8: Mountain goats on irregular finish climb
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 9: Castrillo del Val - Aguilar de Campoo
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 9: Back to the fast men
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 10: Castro Urdiales – Suances
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 10: Sprint on false flat home straight
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 11: Villaviciosa – La Farrapona
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 11: Key race to La Farrapona
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 12: Pola Laviana - Angliru
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 12: Heroism at El Angliru
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 13: Muros - Mirador de Ézaro
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 14: Lugo - Orense
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 15: Mos - Puebla de Sanabria
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 16: Salamanca - Ciudad Rodrigo
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 17: Sequero - La Covatilla
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 18: Hipódromo de la Zarzuela - Madrid
Cycling Calendar 2020
Giro 2020: Riders
Giro 2020: Withdrawals