- - Tour de France 2024 Stage 8

Tour de France 2024 Stage 8

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Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty) powered to victory on Stage 8, edging out Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceunick) on the line to take his second win of this year’s Tour de France.

Polka dot jersey Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X Mobility) had turned in a remarkable solo effort off the front for much of the day, extending his lead to six minutes at one point.

But the pack caught him in the latter stages, before Girmay landed his win

The provisional results saw no change at the top of the GC, with Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) retaining his 33-second lead over Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step).

Tomorrow’s stage 9 promises to throw up all sorts of chaos with 14 sections of gravel on a 199-kilometer run around Troyes.

Race Highlights

There were 173 riders on the start line in Semur-en-Auxois, after Mads Pedersen was ultimately forced to abandon the race following his crash in the bunch sprint into Saint Vulbas on Stage 5. Intermittent rain, strong wind and hilly parcours meant it would be a demanding day. Neilson Powless and Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost) attacked as soon as the starting flag was shown, along with Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X). That trio built an advantage that increased to 2’25” at km 16. However, the attacks of EF Education-EasyPost itself on the Côte de Vitteaux (Cat 3, km 24.1) caused the peloton to accelerate and at the summit polka dot jersey wearer Abrahamsen went over first, with the gap back to the bunch by then down to just 1’15”.

Abrahamsen charges on

Not finally able to place Ben Healy or Alberto Bettiol in the breakaway, EF gave up on the attacks and also stopped Bissegger and Powless. Jordan Jegat (TotalEnergies) tried to join Abrahamsen in vain, and the Norwegian would top the climbs of Côte de Villy-en-Auxois (Cat 4, km 32.5) and the Côte de Verrey-sous-Salmaise (Cat 3, km 38.8) unchallenged and alone. At the intermediate sprint marker at Lamargelle (IS, km 59) Abrahamsen enjoyed a 5’40” lead over a relaxed peloton. Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty) was the first rider from the peloton at the intermediate sprint point, thus securing another day in the green jersey.

More polka dot prominence

Abrahamsen plowed on alone over the Côte de Santenoge (Cat 4, km 96.7) and the Côte de Giey-sur-Aujon (Cat 4, km 122.4) picking up more points for the Mountain classification, though by the time he had reached the summit of the second of those climbs – the final categorized climb of the stage – his lead was down to just over 4 minutes. Abrahamsen’s successful day meant he secured himself at least two more stages in the polka dot jersey, as there will only be 4 Climbers points available to the riders on Stage 9 and then in the 10th stage, there will be none.

A hectic finish in Colombey-les-deux-Eglises

Abrahamsen’s epic breakaway endeavors concluded 14.4 km from the finish and from there on the peloton raced together to Colombey-les-deux-Eglises. The frantic finale saw Girmay outsprint his rivals in an awesome display of power to grab the stage win in the green jersey.

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