Tour De France 2013 Stage 8 Castres To Ax 3 Domaines Review

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Updated: July 6, 2013

Favourite for this year’s Tour De France, Chris Froome, got his first stage win of this year’s Tour De France, with a little help from team-mates Kiryienka, Porte Lopez and especially Kennaugh. Another favourite, Alberto Contador, finished a few minutes behind Froome in a disappointing performance that saw him struggle on the last climb. New white jersey holder, Quintana, had an impressive performance break-away on Col de Pailheres and leaving the peloton far behind but was costly when climbing Ax-Les-Thermes.

Early on in the stage a lead was established by Hoogerland (VCD) and Marino (SOJ), another group was ahead of the peloton consisting of Riblon (ALM) and Molard (COF), not long afterwards the two who were trailing the leaders, caught up with them. Reaching the 20 kilometre point, the leaders gained a 7 minute 30 second gap over the peloton, making Ribion the virtual leader. Molard took the points for the first climb of the day. The lead grew to a 9 minutes 50 seconds at the 40 kilometre, that was the biggest gap the escapees made over the peloton.

On the intermediate sprint, the leaders were still a fair distance ahead of the peloton so they all took the 4 top positions of the day, Hoogerland (20 Pts), Mariano (17 Pts), Molard (15 Pts) and Riblon (13 Pts). As the peloton came up to the intermediate sprint, Cannondale and Lotto moved forward to try and set up 5th place for either Sagan (CAN) or Greipel (LTB), this increased the peloton’s speed and decreased the gap from the leaders. Greipel just about finished in front of Sagan. Greipel (11 Pts), Sagan (10 Pts), Cavendish (9 Pts), Van Poppel (8 Pts), Flecha (7 Pts) and Chavanel (6 Pts).

With 50 kilometres to go, the lead was starting decrease at a rapid speed and heading towards difficult climbs made it almost impossible for them to stay ahead for much longer. Hoogerland yet again made an attack, the other leaders still stayed with him, indicating that it was just for a burst of acceleration. Roblin decided to see if he could make the climb on his own by leaving the three others, Marino and Hoogerland kept a consistent pace that became too much for Molard who was eventually caught by the peloton.

On the Pailhere climb, all the sprinters were dropping off from the peloton, including Kittel, Cavendish, Greipel, Sagan, Gilbert……

 

The first attack on the climb came from Gesink (BEL), Sky were leading the peloton and no-one reacted to Gesink’s attack at that moment. The Dutchman caught up with Hoogerland, Marino and Molard and passed them easily. With 40 kilometres to go Voeckler attacked but no-one seemed to be afraid of last year’s King Of The Mountain. Sky’s riders slowly dropped off but four of them, Chris Froome, Kiryienka, Porte and Lopez are the only ones left. Hesjadal was the next big name to be dropped by the peloton. Quintana then made one of the most audacious and brilliant attacks of this year’s Tour De France by going up the mountain, making it look as easy as a flat road. As Voeckler was caught up by the peloton, the current yellow jersey holder, Daryl Impey, had been dropped off by the peloton although he looked comfortable throughout the whole race. Quintana surged up the mountain and it didn’t take him long at all to catch up with Roblin. It looked like Quintana wanted Roblin to stay with him and for them to help each other get to the end, but it didn’t take long for Quintana to realise that Roblin wasn’t capable, so he left him. Another strong contender for the King Of The Mountain jersey, Pierre Rolland, attacked the peloton and was hopeful of retaining the polka-dot jersey after Kadri pinched it from him yesterday. Anton (EUS) tried attacking but was caught easily by the strong force of Peter Kennaugh leading the peloton, Robin was also caught. More strong riders like Van Garderen and Roche were dropped by the peloton which was still led by Sky, most certainly Peter Kennaugh was the most impressive out of anyone in the peloton. Quintana eased to the top of the climb and claimed 25 Pts, Rolland (20 Pts), Nieve (16 Pts), Kennaugh (14 Pts), Porte (12 Pts), Froome (10 Pts), Valverde (8 Pts), Costa (6 Pts), Ten Dam (4 Pts) and Schleck (2 Pts).

Obviously the first climb tired Quintana because within the first 100 metres of the second climb, Piere Rolland caught up with Quintana. Then Quintana found another burst of energy to be able to leave Rolland on his own yet again. Peter Kennaugh was able again to drop strong riders like, Kwiatowski, Martin, Talansky and Gadret. Porte then took his turn to lead the peloton and with Rolland caught, Evans started to find it difficult keeping up to the speed of the peloton. 5 Kilometres before the end, Chris Froome attacked and impressively leaving Quitana behind him and accelerating at a quicker speed. Porte then surprisingly attacked Quintana, he didn’t look in any shape to give up that position as Porte still looked energetic and one of the few riders to not look too tired. The likes of Contador and Evans couldn’t keep up with the leader and most surprisingly, Contador was looking weaker than his team-mate accompanying him. Froome claimed the 20 points for the second climb and Porte got 16. Froome reached the finish-line having gone up Ax-Les-Thermes in the 3rd quickest time in Tour De France history, 15 minutes slower than Lance Armstrong in 2001. Froome became the 6th Brit to ever wear the yellow jersey and is also now head of the King Of The Mountain classification.

Chris froome in the yellow jersey after stage 8

Stage Classification 

1. GBR      FROOME Christopher                 SKY PROCYCLING 05h 03′ 18”
2. AUS      PORTE Richie SKY PROCYCLING 05h 04′ 09” + 00′ 51”
3. ESP      VALVERDE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM 05h 04′ 26” + 01′ 08”
4. NED      MOLLEMA Bauke BELKIN PRO CYCLING 05h 04′ 28” + 01′ 10”
5. NED      TEN DAM Laurens BELKIN PRO CYCLING 05h 04′ 34” + 01′ 16”
6. ESP      NIEVE ITURRALDE Mikel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 05h 04′ 52” + 01′ 34”
7. CZE      KREUZIGER Roman TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 05h 05′ 03” + 01′ 45”
8. ESP      CONTADOR Alberto TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 05h 05′ 03” + 01′ 45”
9. COL     QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM 05h 05′ 03” + 01′ 45”
10. ESP      ANTON Igor EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 05h 05′ 03” + 01′ 45”
15. IRL      MARTIN Daniel GARMIN – SHARP 05h 05′ 52” + 02′ 34”
23. IRL      ROCHE Nicolas TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 05h 07′ 22” + 04′ 04”
53. GBR     KENNAUGH Peter SKY PROCYCLING 05h 05′ 46” + 02′ 28”
86. GBR     MILLAR David GARMIN – SHARP 05h 26′ 30” + 23′ 12”
171. GBR     STANNARD Ian SKY PROCYCLING 05h 34′ 33” + 31′ 15”
173. GBR     CAVENDISH Mark OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 05h 34′ 33” + 31′ 15”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Classification

1. GBR     FROOME Christopher                  SKY PROCYCLING 32h 15′ 55′
2. AUS     PORTE Richie SKY PROCYCLING 32h 16′ 46” + 00′ 51”
3. ESP     VALVERDE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM 32h 17′ 20” + 01′ 25”
4. NED     MOLLEMA Bauke BELKIN PRO CYCLING 32h 17′ 39” + 01′ 44”
5. NED     TEN DAM Laurens BELKIN PRO CYCLING 32h 17′ 45” + 01′ 50”
6. CZE     KREUZIGER Roman TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 32h 17′ 46” + 01′ 51”
7. ESP     CONTADOR Alberto TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 32h 17′ 46” + 01′ 51”
8. COL    QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM 32h 17′ 57” + 02′ 02”
9. ESP     RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin KATUSHA TEAM 32h 18′ 26” + 02′ 31”
10. AUS     ROGERS Michael TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 32h 18′ 35” + 02′ 40”
13. IRL      MARTIN Daniel GARMIN – SHARP 32h 18′ 43” + 02′ 48”
22. IRL      ROCHE Nicolas TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 32h 20′ 05” + 04′ 10”
60. GBR     KENNAUGH Peter SKY PROCYCLING 32h 42′ 56” + 27′ 01”
90. GBR     MILLAR David GARMIN – SHARP 32h 56′ 06” + 40′ 11”
147. GBR     CAVENDISH Mark OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 33h 28′ 45” +1h 12′ 50”
168. GBR     STANNARD Ian SKY PROCYCLING 33h 38′ 11” +1h 22′ 16”
185. GBR     THOMAS Geraint SKY PROCYCLING 33h 44′ 58” +1h 29′ 03”

Team Classification 

1. ESP        MOVISTAR TEAM 96h 01′ 20”
2. DEN        TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 96h 01′ 57” + 00′ 37”
3. FRA        AG2R LA MONDIALE 96h 05′ 53” + 04′ 33”
4. NED        BELKIN PRO CYCLING 96h 06′ 37” + 05′ 17”
5. GBR       SKY PROCYCLING 96h 07′ 42” + 06′ 22”
6. LUX       RADIOSHACK LEOPARD 96h 07′ 50” + 06′ 30”
7. ESP       EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 96h 08′ 54” + 07′ 34”
8. USA       GARMIN – SHARP 96h 09′ 24” + 08′ 04”
9. RUS       KATUSHA TEAM 96h 10′ 39” + 09′ 19”
10. FRA       FDJ.FR 96h 20′ 29” + 19′ 09”
11. ITA       LAMPRE – MERIDA 96h 24′ 22” + 23′ 02”
12. USA      BMC RACING TEAM 96h 24′ 50” + 23′ 30”
13. FRA      COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 96h 25′ 31” + 24′ 11”
14. FRA      TEAM EUROPCAR 96h 27′ 37” + 26′ 17”
15. BEL      OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 96h 31′ 01” + 29′ 41”
16. FRA      SOJASUN 96h 35′ 20” + 34′ 00”
17. NED      VACANSOLEIL-DCM 96h 55′ 49” + 54′ 29”
18. KAZ      ASTANA PRO TEAM 97h 00′ 30” + 59′ 10”
19. AUS      ORICA GREENEDGE 97h 01′ 28” + 01h 00′ 08”
20. ITA       CANNONDALE 97h 25′ 12” + 01h 23′ 52”
21. NED      TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 97h 55′ 49” + 01h 54′ 29”
22. BEL       LOTTO-BELISOL 98h 12′ 07” + 02h 10′ 47”

Points Classification 

1. SVK       SAGAN Peter                     CANNONDALE 234 pts
2. GER       GREIPEL André LOTTO-BELISOL 141 pts
3. GBR       CAVENDISH Mark OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 128 pts

Climbing Classification

1. GBR       FROOME Christopher                  SKY PROCYCLING 31 pts
2. FRA       ROLLAND Pierre TEAM EUROPCAR 31 pts
3. AUS       PORTE Richie SKY PROCYCLING 28 pts

Under 25 Classification

1. COL       QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander                   MOVISTAR TEAM 32h 17′ 57”
2. USA       TALANSKY Andrew GARMIN – SHARP 32h 18′ 43” + 00′ 46”
3. POL       KWIATKOWSKI Michal OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 32h 19′ 20” + 01′ 23”

 

“Tour De France 2013 Stage 8 Castres To Ax 3 Domaines Review” written by Seb True

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