Tour de France 2024: stage eight heads to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises – live

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And they get underway on what looks like bending, weaving, troublesome terrain. A lot of effort already going in. The downhill comes at the finish, and it’s up and down from there. Christian Prudhomme waves them away and off go the attacks – EF Education to the fore. Abrahamsen in the polka is in the vanguard.

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More Lidl-Trek news: “Julien Bernard has received a fine of 200CHF (£174) after he pulled up at the side of the road and embraced his family on stage seven.

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“The French rider was sanctioned for “unseemly or inappropriate behaviour during the race and damage to the image of the sport”, according to the race jury’s report.”

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Julien Bernard was excited to be riding on home roads today. Waving to fans, stopping to kiss his wife and say hi to his kids.

The UCI fined him 200CHF for “inappropriate behavior”.
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&mdash; Race Radio (@TheRaceRadio) July 5, 2024

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Sprinter Mads Pedersen is OUT of the race, having hurt himself in the crash that immediately preceded Mark Cavendish’s record-breaking win on the fifth stage.

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From his Team Lidl:

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Unfortunately Mads Pedersen will not be on the start line of Tour de France Stage 8 after being forced to abandon the race following the crash in the bunch sprint on Stage 5 into Saint Vulbas.

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The Danish rider fought through Stage 6 and 7 but the pain and swelling has not improved and the range of moment in his left shoulder has worsened, making it almost impossible to handle the bike.

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While the initial x-rays showed no sign of a fracture, together with the Team, the decision was made that it was in Mads’ best interest to stop racing in order to undergo more detailed examinations to assess his injuries further and give him the proper rest and recovery needed to focus on his remaining goals this summer and the final part of the season.

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“It is a big bummer to lose Mads like this, after having lost Tao [Geoghegan Hart] before the start. That said we will still be in the game with Cicco and we will work out the plan B to race aggressively.” – Luca Guercilena, General Manager

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Mads just said of his team: “these fuckers will have to win some stages now”. He now gets ready for the Olympics.

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A Saturday sprint special on the Tour, give or take a breakaway, perhaps from a Frenchman. After a day when GC came back into focus and the coming force, Remco Evenepoel, showed off his TT expertise, to show that Pogacar might actually have a challenger, then it’s back to the sprint trains and the GC teams to protect their own. And there’s always the chance that something happens along the way. It’s the Tour after all.

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Join me.

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Away we go…

And they get underway on what looks like bending, weaving, troublesome terrain. A lot of effort already going in. The downhill comes at the finish, and it’s up and down from there. Christian Prudhomme waves them away and off go the attacks – EF Education to the fore. Abrahamsen in the polka is in the vanguard.

They’re approaching the départ, on the parade lap of Semur-en-Auxois, seven clicks from the real start of the race. It’s soggy, like Paris-Nice weather as the excellent Rob Hatch says on Eurosport.

Bernard fined for kissing wife on stage

More Lidl-Trek news: “Julien Bernard has received a fine of 200CHF (£174) after he pulled up at the side of the road and embraced his family on stage seven.

“The French rider was sanctioned for “unseemly or inappropriate behaviour during the race and damage to the image of the sport”, according to the race jury’s report.”

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Julien Bernard was excited to be riding on home roads today. Waving to fans, stopping to kiss his wife and say hi to his kids.

The UCI fined him 200CHF for “inappropriate behavior”.
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&mdash; Race Radio (@TheRaceRadio) July 5, 2024

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Julien Bernard was excited to be riding on home roads today. Waving to fans, stopping to kiss his wife and say hi to his kids.

The UCI fined him 200CHF for “inappropriate behavior”.
pic.twitter.com/qZZGQO1j30

— Race Radio (@TheRaceRadio) July 5, 2024

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Updated at 12.18 BST

Injured Pedersen ruled out of race

Sprinter Mads Pedersen is OUT of the race, having hurt himself in the crash that immediately preceded Mark Cavendish’s record-breaking win on the fifth stage.

From his Team Lidl:

Unfortunately Mads Pedersen will not be on the start line of Tour de France Stage 8 after being forced to abandon the race following the crash in the bunch sprint on Stage 5 into Saint Vulbas.

The Danish rider fought through Stage 6 and 7 but the pain and swelling has not improved and the range of moment in his left shoulder has worsened, making it almost impossible to handle the bike.

While the initial x-rays showed no sign of a fracture, together with the Team, the decision was made that it was in Mads’ best interest to stop racing in order to undergo more detailed examinations to assess his injuries further and give him the proper rest and recovery needed to focus on his remaining goals this summer and the final part of the season.

“It is a big bummer to lose Mads like this, after having lost Tao [Geoghegan Hart] before the start. That said we will still be in the game with Cicco and we will work out the plan B to race aggressively.” – Luca Guercilena, General Manager

Mads just said of his team: “these fuckers will have to win some stages now”. He now gets ready for the Olympics.

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Updated at 12.19 BST

The news ahead of the stage is that it’s soggy, gloomy skies. Three categorised climbs in the early stages.

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🚲 Stage 8 / Étape 8 🚲

🚩 @Semur_en_Auxois
🏁 Colombey-Les-Deux-Églises
📏 183,4 km
⏰ 13:05 CEST &gt; 17:30 CEST
⛰ 2×3️⃣, 3×4️⃣
💚 km 59 #TDF2024 pic.twitter.com/aMAGVjzn8o

&mdash; Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 6, 2024

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Friday’s race report from Jeremy Whittle.

William Fotheringham describes today’s stage thus:

Stage eight, Saturday 6 July: Semur-en-Auxois to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, 183.5km

The breathtaking run of cultural, culinary and historic reference points continues: now we’re off to the home and burial place of Charles de Gaulle. In 1960 en route to Troyes the riders stopped to greet France’s wartime leader; anti-climactically, lowly placed Pierre Beuffeuil took advantage of the halt to nip off up the road and win the stage. No chance of that today; expect a fourth bunch sprint.

Preamble

A Saturday sprint special on the Tour, give or take a breakaway, perhaps from a Frenchman. After a day when GC came back into focus and the coming force, Remco Evenepoel, showed off his TT expertise, to show that Pogacar might actually have a challenger, then it’s back to the sprint trains and the GC teams to protect their own. And there’s always the chance that something happens along the way. It’s the Tour after all.

Join me.

The Guardian

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