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Uphill Battle for the Sprinters on Stage 8

Biniam Girmay, by ASO/Billy Ceusters
Biniam Girmay, by ASO/Billy Ceusters

Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2024 finished in an uphill sprint in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises after a rainy day on the roads of the Cote d’Or and the Haute Marne.

In the finale Bryan Coquard battled away at the front, but seemed to have misunderestimated how near the finish line was. As he ran out of puff, a further ramp to the tape loomed.

Biniam Girmay came out of Coquard’s slipstream, and Jasper Philipsen sprinted alongside the Eritrean.

Arnaud de Lie was just behind the other two, and tried to bissect them but there was no space to get through.

It was Biniam Girmay who came out on top, taking his second stage win of the Tour. Jasper Philipsen was second and Arnaud de Lie third.

Video Highlights

These are video highlights of Stage 8.


The Breakaway

Jonas Abrahamsen, by ASO/Billy Ceusters
Jonas Abrahamsen, by ASO/Billy Ceusters

EF seemed to have a plan to send Neilson Powless and Stefan Bissegger up the road, then have Ben Healy bridge the gap to them.

Jonas Abrahamsen went with Powless and Bissegger, then forged on alone when they sat up and waited.

Abrahamsen had a lead of 5 minutes at one point, but was caught with 14km left. He picked up quite a lot of KOM points on his day out.

Mads Pedersen DNS

Mads Pedersen of Lidl Trek has been battling on since his Stage 5 crash, but bowed to the inevitable and did not start today.

His team manager said ‘it’s a big bummer to lose Mads like this’.

Pedersen said of his team mates ‘these f…ers will have to get some stage wins now’.

Uphill Battle for the Sprinters on Stage 8

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