Poor Pogacar was asked about the search for revenge today early on.”You are the third person to ask me about revenge,” he told Eurosport. ”
“Yesterday I lost time in a hectic stage but the team did a good job. It’s racing and it’s cycling. Today is a difficult stage and we continue to fight. Today we will try to do our best. “
A number of riders are licking their wounds in the peloton after losing time yesterday.Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren), Bauke Mollema and his Trek teammate Richie Porte, Pogacar, Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) were on the wrong side of the gap. They lost 1:21 to their GC rivals.
Here are the 13 attackers who work together without a problem.
🚴♂️ 13 in the break: 🚴♂️ 13 in the break: 🇫🇷 @ BenoitCosnefroy🇫🇷 @ NansPeters🇩🇰 @ MichaelMorkov🇺🇸 @ Npowless🇪🇸 @ Carlos_Verona🇱🇻 @ Tomashuuns🇷🇺 Ilnur Zakarin🇧🇪 @ hermansben🇫 🇷 @ CousinJerom🇫🇷 @ fabien_grellier🇩🇰 Soren Kragh Andersen🇫🇷 @ KevReza🇫🇷 @ QuentinPacher # TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/rTJR9JjgxPSeptember 5, 2020
The 13 riders in the attack are: Benoît Cosnefroy and Nans Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale), Ilnur Zakarin (CCC), Kevin Reza and Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Michael Morkov (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Neilson Powless (EF), Fabien Grellier and Jérôme Cousin (Total Direct Energie), Carlos Verona (Movistar), Toms Skujins (Trek-Segrafredo), Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) and Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation).
It will be interesting to see who emerges from this group. Zakarin is clearly the best climber in the movement and therefore the favorite for a possible stage victory if the peloton lets the break go by.
Mitchelton-Scott took a position at the front of the peloton to lead the chase and defend Adam Yates’ yellow jersey.
The riders in the peloton are now chatting while riding.
The peloton has relaxed even more now, and the gap to the break is 4:00.
It’s easy to spot Cosnefroy in the peloton. It is covered in peas from head to toe.
🇫🇷 – @LeTour 4⃣0⃣ points to take today. @BenoitCosnefroy & @NansPeters are in the breakout. 4⃣0⃣points to score today. @BenoitCosnefroy & @NansPeters are in the breakaway. #alleALM – © ALM / KBLB pic.twitter.com/M2Qsvo4aFNSeptember 5, 2020
130km to go
The peloton is lined up on the other side of the road. The break flew and have a 2 hour lead.
It could be a great day for Zakarin and Cosnefroy.
After only 10 km, the peloton slowed down and let them go.
There are 13 riders up front, including Ilnur Zakarin (CCC) and American Neilson Powless (EF).
This is how it all started.
🚩 Race is on with the first attack coming from 🇩🇰 Søren Kragh Andersen. It will be a fierce battle for the breakaway! 🚩 Stage 8 is launched with a first attack from 🇩🇰 Søren Kragh Andersen. The battle for the breakaway is on! # TDF2020 #TDFunited pic.twitter.com/GeMHSTCkwISeptember 5, 2020
KOM leader Benoît Cosnefroy is trying to join the attack with others, which could constitute a large and very interesting group.
Others have joined him as they attempt to form the first break of the day. However, the pace is high as other runners try to join or close the movement.
We could see a real battle, with attacks and pursuits, until beyond the intermediate sprint at 42km.
Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) was the last to finish Friday’s stage and the first to attack today.
On the way to km0 with @UranRigoberto not quite in pole position @LeTour # TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/gKQx8svbwRS September 5, 2020
Race director Christian Prudhomme gave the official start outside Cazères and we have a first attack.
Here we go. 3-2-1. Go! The runners leave Cazères.
The stage covers flat country roads for the 42 km opening to the intermediate sprint, then the mountains start with the legendary Col du Mente, it is followed by the 11 km from the Porte de Bales then the Col de Peyresourde, before a fast and technical descent to finish it in Loudenvielle.
Fasten your seat belts, the Tour de France and the fight for the overall victory is about to get very serious.
Meanwhile at the start, the riders line up, take off their masks and are about to ride.
“The Pyrenees are heartless, ruthless and atheist. Devoid of affection, a psychologist would say, ”wrote Italian juornalist Gianni Mura, explaining precisely why the Pyrenees are important.
The Tour, an endurance race shrouded in emotion, always benefits from an indifferent referee like the Pyrenees to lay bare everything.
To understand what could be happening in the Pyrenees this weekend, check out this great preview from Barry Ryan.
He suggests that the Pyrenean scenes offer a launching pad for attacks but warns that the fight for the yellow jersey is also a game of patience.
Preview: Pyrenean double head offers launching pad but difficult Tour de France inspires caution
Before we begin, why not catch up on yesterday’s action. There was a lot of action, with Bora attacking early to outrun rivals in Peter Sagan’s green jersey before a tail / crosswind triggered rungs and led several GC contenders to waste time.
Wout (Wowt!) Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won the sprint. Enjoy our full report, results, and photo gallery in the link below.
Tour de France: Wout van Aert wins stage 7
This is the profile of today’s 141 km stage.
At the start, the teams prepare to run. With 20 minutes of deployment, it’s time to put the cans in the racing bikes.
🇫🇷 # TDF2020 Not long before the start of the first Pyrenean stage. The bikes are ✅ #RideBianchi # OltreXR4 pic.twitter.com/CO2eEDDOm2 September 5, 2020
🎙️ 🇫🇷 @ alafpolak1 “It’s not going to be easy today. We will see how the stages are. Everything will depend on the hardness of the pass, the Port of Balès and we will see the descent. »# TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/0r0PT2Xbmk September 5, 2020
We’ll also see if Julian Alaphilippe can take back the yellow jersey from Adam Yates.
Today’s stage is relatively short but full of major climbs in the Pyrenees.
As always, we’ll have all the action as the total contenders go head to head.
While the Cyclingnews airship is gaining momentum, the runners enter Cazères before the 141 km stage.
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