Published: Sun, July 09, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Calmejane wins Tour de France stage, Froome retains yellow jersey

Calmejane wins Tour de France stage, Froome retains yellow jersey

In truth, he would have struggled to find a way past Kittel on a flatter finish on Thursday, although he might have noted with interest the way Arnaud Demare seemingly using his head to battle his way past a couple of opponents on the way to second place.

There is going to be a real shake up and we will get a far better understanding of who is where.

"I had no idea how close the gap was between, just that it was really close", Kittel said afterwards, "I didn't even know if I had won".

They will be further tested on Sunday, when the ninth stage takes the peloton through the Jura mountains with three lung-busting climbs in prospect before a risky descent to Chambery.

Close gaps in the general classification meant a number of teams made a decision to try and take advantage of the lumpy profile on the 188km stage from Dole to Station de Rousses.

It's awesome how something as simple as the taste of home can make your day when you're in the middle of a race.

"They've had to have the jersey since the start of the race and that's going to take its toll, I hope".

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"I want to improve on the last few years, I want to be in the thick of the action with Froomey and that would mean I'd keep my position or stay up there which'd be a nice bonus".

After five stages favorable for the sprinters, one to the time trialists and one to the climbers, stage 8 is the first one dedicated for the attackers.

They held on for nearly 2km more but with 4km to ride, it was over and now all down to the overall contenders.

Upon reviewing photo-finish imagery, the race jury decided Kittel had won the stage ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Dimension Data, with Michael Matthews finishing third for Team Sunweb.

Britain's Chris Froome had a minor scare when he went off the road in a descent, but the Team Sky rider kept his cool in sweltering heat to retain the overall leader's yellow jersey.

A first dose of mountain work; the 12km first-category climb just before the finish is long enough to burn off any weaker elements and the 10km across a plateau gives them no chance to regain contact. It should be a big weekend of racing. Arguably the toughest of this Tour, it has seven notable climbs. "I feel good at the moment, and for sure I have (the green jersey) in my focus".

Irishman Dan Martin, fourth overall at 25 seconds back, tried a late attack as the flamme rouge approached but the Quick-Step Floors man was quickly shut down by Sky.

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