Pogacar retains the yellow jersey despite third place in Lausanne

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The green jersey bested yellow to the line, in a close Tour de France stage finish in Switzerland. (Photo: A.S.O/Pauline Ballet/Charly Lopez/Jered & Ashley Gruber)
The green jersey bested yellow to the line, in a close Tour de France stage finish in Switzerland. (Photo: A.S.O/Pauline Ballet/Charly Lopez/Jered & Ashley Gruber)

A dramatic stage eight saw crashes and a terrifically close finish as the Tour de France ranged into Switzerland on Saturday.

As the race entered its second weekend, stage eight routed the peloton from Dole to Lausanne, Switzerland. A symbolic stage, too, as this region of Switzerland is home to both the International Olympic Committee and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Featuring rolling topography and totalling 186.3km, stage eight featured a typically challenging finish. The peloton rolled to the Cote du Stade Olympique timing beam against a 4.6% gradient for the final 4.8km.

Wout van Aert built on his general points lead, with a win. The Belgian rider outsprinted his rivals to the line, securing an eighth career Tour de France stage win.

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As with all Tour de France stages, quant villages offered some respite, for the peloton. (Photo: A.S.O/Pauline Ballet/Charly Lopez/Jered & Ashley Gruber)

The mountains are waiting 

Tadej Pogacar settled for third overall on stage eight, after being bested in the sprint and surviving an earlier collision within the peloton. The Slovenian retains his yellow jersey into stage nine, which takes the peloton from Aigle, Switzerland, to Chatel France.

Pogacar has stated that he ‘can’t wait’ for the Tour de France’s steeper terrain. Awaiting the peloton on stage nine will be the Col de la Croix climb, with a 7.6% gradient for 8.1km.

Classified at 192.9km, Sunday’s stage nine will take riders deeper into the Alps. For many of the most ardent Tour de France fans, this is where the race truly starts. With the towering Alps, waiting to humble individual riders and teams.

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