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TDF 2022:- Stage 8: Dole to Lausanne, 186.3km ***Spoilers***

Stage 8: Dole to Lausanne, 186.3km

Start Time: 13-05

The 8th stage of Le Tour travels from Dole to Lausanne. So, the race starts in France and finishes in Switzerland. The puncheurs who specialise in explosive efforts should relish a short and steep climb that’s new to the Tour, as the route planners have inserted what is a revival of one of the more famous hill climbs in cycling history, À Travers Lausanne, last held in 2001.



Dole is the place where Louis Pasteur, developer of the first vaccines, was born two hundred years ago. The town hosted two starts of a Tour de France stage until now. The last time was in 2017. The race went to Station des Rouses, where Lilian Calmejane took the spoils. Lausanne saw the first Tour de France stage finish in 1948 with a Gino Bartali triumph, but the last two victories here have gone to Dutch riders.



The Climbs:



Following three midway climbs – Côte du Maréchet (2 kilometres at 5.7% Cat4), Côte des Rousses (6.6 kilometres at 5% Cat3), Col de Pétra Félix (2.4 kilometres at 1.5% Cat4) – the riders fly down into Switzerland and after roughly 15 kilometes on the flat the route begins to rise again in the last 5 kilometres.



Final Kms.


This is an irregular finish climb with 1 kilometre at 9.5% right after a short descent, while that steep section precedes a last kilometre at 3.4%.



What to Expect:

The 8th stage of the Tour de France is a hilly race with a a punchy finale in Lausanne. Perfect for the likes of Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel (were he firing on all cylinders) and Michael Matthews. The finishing climb is not unlike last year's Mur de Bretagne, so aside the fact that MvDP won there, we may also expect one or two minor time gaps among the GC protagonists.

Dole

Population: 24,800
Specialities: Franche-Comté pork, Morteau sausage, cheeses (Morbier, Comté), Franche-Comté local wines, vin jaune, vin de paille.



DOLE AND CYCLING

The birthplace of Louis Pasteur has hosted the Tour de France three times. The last time it passed through, in 2017, the peloton set off in the direction of Les Rousses, where Frenchman Lilian Calmejane scored the greatest solo success of his career. In 1939, Luxembourg rider François Neuens won from a breakaway with Dutch rider Toon Van Schelden, whereas Maurice Archambaud won the time trial between Dôle and Dijon in the afternoon. In 1992, it was from Dole that a stage set off for Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc where victory went to Swiss rider Rolf Jaermann. That day, his compatriot Alex Zülle didn't take the start and France’s Charly Mottet was forced to retire due to liver problems. Jaermann, who won his only Tour stage that day, overtook Pedro Delgado and Stephen Roche in the finale. Pascal Lino kept his Yellow Jersey before losing it the next day to Miguel Indurain. The town also hosted the finish of a Paris-Nice stage won by Eddy Planckaert in 1985. In 2012, the prologue of the Tour de l'Avenir took place in Dole and was won by Australian and new Giro champion, Jay McCarthy.



Comté and Vin Jeune



Along the Route.

Km 89.1

MORBIER (Pop: 2,300)
Probably takes its name from an ancient stream that flows down from the place called la Carronnée in the centre of the village and which would have dried up in the past. It is famous for its homonymous cheese (Morbier), its Nordic ski area and its watchmaking. In the 19th century, Morbier was, along with Morez, the capital of Comté clock-making.

Morbier: when cut, you can see a dark horizontal line in the middle of its beautiful cream colour. The origin of this peculiarity comes from its first production in the modest farms (not very abundant, the curd of the morning milking was protected́ by a little soot while waiting to join the evening one to form the whole cheese)



Lausanne

Population: 147,000
Specialities: papet vaudois (Swiss potée), saucisson vaudois, perch fillets, taillé aux greubons (savoury pastry), bouchons vaudois (confectionery), Lausanne wines.

LAUSANNE AND CYCLING

Lausanne is an old acquaintance of the Tour de France, since the race has stopped here five times, the first time in 1948 for a stage won by Gino Bartali, the future winner of this edition. It was the Italian champion's sixth stage victory in the Tour and third in a row! The Grande Boucle hadn't been in town since 2000, when Erik Dekker won the stage after a long breakaway that the Dutchman was famous for. However, Lausanne's favourite race is still the Tour de Romandie, as it has been on the course nearly thirty times between 1953 and 2022. After Primoz Roglic dominated an 18km time trial along the lake in 2017, this year it was young British rider Ethan Hayter who caused a sensation by winning the prologue. The town has also hosted the Tour de Suisse on 15 occasions.



Papet vaudois


Bouchons Vaudois


















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  • ProssPross Posts: 36,441
    So three in a row for Pog?
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 12,215
    Pross said:

    So three in a row for Pog?

    If you mean stages, no. The break merchants are starting to get desperate.

    Andreas Kron for an outside pick for me
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 25,592
    I think I (slightly accidentally) drove this route over the Jura down to my I'll fated season last winter. It had just snowed and was extremely pretty.

    The Jura is a place I need to spend a lot more time in future...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 67,631 Lives Here
    Switzerland bleugh
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 8,467
    ddraver said:

    I think I (slightly accidentally) drove this route over the Jura down to my I'll fated season last winter. It had just snowed and was extremely pretty.

    The Jura is a place I need to spend a lot more time in future...


    Yes I've never visited but it's an area I'd like to visit with the bike - that little bit easier to drive to in a day.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 26,748
    edited July 2022
    Covid at UAE. Vegard Stake Laengen tested positive and is out of the race. Short term this is good news for breakaways as he's UAE's main grunt.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 12,215
    RichN95. said:

    Covid at UAE. Vegard Stake Laengen tested positive and is out of the race. Short term this is good news for breakaways as he's UAE's main grunt.

    Mikkel Bjerg is going to have his work cut out
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    MvdP racing a bit
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704

    RichN95. said:

    Covid at UAE. Vegard Stake Laengen tested positive and is out of the race. Short term this is good news for breakaways as he's UAE's main grunt.

    Mikkel Bjerg is going to have his work cut out
    And soler
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    Crash
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,675
    LOL
    Just as ITV go to an add break.

    Pogacar finally tastes some tarmac.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    Waiting for the yellow jersey
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    G off the back
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    Lot of GC caught up in crash but getting back now
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,675
    G had a very soft flop onto the grass verge. As did Gaudu
    Quintana went over his handlebars and looked to hit hard.
    Uran involved too
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,675
    Bardet completes a shoe change
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    Yellow jersey time out
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    That has shaped the entire stage ...now we have a no hope break all day .... Red card
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 12,215
    Hopefully we see it open up again after the intermediate sprint
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,675
    Vermaerke abandons. Schachman looks like he's just gone 15 round with Mike Tyson.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    B O R I N G
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704

    Hopefully we see it open up again after the intermediate sprint

    Jumbo controlling already
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    ...
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 12,215

    Hopefully we see it open up again after the intermediate sprint

    Jumbo controlling already
    Yep. Break probably won't get all that much time until after the sprint, could well be bridgeable once Wout has his points
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,675
    Ben O’Connor shaping up to abandon
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704

    Hopefully we see it open up again after the intermediate sprint

    Jumbo controlling already
    Yep. Break probably won't get all that much time until after the sprint, could well be bridgeable once Wout has his points
    Not feeling it
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 25,592
    Moscons first attempt at the big prize comes to an end...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 12,215

    Hopefully we see it open up again after the intermediate sprint

    Jumbo controlling already
    Yep. Break probably won't get all that much time until after the sprint, could well be bridgeable once Wout has his points
    Not feeling it
    Nah. Think I might take a nap
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • dabberdabber Posts: 1,887

    Hopefully we see it open up again after the intermediate sprint

    Jumbo controlling already
    Yep. Break probably won't get all that much time until after the sprint, could well be bridgeable once Wout has his points
    Not feeling it
    Nah. Think I might take a nap
    I've been watching (in parallel) the Mountain Bike World cup at Lenzerheide ...... men's Downhill. Much more interesting.
    “You may think that; I couldn’t possibly comment!”

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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 14,704
    The racing was on when that crash happened
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
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