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100th Tour de France - Stage 8 - First Report
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/6/2013
100th Tour de France - Stage 8 - First Report
 
2013 Daily Peloton


Ax 3 Domaines, 6 July 2013 - Stage 8 : Castres to Ax 3 Domaines: Chris Froome soared into the lead with a crushing performance on the climb to Ax 3 Domaines at the end of the foirst day in the mountains.


Stage Result - Top 5

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
5 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team

Fate favours those who take their chances and it when it came Chris Froome had no choice but to take his, and did, attacking his rivals on the climb to the finish at Ax 3 Domaines with just 5 kilometres remaining. Only history will say whether the Tour was wrapped up before the real tests had even properly begun but the reaction of the other GC contendors was hardly reassuring, because in that five kilometres Froome threw a fragmentation grenade that blew a hole in the GC, a hole 1'08" wide to second place Alejandro Valverde and a full heart-breaking 1'45" to Alberto Contador (Saxo Tinkoff), all to be added to a slim margin that Froome already had over them when the race left Castres this morning.

Of course, such gaps can collapse and reverse in the mountains, but Froome measured, weighed and found his rivals wanting to extent that dismayed anyone who wasn't a Froome fan, and a good many of those too if they wanted anything but a parade out of the next two weeks.

What makes it even more impressive is that he left it to the last five kilometres and still did such damage. By then such havoc had been wreaked in the peloton with Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck and Andrew Talansky left grovelling that only six men from three teams at the head of the race, Sky's Froome being led by Ritchie Porte, Saxo Tinkof's Contandor led by Romann Kreuziger, and Movistar's Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana who had just be caught after 30km alone in the lead. Everyone looked evenly matched, but then Froome moved and everyone but Ritchie Porte did the moonwalk. Valverde finally found some strength to give chase but Contador was spent, dropping back behind Bauke Mollema, Laurens Ten Dam and Mikel Nieve (Euskatel).


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Stage Results - top 50 provisional

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 5:03:18
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:51
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:08
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:10
5 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:16
6 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:34
7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:45
8 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
9 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
10 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
11 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:02:06
12 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:02:28
13 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:34
15 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
16 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
18 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
19 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:03:04
20 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:03:27
21 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:03:34
22 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:47
23 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:04
24 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:08
25 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:04:11
26 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:13
27 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:04:54
28 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:05:00
29 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
30 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:06:00
31 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:06:30
32 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
33 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
34 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:07:29
35 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:07:50
36 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
37 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
38 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
39 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:08:15
40 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha  
41 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 0:08:32
42 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun  
43 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr  
44 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
45 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:08:57
46 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:09:13
47 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
48 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:09:15
49 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:09:20
50 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:09:31

Overall standings - top 50 provisional

Position of GC contenders e.g Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa)

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 32:15:55
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:51
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:25
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:44
5 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:50
6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:51
7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
8 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:02
9 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:02:31
10 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:02:40
11 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:02:45
12 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:02:48
13 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
14 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:55
15 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:06
16 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:03:25
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:03:27
18 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:29
19 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:03:30
20 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:35
21 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:04:00
22 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:10
23 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:36
24 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha  
25 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:57
26 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:09
27 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:05:26
28 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:06:20
29 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:06:39
30 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:07:40
31 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:07:42
32 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:07:48
33 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:07:55
34 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:08:15
35 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:08:29
36 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 0:08:40
37 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 0:08:49
38 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:09:11
39 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:09:19
40 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 0:09:39
41 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:09:45
42 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:09:53
43 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:10:30
44 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:12:38
45 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 0:15:48
46 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:16:41
47 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:16:50
48 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:17:35
49 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:24:02
50 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:25:03



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