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Frenchman Calmejane wins Tour de France stage eight

Frenchman Calmejane wins Tour de France stage eight

Thomas dusted himself off and quickly rejoined the race, too, and Froome said his teammate was uninjured.

France's Lilian Calmejane won the eighth stage of the Tour de France, a mountainous 187.5km trek from Dole to Station de Rousses on Saturday. Watch every minute live on Eurosport Player, plus minute-by-minute live blog and extensive video highlights - breakaways, sprints, stage finishes, interviews, incidents; you won't miss a thing.

"The situation is different to the last years for sure", he said, referring to Sagan winning the green jersey in each of the last five years.

The Tour de France is the world's biggest and most iconic cycling race.

"I'd never climbed it before but of course I saw that last climb on the Internet when Chris (Froome) won in 2012 and Nibali in 2014, so that's why I chose to attack with 3km to go", said Aru.

Tour de France leader Chris Froome has warned that Sunday's ninth stage, a punishing trek in the Jura mountains will be "very decisive" for the general classification.

"Me and (team mate) Geraint (Thomas) took the wrong trajectory in a corner and we went off the road, it happens sometimes", said Froome.

But now the fun really begins: Day 8 is the first of the mountain stages.

"I've spent enough days in yellow now to get used to that".

No rest day: Richie Porte prepares to start during stage seven of the Tour de France, knowing it was a sprint stage. French rider Guillaume Martin placed third on the stage, another 13 seconds back.

An eager few again attempted to carve open a lead heading toward the day's first category climb, with around 50 finally allowed to spring free of the peloton around 90 kilometres in, although that then splintered into several smaller groups.

The stage was raced at a furious pace and under searing summer heat, sapping energy ahead of Sunday's monstrous stage. "Tomorrow will be another long day".

"He's very close in the GC (general classification), I will need to pay attention to him". "At 150 metres I was with Boasson Hagen and we came around the corner and I thought it was still 200 metres to go".

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.

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