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Tour de France 2009

Date range:
July 4-26, 2009
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      15.5km
      Start location:
      Monaco
      End location:
      Monaco (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Monaco
      End location:
      Brignoles
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Marseille
      End location:
      La Grande-Motte
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      39km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Montpellier (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Le Cap d'Agde
      End location:
      Perpignan
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      181.5km
      Start location:
      Gérone
      End location:
      Barcelone
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Barcelone
      End location:
      Andorre Arcalis
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Andorre-la-Vieille
      End location:
      Saint-Girons
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      160.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Tarbes
    • Rest day

      Location
      Limoges
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Limoges
      End location:
      Issoudun
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      192km
      Start location:
      Vatan
      End location:
      Saint-Fargeau
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      211.5km
      Start location:
      Tonnerre
      End location:
      Vittel
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      200km
      Start location:
      Vittel
      End location:
      Colmar
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Colmar
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Pontarlier
      End location:
      Verbier
    • Rest day

      Location
      Verbier
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      159km
      Start location:
      Martigny
      End location:
      Bourg-Saint-Maurice
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      169.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-Saint-Maurice
      End location:
      Le Grand-Bornand
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      40.5km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy (ITT)
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Bourgoin-Jallieu
      End location:
      Aubenas
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      167km
      Start location:
      Montélimar
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      164km
      Start location:
      Montereau-Fault-Yonne
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 11, Stage 8: Andorre-la-Vieille - Saint-Girons 176.5km

By:
Daniel Simms
Published:
June 30, 2009, 11:17 BST,
Updated:
July 16, 2009, 17:20 BST

Valley finish for stage 8

The Pyrenean stages continue with a 176km-ride from the Principality of Andorra to Saint-Girons, back in France. Three climbs are on the menu: the Port d'Envalira (23.2km at 5.1 percent) early in the stage, the Col de Port (11.4 km at 5.5 percent) mid-way and the Col d'Agnès (12.4 km at 6.5 percent) some 44 clicks before the finish in the valley.

Overall contenders will be watchful over the breakaways, even if - or especially because - this is not a mountain top finish. At this point, the GC leader could also choose to give the yellow jersey to some other team to defend in order to spare some energy. In any case, stage 8 promises to be action-packed.

Map

Tour de France 2009: Stage 8 map

Profile

Tour de France 2009: Stage 8 profile

 

Vaughters' views

Jonathan VaughtersIf great French climber Richard Virenque still raced, this would be a day for him. The mountains early and in the middle of the stage will be hell for sprinters and tired legs.

Of course there will be some that don’t have tired legs and are waiting for a stage just like this to make everyone wince half in pain and half hatred, as they attack up the road early on.

For me, this is a day for the durable climber that perhaps isn’t quite in the GC race. Maybe Luis Leon Sanchez or Amael Moinard? Or Jens Voigt?