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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 12, Stage 8: Tomblaine - Gérardmer La Mauselaine 161km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 03, 2014, 18:29 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2014, 8:54 BST

Stage preview

Mountains leader Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) alone in the lead

Stage Details

Distance: 161km

Category: Hilly

Highest point: 901m

We finally get a first look at some of the higher mountains, as the race moves into the Vosges. This won’t be a major test for the general classification riders, but we will get an inkling as to whose form is where.

The riders face more than 130 kilometres of flat roads, before three closely packed ascents to the summit finish at Gérardmer La Mauselaine. The sprinters shouldn’t have too many problems with the time cut today, as the average pace should be high, thus extending the cut.

This will be notable for being the first opportunity for the overall contenders to put some time into each other, but they’re unlikely to be pushing each other for victory just yet. So realistically, today is probably the best chance yet for a breakaway to succeed.

It could be a day for the French with Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas Voeckler enjoying this kind of parcours. If they do hope to stay away they will have to make the most of the flat roads and build up a solid advantage before the first climb of the Col de la Croix des Moinats.

The final ascent Gérardmer La Mauselaine is the shortest of the day, but with a 10.3 per cent average gradient it is a tough climb. At only 1.8 kilometres, a rider can make a move near the bottom and make it stick.

Jean-Christophe Péraud says... "This is an important stage because it's a day where leaders will want to score against opponents and I expect the final three climbs will open gaps. This is where the Tour really starts and an opportunity for the climbers to avenge their losses on the pavé."

Local History

This stage is the first of three stages heading through the Vosges mountains. He won’t be in contention on this stage, but the course goes right FDJ’s Nacer Bouhanni’s hometown of Épinal. The Frenchman debuted at the Tour de France last year, but he had already abandoned at this point. The intermediate sprint comes just after Épinal, a chance for Bouhanni to shine in front of friends and family.

Map for the 2014 Tour de France stage 8

Profile for the 2014 Tour de France stage 8