Stage 8 of the Tour de France was another long day for a futile breakaway, another nervous day in the peloton, and another clash between the top sprinters in Amiens. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) made it two in a row with another commanding victory.
The fight for the stage win turned sketchy as André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and double stage winner Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) fought for position behind early hitter Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).
As the two tussled, Groenewegen blasted around to win, while Greipel and Gaviria were later relegated - Gaviria for head-butting the German and Greipel for an earlier nudge.
The race remains in control by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), while Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) crashed and finished 1:16 down.
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