Tour de France: Gesink falls just short in Station des Rousses

During the first week of the Tour de France, Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) struggled. He struggled to lose time. Gesink is no longer hunting down a good general classification. Instead, the 31 year-old Dutch rider aims to get stage wins. To get the stage wins, he intentionally lost time so that his presence in a breakaway group wouldn't make the GC teams nervous. During stage 8 from Dole to Station des Rousses, Gesink reached out for the stage win a first time. He came close but fell just short for the win, finishing as runner-up behind young Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie).

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