2019 Tour de France: Stage 8 preview

Stage 8: Mâcon – Saint-Étienne
Date: July 13, 2019
Distance: 200 km
Stage type: Hilly

Unsurprisingly, given this Tour's extremely mountainous aspect, Christian Prudhomme and Thierry Gouvenou have opted to reach Saint-Étienne via a succession of second- and third-categeory passes rather than follow a far easier route that the sprinters would certainly have preferred. After an uncomplicated start, the first climb comes at the 51-kilometre mark, with six more following at regular intervals, the last topping out just a dozen kilometres from the line. The result is a medium-mountain stage with 3,700 metres of vertical gain.

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