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Tour de France stage 8 Live - Puncheur finish in Lausanne

Tour de France 2022 - Stage 8

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Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 8 of the Tour de France

Today will take us 186km from Dole to Lausanne, you can see our full preview piece here.

Troubling news already this morning as two riders have left the Tour de France following positive COVID-19 cases. 

A look at the map of stage 8 of the Tour de France, finishing on the summit finish of Côte du Stade olympique in Lausanne.

Our jersey holders are of course Tadej Pogačar on his second day in yellow, Wout Van Aert in the green jersey as leader of the points classification, Magnus Cort who continues in polka dots, nursing just a one point lead over Pogačar, and Tom Pidcock, who sports the white youth classification jersey, on behalf of Pogačar.

The peloton rolls towards the official race start in Dole. Once again, it looks likely that plenty of teams will be interested in being part of the day's early break.

Which teams will be the first to attack today? The Tour is only 8 stages old, so plenty of teams still have yet to make an impact on the race, and would love to assert themselves on this tricky, lumpy stage.

1km to go until we're underway. 

Christian Prudhomme appears through the sunroof of the commissaire's car with his yellow flag, and we're off.

The riders power away ready for 186.3km of two-wheeled combat. No moves as yet.

Kristian Sbaragli (Alpecin-Deceuninck) is the first rider to attack.

Guess who? It's Magnus Cort - he's keen to get away and defend his polka dots. He's accompanied by a rider from Arkea-Samsic.

Wout Van Aert looks interested, highly visible at the front of the pack in his green skinsuit.

Four riders nurse a small gap, but this breakaway is a long way from being established.

Everything comes back together and we go again, with riders from Lotto Soudal and QuickStep-AlphaVinyl pushing the pace.

The three have a small gap - Mattia Cattaneo (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl), Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) and Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) - but the attacks begin behind with Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) among those interested.

The group of three carve out a 16 second gap as the attacks behind fail to stick.

It looks as though the riders at the front of the bunch are taking a moment to recharge before they try to bridge across to the front group.

Oh no - big crash at the back of the bunch, plenty of riders affected. Vlasov has hurt his face and a rider from Team DSM looks to be hurt.

The rider from DSM is up and walking. Peter Sagan waits by the roadside for a new bike.

The peloton regroup and with the crash causing chaos, it seems as though it's given the break the chance they need to get away. They have 25 seconds now.

A large group, including the yellow jersey, ride together in a group a few seconds behind the main peloton.

UAE Team Emirates and Bora-Hansgrohe bring their leaders back to the main peloton.

Taco Van der Hoorn has broken out of the bunch and is trying to bridge across to the front three, as the attacks begin again.

Romain Bardet (Team DSM) gets a shoe change as he and his team mates chase on at the back of the bunch.

A group of around ten riders are trying to pull clear as the attacks continue. Groupama-FDJ are team time trialling back on at the back of the bunch.

UAE Team Emirates encourage everyone to block the road, and they have achieved their goal - George Bennett is the instigator of the accord.

Bardet is still struggling with his shoes - he stops once again and sorts himself out, before beginning the chase back, with Peter Sagan for company.

Former team mates Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and George Bennett share a joke and grab a snack as peace breaks out within the bunch. 

The breakaway remains a group of three - they have a long day ahead of them. They begin to open out their lead - currently they have 1:40.

Ben O'Connor has dropped back to visit the medical car - he seems to be struggling with a hip issue as he has some pain relief spray and painkillers.

Correction - it's Frederik Frison from Lotto Soudal up the road, not Brent Van Moer. He and his two breakaway colleagues, Fred Wright and Mattia Cattaneo, have pulled out a gap of 2:44.

Kevin Vermaerke (Team DSM) abandons the race as a result of the injuries he sustained during that early crash.

Team Jumbo-Visma lend their power to the chase, with Nathan Van Hooydonck riding on the front, with Team BikeExchange-Jayco on his wheel and UAE Team Emirates tucked in behind.

The gap appears to be stabilising at just under three minutes, as the teams interested in riding for a stage win once again keep the breakaway on a tight leash.

Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) has a mechanical.

Jumbo-Visma and Team BikeExchange-Jayco lead the charge on stage 8 of the Tour de France.