Van Aert, a green giant too strong for Pogacar

Second stage victory of the Belgian in this Tour. He crushed the competition by finishing in an armchair this afternoon in Lausanne.

The eighth stage of the Tour de France 2022 held between Dole and Lausanne this Saturday (186.3 km) was won in the sprint by the Belgian green jersey Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) ahead of Michael Matthews (BikeExchange) and the Tadej yellow jersey. Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) after a battle of the Titans. Last survivor of the day’s getaway, Briton Fred Wright (Bahrain) was caught by the peloton on the slope of the Olympic Stadium.

The fact of the day:

It was a promised stage on a getaway, and yet … Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) prevails in the flesh on top of the Olympic Stadium hill after leading his team all day. If the course was conducive to offensives, the collective fall at the start of the stage cooled the enthusiasm of both sides. Several leaders were caught in this incident which slowed down the pace of the race considerably. Three men had already left as explorers at the time and finally regained the getaway of the day. It’s not enough to go all the way.

Van Aert, who else?

Therefore, the finale was written from this famous collective fall. Today was Van Aert vs. Matthews (BikeExchange). And it didn’t fail. In the final in Lausanne (Switzerland), the green jersey took advantage of his qualities as a sprinter / puncher to crush the competition, as much as he crushed the pedals. It is not necessary to attack too soon, with 300 meters it will be enough. In the sprint, Wout Van Aaert won ahead of Michael Matthews (BikeExchange) and the inevitable Tadej Pogacar (UAE). Still imperial, the yellow jersey has 4 seconds of bonuses on arrival.

Gaudu and Bardet in the game

The two Frenchmen today were not worried. Despite the fall (a priori harmless) at the start of the stage, the leaders of Groupama-FDJ and DSM arrived at the same time as the first and managed not to rest.

Eight of the day:

A truly amazing scene 48 km from the finish line … Barely recovered from his second fall of the day, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) suffered a (obviously involuntary) punch from a Trek training assistant -Segafredo who transmitted a musette to one. of his riders. The Frenchman left, but was utterly stunned by the shock. There is no possibility…

Statement of the day:

Tadej Pogacar after his third place today: “This morning has not been annoying, but this afternoon it has been much hotter … When it rains I’m sure I feel better, but when it’s hot, it’s the same for everyone. This Covid story? It is starting to get very worrying. Unfortunately we are not spared. We cannot run the risk of getting sick. This situation must be taken very seriously. In our team, we do tests every day or every other day in addition internally. »

Tadej Pogacar on the podium in Lausanne. Overview

Picture of the day:

Collective fall after 10 kilometers … This is an incident that will have damaged this 8th stage. Fall of leaders and a battle for the shortened rupture. Complicated to do show then … Nairo Quintana (Arkéa) will have made a hellish jump over the bike while Gaudu (FDJ) and Bardet (DSM) fell but a priori without great consequences.

Collective fall in the peloton after only 10 km of race. France.tvsport

Classification of the 8th stage:

1. Wout van Aert (BEL / JUM) the 186.3 km in 4 h 13:06.
2. Michael Matthews (AUS / BIK) at 0.
3. Tadej Pogacar (SLO / UAE) 0.
4. Andreas Kron (DEN / LOT) 0.
5. Alberto Bettiol (ITA / EF1) 0.
6. Alexander Vlasov (RUS / BOR) 0.
7. Benjamin Thomas (FRA / COF) 0.
8. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN / JUM) 0.
9. Bob Jungels (LUX / AG2) 0.
10. Thomas Pidcock (GBR / INE) 0.

The general classification after the 8th stage:

1. Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia / UAE Team Emirates) 28’56’16 ”/ B: 24”
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Denmark / Jumbo-Visma) at 39 ” / B: 6 ”
3. Geraint Thomas (Great Britain / Ineos-Grenadiers) 1”14 ”
4. Adam Yates (Great Britain / Ineos-Grenadiers) at 1’22 ”
5. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) at 1’35 ”/ B: 4”
6. Romain Bardet (DSM) at 1’36 ”
7. Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain / Ineos-Grenadiers) at 1’39 ”
8. Neilson Powless (USA / EF Education EasyPost) at 1’41 ”
9. Enric Mas (Spain / Movistar) at 1’47 ”
10. Daniel Martínez (Colombia / Ineos-Grenadiers) at 1’59 ”

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