Tour de France 2021: Stage 8 – Dylan Teuns stays clear of Pogacar’s dream crusher to take the stage

A week of incredibly exciting stages and I get this one. Stage 8 of Tour de France 2021 was the stage where the other GC teams were supposed to skewer UAE and leave Tadej Pogacar isolated and vulnerable. It was the stage where Wout Van Aert was supposed to play a blinder and take yellow. It was the stage where Richard Carapaz was supposed to put himself in the GC equivalent of the cat-bird seat. None of that happened. Bahrain-Victorious’s Dylan Teuns pulled off an emotional solo victory (which we loved), while the top of the GC now looks unassailable as Pogacar put every other rider into his dream crusher (which we didn’t love that much) and is now at the top of the heap in yellow.

The stage started out as if it was going to be another bonkers day in the Tour, with pouring rain, iconic climbs and a peloton that made the break work for over half the race to establish itself. It seemed there were so many possibilities. And then there weren’t. Tadej Pogacar became the Slovenian Terminator, crushing every little dream that he passed by … except for Dylan Teuns‘s.

Things I thought about while watching the stage

1 Davide Formolo has perfected the constant silent scream and although it doesn’t look like Pogacar needs anyone to help him, he seems to have someone who will turn themselves into a Munch painting on the front of the peloton for him.

2 Did Richard Carapaz have his radio tuned to the Movistar DS car? Why else would he refuse to work with Pogacar when it was offered, so that they both could distance all others?

3 If I had a pound for every time David Millar and / or Carlton Kirby breathlessly predicted that Simon PHILIP Yates was poised to launch an attack from the back of the group that would BUST THIS RACE APART, only to have Yates launch himself backwards, I would be livin’ on Easy Street.

4 If I could take Primoz Roglic‘s absymal luck in this race with as much grace and lightness as the man himself, I would have saved myself a lot of brooding moods this week.

5 Julian Alaphilippe looks incredible in his black rainbow rain jacket. I don’t believe in anyone other than the world champion wearing the rainbow jersey (>cough< Richmond Park riders, I’m lookin’ at you >cough<) but I would cherish a black rainbow jacket.

6 Mathieu van der Poel honoured the yellow jersey every single second he was in it. And it was truly magnificent to see. He’s gone way up in my estimation.

I don’t think he was singing in the rain at this point

And here it is in motion!

7 Cold riders should automatically be given hot chocolate and the blast of a heat lamp from the team car and have warm fluffy towels awaiting them at the finish.

8 If I had a pound for every time commentators mention Nairo Quintana as a rider who has a shot at the GC, is a danger man of any kind, or is poised to attack on any climb ever, I would be able to buy another property on Easy Street.

9 How did they get the sausage truck unstuck?

10 How can I put a good spin on the fact that I’m pissed off that Pogacar makes it all seem effortless and that the GC could be shut down now for the next two weeks? I’ve realised that … I can’t really.

But this has cheered me up IMMENSELY

The final word


Stage 8 Top 5

1 Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) 3:54:41

2 Ion Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech) +0:44

3 Michael Woods (Israel Start-up Nation) +0:47

4 Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +0:49

5 Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) +2:33

General Classification Top 10

1 Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) 29:38:25

2 Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +1:48

3 Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) +4:38

4 Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) +4:46

5 Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) +5:00

6 Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) +5:01

7 Wilco Kelderman (Bora-hansgrohe) +5:13

8 Enric Mas (Movistar) +5:15

9 David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) +5:52

10 Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) +6:41

All the Jerseys

Leaders jersey : Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)

Points jersey: Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quick Step)

KOM jersey : Wout Poels (Bahrain-Victorious)

Best young rider jersey : Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates)

For full stage review, go to cyclingnews

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