Tour de France 2017 : Stage 8 – A cracking win for Lilian Calmejane

Lilian Calmejane took a stunning solo win on a brutal, breathless stage jam-packed with action from the get go. The Direct Energie tyro would not be denied on his Tour de France debut. Attacking all day before pulling clear from a small group on the final climb with 18km to go, and surviving a bout of cramp on the run in. He was stalked all the way by a dogged Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) who just could not close him down. Wanty Groupe Gobert’s Guillaume Martin topped a fabulous day for the young French hopes by sprinting to third from the GC group. Overall GC remains unchanged with Chris Froome still in yellow despite a little off-road excursion.

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