In his debut Tour, Nan Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) soloed to victory from the day’s break on stage 8 of the Tour de France, ahead of runner-up Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and third-placed Carlos Verona (Movistar). Today’s short but challenging stage in the Pyrenees also saw a shake-up on GC. It was a particularly bitter-sweet day for the French as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), suffering from an injury sustained on the opening day, lost touch with the peloton on the penultimate climb. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceunick-QuickStep) and Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) were dropped on the Col de Peyresourde while Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Emirates) clawed back some of the time he lost yesterday. Despite this, no jerseys changed hands and race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) hangs onto yellow.
After a sleepy start to this year’s race, today’s Tour de France stage saw more action than Julian Alaphilippe’s beard trimmer. The day had everything: Double crosswinds! GC intrigue! Green jersey hi-jinx! Shop-soiled white jersey! Only the polka dots managed to look after themselves.
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won the stage, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) stays in yellow but it was anything but business as usual.
With some tough climbing, the top of the GC tightly packed and Julian Alaphilippe potentially out for revenge we expected a few fireworks on today’s stage 6 of the Tour de France. Instead we got a much more sedate affair. Alexey Lutsenko of Astana took the win from the breakaway. Behind, the peloton continued the 2020 Tour de France vibe of “not today, darling”, leaving Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in yellow.