Suffer-fest Tour turns pain dial up with 'monster stage'

Suffer-fest Tour turns pain dial up with 'monster stage'

Robert Gesink finished second, with Guillaume Martin third, and Froome maintained his 12-second advantage over Geraint Thomas on a savage day that started frantically, but finished with no change for the leading contenders.

"(On Saturday) already we're going up quite a big climb with 20-25 kilometres to go which could shake things up a bit, but there's a bigger obstacle to come on Sunday as we go into the Jura mountains and tackle Mont du Chat before the finish", said Froome, a three-time Tour victor.

Calmejane's victory was the host nation's second in this year's Tour following Arnaud Demare's Stage 4 triumph in Vittel.

"We are going to see aggressive racing and gaps are going to open up".

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Froome, the defending champion who came into the eighth stage as the overall classification leader, was able to retain his yellow jersey despite a mistake 45km from the finish. But his teammate Geraint Thomas went over roadside barriers.

The Frenchman attacked on the final climb and despite enduring bike-stopping cramp in the final five kilometres said it had been a "fantastic" day. Cramping from his effort, Calmejane had to slow and rise off his saddle to stretch his legs in the final section and then gritted his teeth and pedaled onward to the line.

But Calmejane, a stage victor at last year's Vuelta, countered and passed them, cresting the summit first and guanteeing himself the polka dot jersey by one point from Astana's Fabio Aru.

Calmejane's victory was his fourth of the season and came 10 months after he capped his debut Vuelta a Espana with a similarly fantastic stage win over similarly undulating terrain.

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It was a tough day, though, for the three-man breakaway and perhaps most of all for Laengen, who was named the most aggressive rider at the end of the stage.

That's the monstrous challenge lurking on Sunday for the 193 already exhausted and sunbaked riders who have made it this far.

After 213.5km from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges, cameras eventually showed that the 29-year-old finished ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Matthews to claim his second stage win in a row and this third already of this year's Tour after victories in Troyes and Liège.

Froome predicted the standings could be "blown to pieces" on the 181.5 kilometers (112 miles) from Nantua to Chambery in the Alps.

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"The boys went into the corner a bit hot and I was just looking to my side for a split-second so I was late braking", the Welshman said.

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