Tonight we have Stage 8 (Le Grand Bornand – Tignes) covering a distance of 197.5 km
Sunday’s eighth stage will start from Le Grand-Bornand and end in a summit finish in Tignes after 165km and three category-one climbs.
… Astana manager Marc Biver said. “Tomorrow is going to be more difficult. Everybody fears that stage.” [ABC News]
Km 15.5: Col du Marais : 3.8 km climb @ 4.1 % grade : 4th Cat.
Km 22: Côte du Bouchet-Mont-Charvin : 2.0 km climb @ 7.1 % grade : 3rd Cat.
Km 46.5: Col de Tamié : 9.5 km climb @ 4 % grade : 2nd Cat.
Km 99.5: Cormet de Roselend (D.925-D.902) : 19.9 km climb @ 6 % grade : 1st Cat.
Km 136.5: Montée d’Hauteville : 15.3 km climb @ 4.7 % grade : 1st Cat.
Km 163: Montée de Tignes : 18.0 km climb @ 5.4 % grade : 1st Cat.
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http://www.letour.fr stage 8 – Le Grand-Bornand Tignes 165 km
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We have some information on what’s up with the Versus live video streaming, direct from Versus lawyer, Carla. Carla says that Versus is not permitted to publicly stream the Tour de France. (Though she didn’t elaborate, presumably that means they didn’t purchase online broadcast rights; television and internet rights tend to be sold separately. Note that in some European markets, internet rights to the Tour de France have been sold and in other markets they remain unsold.) So the scenario whereby Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.), who appear in our site logs since Monday (hi Jean-François!), put pressure on Versus seems likely. [www.cyclingfans.com]
53km – DAVID ARROYO AND MICK ROGERS IN A NASTY CRASH! They’ve run wide on the descent, and Arroyo flew off of his bike and over a barrier into some greenery! This is a very tricky descent, and if riders aren’t careful this is the kind of thing that could happen. Now the question becomes can the two men catch their former lead-companions as they remount their bikes and take back off. [eurosport]
The descent of the Cormet de Roselend claims another Aussie;
Stuart O’Grady has been taken to hospital in an ambulance [SBS coverage]
From virtual leader on the road to withdrawal
16:43 Rogers Finished……
Rogers has pulled over and is now being consoled by his team director. The race doctor believed he might be able to make it to the finish but the Australian appears ready to abandon the Tour de France……[www.letour.fr]
Stage 8 – Interview – Michael Rasmussen (Tour de France YouTube Channel)
Stuart O’Grady in Bad Shape
[15.07 20:30] This year’s winner of Paris-Roubaix, Australian Stuart O’Grady crashed and had to abandon Tour de France during Sunday’s mountain stage. O’Grady was in bad shape and was taken straight to hospital for observation after the crash.
O’Grady was working his way through the peloton with bottles for his teammates during the final descent, when the crash happened.
The Australian rider landed on his right side and punctured one lung, broke his collarbone, shoulder blade, five ribs as well as some bones in his spine. It is important to point out though that it is not the spine itself, which is broken. [Team CSC]
Another Aussie gone;
Sprinter McEwen was forced out of the Tour after finishing the tough eighth stage outside the race’s permitted time limit.
McEwen, of the Predictor-Lotto team, joined Italian Danilo Napolitano and Frenchman Cedric Herve in being disqualified for finishing the race outside the cut-off time of just over 40 minutes. [The Age]
A spectator was in a coma after the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Monday morning (Australian time) after being involved in a collision with German rider Patrik Sinkewitz, organisers said.
Sinkewitz, of the T-Mobile team, was still on his bike when he collided with the spectator after the end of the 165km stage, which began in Le Grand-Bornand. [ABC News]
 Graham Watson – Stage 8 Photos
 TDF Blog Stage 8: Chicken Run 3: The Dane Reigns
 Steephill.tv Stage 8 Race Summary
 Stage Details Stage 8 – Sunday, July 15: Le-Grand-Bornand – Tignes, 165km [Cycling News]
 Results Stage 8 – Sunday, July 15: Le-Grand-Bornand – Tignes, 165km [Cycling News]
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STAGE 8 – A DAY FOR DANISH GLORY [The Tour de France for the Rest of Us]
 Stage 8 Report [BBC]