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2012 Tour de France: Stage 8 Preview

The eight stage of the 2012 Tour de France will be Bradley Wiggins’ first day to defend yellow, and with seven climbs on the route, he will have to pay attention to attackers and climbers!

This “medium mountain stage” runs 157.5kms from Belfort and ends in the Swiss city of Porrentruy.

Stage 8 Profile

 

The seven scheduled climbs are as follows:

  • Km 20.0 – Côte de Bondeval: 4.4 kilometre-long climb at 3.9% – category 4
  • Km 32.0 – Côte du Passage de la Douleur:  3.8 kilometre-long climb at 6.4% – category 3
  • Km 50.0 – Côte de Maison-Rouge:  7.9 kilometre-long climb at 5% – category 2
  • Km 73.0 – Côte de Saignelégier:  7.8 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% – category 2
  • Km 97.0 – Côte de Saulcy:  4.6 kilometre-long climb at 8.6% – category 2
  • Km 130.5 – Côte de la Caquerelle:  4.3 kilometre-long climb at 7.6% – category 2
  • Km 141.5 – Col de la Croix: 3.7 kilometre-long climb at 9.2% – category 1

In between the Côte de Saulcy and the Côte de la Caquerelle, the intermediate sprint will be conducted at Les Genevez.

This would be a great stage for GC riders who have lost time to try to make it up, and those keen on the KOM jersey may try to slip into the day’s early break.

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