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Tour de France - Stage 8

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Kim Kirchen

In today's 172.5km stage from Figeac, the sprinters and potential breakaways have got nothing Toulouse.

There are four climbs, three sprints and a flat run into the centre of France's aerospace and hi-tech industry - la vallee de silicium, perhaps?

Having perhaps missed his chance of the yellow jersey, this might be one of the stages that David Millar has targeted for a win in a breakaway, while if the bunch is all together on the Boulevard de Strasboug, Mark Cavendish will surely fancy his chances.

At the top of the shop, it's still very tight and anybody's race.

Will Kim Kirchen retain the yellow jersey in the face of Alejandro Valverde's Caisse d'Epargne team's aggressive - and sometimes unfathomable - tactics?

Who's your favourite for glory today?

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comment by kuzfan (U9011667)

posted Jul 12, 2008

Cav is brilliant and could become a legend in sprinting. He talks the talk but he can walk the walk. He is the fastest sprinter out there and if he can survive the mountains, then he could win another stage by Paris.

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posted Jul 12, 2008

well done cav, gotta say though, i really only get interested when they go into the mountains. hoping for some ballsy moves from evans, hoping being the operative word.....

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posted Jul 12, 2008

Why have all of the news channels focused on the Duaine Chambers issue? rather than Cav's fantastic performance.

I am a very proud Edinburgh Based Manxie recovering from Hip Surgery, performances like this only help my recovery.smiley

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posted Jul 12, 2008

To the poster who said 'How long until he fails a drug test' You obviously do not know much about Mark Cavendish. I suggest you find out some information on him before making such flippant comments. Well done Mark!

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posted Jul 12, 2008

>>Surely winning or being highly placed is more important than winning a stage....can't see the point if you are way down.

GlosIron - winning a stage in a Grand Tour, and especially in the TDF, is one of the biggest prizes in terms of prestige that a cyclist can win. It is a career highlight, and even for lesser riders than one such as Cavendish (who is a brilliant young sprinter) it remains a defining moment in a career.

We who follow cycling still talk of men who may have won few races in their time, but the fact that they once won a stage is still spoken of with honour. Winning the entire bike race is a prize reserved only for the very few, and winning it more than once is considered exceptional. ok

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posted Jul 13, 2008

"Because there isnt enough people interested in watching cycling, simple."

And highlighting British success won't change that?

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posted Jul 13, 2008

I agree that the tour starts today, but the fact that I won't be able to watch any of it, not even highlights, on my terrestial tv means that it is turning into a non-event for me this year.

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posted Jul 13, 2008

i think Cavendish and a host of others on the tour this year are all on some form of performance enhancing drugs

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comment by gravy (U11549636)

posted Jul 13, 2008

What a silly comment to make, i assume you dont know that stage winners are whisked away for a blood test right after crossing the line, if you are taking drugs you would at least stay in the pack and the last thing you would be doing is winning a stage let alone two !

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comment by GawnaB (U11553033)

posted Jul 14, 2008

Because there isnt enough people interested in watching cycling, simple."

And highlighting British success won't change that
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It is true what yu say,that's wy i say,Mountain stage can reflect to public,far better than sprint

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