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Tour de France 2018 stage 8: Dreux > Amiens Métropole 181 km

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Who is going to win the stage?

Poll ended at 14 Jul 2018 16:17

Fernando Gaviria
22
33%
Peter Sagan
9
13%
Dylan Groenewegen
23
34%
André Greipel
4
6%
Alexander Kristoff
2
3%
Mark Cavendish
2
3%
Arnaud Demare
1
1%
Marcel Kittel
3
4%
Other
1
1%
 
Total votes : 67

Tour de France 2018 stage 8: Dreux > Amiens Métropole 181 km

13 Jul 2018 16:17

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Stage 8 departs from Dreux and ends in Amiens.

Dreux is mostly known by the "chapelle royale de Dreux", where many nobles such as dukes, princes, princesses and pretenders are buried.

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Some names, that caught my eyes were two Brazilian princes, Prince Antônio Gastão and Princes Luis, both of the House of Orléans-Braganza. After the highly regarded Emperor Pedro II of Brazil was deposed in a military coup, the Brazilian Royal family was exiled. Prince Antônio was at first a Hussar lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1908 until 1914, where he "switched sides" at the outbreak of the war, enlisting himself in the British Army as part of the Royal Flying Corps, where he was awarded the military cross, serving as a pilot. Image
Injuries after an air plane crash caused him to die shortly after the end of The Great War, which brought death and suffering the world had never seen at that point in time.

The other prince, Luis, became heir to the non-existing Brazilian throne, and was active in the restoration movement (to restore the monarchy in Brazil) and for the abolition of slavery in Brazil.
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Sounds like a somewhat unsual prince of that era, right? The prince was active from 1907 through to his death in 1920, and argued in favor of federalism, obligatory military service to have an army containing all parts of society, and an improvement in the quality of life for laborers. That last proposal made his adversaries accuse him of being a socialist and a radical!

The finish is at the big town of Amiens, where the novelist Jules Verne lived. His house can be visited. If you find yourself in Amiens, why not enter the Musée de Picardie?

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There you can find paintings and sculptures by Van Dyck, El Greco, Jacob Jordaens, Tiepolo, Chardin and Courbet, just to mention some.
Amiens is also home to the floating gardens of Amiens, called hortillonnages.
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This photo of Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens is courtesy of TripAdvisor
These floating gardens are small islands in the marshland between the river Somme and the river Avre, and these small gardens are separated from each other by so-called rieux, man-made canals.

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It isn't called Venice of the North for nothing ;)

Last time the race visited Amiens Métropole was three years ago, where the Gorilla, André Greipel won in front of Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish and Alexander Kristoff.

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Last 5 kilometers

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General classification before tomorrow:

1. Greg Van AVERMAET (BMC)
2. Geraint THOMAS (SKY) + 5''
3. Tejay VAN GARDEREN (BMC) + 6''
4. Julian ALAPHILIPPE (Quickstep) + 9''
5. Philippe GILBERT (Quickstep) + 15''
6. Bob JUNGELS (Quickstep) + 21''
7. Rigoberto URAN (EF-ED) + 48''
8. Alejandro VALVERDE (Movistar) + 54''
9. Rafal MAJKA (Bora) + 55''
10. Jakob FUGLSANG (Astana) + 56''

Polka-dot jersey competition before tomorrow:

1. Toms SKUIJNS (Trek) 6
2. Sylvain CHAVANEL (Direct Energie) 4
3. Dion SMITH (Wanty) 4

Points jersey competition before tomorrow:

1. Peter SAGAN (Bora) 234
2. Fernando GAVIRIA (Quickstep) 203
3. Alexander KRISTOFF (UAE) 105
4. André GREIPEL (Lotto-Soudal) 85
5. Dylan GROENEWEGEN (NL-Jumbo) 82

Weather forecast provided by BBC Weather

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13 Jul 2018 16:20

Can't wait.
P.S. Great OP!
Riposa in pace, Michele!
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13 Jul 2018 16:23

Have a great and exciting Bastille day watching le Tour, dear French forumites ;)
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13 Jul 2018 16:30

SNORE
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13 Jul 2018 17:05

I don't mind these stages, but not on Saturdays!
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13 Jul 2018 17:11

Escarabajo wrote:I don't mind these stages, but not on Saturdays!


Yeah, I haven't had much time to follow the Tour so far, then this pile of dog **** pops up :o
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13 Jul 2018 17:36

ASO trying to recreate the famous Duran Leonard fight in living room’s around the world, cycling fans pummeled into submission through sheer boredom, left begging “No Mas”
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13 Jul 2018 17:39

Unbelievable this is a weekend stage. And then they wonder why nobody watches the TDF
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13 Jul 2018 17:46

An upgrade from today's stage. Mercifully shorter and a few cat 4 climbs and rolling hills. Let's hope for wind and/or a strong breakaway that creates a buffer between the peloton.
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13 Jul 2018 17:49

I remember I've enjoyed the stage three years ago 'cause of its historic dimension.
Similar spirit is present in this year's edition, as well, but less emphasized.
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13 Jul 2018 17:56

Cavendish to make up for last time he was here and beat Greipel.
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13 Jul 2018 18:03

Zinoviev Letter wrote:ASO trying to recreate the famous Duran Leonard fight in living room’s around the world, cycling fans pummeled into submission through sheer boredom, left begging “No Mas”


If that's what they want, they should beg Lefevere
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13 Jul 2018 18:07

Also a side/headwind for most of the stage, so probably no interest in the break again either.
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13 Jul 2018 18:12

Aye, I've had enough of these sort of stages, I might take the dug a big walk tomorrow
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13 Jul 2018 18:25

SHAD0W93 wrote:Cavendish to make up for last time he was here and beat Greipel.

Yes, he will finish 9th, relegating Greipel to 10th.
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13 Jul 2018 18:26

GuyIncognito wrote:
Zinoviev Letter wrote:ASO trying to recreate the famous Duran Leonard fight in living room’s around the world, cycling fans pummeled into submission through sheer boredom, left begging “No Mas”


If that's what they want, they should beg Lefevere

Maybe they did; Enric isn't racing here.
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13 Jul 2018 19:04

I thought I lived in "Venice of the North" but it seems there's about 40 towns that claim that. :)

Entering Amiens the peloton turns left with 4 kilometres left to fly down a drop. So the rhythm will be high when the riders hit a sharp right-hand bend with 2.8 kilometres to go, shortly followed by a slight left-hander. The drop ends 2 kilometres before the line with a 90-degrees left-hand bend, while the route turns left at a roundabout with 500 metres to go. The last 700 metres are slightly uphill (1%).


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Could well be Groenewegen again.
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Re: Tour de France 2018 stage 8: Dreux > Amiens Métropole 18

13 Jul 2018 19:26

It's time for The Gorilla to seize the day.
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13 Jul 2018 19:26

Another boring stage. Wake me at the 10K mark. (I think even Peter made some reference to that about today's stage).
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13 Jul 2018 19:52

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