Stage 8 – Route and Prediction – 2011 Tour de France

July 9, 2011

Today is the first time during the 2011 Tour that I’ve been able to watch a stage live. As we all know, work gets in the way but now we’re at the weekend. Today’s dispatches/blog posts will be provided as things happen on the road. So sit tight. Info to come.

*Overnight news – Chris Horner abandoned after finishing Stage 7 yesterday.

Stage 8 is 189KM and goes from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy. On the route there are two category 4 climbs, one category 2 and the finishing hill is a category 3.

Today I predict (and by the way, all my prior predictions have taken place before I watched any of the day’s riding) that the stage winners will be…

Andy Schleck
Levi Leipheimer
and Cadel Evans

Contador will likely try to pull away, but will end up in the groupo and not gain back any time. Conversely, he won’t lose any time.

What do you think?