#Long #Brave #Focus


Another long day in the saddle for Pasqua and the Wanty boys. Pasqua praised the bravery of his teammate Marco Minnaard for going in the break of the day with only one other, Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie). Now the serious focus shifts to tomorrows stage, the cobblestones and the finish in Roubaix.


Stage 8 profile 2018 Tour de France

It was Marco's turn to get himself up the road this morning, and how delighted must he have been to see Laurens ten Dam (Sunweb), the man who had kicked things off, return to the peloton and leave him stranded in a breakaway with a man from Direct Energie rider - the team who have a reputation for destroying breakaways.


Marco Minnaard in the break of the day

Marco Minnaard in the break of the day


The break never built a gap beyond 6 minutes and it was almost inevitable that the stage would end in another bunch sprint. Marco surrendered with 10 km to go, and Direct Energie failed again to last the distance, caught at 6 km. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) went for a long one but was caught at the 1.5 km mark. A messy and dangerous sprint saw Greipel and Gaviria penalised for an incident involving a headbutt.

Andrea Pasqualon:

"It was again a nervous final. I am glad I was able to avoid the crash because I was just behind Dan Martin at the moment of the pile-up. I was very lucky, although it took energy to return. I chose the wheel of Gaviria, but no team took control. That made it very dangerous. Tomorrow I will discover the cobblestones in Roubaix. I hope to have the legs to be in front. The most important thing is to protect Guillaume Martin and position us well from the first section. Sunday is an important day for the GC. And why should I not be able to achieve a good result at the end of the stage? I already have a few top 10 places, now I am aiming for top 5."
Summary of the stage from A.S.O.:
Dylan Groenewegen equalled Peter Sagan as he bagged his second stage win in Amiens. In six sprinters’ stages, the three top sprinters of the 105th edition have scored twice. Greg Van Avermaet extended his lead by one more second ahead of the much-anticipated stage including cobblestones. André Greipel and Fernando Gaviria have both been downgraded.
Check back tomorrow for more from inside the peloton at the 2018 Tour de France.
Photo (c) A.S.O. 

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