After Denmark, France and Belgium, the Tour de France took the direction of Switzerland this Saturday on the occasion of the eighth stage. An explosive final in Lausanne, on the Côte du Stade Olympique (5 km at 4.6%), strongly skimmed the peloton in the run up to the sprint.
Despite a profile suited for breakaways, the three leaders of the day didn’t receive a chance to go for the win, as the peloton maintained the gap under 2 minutes. The riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux were united around Louis Meintjes and brought the South-African climber in a good position towards the foot of the final climb.
This climb of 5 kilometer was ridden at a high pace, resulting in a group of 20 riders sprinting for the victory. Meintjes finished 7 seconds after stage winner Wout Van Aert and continues his progression in the general classification of the Tour de France. He is provisionally 22nd at the end of this eighth stage.