When: Saturday July 11, 2015
Where: Rennes to Mûr-de-Bretagne
The Tour de France will start stage 8 on Saturday July 11th, 2015, from Rennes to Mur de Bretagne, a ride of 179km, with a grueling final climb at Mur de Bretagne. The route, along the byways of Cotes-d'Armor, to the centre of Brittany (Kreiz Breizh), will be a severe challenge of endurance.
Tour de France Stage 8 Preview: Rennes - Mur de Bretagne, 181.5 km
The terrain today might look straightforward – apart from the third-category climb at the finish, there’s only one other categorised climb, mid-stage. But the road will be constantly dipping and rising, especially in the second half.
The stage comes at the end of a very hard opening phase of the Tour. The yellow jersey contenders face the impossible choice and maximising time gains on the climb, while trying to save themselves for the team time trial the next day.
Halfway through the stage Col du Mont Bel-Air lays waiting. Not a hurdle to be feared, totalling 1.5 kilometres at 5,7%. The stage ends on the short and steep Mur de Bretagne, a climb bringing sweet memories to Cadel Evans.
The toughest part of the 2 kilometres climb is at the bottom with a 1 kilometres section rising by 9.5 to 10.1%. Then the climb flattens out and the last 500 metres are a false flat.
|Stage 1||July 04, 2015||Utrecht (ITT)||13.8 km||-||-|
|Stage 2||July 05, 2015||Utrecht - Zelande||166 km||-||-|
|Stage 3||July 06, 2015||Anvers - Huy||159.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 4||July 07, 2015||Seraing - Cambrai||223.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 5||July 08, 2015||Arras - Amiens Metropole||189.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 6||July 09, 2015||Abbeville - Le Harve||191.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 7||July 10, 2015||Livarot - Fougeres||190.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 8||July 11, 2015||Rennes - Mur de Bretagne||181.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 9||July 12, 2015||Vannes - Plumelec (TTT)||28 km||-||-|
|Rest Day 1||July 13, 2015||Pau - Pau||-||-||-|
|Stage 10||July 14, 2015||Tarbes - La Pierre-Saint-Martin||167 km||-||-|
|Stage 11||July 15, 2015||Pau - Cauterets Vallee de Saint-Savin||188 km||-||-|
|Stage 12||July 16, 2015||Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille||195 km||-||-|
|Stage 13||July 17, 2015||Muret - Rodez||198.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 14||July 18, 2015||Rodez - Mende||178.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 15||July 19, 2015||Mende - Valence||183 km||-||-|
|Stage 16||July 20, 2015||Bourg-de-Peage - Gap||201 km||-||-|
|Rest Day 2||July 21, 2015||-||-||-||-|
|Stage 17||July 22, 2015||Digne-les-Bains - Pra-Loup||161 km||-||-|
|Stage 18||July 23, 2015||Gap - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne||186.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 19||July 24, 2015||Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - La Toussuire - Les Sybelles||138 km||-||-|
|Stage 20||July 25, 2015||Modane Valfrejus - Alpe d'Huez||110.5 km||-||-|
|Stage 21||July 26, 2015||Sevres - Grand Paris Seine Ouest - Paris Champs-Elysees||109.5 km||-||-|
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