The Tour de France 2018 commences on the 7th of July and one week later, on the 14th, the riders will begin Stage 8 of the race. Stage 8 is considered to be a flat stage and so much of the attention in this section of the race will turn to the sprinters of each team.
In today’s guide, we’re discussing which riders are likely to win Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2018, why they’re likely to win, how they’ve performed in recent races, and how this may affect the odds on which riders receive a jersey that day.
Tour de France 2018 Stage 8: Overview
As we’ve just mentioned, Stage 8 in this year’s Tour de France will be one of the eight flat stages of the race. Below you can find all the information about when and where this stage will take place.
|Tour de France Stage 8|
|Start Date and Time||14/6/2018 at 10:50 (GMT)|
|Expected Length of Stage (Time)||3hr 55m|
|Distance of Stage||181 km|
|Location||Dreux to Amiens|
Tour de France 2018 Stage 8: Winner Predictions
As a flat to rolling stage, the winner of the Dreux to Amiens stretch of the Tour de France 2018 is expected to be a rider who is a competent sprinter.
That being said, the Stage 8 route does involve two considerable climbs, and therefore predicting who will win is slightly more complicated. To attempt to do so, we’ve looked at which riders are considered to be the best sprinters of the tournament and how they have performed recently.
Who Are the Favourites to Win Stage 8 and Why?
There are currently three favourites to win Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2018 and these are as follows: Fernando Gaviria, Marcel Kittel, Dylan Groenewegen.
- Fernando Gaviria – Quick-Step Floors
Fernando Gaviria came to most people’s attention when he beat out the current World Champion, Mark Cavendish, in two sprint finishes in the Tour de San Luis in 2015. Since then he has racked up many further wins, including the points classification win at the 2017 Giro d’Italia.
- Marcel Kittel – Katusha–Alpecin
Marcel Kittel is generally considered to be one of the World’s strongest sprinters, and in the Tour de France 2017 he racked up five stage wins. In the Tirreno-Adriatico this year, Kittel achieved a further two stage wins, competing with his new team Katusha Alpecin.
- Dylan Groenewegen – LottoNL-Jumbo
Dylan Groenewegen is thought to be one of the rising sprinting stars in world cycling. At just 24 years old, he has already racked up many stage wins in World Tour events, most notably in the final stage of the Tour de France 2017.
This stage is always a sprint race, and therefore this gives him a good chance of winning this stage in the Tour de France 2018 too.