/A Frenchman, Lilian Calmejane, Wins the 8th Stage of the Tour

A Frenchman, Lilian Calmejane, Wins the 8th Stage of the Tour

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France’s Lilian Calmejane was cheered on by supporters during the eighth stage of the Tour de France.

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STATION DES ROUSSES, France — Speeding away on a narrow mountain road more suited to goats than to riders, Lilian Calmejane won Stage 8 to the Rousses ski station in the Jura Mountains on Saturday for his first victory in his first Tour de France.

Calmejane, riding for the French team Direct Energie, fought cramps after breaking away on the final climb and hung on, tongue lolling, for victory in only the second visit by the Tour to Rousses. It was the second win at this Tour for a French rider, after Arnaud Demare’s in Stage 4.

The Tour leader, Chris Froome, finished in a group further back, retaining the yellow jersey ahead of a second, far harder day of climbing, again in the Jura Mountains, on Sunday.

Froome’s day was not without incident: On a downhill right-hand bend after the second of three notable climbs on the stage from Dole, Froome, a three-time Tour champion, went straight into the roadside…

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