Gallery: Too-close crowds and a Pyrenean rollercoaster on stage 8 of the Tour

by Matt de Neef

There were two main battles on stage 8 of the 2020 Tour de France. One for stage honours from a breakaway that led by more than 12 minutes at one point. Another for the GC contenders in the bunch behind, trying to maintain or improve on their overall standing.

Nans Peters (Ag2r-La Mondiale) won the first of those battles, the Frenchman adding to a similar breakaway victory in last year’s Giro d’Italia. Among the GC contenders, Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) was the big victor, clawing back 40 of the 81 seconds he lost in the crosswinds on stage 7, while Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) dropped more than two minutes.

Here’s how our photographers saw stage 8 of the Tour; a stage of ups and downs, and of crowds that insisted on getting far closer to riders than is appropriate in the midst of a pandemic.

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