Cycling: TDF stage eight preview

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The Tour de France enters the Vosges Mountains for a 161km eighth stage from Tomblaine to Gerardmer.
Although it is a relatively short day, it ends with a brutal barrage of three categorised climbs in less than 30km.
The Col de la Croix des Moinats will thin the peloton right down, but it is on the deceptively difficult Col de Grosse Pierre where the most serious damage will be done.
This 3km climb has a maximum ramp of 16 per cent and is likely to blow what is left of the bunch to pieces, creating a select group of riders who will battle it out on the concluding climb to Gerardmer.
Whether the stage victory will still be up for grabs is not certain, because the profile offers potential for a breakaway winner.
Potential stage winners: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step).

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