2014 Tour de France: Graham Watson Stage 8 Photo Gallery

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The weather for the 2014 Tour has been far more challenging than it’s been for the past several Spring Classics seasons and todays wet and wild stage was no exception. Emerging from the damp to take the win was Frenchman Blel Kadri while yellow jersey wearer Vincenzo Nibali withstood the attacks of an aggressive Alberto Contador to maintain his overall lead. See stage 8 results here.


Nibs v. Contadizzy

Race leader Vincezo Nibali (L) withstood the numerous attacks of Alberto Contador on the day’s last climb to keep the yellow jersey despite taunts by the women in ponchos. Photo by Graham Watson

Mr. Rodgers neighborhood

Australian Micheal Rodgers once again provided the power that brought Contador and the yellow jersey group back to the front. Photo by Graham Watson


Given all the crashes in the Tour’s first week, some fans now bring personal padding in the event things go awry. Photo by Graham Watson

Horner Lampre

Chris Horner (Lampre) has laid low so far in this year’s Tour, but managed to smile his way to 31st place, 4:19 down on Kadri. Photo by Graham Watson

Fabian is all thumbs

Flat tire? Trek’s Fabian Cancellara don’t care. Great to see the People for Bikes branding on Trek’s vehicles and kits. Photo by Graham Watson

Talanski changing

After a hard crash in the finale yesterday, Andrew Talansky’s Tour hasn’t improved. He crashed again today and lost a minute on the GC contenders…as well as his shirt. Photos by Graham Watson

Team formation

Things in the Tour often start out orderly, but rarely end that way. Photo by Graham Watson

Nibali focused

It’s hard not to admire Vincenzo Nibali’s focus in the Tour, but one has to wonder if defending the yellow jersey will take its toll on his Astana teammates. Photo by Graham Watson

Tossato vest

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Matteo Tossato ferried bottles from the support car to the team in his Baby Bjorn. Photo by Graham Watson

TJVG gimace

BMC’s Tejay van Garderen kept things upright today and finished close to the GC contenders. Photo by Graham Watson

Porte on the rise

Accidental Team Sky leader Richie Porte put in a great ride finishing fourth on the day and moving into third overall, 1:58 back of Nibali. Photo by Graham Watson


Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Blel Kadri notches the first win for a Frenchman in the 2014 Tour on another challenging day for the riders. Photo by Graham Watson


Blel Kadri was all smiles as he pulled on the well-earned King of the Mountains jersey that came with today”s stage victory for the Frenchman. Photo by Graham Watson


About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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