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Published on 07-09-2023

A combativity award for Anthony Turgis, but the Team loses a vital rider

A unanimous verdict at the end of the stage at Limoges. The day got off to a splendid start with Anthony Turgis’s magnificent break. But what would have been a beautiful stage was spoiled by Steff Cras’s crash and withdrawal in the final kilometers.

Anthony Turgis rewarded for his break

The eighth stage was perfect for a break. That’s what Anthony Turgis thought, and he fought hard to get to the front of the race today alongside Tim Declercq (Soudal-Quick Step) and Anthony Delaplace (Arkea-Samsic). The three men worked together all day to stretch their lead as far as possible. But in the end the peloton didn’t give the leaders the slightest chance, despite Anthony’s valiant resistance and solo attack 17 km from the finish. The pack finally reeled him in with just 8 km to go. A wonderful performance that earned him the day’s combativity title.

Steff Cras to leave the Tour

A crash just six kilometers from the finish cost Simon Yates and Mikel Landa some time, and forced Steff Cras, ranked twelfth in the general classification, to withdraw from the Tour. Our climber had enjoyed an excellent start to the event, but will now have to leave early, in a major blow to the Team.

He was taken directly to hospital for tests. No fractures were found, but he has extensive bruising of the hip and elbow. His team members hope to see him up and well soon.