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Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: Dôle to la Station des Rousses

A guide to Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2017, which is 187.5km in the Jura, from Dôle to la Station des Rousses. This hilly stage could be a chance for a breakaway to succeed, and an outsider to take the win. Read about Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2017 here.

Lilian Calmejane wins Stage 8

8th July 2017

Lilian Calmejane

Lilian Calmejane, by Dacoucou, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

On a day with three serious climbs, Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) won Stage 8 from a breakaway. Robert Gesink (Lotto Jumbo NL) was the next man over the line in la Station des Rousses.

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: facts, figures, and map

Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2017 starts in Dôle, and makes its way south south east to la Station des Rousses, a mountain resort at an altitude of 1175m. The whole stage is in the Jura département.

Stage classification Hilly
Distance 187.5km
Intermediate sprint Montrond
Climbs Col de la Joux (Category 3)
Côte de Viry (Category 2)
Montée de la Combe de Laisia les Molunes (Category 1)

This is the official map of Stage 8.

The official Tour de France stage profile for Stage 8:

Profile of Stage 8, Tour de France 2017

Profile of Stage 8, Tour de France 2017, © ASO/Tour de France organisers

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: date & timings

Stage 8 takes place on Saturday 8th July 2017.

The publicity caravan sets off from Dôle at 10h10, and arrives at the finish at la Station des Rousses at 15h29.

The peloton sets off at 12h10, and arrives at the finish between 16h59 and 17h29.

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: the route

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: the start in Dôle

Dôle

Dôle, Quartier des Tanneurs, by Donald Judge, Licence CC BY 2.0

The stage starts in Dôle, in the Jura département. The ceremonial start is on avenue de Lahr, by the Doubs river and the Stade Municipal Boulodrome. This is the provisional route in Dôle, from the Dôle-Jura Tour de France page:

Stage 8 Tour de France 2017 route in Dôle

Provisional Stage 8 route in Dôle, © Dole du Jura

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: Dôle to Champagnole

Champagnole & Mont Rivel

Champagnole, with Mont Rivel behind, by PRA, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

The race heads south south east out of Dôle, via Mont-sous-Vaudrey, to the small town of Arbois on the edge of the plateau du Jura. (Arbois, on the river Cuisance, is part of the 'Pays du Revermont', and is known as the capital of Jura wines. Louis Pasteur grew up and lived here. These days, Stanley screwdrivers are made in Arbois). 

View of Arbois

View of Arbois, by Damien Boilley, Licence CC BY 2.0

The intermediate sprint comes after 45.5km of racing at Montrond.

Profile of Stage 8 TDF 2017 intermediate sprint Montrond

Profile of intermediate sprint on Stage 8 at Montrond, © ASO/Tour de France

The route continues to Champagnole.

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: Champagnole to Col de la Joux

Lac de Chalain

Lac de Chalain, by Gerrit Devinck, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

In Champagnole, Stage 8 crosses the river Ain, and takes the D471 west to Ney, then south west to Mont-sur-Monnet (which has trout farms). It continues south to Saffloz, then turns west to pass close to the eastern end of the Lac de Chalain. (Stage 16 of the 2016 Tour passed the western end of the Lac de Chalain).

From the Lac de Chalain, the route is south to Songeson, then further south to Menétrux-en-Joux, by the Lac du Val. Beyond Menétrux-en-Joux, the riders follow l'Hérisson (the Hedgehog river) upstream. It is known for its waterfalls (les Cascades du Hérisson).

Cascades du Hérisson

Cascades du Hérisson

The race continues to Bonlieu, near the Lac de Bonlieu. Leaving Bonlieu, the riders cross the rivers Sirène and Ronay. From the village of Saint-Maurice-Crillat, they begin to climb on the D28. A series of hairpin bends takes them up to the Col de la Joux (altitude 1,053m), over a distance of 6.1km, at an average gradient of 4.7%. This is the first categorised climb on the stage, Category 3.

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: Col de la Joux to Saint-Claude

Church at Saint-Lupicin

Church at Saint-Lupicin, by Martpan, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

From the Col de la Joux, Stage 8 descends through woods to Saint-Lupicin (615m). It crosses then follows the course of la Bienne river, leaving the river at Molinges. Then the stage does a loop south to Viry, and the Côte de Viry climb (7.6km at an average gradient of 5.2%; Category 2), which peaks at 748m, before turning north and descending to Vulvoz.

The stage continues north through wooded slopes to re-join the river Bienne just before Saint-Claude. (Saint-Claude developed around a monastery which was founded in the C5th. It is known for items made out of wood, which were traditionally sold to pilgrims. Smokers' pipes are still made in Saint-Claude. There's even a pipe museum).

Saint-Claude, Jura

Saint-Claude, Jura, by MOSSSOT, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: Saint-Claude to the finish at la Station des Rousses

Chapeau de Gendarme, Lacets de Septmoncel

Chapeau de Gendarme, Lacets de Septmoncel

From Saint-Claude, the riders follow the river Tacon initially, then they begin to climb the Montée de la Combe de Laisia les Molunes (11.7km at an average gradient of 6.4%; Category 1). A series of hairpins on the ascent are known as the Lacets de Septmoncel. The Chapeau de Gendarme is a striking geological fold part-way up the Lacets. The top of the climb is at an altitude of 1,202m. 

Lac de Lamoura

Lac de Lamoura, by Pmau, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

From the top of the final climb, there's 11km left to go to the finish - slightly down then slightly up. 

Profile of the climb of la Combe de Laisia les Molunes

Profile of the climb of la Combe de Laisia les Molunes, and the route to the finish, © ASO/Tour de France

When the riders pass the Lac de Lamoura, it's just a short distance to finish at la Station des Rousses.

La Station des Rousses

La Station des Rousses, by Arnaud 25, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: favourites for the stage win

Steve Cummings

Steve Cummings at the 2016 Tour of Britain, by Geof Sheppard, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 8 is a chance for a breakaway to succeed. Could Steve Cummings have this one circled in red in his race book?

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: comments

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Stage 9, Tour de France 2017

Grand Colombier

Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2017 is a tough mountain stage of 181km in the Jura, including a very steep climb of the Grand Colombier, and a final climb of the Mont du Chat. 

This race from Nantua to Chambéry could have a significant impact on the General Classification.

Read about Stage 9, Tour de France 2017.

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: towns, sights and attractions

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: Dôle

Dôle

Dôle, Quartier des Tanneurs, by Donald Judge, Licence CC BY 2.0

Dôle is a town in the Jura département, on the Doubs river. The population is 23,312.

Historically, it was the capital of the Franche-Comté. Louis XIV beseiged Dôle, conquered the town, and made it part of France (1674).

Louis Pasteur was born in Dôle in 1822. Pasteur was a pioneer of microbiology, who created the first vaccine for rabies, and invented the process now called pasteurisation.

The EuroVelo route 6 goes through Dôle and along the Doubs valley to Besançon, then on to Switzerland.

Dôle is twinned with Northwich in Cheshire, UK, Lahr, Baden-Württemburg, Germany, and Carlow, Ireland.

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: Champagnole

Champagnole & Mont Rivel

Champagnole, with Mont Rivel behind, by PRA, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Champagnole is a town of 7,901 people, about half-way between Geneva and Dijon. It is overlooked by a hill called Mont Rivel (805m), which once had a Medieval château on it.

Champagnole used to be an industrial town, with steel and aluminium made here until the 1990s, as well as toy trains. The economy has since gone off the rails (or declined, at least).

Stage 8, Tour de France 2017: la Station des Rousses

Station des Rousses

La Station des Rousses, by Arnaud 25, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

La Station des Rousses is a mountain resort in the Jura département of France, close to the border with Switzerland.

La Station des Rousses is a cross-country and downhill ski resort in the winter. There's also an ice rink. In summer, there's walking, swimming and water sports in the lac des Rousses, and an adventure playground in the forest and fort of les Rousses.

When the 2010 Tour de France came to la Station des Rousses on Stage 7, Sylvain Chavanel won the stage and took the yellow jersey.

DôleSaint-LupicinLa Station des Rousses

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