Tour de France Stage 8 – Data and stats

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Written By David Girones

Engineer in love of Data and passionate about cycling, running and triathlon

Stage 8 of Tour de France 2022 will be finishing outside of France again. The stage will start in the city of Dole, in the Jura mountains and finish at the Olympic Capital of Lausanne (Switzerland). It will be a medium mountain stage ideal for a Breakthrough.

Statistics and data of Tour de France Stage 8

Tour de France Stage 8 Average Distance

To calculate the average distance of the Stage 8 of the TdF there is some extra information to be provided.

  • 10 times Stage 8 was an Individual Time Trial
  • 3 times Stage 8 was a Team Time Trial
  • 4 times Stage 8 was divided in two splits 8a and 8b

The average distance in kilometers of the Stage 8, has been 202.4 kms (125.8 miles)

Tour de France Stage 8 Average Distance in Kilometers

If we do not consider Time Trials, as those stages are shorter, then stage 8 average distance increases to 218.6 km (135.9 miles)

Tour de France Stage 8 Average Distance in Kilometers not counting Time Trials

Stage number 8 of the 2022 edition of “Le Tour” will be shorter than the historical average with 184 kms (114 miles).

Tour de France Stage 8 Evolution of kilometers

The year by year distance evolution of stage 8 of the Tour de France has been decreasing exactly as all the other stages. The reason is that in the early days of the Tour de France, stages were incredibly longer than what we are used to nowadays. 

However, as a curious fact of stage 8, is that from 1929 until 1948, only one stage was above 200 km. Something unusual during those years.

Tour de France Stage 8 Distance Evolution
  • Longest 8th Stage: 427 km (265 miles). 1923 and 1924 edition
  • Shortest 8th Stage: 30.5 km (19 miles). 1996 edition

On the graph, the years with a splitted stage both splits have been added together. 

Tour de France Stage 8 types of stage

The eighth stage of the 2022 Tour de France will be a medium mountain stage from Dole to Lausanne in Switzerland. A medium mountain stage is the second most common type of stage in the 8th stage of Tour de France, with 23 times.

A Flat stage, with 63 times, is the most common type of stage on the eighth stage of the Tour de France.

Tour de France Stage 8 Type of Stages

TdF Stage 8 Locations

The podium of cities that have been hosting start lines of Tour de France Stage 8 are:

  • Perpignan – 8 times
  • Grenoble – 6 times
  • Angers – 5 times

Bordeaux, main city of a famed wine-growing region, is clearly leading the host finish line cities of the 8th stage of Le Tour, with 9 times.  

Three cities are tight with 5 times being the finish line of the 8th stage:

  • Toulouse
  • Pau
  • Briançon

Tour de France Stage 8 winners

There are 9 cyclists with 2 victories in the 8th stage of Tour de France. 

Based on the winners we can see that the 8th stage victories are clearly dominated by Tour de France winners and most of the names are history of Tour de France.

  • Miguel Indurain (ESP)
  • Luis Ocaña (ESP)
  • Jean Alavoine (FRA)
  • Erik Dekker (NED)
  • Eddy Merckx (BEL)
  • Chris Froome (GBR)
  • Charly Gaul (LUX)
  • Bert Oosterbosch (NED)
  • Bernard Hinault (FRA)

Stage 8 Tour de France anecdotes and important days

This section of the page will be a live document where I will be adding information that I gather through the time or that I receive in the comments.

1905 – The first two editions of the Tour de France had only 6 stages, consequently the first Stage 8 of Tour de France happened on the 3rd edition of Le Tour in 1905.

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