Tour de France

Impey hopes to defend lead

2013-07-06 12:43
Daryl Impey (AFP)
Castres - South African rider Daryl Impey defends the yellow jersey for the second day as riders set off on Saturday's eighth stage of the Tour de France in the mountains of the Pyrenees.

The 195km trek starts from Castres stays flat for a long time before ending with two huge climbs.

First up is the Col de Pailheres - a ferociously tough ascent that goes on for about nine miles at a gradient of eight percent - and then a shorter but even steeper ride to the finish at the ski resort of Ax 3 Domaines.

Tour contenders Chris Froome and Alberto Contador could launch their first significant attacks of the race and take the yellow jersey off Impey, who is not a challenger and said himself that he expects to struggle in the mountains.

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