Rui Da Costa hung on from a break to take stage 8 of the Tour de France, while Philippe Gilbert blasted away from the peloton to take glory and the green jersey. And interestingly Cadel Evans hung on to beat Alberto Contador, after he attacked on the final climb. It is starting to look like Alberto doesn't quite have it this year, and/or Cadel does. Meanwhile Gilbert animates everything; I really like him (even though he's Belgian :). Also interesting Teejay Van Garderen attacked the break and looked great, taking the polka dots. Onward!
Stage 9 is rather interesting; with eight categorized climbs it cannot be considered flat or easy (in fact it can be considered a leg-breaker), yet it isn't a mountain stage either. With a rest day ahead I predict a successful breakaway for the first time this tour, as the GC contenders rest up and recuperate and the sprinters wait for next week. Stay tuned...