Lilian Calmejane: ‘I started cycling admiring Thomas Voeckler and now I get to share this moment with him’

Frenchman takes solo victory on Tour de France stage eight

LIlian Camejane on stage eight of the 2017 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Thomas Voeckler might be the Direct Energie rider that every French fan wants to see taste victory at the 2017 Tour de France, but Lilian Calmejane may have taken his first steps in taking over the mantle of French favourite from his boyhood hero on stage eight.

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