Lilian Calmejane takes breakaway victory on fast and hectic Tour de France stage eight

Chris Froome retained his overall lead in the first day in the mountains at the Tour de France

Lilian Calmejane wins stage 8 of the 2017 Tour de France.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The Tour de France 2017 really came to life on the eighth stage of the race in the Jura Mountains, with Lilian Calmejane delivering a precious stage victory from the breakaway for home team Direct Energie.

The 24-year-old French rider attacked with 6km to go on the final category one climb and around 18km to the finish.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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