Thomas De Gendt says Tour de France stage eight victory better than Ventoux and Stelvio wins

The Belgian took a sensational solo victory after a long day in the breakaway on stage eight of the 2019 Tour de France

Thomas De Gendt winning stage eight of the Tour de France 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Belgian Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) ranks today's Tour de France stage win in Saint-Étienne above those at the Stelvio Pass in the Giro d'Italia and the 2016 Tour's win on Mont Ventoux.

De Gendt rode clear at kilometre zero in the 200km stage with several categorised and uncategorised climbs ahead of him. Though the roads are not as famous as the Stelvio and Ventoux, the ride means more to him.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.