Kadri will look good with the polka dot jersey as the leader in the mountains classification. The battle for second today was between Alberto Contador and yellow-jersey wearer, Vincenzo Nibali. The image below shows Contador grabbing three seconds off Nibali's lead (click on the image for a larger view).
Below is Kadri's time and a comparison with our prediction.
- Stage 8: 3h 49' 28" (actual), 3h 59' 54" (prediction), 10' 26" slow (4.55% error)
Wind was not a big factor and the light rain probably helped riders keep their legs cool during the big climbs. We are happy to be under 5%, but we were thrilled to see Kadri powering his way up the mountains. He was a star for France today! Below is his average speed.
- Stage 8: 11.69 m/s (42.10 kph or 26.16 mph)
- Stage 9: 4h 20' 39" (prediction)
We hope to be impressed by some great climbing tomorrow. Though we were about 10 minutes slow today, just 47 of 184 cyclists (~25.5%) beat our prediction. The world's top cyclists are truly athletic marvels!