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Tour de France, Stage 8: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Stage 8 of the Tour de France will begin early Sunday morning, as current leader Bradley Wiggins looks to defend his ten second advantage over second place rider Cadel Evans.

Stage 8 will take riders on a 158 kilometer race beginning in Belfort and ending in Porrentruy. Other than brief stretches at the start and conclusion of the race, this stage will challenge competitors with a hilly terrain.

France's Thomas Voeckler is particularly adept at such terrain, but has been dealing with a nagging knee injury that could hold him back from stealing a victory and improving on his current ranking (65th overall, 16:13 behind Wiggins). New York native George Hincapie enters Stage 8 in 46th place, 10:18 behind the leader.

Television Coverage: NBC live coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET

Online Coverage: Streaming coverage available via NBC Sports

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