Stage 8 may not have included the same type of spectacularly close finish as Stage 7, but it did mark the first stage victory by a Frenchman so far in 2014, with Blel Kadri taking the stage in three hours, 49 minutes and 29 seconds to put himself in eighth place overall.
Sunday's Stage 9 run -- the second of three in the Vosges mountains -- will be significantly more difficult, starting with a stage two climb in Gerardmer, followed by two stage three climbs, another stage two climb, and a stage one climb followed immediately by a final stage three climb before a rapid decline into Mulhouse to finish the stage. With former two-time champion Alberto Contador positioning himself for a major move yesterday, Sunday may just be his time to finally push past overall leader -- Italy's Vincenzo Nibali -- before Monday's excruciating finish up the mountains.
Here's a look at the route, via the Tour's website:
And here's a look at the six ascents the cyclists Sunday will face in preparation for Monday's seven-peak stage:
The Tour will be broadcast on NBCSN at 8 a.m. ET, and be replayed at 12:00 p.m, 3 p.m., 8 p.m and midnight.