And with that, it's time for me to get stuck into the report.
Don't forget OJ Borg, Rob Hayles and Simon Brotherton are aiming to be live on the BBC Radio 5 live Sport Facebook page from 18:00 BST to analyse today's stage. If you miss that, it will be available as a podcast and accessible from the BBC Sport cycling pages.
Sunday's stage nine features three hors categorie climbs, and there is apparently the threat of rain, which could make descending interesting.
That's me done for this year's race, thanks for all your company over the opening week.
Paul Fletcher will be here from around 11:00 BST, with radio commentary from 14:30. Be sure to join them.