Tour de France: stage 8





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Published on Jul 8, 2012

Pinot raced into the lead of the stage with 17km to go. He caught and immediately raced past Kessiakoff near the top of the final climb and he wouldn't be seen by another rider until after the finish. Lotto-Belisol led the yellow jersey's group for most of the final climb and then there was an elite selection of just nine men at the top: Wiggins, Froome, Evans, Menchov, Nibali, Zubeldia, Schleck, van den Broeck and Horner. On the descent Kessiakoff almost overshot a turn but by then he was out of contention for the stage win. Van den Broeck was bold enough try attacking the yellow jersey and this also prompted a brief surge from Cadel Evans but Wiggins always seem to have them covered. The defending champion of the Tour would finished second in the stage for a second successive day but he gained no time on his main rival in the race for the maillot jaune. Meanwhile, the celebrations for the first French stage win of the 99th Tour were started by Marc Madiot in the back seat of the FDJ team car well before the finish. He carried on like a man possessed, pumping his fist and screaming himself hoarse while, up ahead, Pinot calmly raised his arms in salute of an outstanding victory – one that will be remembered for a long time for this was the day that the young rider became a winner at the Tour de France.
Kessiakoff earned the lead in the climbing classification for his efforts today and Taaramae just defended his white jersey... and Wiggins, in fourth place, did all he needed to do to ensure he'll wear the yellow jersey in the time trial of stage nine.

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