Tour de France 2016: Day 8 Results - Chris Froome wins Stage 8
Chris Froome of Team Sky won stage eight of the Tour de France 2016 in Bagnères-de-Luchon after a splendid downhill attack off top of Col de Peyresourde on Saturday. British riders have now won five of the first eight stages of the Tour. With Mark Cavendish retaining the green jersey, British cyclists also hold three of the four jerseys and are now the favourites to win the Tour.
The defending champion denied Adam Yates the overall race lead, but he still retains the white jersey. Day 8 saw cyclists cover a distance of 184km on the mountain stage from Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon. Froome finished first with a timing of 4:57:33. He was followed by Daniel Martin of Team Etixx - Quick-Step in second position, and Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez of Team Katusha in the third position.
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Frenchman Romain Bardet of Team AG2R La Mondiale finished fourth and Bauke Mollema of Team Trek-Segafredo completed the list of top 5 cyclists for the day, as he came fifth in the race.
"It wasn't really planned. I thought I'd give it a try in the downhill as the few tries on the climb didn't work out," Froome said afterwards. "They were sticking to us. So I decided to give it a go in the descent. It was cool.
"Bike racing is just fun, but maybe I spent a little bit too much. Tomorrow is a hard stage but I take every second I can. It's just a really good feeling to win. The guys rode all day so I did it for them.”
Day 9 of the race will see racers competing from Vielha Val d'Aran (Spain) to Andorra-Arcalis (Andorra), covering a distance of 184.5km in the mountain range.
|1||Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data||204|
|2||Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step||182|
|3||Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team||177|
|4||Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie||112|
|5||Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team||90|