First French victory of the Tour

Updated: July 12, 2015

Vuillermoz became the first French stage winner of this year’s Tour de France. He countered about 800 metres before the top of Mûr de Bretagne, the Irish cyclist, Dan Martin, reacted too slowly and could only make second place.

So after stage 8, Froome keeps the yellow jersey with Contador’s teammate, Peter Sagan, in second place, eleven seconds behind and Van Garderen still keeping within distance of Froome, 13 seconds behind.

The first breakaway came early on, after only 9 km, Huzarski, Chavanel, Sicard and Périchon. Their biggest gap was just under four minutes. They were caught with 69 km to go, but that wasn’t the end, Huzarski attacked yet again along with Bak and Golas. Cannondale were very aggressive an involved with reeling in the leaders. The break was over with 8 km to go.

Périchon Huzarski, Chavanel and Sicard were the four that took top place in the intermediate sprint. Greipel was the sprinter that finished first in the peloton group. Peter Sagan ends the day in green again and also is first in the young riders category.

Near the end Froome capitalised when Nibali seemed to be in trouble. At that point Vuillermoz counter attacked ahead of Froome and took the stage win.

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