Chris Froome (Team Sky) prove he is no only wonderful climber, but additionally a handmade descender. The defending and also two-time tourism de France champion flew down the Col du Pyresourde to claim stage 8 and also the maillot jaune.

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Froome traction on the 32nd maillot jaune that his career on the podium in Bagnères-de-Luchon, but more importantly he had actually issued a emotional blow come his rivals in the fight for as whole victory.

“It was not really planned, ns was just… it was just a bit of fun, really,” Froome stated after the stage. “I thought I’d give it a try. I had a couple of gos on the climb, however nothing was really sticking. I believed I’d check out what I could do top top the descent, to view if ns could catch someone out.

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“That was simply old-school bicycle racing, simply fun. Perhaps I spent a little too lot energy, tomorrow is walking to it is in a difficult day. Twenty seconds is no a vast margin, however I’ll take it what I have the right to get. The men rode hard today, ns felt ns owed it to them to provide it mine all.”

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John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) still wears a protector for his finger the was practically severed in the team cultivate accident in January. Photo: Cor Vos
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Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) did not rocket over the climbs in stage 8 as he had done the job before. Photo: Cor Vos
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The peloton calmly rode out of Pau to start a hard and also hot job in the Pyrenees. Photo: Cor Vos
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Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), and Tony boy name (Etixx-QuickStep) damaged away on the lower slopes the the Col du Tourmalet. Photo: Gruber Images
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Van Avemaet suffered over the Col du Tourmalet. Photo: Gruber Images
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The new of the mankini is tho alive and also well ~ above the roadside of the tourism de France. Photo: Cor Vos
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Team sky made sure Froome to be safely near the former of the peloton on the climbs. Photo: Gruber Images
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo), left, sets tempo because that a group of dropped riders on among the many climbs. Photo: Gruber Images
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The peloton traversed the storied Col du Tourmalet on stage 8. Photo: Cor Vos
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Rolf Aldag (right) and an Extixx-QuickStep soigneur have a conversation on one of the plenty of climbs while awaiting the come of the riders. Photo: Gruber images
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Majka would certainly pull on the polka-dot jersey together leader of the King that the Mountains group at the finish of the stage. Photo: Cor Vos
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The BMC duo the Tejay valve Garderen and also Richie Porte finished in the chase group behind Froome. Photo: Gruber Images
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Stage 8 to be a warm day in the Pyrenees. Photo: Gruber Images
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The polka-dot jersey the the leader the the King of the mountains classification, worn by cutting board De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), to be in one of the countless groups behind the GC contenders. Photo: Gruber Images
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The peloton snakes its methods through the Pyrenees. Photo: Gruber Images
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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) found himself behind the gruppetto in ~ times throughout the stage. Photo: Gruber images
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The Pyrenees never disappoint in acquisition ones breath away. Photo: Gruber Images
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Froome had actually a walk on the uphill the the Col du Pyresourde, however Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was rapid to follow. Photo: Cor Vos
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Froome speak a daronger descent of the Col du Pyresourde come snatch the phase victory and also the maillot jaune. Photo: Cor Vos
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Victory! Froome confirmed on stage 8 보다 he have the right to be fast downhill and uphill. Photo: Cor Vos
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The maillot jaune of valve Avermaet coasting right into the complete at the earlier of the group nearly 26 minutes down on the winner. Photo: Cor Vos
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Climbing does no come naturally to the pure sprinters like Cavendish that finished nearly 40 minutes down through the groupetto. Photo: Cor Vos
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Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) crashed into a wall surface on the Col du Pyresourde. The Frenchman didn’t fall, but was left bloody native the incident. Photo: Gruber Images
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Froome turned the script upside down and also took one unpredictable victory to certain the in its entirety lead. Photo: Cor Vos