Tour de France: Thibaut Pinot escapes the break to take stage eight into Porrentruy
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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Tour de France: Thibaut Pinot escapes the break to take stage eight into Porrentruy

by Ben Atkins at 11:41 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour de France, Race Reports and Results
 
Bradley Wiggins comes under pressure from his rivals as the race descends into Switzerland

thibaut pinot

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-BigMat), the youngest rider in the 2012 Tour de France, won the eighth stage of the race between Belfort and Porrentruy, Switzerland, after he escaped the rest of a large breakaway group on the final climb of the day. The 22-year-old Frenchman was just 12 seconds clear of Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) over the top of the steep, 1st category Col de la Croix, and only 1’39” ahead of a highly select group of overall contenders, as he began the 16km descent to the line.

Kessiakoff was caught by the group, but Pinot managed to hold them off, to take his biggest ever victory, 26 seconds ahead of defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), who won the sprint for second ahead of Tony Gallopin (RadioShack-Nissan).

“I lived through the longest 10km of my life," said Pinot after his victory. "When I saw the peloton had got to within 50 seconds with 10km to go, I began to panic.

"I owe much of this win to [FDJ-BigMat teammate] Jérémy Roy," he explained. "When he was ahead in the stage, I did not have to ride, and then when I bridged the gap to him he helped me throughout the game that was being played out before the final climb. He gave everything. After the last hill, I couldn't feel my legs but I was carried by the cheers of the fans, and it only happens like this on the Tour de France.

"Initially, I was meant to do the Vuelta a España," he added, "but I insisted on doing the Tour and I made sure Marc Madiot knew what I wanted. Now I hope he's convinced that I was right...

“Yesterday, I didn't dare disturb the GC leaders who were ahead of me, I kept in my place," he concluded. "But if I wanted a stage victory, it was now or never. We can see that every day, our team is striving to do something and there is a real group of friends here and I'm pleased to have earned a reward such as this.”

Pinot had been part of a 24-man escaped that had finally fought its way clear of the peloton in the middle of the most aggressive stage of the race so far. As the race crossed the medium mountains of the Jura there were several attempted breakaways in the first half of the 157.5km stage, but it was not until the halfway point that the escape’s composition was finally settled.

Roy began to split the group, as he and Kessiakoff got away over the top of the Côte de Saulcy with just over 60km to go, and the Swedish Astana rider attacked alone over the top. He was more than a minute clear with 50km to go - which rose to 1’35” over the penultimate climb to the Côte de la Caquerelle - but Pinot pulled a small group of riders clear as the chasers arrived on the climb.

Steadily Pinot dropped the rest of his chasing companions until only Gallopin remained, and he too was distanced as the Col de la Croix began. The Frenchman steadily closed down Kessiakoff on the steep gradients, and finally rode past him with just over half a kilometre still to climb.

Team Sky had controlled the peloton for most of the day, but handed over to Liquigas-Cannondale in the final 50km. Lotto-Belisol moved forward on the final climb however, and Jelle Vanendert reduced the front group to just ten riders as it arrived at the summit.

The chasing group was just Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol), Evans, Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale), race leader Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome (both Team Sky), Denis Menchov (Katusha), and Haimar Zubeldia, Chris Horner and Fränk Schleck (all RadioShack-Nissan) as it began the descent. It managed to close down Gallopin and Kessiakoff, but Pinot held it off.

Van Den Broeck and Evans tried to escape in the final kilometres, but were closed down before they could get far; Wiggins held on to his Maillot Jaune by the same ten second margin over Evans, and 16 seconds over Nibali.

"Another day ticked off, so really happy," said Wiggins to the TV cameras afterwards. "The team were fantastic today in marshalling the race. It was a tough one. It certainly was, and we saw on the last climb there wasn’t many guys left. It is another one of the tough days away now, and time trial tomorrow."

Holding on to that Maillot Jaune meant that Wiggins would start the time trial last, and would have the potentially crucial advantage of knowing about the performance of his rivals.

"It is not a straightforward time trial, it is quite technical in places," he said. "But it’s going to be a good one."

A break gets going early on the hills of the Jura but everybody wants to be in it

With the Tour de France having arrived in the mountains, it was to pass another day in the smaller climbs of the Jura region as it crossed over the border to Switzerland. This was to be no easy stage however, as it crossed one 4th, one 3rd, four 2nd, and the 1st category Col de la Croix on the way to the finish. While the Col de la Croix was just 3.7km long, it averaged 9.2%, with slopes of up to 17% towards the top, and its summit was to come just 16km from the finish.

Almost immediately a ten-man break got away, which included Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan), Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). Team Sky seemed happy with the group’s composition, and Chavanel - the best placed in it - seemed poised for a bid to take the yellow jersey that he was so close to in the first week, but Astana was not happy to have missed out and chased for several kilometres.

With the group’s lead down to a few seconds, Voigt went alone and took the point over the top of the Côte de Bondeval after 20km, while behind him riders splintered off the front of the peloton in an attempt to bridge. The pace at the front of the race, as several riders battled to get into the breakaway group, saw a number of sprinters and weaker climbers forced out the back already.

Several riders eventually made it across to Voigt on the descent, and the climb to Côte de Maison-Rouge that followed. The group was far too big to be allowed to stay clear however, and Team Sky was beginning to chase it down. The gap to the peloton was less than 20 seconds after 50km, and Roy attacked across it and went straight over the top.

Near the back of the peloton there was yet another crash, involving Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) as a number of riders’ bikes became entangled near the back of the peloton. Most riders were quickly up and chasing the peloton, but Sánchez was down for some time, and when he finally sat up he was holding his left shoulder. The Olympic champion was tended by the race doctor for some time, before abandoning the Tour by ambulance.

Finally the break is released as Jérémy Roy goes on the offensive

Roy, meanwhile, was more than a minute clear of the Sky-led peloton as the race entered Switzerland with 92.5km to go. As the Côte de Saignelégier began Voigt sat up but, as Wiggins stopped for a “natural break”, Team Sky’s pace dropped, and the gap to the leaders began to go up again. Over the top of the climb Roy was just a few seconds ahead of Kessiakoff - who joined him shortly afterwards, with Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) leading the 22-strong chase group 40 seconds later.

The Sky-led peloton had well and truly sat up by now, and Christian Knees cruised over the line 2’28” behind Roy.

Behind the two leaders, the group was made up of: Chris Anker Sørensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), Gallopin, Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha), Pinot, Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Hoogerland and Rafa Valls (both Vacansoleil-DCM), Blel Kadri, Mickaël Cherel and Jean-Christophe Péraud (all AG2R La Mondiale), Steven Kruijswijk, Laurens Ten Dam and Bauke Mollema (all Rabobank), Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge), Marco Marzano (Lampre-ISD), Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing), Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun), Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar), David Moncoutié (Cofidis), Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale), Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) and Christophe Kern (Europcar).

Gallopin was the best placed in the group, just 3’13” behind Wiggins in 19th place, but the Frenchman was not deemed to be a problem.

The gap was more than a minute as they passed through the feedzone, in Le Bémont with 75km to go, with the peloton drifting further back. Shortly afterwards Kruijswijk and De Weert set out to try and bridge that gap as they descended towards the foot of the Côte de Saulcy, and joined them with a little over a kilometre still to climb.

Kessiakoff attacked for the points over the top with 60.5km to go and kept going; on the false flat that followed the group behind him began to reform, but the Swedish rider wasn’t waiting. At the intermediate sprint, in Les Genevez with 50.5km to go, Kessiakoff was 1’05” ahead of the 15 remaining chasers - led over the line by Pinot - and the peloton was 2’45” back. Team Sky sat up, and Liquigas-Cannondale came forward, even though the it still had Nerz up the road.

As Kessiakoff began the climb to the Côte de la Caquerelle he was 1’35” ahead and Pinot set off in pursuit. With the FDJ-BigMat rider were Gallopin, Moncoutié, Kern and Kiserlovski, but one by one they dropped off his wheel until only Gallopin remained. The two Frenchmen were just 59 seconds behind the lone Swede as he crossed the top of the climb with 27km to go. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) led the peloton over 3’26” behind.

Into the final 20km, and the climb to the Col de la Croix, Pinot left Gallopin behind and began to close in on Kessiakoff. In the peloton behind them Vanendert muscled his way to the front and the gap began to plummet as the peloton shattered on the steep gradients.

Pinot is clear but Wiggins is coming under attack

With just over half a kilometre to climb Pinot caught up with Kessiakoff, and rode by as the Astana rider appeared rooted to the tarmac. The 22-year-old was still two minutes ahead of the Lotto-Belisol led peloton, which was busy sweeping up the rest of his former breakaway companions.

Pinot was twelve seconds clear over the top of the climb, with 16km to go, as Van Den Broeck pulled Evans, Nibali, Wiggins, Froome, Menchov, Zubeldia, Horner and Schleck clear. They were 1’39” behind Pinot over the top as they began the descent to the finish, quickly catching Gallopin to make four RadioShack-Nissan riders in the group of ten.

Nibali and Evans tried to escape Wiggins on the descent, but the British rider calmly brought them back. Kessiakoff almost came down on a corner as he came in too fast, but managed to hang on and was gradually clawing back the seconds to the leading Frenchman.

Pinot was hanging tough though, as Madiot yelled enthusiastically at him from the team car. With five kilometres to go he was 20 seconds ahead of Kessiakoff, but the Wiggins group was just a minute behind.

As Pinot passed under the four kilometres to go banner the Wiggins group caught Kessiakoff 42 seconds behind him. The Frenchman was still holding on though, and conceded just three seconds in the next kilometre, as Van Den Broeck broke clear of the group.

Pinot still had 37 seconds as he entered the final two kilometres, as Madiot was going crazy in the car beside him once more. Behind him Evans attacked across the gap to Van Den Broeck and the two got together and began to distance the Wiggins-led chase. The lone Frenchman up front was grinning as widely as his team manager up front though, and punched the air with both fists as he hit the line to take his biggest ever victory.

Evans and Van Den Broeck had been caught by the group behind him, as RadioShack-Nissan tried to set up Gallopin for the line, but the Australian sprinted to his second straight second place of the race.

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Tour de France (WorldTour) Stage 8 Results: Belfort to Porrentruy, 157.5 km:

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Country Result Name Team Time
fra FRA 1 Thibaut Pinot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 03:56:10
aus AUS 2 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) 00:00:26
fra FRA 3 Tony Gallopin (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
gbr GBR 4 Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 5 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
bel BEL 6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
gbr GBR 7 Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) s.t.
rus RUS 8 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP 9 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
lux LUX 10 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:30
usa USA 11 Chris Horner (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
swe SWE 12 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:47
irl IRL 13 Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:01:25
den DEN 14 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 15 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 16 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) s.t.
ita ITA 17 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
usa USA 18 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
por POR 19 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) s.t.
usa USA 20 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
slo SLO 21 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
usa USA 22 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
bel BEL 23 Jelle Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 24 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 25 Rémy Di Gregorio (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:02:21
est EST 26 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ned NED 27 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
svk SVK 28 Peter Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
esp ESP 29 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ger GER 30 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
esp ESP 31 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 32 David Moncoutié (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 33 Blel Kadri (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 34 Jérome Coppel (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ita ITA 35 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 36 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 37 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
esp ESP 38 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Movistar Team) s.t.
cro CRO 39 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
fra FRA 40 Arthur Vichot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:04:58
ita ITA 41 Davide Malacarne (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 42 Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
fra FRA 43 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
esp ESP 44 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
aus AUS 45 Stuart O' Grady (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
kaz KAZ 46 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
aus AUS 47 Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 48 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ger GER 49 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
bel BEL 50 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
aus AUS 51 Simon Gerrans (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
fra FRA 52 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 53 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 54 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) s.t.
svk SVK 55 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 56 Simone Stortoni (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
rus RUS 57 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) s.t.
aus AUS 58 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) s.t.
por POR 59 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
ned NED 60 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
rus RUS 61 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 62 Christophe Kern (Europcar) s.t.
ita ITA 63 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:07:25
irl IRL 64 Daniel Martin (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
ger GER 65 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 66 Sébastien Minard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 67 Maxime Bouet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
rus RUS 68 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) s.t.
den DEN 69 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
ukr UKR 70 Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
pol POL 71 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
sui SUI 72 Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:09:07
ita ITA 73 Federico Canuti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:10:17
usa USA 74 George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
sui SUI 75 Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ned NED 76 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
nor NOR 77 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) s.t.
slo SLO 78 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ger GER 79 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:12:19
aus AUS 80 Baden Cooke (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
den DEN 81 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 82 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 83 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) s.t.
bel BEL 84 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ned NED 85 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 86 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ger GER 87 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
gbr GBR 88 David Millar (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
den DEN 89 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
sui SUI 90 Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ned NED 91 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
usa USA 92 David Zabriskie (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
fra FRA 93 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 94 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 95 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 96 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ger GER 97 Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ned NED 98 Sebastian Langeveld (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ned NED 99 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 100 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:13:57
blr BLR 101 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) s.t.
ita ITA 102 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
slo SLO 103 Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD) 00:16:30
ita ITA 104 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ned NED 105 Pieter Weening (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ukr UKR 106 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team) 00:16:41
ger GER 107 Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
ger GER 108 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 109 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Europcar) s.t.
esp ESP 110 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
den DEN 111 Nicki Sørensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 112 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 113 Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
esp ESP 114 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
rsa RSA 115 Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ned NED 116 Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 117 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
esp ESP 118 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 119 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
aus AUS 120 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 121 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 122 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 123 Christophe Riblon (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
gbr GBR 124 Steven Cummings (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
bel BEL 125 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
esp ESP 126 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 127 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 128 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
jpn JPN 129 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 130 Cyril Lemoine (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
aus AUS 131 Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ger GER 132 Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
nzl NZL 133 Gregory Henderson (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
svk SVK 134 Martin Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
bel BEL 135 Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ger GER 136 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
bel BEL 137 Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 138 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 139 Yohann Gène (Europcar) s.t.
aus AUS 140 Brett Lancaster (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
fra FRA 141 Jérome Pineau (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
bel BEL 142 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 143 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 144 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 145 Anthony Roux (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:19:31
ita ITA 146 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:21:56
fra FRA 147 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:22:19
gbr GBR 148 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) s.t.
aut AUT 149 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) s.t.
aus AUS 150 Matthew Lloyd (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
aus AUS 151 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
ned NED 152 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 153 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ned NED 154 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
blr BLR 155 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) s.t.
slo SLO 156 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ned NED 157 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
arg ARG 158 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
fra FRA 159 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
ned NED 160 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
blr BLR 161 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:23:31
ned NED 162 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 163 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
fra FRA 164 Yuriy Krivtsov (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
usa USA 165 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
fra FRA 166 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ger GER 167 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ned NED 168 Bram Tankink (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
swe SWE 169 Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 170 Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
esp ESP 171 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) s.t.
ned NED 172 Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 173 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
aus AUS 174 Mark Renshaw (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 175 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 176 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 177 Matthieu Ladagnous (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
rus RUS 178 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP DNF Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
ger GER DNS Johannes Frohlinger (Argos-Shimano)  
esp ESP DNF Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  

General classification after stage 8:

Country Result Name Team Time
gbr GBR 1 Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) 38:17:56
aus AUS 2 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) 00:00:10
ita ITA 3 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:16
rus RUS 4 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) 00:00:54
esp ESP 5 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:59
gbr GBR 6 Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) 00:01:32
bel BEL 7 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:02:08
bel BEL 8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:02:11
irl IRL 9 Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:02:21
est EST 10 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:02:27
fra FRA 11 Tony Gallopin (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:03:13
por POR 12 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) 00:03:24
fra FRA 13 Thibaut Pinot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:03:41
usa USA 14 Chris Horner (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:03:43
lux LUX 15 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:03:47
slo SLO 16 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) 00:04:03
usa USA 17 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 00:04:08
ita ITA 18 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:04:12
ger GER 19 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:04:24
fra FRA 20 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 00:04:26
usa USA 21 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:04:46
ita ITA 22 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) 00:05:37
fra FRA 23 Jérome Coppel (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 24 Jelle Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:05:47
esp ESP 25 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:06:05
aus AUS 26 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) 00:06:12
svk SVK 27 Peter Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:06:45
esp ESP 28 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 29 Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:06:54
rus RUS 30 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) 00:07:51
den DEN 31 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:09:44
esp ESP 32 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:10:05
fra FRA 33 Rémy Di Gregorio (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:11:07
ita ITA 34 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:11:47
ita ITA 35 Davide Malacarne (Europcar) 00:13:24
sui SUI 36 Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:13:36
ned NED 37 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:14:27
kaz KAZ 38 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) 00:14:56
fra FRA 39 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:16:00
svk SVK 40 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:16:43
bel BEL 41 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:17:16
pol POL 42 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:17:38
fra FRA 43 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:18:19
cro CRO 44 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team) 00:18:41
esp ESP 45 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:18:47
fra FRA 46 Arthur Vichot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:18:58
swe SWE 47 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) 00:19:21
nor NOR 48 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) 00:19:31
ned NED 49 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:19:54
usa USA 50 George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) 00:20:09
ned NED 51 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:20:44
fra FRA 52 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 00:20:45
sui SUI 53 Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team) 00:21:32
kaz KAZ 54 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana Pro Team) 00:22:47
fra FRA 55 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:23:08
ned NED 56 Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:23:12
por POR 57 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:23:20
fra FRA 58 Maxime Bouet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:23:25
esp ESP 59 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Movistar Team) 00:23:44
fra FRA 60 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:24:23
aus AUS 61 Stuart O' Grady (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:24:29
fra FRA 62 David Moncoutié (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:25:03
fra FRA 63 Christophe Riblon (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:25:17
aus AUS 64 Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) 00:25:27
aus AUS 65 Simon Gerrans (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:25:45
fra FRA 66 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) 00:26:14
rus RUS 67 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team) 00:26:31
ger GER 68 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) 00:26:51
irl IRL 69 Daniel Martin (Garmin - Sharp) 00:27:17
ita ITA 70 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:27:52
ned NED 71 Pieter Weening (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:28:30
sui SUI 72 Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:28:35
ita ITA 73 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) 00:28:40
aus AUS 74 Baden Cooke (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:28:51
ger GER 75 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) 00:28:55
ukr UKR 76 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team) 00:29:12
bel BEL 77 Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 78 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:29:42
ger GER 79 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:29:53
bel BEL 80 Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:29:54
usa USA 81 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Sharp) 00:29:56
fra FRA 82 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) 00:30:00
ger GER 83 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:30:18
fra FRA 84 Sébastien Minard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:30:20
kaz KAZ 85 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana Pro Team) 00:30:28
fra FRA 86 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) 00:30:32
svk SVK 87 Martin Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:31:11
nzl NZL 88 Gregory Henderson (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:31:19
ita ITA 89 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) 00:31:48
fra FRA 90 Christophe Kern (Europcar) 00:32:00
ukr UKR 91 Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:32:07
fra FRA 92 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Europcar) 00:32:32
bel BEL 93 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:32:34
bel BEL 94 Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:32:40
den DEN 95 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:32:52
rus RUS 96 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) 00:32:59
ger GER 97 Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) 00:33:04
ned NED 98 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) 00:33:09
fra FRA 99 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur - Sojasun) 00:33:15
ned NED 100 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:33:18
fra FRA 101 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:33:22
den DEN 102 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:33:28
ita ITA 103 Federico Canuti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:33:53
esp ESP 104 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:34:08
blr BLR 105 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) 00:34:47
rsa RSA 106 Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:34:53
bel BEL 107 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:35:41
ita ITA 108 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - ISD) 00:35:49
slo SLO 109 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:35:52
ita ITA 110 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) 00:36:16
bel BEL 111 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:36:30
ger GER 112 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:36:32
gbr GBR 113 Steven Cummings (BMC Racing Team) 00:37:35
ger GER 114 Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
fra FRA 115 Jérome Pineau (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:38:10
fra FRA 116 Blel Kadri (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:38:26
den DEN 117 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:39:14
ned NED 118 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 119 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team) 00:39:20
usa USA 120 David Zabriskie (Garmin - Sharp) 00:39:22
aus AUS 121 Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:40:05
aus AUS 122 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:40:54
jpn JPN 123 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) 00:41:11
den DEN 124 Nicki Sørensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:42:04
ger GER 125 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:42:45
fra FRA 126 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:42:50
fra FRA 127 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:43:05
aus AUS 128 Brett Lancaster (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:43:21
ita ITA 129 Simone Stortoni (Lampre - ISD) 00:43:42
ger GER 130 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:44:30
fra FRA 131 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) 00:44:53
esp ESP 132 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha Team) 00:45:01
rus RUS 133 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) 00:45:34
fra FRA 134 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:46:41
gbr GBR 135 David Millar (Garmin - Sharp) 00:47:33
arg ARG 136 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:47:34
esp ESP 137 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) 00:47:50
fra FRA 138 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) 00:48:06
ned NED 139 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
aut AUT 140 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) 00:48:17
fra FRA 141 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) 00:48:23
fra FRA 142 Yohann Gène (Europcar) 00:49:14
aus AUS 143 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:49:28
esp ESP 144 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:49:51
fra FRA 145 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:50:10
ita ITA 146 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:50:17
fra FRA 147 Matthieu Ladagnous (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:50:39
ned NED 148 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:50:42
ger GER 149 Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) 00:51:09
ned NED 150 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) 00:51:12
fra FRA 151 Anthony Roux (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:51:51
gbr GBR 152 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) 00:51:59
aus AUS 153 Matthew Lloyd (Lampre - ISD) 00:52:34
kaz KAZ 154 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) 00:52:55
blr BLR 155 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:52:57
ned NED 156 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:53:59
fra FRA 157 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) 00:54:51
slo SLO 158 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) 00:55:20
slo SLO 159 Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD) 00:55:35
esp ESP 160 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:56:33
ned NED 161 Bram Tankink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:56:42
aus AUS 162 Mark Renshaw (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:56:45
fra FRA 163 Cyril Lemoine (Saur - Sojasun) 00:56:50
esp ESP 164 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:57:09
ned NED 165 Sebastian Langeveld (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:57:33
swe SWE 166 Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:57:58
fra FRA 167 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:58:51
fra FRA 168 Yuriy Krivtsov (Lampre - ISD) 00:59:20
blr BLR 169 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) 00:59:40
bel BEL 170 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:59:46
bel BEL 171 Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:32
ned NED 172 Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) 00:01:19
fra FRA 173 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) 00:01:48
bel BEL 174 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin - Sharp) 00:03:16
ned NED 175 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) 00:08:09
fra FRA 176 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) 00:08:23
usa USA 177 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Sharp) 00:09:37
fra FRA 178 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) 00:11:39

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