Chris Froome

Froome's stunning descent leads to yellow on Stage 8

Chris Froome punches the air in delight as he wins Stage 8.

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Team Sky leader Chris Froome mounted a daring attack on his GC rivals in the closing stages of Stage 8 to take the win and with it the leader's yellow jersey – albeit perhaps earlier than the defending champion would have liked.

Froome's bold descent was the move that won him the day, as he hunched right over the front of his bike going downhill to gain vital seconds on main rival Nairo Quintana.

Watch highlights below:

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Chris Froome shows new descending technique

Defending champion Chris Froome raced away in daring fashion on a tricky descent to win Stage 8 (report and highlights coming soon) and exert his authority on the race.

As he did so, the Team Sky rider showed off a new descending style (although similar to the one employed before by the likes of Peter Sagan), hunched over the front of his bike to help streamline his profile.

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Quintana trains to combat Froome's main strength

Nairo Quintana has tailored his training to counter one of Chris Froome's main strengths as he plots a path to victory in the Tour de France.

Quintana finished second to Froome in the 2013 and 2015 Tours but hopes to go one better in 2016.

Nairo Quintana is regarded as the man most likely to deny the Team Sky man a third title this summer.

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2015 Tour Stage 19 reaction: Froome 'sad' as Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas loses sight of podium

Chris Froome survived another brutally tough day as leader of Le Tour, but his faithful Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas struggled after his earlier exertions and slipped down from fourth to 15th in GC. Froome admitted he was sad to see 'G' lose so much time and with it any chance of a podium finish in Paris.

2015 Tour Stage 19 reaction: Froome upbraids 'unsportsmanlike' Nibali for sneak attack

Race leader Chris Froome accused 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali of "unsportsmanlike" behaviour for mounting an attack on him at precisely the moment when he was suffering from a mechanical. Nibali made the attack stick to win Stage 19 (watch highlights).

However, Froome's grip on the yellow jersey is still very strong with only one mountain stage to come before Paris.