Stage 8

2015 Tour Stage 8 reaction: Froome not worried about tiredness

Chris Froome thinks all riders had to push themselves in order to get to the end of Stage 8 and believes his exertions won't cost him on Sunday.

The Team Sky rider was also surprised to find out Vincenzo Nibali dropped off at the end.

Asked if he may have expended too much energy ahead of tomorrow's team time trial, Froome said: "I don't think so, I think everyone had to put in quite an effort just to get up there [the Mur-de-Bretagne] so I'm happy with that."

2015 Tour Stage 8 reaction: Teklehaimanot for support

King of the Mountains leader Daniel Teklehaimanot is enjoying the ride of this year's Tour de France and acknowledges the help fans have given him.

The Eritrean has been one of the stories of the Tour, which has seen him take the polka-dot jersey.

"They are really pushing us. The Eritrean fans are so, so excited to see us on the start line - so thanks to everyone and all the French people out on the road supporting me. Thanks to everyone for all the messages."

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2015 Tour Stage 8 reaction: Froome had eye on rivals

Chris Froome says Stage 8 was all about not losing any time to his closest rivals for the yellow jersey.

The current Tour leader faced little threat, as his competitors spent most of the stage sitting back.

"I needed to try and keep an eye on all the other GC contenders, but it didn't seem like any of them were making moves.

"Once I got to the crest of that climb, it was about keeping an eye on those other guys."

Stage 8: Froome to stay vigilant

Tour de France leader Chris Froome says he needs to be alert on Stage 8 to avoid being left behind.

Froome refused to rule out going for a stage win, but is backing a breakaway.

"We have to be vigilant - it's a day when we've really got to stay on it and make sure if there are time splits up that final climb, we're on the front side of it."