Stage 8: Highlights, reaction and features
Stage 8: Highlights
Young Frenchman Thibaut Pinot triumphed on a thrilling descent into Porrentruy in Switzerland
Cadel Evans points out that Monday's time trial will show who's in the best form of GC rivals
The maillot jaune thanks all his team-mates - particularly Mark Cavendish - for hard work on Stage 8
Olympic Road Race champ Samuel Sanchez abandons after breaking his collarbone
Dave Brailsford tells Gary Imlach early on Sunday that Team Sky are ready for attacks from rival teams
New KOM leader Fredrik Kessiakoff vows to fight to defend his polka-dot jersey after Stage 8
Chris Froome insists he won't be seeking to make a statement in the time trial on Stage 9
Watch Fredrik Kessiakoff fight to the top of one of the day's seven climbs and claim polka-dot jersey
Tim Kerrison expects Bradley Wiggins to shine in Monday's time trial after some intense training
Dave Brailsford said he had a chance to sit and reflect on Team Sky's achievements on Stage 7
Thibaut Pinot stole away to a brilliant breakaway win while Bradley Wiggins stayed in yellow
Ned Boulting writes that he never imagined a British rider would have such a great chance to win the Tour
Vintage Pinot matures for first Tour victory
France's Thibaut Pinot won Stage 8 of the Tour de France in Porrentruy as Briton Bradley Wiggins retained the race leader's yellow jersey under attack from defending champion Cadel Evans.
The 157.5-kilometre route from Belfort saw the peloton make a brief sojourn to the finish in Switzerland and Pinot (FDJ-Bigmat) won by 26 seconds from Evans (BMC Racing), with Tony Gallopin (RadioShack-Nissan) third and Wiggins (Team Sky) fourth.
Australian Evans attempted to gain vital seconds in the closing moments of the stage, but Wiggins had enough strength to follow every revolution and maintain his 10secs lead.
Wiggins became the fifth Briton to don the maillot jaune on stage seven, won by Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, and will enter tomorrow's 41.5km time-trial to Besancon seeking to gain further time in his bid for victory in Paris on July 22.
Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) stayed third, 16secs adrift, after placing fifth on the stage.
Wearing yellow was not unfamiliar to Wiggins - the triple Olympic champion won the yellow jersey at the Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine stage races this season - but it was his first time as leader of cycling's most prestigious race.
The 32-year-old Londoner was the fifth Briton to wear the fabled maillot jaune at the Tour and first since David Millar in 2000, emulating the Scot's achievement of leading all three Grand Tours.
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