Stage highlights

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.

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Mark Cavendish powers to stage six win

Mark Cavendish moved into second place all-time for Tour de France stage wins as he collected his 29th victory on stage six in Montauban

Cavendish's third win of the 2016 Tour came ahead of Germany's Marcel Kittel, and a fine third place for British Tour debutant Dan McLay - his fourth top-10 finish of his opening Tour.

Niece dedication: Mark Cavendish said his stage victory was for his brother's newborn daughter.

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Van Avermaet into yellow with stage five win

Greg Van Avermaet soloed to victory on stage five of the Tour de France in Le Lioran to take over the yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

The BMC rider attacked out of the day's breakaway, leaving the last of the other escapees - fellow Belgian Thomas De Gendt of Lotto Soudal - at the foot of the penultimate climb of a challenging day which took the race into the Massif Central.

Delight for Greg Van Avermaet.

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Cavendish wins Stage 3 in photo finish

Mark Cavendish turned in a vintage performance to snatch his second stage win of the 2016 Tour de France and write another line in the great race's history books.

Andre Greipel punched the air after the pair crossed the line in Angers, but the German's arm soon dropped and Cavendish quietly pumped a fist before replays confirmed his victory - with the Tour's official timekeepers putting the gap at six thousandths of a second.

Cavenidish was the winner.

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Classy Cavendish powers to opening stage win

Mark Cavendish will wear the Tour de France's famed yellow jersey for the first time in his career after winning stage one to Utah Beach.

The Manxman outsprinted Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan in a frantic finish to the 188km stage from Mont St Michel to claim the 27th Tour victory of his career, but the first on an opening stage.

Mark Cavendish powers through to take the opening Tour de France 2016 stage