Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France Stage 8

by CyclingTips

Photography by BrakeThrough Media, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Cor Vos

Chris Froome (Team Sky) demonstrated he is not only an excellent climber, but also a craft descender. The defending and two-time Tour de France champion flew down the Col du Pyresourde to claim stage 8 and the maillot jaune.

Froome pulled on the 32nd maillot jaune of his career on the podium in Bagnères-de-Luchon, but more importantly he had issued a psychological blow to his rivals in the fight for overall victory.

“It was not really planned, I was just… it was just a bit of fun, really,” Froome said after the stage. “I thought I’d give it a try. I had a few gos on the climb, but nothing was really sticking. I thought I’d see what I could do on the descent, to see if I could catch someone out.

“That was just old-school bike racing, just fun. Maybe I spent a bit too much energy, tomorrow is going to be a hard day. Twenty seconds is not a huge margin, but I’ll take what I can get. The guys rode hard today, I felt I owed it to them to give it my all.”

Read the full stage 8 race report, highlight video and results here.

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