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22-year-old Thibaut Pinto wins stage 8 of Tour de France

07-09-2012 15:48 BJT

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As the Tour de France hit stage 8 on Sunday, a punishing trek awaited the remaining riders. At 157.5 kilometres, stage eight from Belfort to Porrentruy in Switzerland was the shortest of this year’s rides to date. However, this stage would see the riders cover seven categorised climbs, and it would be the youngest rider in the field who would manage the demanding day the best.

Among them was the first-category Col de la Croix, which had to be cleared before a 16-kilometre descent to the finishing line. The attacks came thick and fast in the early kilometres before Jens Voigt - the oldest rider in the field at 40 - went off on his own in search of the day’s honours.

There was a crash with 100 kilometres to go and Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez was among the injured. The Spaniard, who finished in third place at the end of the 2010 Tour de France, was forced to abandon this year’s race with a broken hand and collarbone.

FDJ-Bigmat rider Thibaut Pinot of France cycles during the eighth stage of
the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Belfort and Porrentruy,
July 8, 2012.

After Voigt had been reeled in by the peloton, Francaise de Jeux’s Jeremy Roy chased down one of the day’s many breakaways and powered on to take the lead. The Frenchman was joined by Fredrik Kessiakoff on the ascent from the Cote de Saignelegier, but he was then dropped by the Astana rider on the ascent from the next climb - the Cote de la Saulcy.

Roy’s team-mate Thibaut Pinot caught and passed the Swede just before the summit. Pinto pedalled on towards the stage win, crossing the finishing line in three hours, 59 minutes and ten seconds to become the first French winner of a stage in this year’s race. Pinto, the Tour de France’s youngest rider at 22, takes the day’s honours.

Yellow jersey holder Bradley Wiggins had successfully covered defending champion Cadel Evans’s attack by this point, and although the Australian would finish second in the stage, he ended the day as he had started it in the overall standings - ten seconds behind the Team Sky leader. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali is 16 seconds adrift lying in the third place.

FDJ-Bigmat rider Thibaut Pinot of France celebrates on the podium after winning the
eighth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Belfort and
Porrentruy, July 8, 2012.

FDJ-Bigmat rider Thibaut Pinot of France is cheered by FDJ sport director Marc Madiot
(L) as he wins the eighth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between
Belfort and Porrentruy, July 8, 2012.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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