Saturday July 11th, 2015

Stage 8Rennes / Mûr-de-Bretagne

Start 13h00 (Local time)

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Alexis Vuillermoz delivers the first French stage victory of the 2015 Tour de France one year after another AG2R-La Mondiale, Blel Kadri, paved the way for his compatriots one year ago. He counter-attacked after an acceleration by Chris Froome 800 metres before the top of Mûr de Bretagne and surprised Dan Martin who started his effort too late and came second. Froome retained the yellow jersey ahead of the team time trial set to finish in Plumelec where the winner of the yearly Grand Prix...

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I had targeted Mur de Huy and Mûr de Bretagne. It was pretty good to be third in Huy. Today, I was prepared for losing and taking risks for winning. I decided to attack twice, firstly in the steepest part, secondly after I had recovered a bit and Chris Froome had accelerated. I knew this kind of finish suited me as I am a punchy climber. I haven't been surprised to ride away but it's been hard to stay away. It's been a violent effort. In the first few minutes after I passed the line, I...

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Vincenzo Nibali: "A bad day"

Defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali lost 10 seconds on the other favorites in today's finale and admitted he had a bad day.

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I was hoping to win today. The terrain suited me at perfection with two kilometres of climbing, the first one pretty hard and the second one easier. I've seen Froome and Vuillermoz were strong, I've had to let them go. I was half dead when I crossed the line. From the intermediate sprint until the finishing line, we've never eased the pace. I wanted to save some energy for the end but it was just impossible on that rhythm. Valverde passed me on the line, he's a better climber than me. I will...

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Honestly, I didn't try to show any dominance in the last climb. I was up there to keep a good position and to keep an eye on everyone, in case someone would jump. It was a relatively short climb and I knew there wouldn't be big differences. I wanted to stay at the head of the affairs. I was surprised to hear that Nibali lost contact, given that after the crosswinds it was easier to stay in the wheels with head wind. I knew the name of Alexis Vuillermoz but I don't know him personally. He has...

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The first sequence of our breakaway wasn't hard but after the second group came from behind, it was another story. That was hard racing. I didn't have enough power to stay but we really have to try. I come to the Tour de France for my children to see me on TV but the only reason for me to break away is to try and win the stage.

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Keeping the jersey today was very important for me. I knew that I would keep it if Rodriguez wasn't the stage winner. It'll be extraordinary to ride in the Pyrenees with the polka dot jersey. What's happening to me is so big. I didn't expect to see so many Eritreans coming to the start this morning to support me. I'm so happy.

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A little dropped in the last climb in Mûr-de-Bretagne, Thibaut Pinot, third last year, is eager to make it to the Pyrenees in three days.

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Third overall, 13 seconds behind Chris Froome, Tejay Van Garderen is aware that he has a great chance of taking the yellow jersey after Sunday's team time trial:

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AG2R team manager Vincent Lavenu, impressed by the victory of his young rider Alexis Vuillermoz in stage 8, said a champion was born.

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Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal reminded that the winner at Mur de Huy was Joaquim Rodriguez and warned against ruling the Spaniard out of contention in the GC. «In this stage, we should see roughly the same scenario as in Huy, even though it's probably not as hard», the Frenchman told letour.com. «In 2011, we saw Evans win ahead of Contador so the favorites should again be in the front. On Mur de Huy, Chris took some time off the other favorites, but the winner was...

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The first week of the Tour de France showcases some of Europe's greatest cycling regions with tradition and passion: Zealand, Flanders, Wallonia, North of France, Picardy, Normandy… Now the Tour is in the cycling mad Brittany. Popular success is guaranteed all along the way to Mûr-de-Bretagne for a second stage finish in only four years time. In 2011, Cadel Evans became the first Tour de France overall winner to have to won a stage in the first week – except from time trials – since...

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