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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Tour De France : Portugal's Rui Da Costa wins Stage 8

Portugal's Rui da Costa held off a late dash from Belgian Phillipe Gilbert to win the eighth stage of the Tour de France.

Da Costa was the sole survivor of a nine-man breakaway at the end of the 189km stage through the Massif Central. Gilbert surged from the chasing pack with less than 1km to go, followed by Australian Cadel Evans, who took third.

Thor Hushovd surprisingly climbed with the main group to retain the yellow jersey, one second ahead of Evans.

1. Thor Hushovd (Nor/ Garmin-Cervelo) 33 hours 06 minutes 28 seconds
2. Cadel Evans (Aus/ BMC) +1"
3. Frank Schleck (Lux/ Leopard Trek) +4"
4. Andreas Kloeden (Ger/ RadioShack) +10"
5. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/ Leopard Trek) +12"
6. Andy Schleck (Lux/ Leopard Trek) +12"
7. Tony Martin (Ger/ HTC-Highroad) +13"
8. Peter Velits (Svk/ HTC-Highroad) +13"
9. David Millar (GB/ Garmin-Cervelo) +19"
10. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Omega Pharma-Lotto) +30"

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