2009 Tour de France: Stage 8 – Sanchez Wins, Overall Unchanged

first_img27Christophe MoreauAgritubel4:33:44 at 01:54 3L. ArmstrongAST+8″ 4L. LeipheimerAST+39″ 38Lance ArmstrongAstana4:33:44 at 01:54 5B. WigginsGRM+46″ 18Antonio Flecha JuanRabobank4:33:44 at 01:54 35Alberto ContadorAstana4:33:44 at 01:54 25Frank SchleckTeam Saxo Bank4:33:44 at 01:54 32George HincapieTeam Columbia – Htc4:33:44 at 01:54 1Luis-leon SanchezCaisse D’epargne4:31:50 9A. SchleckSAX+1′49″ 11Alexandre BotcharovTeam Katusha4:33:44 at 01:54 14Kurt-asle ArvesenTeam Saxo Bank4:33:44 at 01:54 13Christian KneesTeam Milram4:33:44 at 01:54 15Grischa NiermannRabobank4:33:44 at 01:54 23Rémi PauriolCofidis Le Credit En Ligne4:33:44 at 01:54 29Chris SorensenTeam Saxo Bank4:33:44 at 01:54 POSRIDERTEAMTIME 5Joaquin Rojas JoseCaisse D’epargne4:33:44 at 01:54 9Jérémy Roy FrancaiseDes Jeux4:33:44 at 01:54 10Thomas VoecklerBbox Bouygues Telecom4:33:44 at 01:54 21Luis PasamontesCaisse D’epargne4:33:44 at 01:54 16Pierre RollandBbox Bouygues Telecom4:33:44 at 01:54 24Bradley WigginsGarmin – Slipstream4:33:44 at 01:54 1R. NocentiniALM30h18’16” 30Maxime MonfortTeam Columbia – Htc4:33:44 at 01:54 17Brice FeilluAgritubel4:33:44 at 01:54 The second week of racing saw the riders head from Andora back into France, ending the 176km Stage 8 of the 2009 Tour de France in St. Girons.A 10-person breakaway that, at the outset, had Fabian Cancellara, George Hincapie, Thor Hushovd and seven others and led for most of the day ended up with just four riders that were able to hold off the peloton.Caisse d’Epargne rider Luis Leon Sanchez crossed the line at 4h31’50” for the stage win, smartly outsprinting Casar (Francaise des Jeux), Efimkin (Ag2r) and Astarloza (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and putting about a two minute gap on the Yellow Jersey chase group.Today’s stage started with a climb, and from the outset there were attacks. Cadel Evans (Silence Lotto) went with the break at first, but suffered from a lack of support and what he called riders acting “like a bunch of three year olds.” (Seriously, it’s pretty funny, watch the video here)Hit ‘more’ for the rest of the stage story and results…Over the day’s climbs, Hushovd snagged two lead points, taking the Green points leader jersey from Cavendish. Hincapie (Cavendish’s teammate) was right on his tail, grabbing second-place points before anyone else could start to chip into Cavendish’s tally.The final climb of the day was the hors categorie Col du Tourmalet. Andy Schleck attacked, but Astana’s riders, followed by Garmin’s Christian Vande Velde and the other GC favorites, dropping Yellow Jersey wearer Rinaldo Nocentini. By the top of the climb, though, Nocentini had grinded his way back into the main group.On the descent from Col du Tourmalet, Hincapie fell off the lead pack (Hushovd had already fallen back into the main field) and rejoined the Yellow Jersey group. The final 70km of the day was a downhill and flat finish, and Astana and AG2R controlled the pace, basically allowing Nocentini to remain in yellow.As the breakaway neared the finish, Efemkin (Nocentini’s teammate) jumped first with 5km to go, holding lead until the final 500m when Casar passed him with Sanchez in the draft. Sanchez leapt around and took the win.“I tried to get Astarloza and Casar to take relays. All I needed was a bit of luck, but I knew that I had the speed to beat them,” Sanchez said.The Yellow Jersey group crossed the line all together, resulting in no change to the overall classifications of the leaders.2009 TOUR de FRANCE STAGE 8 TOP 40 8C. Vande VeldeGRM+1′24″ 12Sylvain ChavanelQuick Step4:33:44 at 01:54 36Carlos SastreCervelo Test Team4:33:44 at 01:54 31Levi LeipheimerAstana4:33:44 at 01:54 6A. KlodenAST+54″ 37Nicki SorensenTeam Saxo Bank4:33:44 at 01:54 34Tony MartinTeam Columbia – Htc4:33:44 at 01:54 39Jose Angel GomezMarchante Cervelo Test Team4:33:44 at 01:54 3Mikel AstarlozaEuskaltel – Euskadiat 00:00 40Yaroslav PopovychAstana4:33:44 at 01:54 8Sébastien MinardCofidis Le Credit En Ligne4:33:44 at 01:54 7Peter VelitsTeam Milram4:33:44 at 01:54 6Christophe RiblonAg2r-La Mondiale4:33:44 at 01:54 28Rinaldo NocentiniAg2r-La Mondiale4:33:44 at 01:54 33Christian Vande VeldeGarmin – Slipstream4:33:44 at 01:54 2009 TOUR de FRANCE OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 7: 22Cadel EvansSilence – Lotto4:33:44 at 01:54 2A. ContadorAST+6″ 19Andréas KlÖdenAstana4:33:44 at 01:54 4Vladimir EfimkinAg2r-La Mondiale4:31:53 at 00:03 20Andy Schleck TeamSaxo Bank4:33:44 at 01:54 2Sandy Casar FrancaiseDes Jeuxat 00:00 26Roman KreuzigerLiquigas4:33:44 at 01:54 7T. MartinTHR+1′00″ 10V. NibaliLIQ+1′54″last_img