Vuillermoz wins 8th stage of Tour; Froome keeps lead

Jul 11, 2015 2:32 PM by Ross Field

MUR DE BRETAGNE, France (AP) - Frenchmen Alexis Vuillermoz won the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday with a late attack on the final climb, while British rider Chris Froome kept the leader's yellow jersey.

The mostly flat 181.5-kilometer (112.5-mile) ride started in Rennes and finished with a short and sharp 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) climb up Mur de Bretagne.

After Vuillermoz made an early move, Froome counter-attacked about 850 meters from the end and briefly moved into the lead.

But the Frenchman responded with a strong attack and then raised both his arms in the air when he crossed the line.

British rider Dan Martin was second and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde placed third.

The climb took its toll and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali lost time as he dropped off the front group.

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