Caisse d'Epargne's Luis Leon Sanchez outsprinted his breakaway companions to win Stage 8 of this year's Tour de France, a 176.5-km stage from Andorra to St Girons, the tour's second day in the Alps.

Sanchez's team-mate Oscar Pereiro, the 2006 Tour winner, abandoned today as well. Rinaldo Nocentini remains in the Maillot Jaune.



Stage 8 Results
1 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 4:31:50
2 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
3 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
4 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale - 0:00:03
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 0:01:54
6 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
8 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
9 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux
10 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom







General classification after stage 8
1 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale - 30:18:16
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:00:06
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:00:08
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 0:00:39
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:00:46
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:00:54
7 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:01:00
8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:01:24
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:01:49
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - 0:01:54


Full results here..



Jersey Standings:
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Rinaldo Nocentini
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Thor Hushovd
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Christopher Kern
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Tony Martin

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"Sanchez wins stage 8, while Nocentini earns another day in yellow

Caisse d'Epargne's Luis Leon Sanchez won Saturday's second day in the Pyrenees, a 176-km romp from Andora back into France for the start of the race's second week.

Sanchez was part of a nearly day-long break that shook down to just four men rolling into Saint Girons. He smartly monitored a late attack by Ag2r's Vladimir Efimkin and benefited from Sandy Casar's too-early jump to take a solid win less than two minutes ahead of the main field. " Read more from VeloNews.com...

"Sánchez wins Tour's second day in Pyrenees
Nocentini enjoys first day in leader's yellow jersey

Caisse d'Epargne's Luis León Sánchez has taken on the responsibility of salvaging the Spanish squad's race with a stage win in Saint Girons with team captain Alejandro Valverde missing from this year's Tour de France and teammate Oscar Pereiro abandoning during the day.

Sánchez spent a long time in front of the Astana-controlled peloton before timing his run to the finish to perfection. Proving his class in a small sprint after another tough day in the Pyrenees, he added to the stage win he took in Aurillac during last year's Tour." <a>Read more from the CyclingNews.com</a>...

"Sanchez wins stage as Nocentini keeps yellow

(CNN) -- Spain's Luis-Leon Sanchez won a sprint finish among a four-man breakaway group to claim stage eight of the Tour de France over the Pyrenees on Saturday.

The Caisse d'Epargne rider timed his finish to perfection to cross the line just ahead of Frenchman Sandy Casar in a time of four hours 31 minutes and 50 seconds.

Sanchez, Casar and two others -- Mikel Astarloza and Vladimir Efimkin -- had made a decisive break on the final climb, the Col d'Agnes, allowing the quartet to battle it out at the finish of the 176.5km hike from Andorra La Vella to St Girons." Read more from CNN International...

"Armstrong still third behind Nocentini, Contador

SAINT-GIRONS, France (AP) - Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong remains in third place in the Tour de France, after Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez won the eighth stage Saturday in a sprint ahead of three other breakaway riders.

Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy earned the yellow jersey for the second straight day by finishing in a pack with Armstrong and his Astana teammate Alberto Contador. The 2007 Tour winner is six seconds back, with Armstrong eight seconds back.

Armstrong went straight to the team bus after the stage and did not speak to reporters. He posted on Twitter: "St8 done. Tough but not 2 challenging. Had antidoping control AGAIN. Couldn't pee so it took forever. Sucked! Now I'm starting to wonder tho" Read more from the AP...