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(Reuters) - Thibaut Pinot, the youngest rider in the Tour de France, presented the French with their first stage victory in this year's edition after winning the hilly 157.5km Belfort-Porrentruy eighth stage on Sunday.

The 22-year-old, born near Belfort, attacked in the last of seven climbs to cross the line on his own after the Tour crossed the mountainous French border into Switzerland.

Pinot finished 26 seconds ahead of a group that included a host of Tour favorites, leaving defending champion Cadel Evans in second place and Frenchman Tony Gallopin third.

The Frenchman held his nerve during the descent off Col de Croix which saw a chasing pack catching up with the leaders.

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Stage 8 Results
1. Thibaut Pinot - FDJ-Big Mat - 3:56:10
2. Cadel Evans - BMC Racing Team - 0:00:26
3. Tony Gallopin - RadioShack-Nissan
4. Bradley Wiggins - Sky Procycling
5. Vincenzo Nibali - Liquigas-Cannondale
6. Jurgen Van Den Broeck - Lotto Belisol Team
7. Christopher Froome - Sky Procycling
8. Denis Menchov - Katusha Team
9. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre - RadioShack-Nissan
10. Frank Schleck - RadioShack-Nissan

General classification after Stage 8
1. Bradley Wiggins - Sky Procycling - 38:17:56
2. Cadel Evans - BMC Racing Team - 0:00:10
3. Vincenzo Nibali - Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:00:16
4. Denis Menchov - Katusha Team - 0:00:54
5. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre - RadioShack-Nissan - 0:00:59
6. Christopher Froome - Sky Procycling - 0:01:32
7. Maxime Monfort - RadioShack-Nissan - 0:02:08
8. Jurgen Van Den Broeck - Lotto Belisol Team - 0:02:11
9. Nicolas Roche - AG2R La Mondiale - 0:02:21
10. Rein Taaramae - Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne - 0:02:27

Full results here..

Jersey Standings:
Bradley Wiggins
Peter Sagan
Fredrik Kessiakoff
Rein Taaramae

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"Wiggins defends yellow as Tour pup Pinot triumphs
By Justin Davis (AFP)

PORRENTRUY, Switzerland - Britain's Bradley Wiggins defended the Tour de France yellow jersey on the race's second climbing day after seeing his lead come under attack for the first time Sunday.

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot of FDJ won the eighth stage, his maiden win coming an an enforced debut, after 157.5 km of racing over several short but steep climbs in the Swiss Jura.

Defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC) finished second at 26sec, the Australian leading home a select group after a failed attempt to shake off Wiggins on the way to the last summit and during the 16 km descent to the finish.

Among the finishers with Evans was Italian rival Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), Frank Schleck of Luxembourg (RadioShack), Belgian Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto) and Russian Denis Menchov (Katusha).

After taking the lead thanks to a third place finish on Saturday, Wiggins retained his 10sec advantage on second placed Evans with Nibali still third at 16 and Menchov moving up on place to fourth at 54 after Estonian Rein Taaramae failed to keep the pace." Read more from AFP...

"Pinot grabs first stage win as Wiggins clings on to yellow jersey

(CNN) -- Youngster Thibaut Pinot claimed the eighth stage of the Tour de France as Bradley Wiggins retained his overall lead for Team Sky.

Pinot, from France, is the Tour's youngest rider at 22 and held on after hitting the front with 2km to go, despite the overall leaders desperately trying to hunt him down.

Though Cadel Evans finished second to FDJ-Bigmat's Pinot, he wasn't able to shave off any of Bradley Wiggin's lead as the Briton preserved his ten second advantage.

The stage was punctuated with another nasty crash as Spain's Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez came off his bike, suffering head and shoulder injuries that might prevent him from competing at London." Read more from CNN International...

Photos by CorVos

Tomorrow's Stage 9 Route -

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