Sanchez Wins Stage. Astana in Control.

Luis Leon Sanchez wins stage eight.

Luis Leon Sanchez wins stage eight.

Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez won Stage Eight of the Tour– 109 miles through the Pyrenees from Andorra, Spain to Saint Girons, France. Sanchez was in a breakaway for most of the day and managed to shake off  his three break comrades for the win. “I needed this victory for the team’s confidence,” said Sanchez. No kidding. His Caisse d’Epargne team leader Oscar Pereiro, who won the Tour in 2006, quit halfway through today’s race. No explanation yet, but it won’t matter. Racers can’t jump back into the Tour once they’ve dropped out.

In the early miles of today’s stage, main contenders Cadel Evans of Australia and Andy Schleck of Luxembourg attacked the peloton in separate attempts, but their efforts were spoiled by the power of Team Astana, which reeled them in. No change at the top of the overall classification after today’s stage. Whoever wants to win this Tour needs to be one of the first to the top of the famous Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet tomorrow.

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