Team Sky shattered the field in the Tour de France today, allowing its team leader Chris Froome to charge up the final climb to win Stage 8, 121 miles from the valley of Castres to the ski town of Ax 3 Domaines. Froome humiliated some of the most talked about Tour contenders Alberto Condator and Cadel Evans, beating Contador by 1:45 and Evans by more than four minutes. Froome’s teammate Richie Porte finished second, 51 seconds back, and Contador’s Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde got third.
“My team came through. They did a fantastic job. I repaid them by winning today,” Froome said. “And this is a real GC day. This is a dream come true for us.”
Kudos to Movistar’s Nairo Quintana racing in his first-ever Tour. He led the race over the highest point in the Tour this year, to 6500 feet. He will wear the Tour’s white jersey as the best young rider.
Froome will don the yellow jersey starting tomorrow, but there are still two weeks of racing left. Will he be able to hold it until Paris?