Chris Froome of Team Sky took the yellow jersey in the Tour de France after a dominating performance in the uphill Stage 8. His teammate, Richie Porte, gave him an assist on the ascent to Ax 3 Domaines, and he sits in second place, just 51 seconds behind.
Froome took the yellow jersey from South Africa's Daryl Impey, who struggled in Stage 8 and currently sits in 31st place. Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador fell back to seventh place, while 2011 champion Cadel Evans struggled in Stage 8 and dropped down to 23rd place.
Stage 9 is the second stage taking place in the Pyrenees Mountains. It stretches from Saint-Girons to Bagneras-de-Bigorre and there are four steep climbs over 168.5 kilometers. Team Sky is in a good position to dominate the mountain stages and take control of the race.
Here are the Top 10 standings going into Sunday:
1. Chris Froome, Sky, 32:15:55
2. Richie Porte, Sky, +0:51
3. Alejandro Valverde, Movistar, +1:25
4. Bauke Mollema, Belkin, +1:44
5. Laurens Ten Dam, Belkin, +1:50
6. Roman Kreuziger, Saxo-Tinkoff, +1:51
7. Alberto Contador, Saxo-Tinkoff, +1:51
8. Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas, Movistar, +2:02
9. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver, Katusha, +2:31
10. Michael Rogers, Saxo-Tinkoff, +2:40