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2015 Tour de France results and standings, Stage 8: Alexis Vuillermoz gives France its first win

Alexis Vuillermoz made an inspired move up the Mur de Bretagne, giving France its first stage win of the Tour.

Alexis Vuillermoz broke from the the lead group with under a kilometer to go, on a day when even the man in the polka dot jersey (Daniel Teklehaimanot) and the defending Tour champion (Vincenzo Nibali) had trouble hanging with the pack towards the finish. Seeing the French rider's move, Dan Martin of Cannondale-Garmin chased, but it was too late. Vuillermoz crossed the line first, giving France its first stage winner.

Team Sky and BMC drove the pace late in the stage. Chris Froome and Tejay van Garderen were in position to potentially gun for the line, but they stayed back, content that they were safely in the lead group. Those two -- in addition to Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador -- were given the same time, 10 seconds behind Vuillermoz.

Nibali will lose 10 seconds to them for floundering late. That time gap is hardly disastrous, but it doesn't bode well with more serious climbs looming. His teammate, Jakob Fuglsang, had no explanation for Nibali's struggles after the race. Maybe there isn't much to say except that this year is different from the last.

Peter Sagan nipped Andre Greipel for the green jersey after finishing fourth on the stage, and may not relinquish until Paris with so few flat surfaces left. Froome remains in yellow, but van Garderen is well-positioned to potentially snatch it Sunday during the team trial.

Stage 8 results

Name Team Time Gap
Alexis Vuillermoz AG2R La Mondiale 4:20:55
Dan Martin Cannondale-Garmin 4:21:00 :05
Alejandro Valverde Movistar 4:21:05 :10
Peter Sagan Tinkoff-Saxo " "
Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal " "
Greg Van Avermaet BMC " "
Adam Yates Orica Greenedge " "
Christopher Froome Sky " "
Bauke Mollema Trek " "
Tejay van Garderen BMC " "

General classification (yellow jersey) standings

Name Team Time Gap
Christopher Froome Sky 31:01:56
Peter Sagan Tinkoff-Saxo 31:02:07 :11
Tejay van Garderen BMC 31:02:09 :13
Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal 31:02:22 :26
Greg Van Avermaet BMC 31:02:24 :28
Rigoberto Uran Uran Etixx-Quick Step 31:02:30 :34
Alberto Contador Tinkoff-Saxo 31:02:32 :36
Warren Barguil Giant-Alpecin 31:03:03 1:07
Zdenek Stybar Etixx-Quick Step
31:03:11 1:15
Bauke Mollema Trek Factory
31:03:28 1:32

General Classification favorites

Overall rank Name Team Time Gap
1. Christopher Froome Sky 31:01:56
3. Tejay van Garderen BMC 31:02:09 :13
7. Alberto Contador Tinkoff-Saxo 31:02:32 :36
13. Vincenzo Nibali Astana 31:03:44 1:48
16. Nairo Quintana Movistar 31:03:52 1:56

Points (green jersey) standings

Name Team Points
Peter Sagan Tinkoff-Saxo 213
Andre Greipel Lotto-Soudal 210
Mark Cavendish Etixx-Quick Step 159
John Degenkolb Giant-Alpecin 158
Bryan Coquard Europcar 102

King of the Mountains (polka dot jersey) standings

Name Team Points
Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN-Qhubeka 4
Alexis Vuillermoz AG2R 2
Joaquim Rodriguez Katusha 2
Michael Schar BMC 1
Romain Sicard Europcar 1
Rafal Majka Tinkoff-Saxo 1
Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal 1
Chris Froome Sky 1
Dan Martin Cannondale-Garmin 1