Cycling: Froome wins Tour de France 8th stage, takes yellow

BAGNÈRES-DE-LUCHON (AFP) - Chris Froome stunned his Tour de France rivals by attacking on a fast descent to take eighth stage honours on Saturday and claim the race leader's yellow jersey.

The reigning champion didn't make his usual move on the tough last climb but instead broke clear on the 16km descent to the finish.

No-one could follow Froome, who won the stage from Ireland's Dan Martin and Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain.

It was a fifth stage win in eight for Britons following three for Mark Cavendish and Steve Cummings on Friday.