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Summary

  1. Chris Froome wins stage eight to take yellow jersey
  2. Champion escapes on final descent in stunning fashion
  3. Going over the top I thought 'why not'? - Froome
  4. Froome 'didn't expect' to be in yellow
  5. Adam Yates second overall and retains white jersey
  6. Get involved: #bbccycling

Live Reporting

By Alistair Magowan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Mark Cavendish finishes

    Just seeing that Mark Cavendish has finished in a group so it looks like he won't be over time and ejected from the race. Good lad.

    But it's another tough one tomorrow. Until then, goodbye. 

  2. 'The risk paid off'

    Final word to Chris Froome: "With tomorrow being an uphill finish, it was in the back of my mind that not many could make a big difference so going over the top today, I thought why not?

    "Having fun is what the sport is all about. Taking a gamble. I've not won a stage like that before. It felt like a bit of a risk but it paid off."

  3. A good day's work

    We are still waiting to hear if Mark Cavendish has come in. If he does, under time, then he will hold the green jersey for an almost clean sweep by British riders.

    To confirm Chris Froome is in yellow, Adam Yates is in white and second in the general classification, Brits have won five stages of eight and Cavendish is hoping to hold the green jersey.

    Not a bad day's work for all concerned. 

  4. 'Chris never ceases to amaze'

    More from Team Sky principal David Brailsford on ITV4: "Nairo Quintana is the biggest threat this time, so in a race like this you have to take every second we can.

    "The descent shows a lot about Chris himself. He made the decision and when he sees the opportunity, he takes it and he never ceases to amaze. That's why he's won two Tours de France.  

    "We aren't scared of putting our necks on the line and we did the work when others decided not to. If they don't want to take responsibility, fine. We will. If you want to win the Tour de France you have to step forward. So it's a nice start." 

  5. 'We had the element of surprise'

    Team Sky principal David Brailsford on ITV4: "When people start thinking you're predictable and conservative and everything else, you always have the element of surprise. We thought we'd use that this year. For Sergio Henao to attack when he did, that shook things up and it we had an opportunity from there. We get criticism for being poor downhill so why not?" 

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  8. And the general classification

    Chris Froome in yellow, Adam Yates in second, and the white jersey. Britsh cycling fans, suck it up! 

    1. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 39:13:04" 

    2. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +16" 

    3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha) 

    4. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Etixx - Quick-Step) +17" 

    5. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +19" 

    6. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +23" 

    7. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana) 

    8. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) 

    9. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) 

    10. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek)    

  9. The media pack swarms

    Team Sky bus

    As the media pack around the Team Sky bus, here's confirmation of the race result:

    1. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 4:57:33" 

    2. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Etixx - Quick-Step) +13" 

    3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha) 

    4. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) 

    5. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic / Tinkoff) 

    6. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana) 7. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) 

    8. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 

    9. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek) 

    10. Richie Porte (Australia / BMC Racing) 

    11. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) 

    12. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) 

    13. Louis Meintjes (South Africa / Lampre) 

    14. Sergio Henao (Colombia / Team Sky) 

    15. Emanuel Buchmann (Germany / BORA) +1:41"

  10. Unexpected from Froome?

    Seems that the Chris Froome attack even surprised his team principal Sir David Brailsford. He was heard uttering "You didn't see that coming..." as Froome raced to the finish. 

  11. 'I had some big gears on'

    More from Chris Froome on ITV4: "It definitely wasn’t planned, I went to the top and thought 'why not'? I knew the descent was long and fast and I had some big gears on so it was in the back of my mind. I heard on the radio I had a gap so I just went for it to the finish. I spent a lot of energy there but everyone pedalled fast on the descent.

    "We do mess round in training racing each other downhill sometimes, so that came in handy, but thanks to my team - they rode so hard all day and the peloton was on the limit."

  12. 'That was fun'

    Chris Froome still doesn't yet know if he's in yellow. You are Chris! 

    He said: "It was a lot of fun really. I thought I’d give it a go and see what happens. It was like old-school bike racing. It was fun. Maybe I spent a bit too much [energy], we’ll see tomorrow. 

    "Twenty seconds is not a huge amount but I’ll take every second I can get. I don’t know if it was enough to go into the jersey. I feel like I owed something to the team today."

  13. Britain reigns supreme

    Well what do make of all that? British riders have won five stages out of eight, hold three of the jerseys and are frankly ripping it up. 

    The only one missing from the full set is the polka dot, but that belongs to Tinkoff's Rafal Majka. 

    Spoil sport!

  14. Froome 'didn't win by accident'

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC 5 live sports extra

    Going ahead this early puts pressure on his team-mates. But Chris Froome intended to go out on the attack - on a descent of all places. Incredible.

  15. Chris Froome in yellow jersey

    We've just had confirmation that Adam Yates has finished more than seven seconds behind Chris Froome so the defending champion wins the stage and will wear the yellow jersey. 

    Yates will still wear the white jersey and if Mark Cavendish comes in in time, he will wear the green jersey.

    British riders are dominant. 

  16. Chris Froome wins stage eight

    Well done Chris Froome, a brilliant and unexpected win. What a way to do it. His advantage was seven seconds over Adam Yates, we will have to see who is in yellow but it will be a Briton.

  17. BreakingChris Froome wins stage eight

    Chris Froome pushes over the line, the stage win is his but where is Adam Yates?

  18. Post update

    500m to go

    Chris Froome is still pushing to eke out a lead on Nairo Quintana. Push, push, push. 

  19. Post update

    1km to go

    Chris Froome is into the last kilometre, under the inflatable safely and pushes to the line.

    A fifth British win in eight Tour de France stages in imminent. 

  20. Froome 'blows race apart'

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC 5 live sports extra

    It's absolutely bonkers. I can't take any more of this. This race has blown apart.