France’s Thibaut Pinot produced a stunning performance to clinch stage eight of the Tour de France in Porrentruy on Sunday.
Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez joined the list of riders forced to withdraw following a dreadful crash 57kms into the stage.
The 34 year old, who was later stretchered off to hospital, broke his collar bone which is likely to prevent him from defending his Olympic title this summer in London.
Pinot, the youngest rider in the peloton, broke away from the pack during the final climb and kept his composure to clinch the event, giving France its first stage win in this year’s Tour.
Defending champion Cadel Evans had to settle for second place while Britain’s Bradley Wiggins finished safely to retain the yellow jersey heading into stage nine, a 41.5 km time-trial from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon.
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