Tour de France favourite Chris Froome lived up to expectations on Saturday, outclassing his main rivals to claim stage 8 and snatch the leader’s yellow jersey.
Almost a year after Team Sky locked up the mountain stages to hand Bradley Wiggins and Froome a famous one-two on the Champs-Elysees, the British outfit produced yet another flawless run in the Pyrenees, setting the early pace at the front of the peloton.
Team sky looked in control throughout the 195-kilometer trek, carefully monitoring a brutal attack from Colombian rider Nairo Quintana who ended the day in the white jersey for the best young rider.
Two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador endured a disappointing day and lost ground, as did 2010 champion Andy Schleck and Australia’s Cadel Evans.
Froome eventually crossed the line 51 seconds ahead of team-mate Richie Porte, with the pair moving into first and second place overall.