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Tour de France

Today's eighth stage is 107.2 miles from Figeac to Toulouse, mostly descending but with some category-two climbs. Rain is forecast:

July 12, 2008|From the Associated Press

A review of what happened Friday and a look at what to

expect in today's stage:

Friday's stage: A 99-mile journey from Brioude to Aurillac, including two category-two ascents. The ride was made much harder by heavy crosswinds.

Winner: Spanish rider Luis-Leon Sanchez of Caisse d'Epargne took the stage, six seconds ahead of former yellow jersey holder Stefan Schumacher of Germany and Filippo Pozzato of Italy.

Yellow jersey: Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg retained the yellow jersey, ahead of Cadel Evans of Australia, with Schumacher third.

Quote of the day: "It's been a savage day and that's going to hurt a lot of people. This all accumulates, it makes the race a bit more interesting." -- David Millar of Britain, who tried repeatedly to get away and take the yellow jersey but eventually lost time on the leaders and fell to seventh place overall.

*--* STAGE 7 RESULTS 1. Luis-Leon Sanchez, Spain: 3:52:53 2. Stefan Schumacher, Germany: 0:06 behind 3. Filippo Pozzato, Italy: same time 4. Kim Kirchen, Luxembourg: same time 5. Alejandro Valverde, Spain: same time *--*

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*--* OVERALL STANDINGS 1. Kim Kirchen, Luxembourg: 28:23:40 2. Cadel Evans, Australia: 0:06 behind 3. Stefan Schumacher, Germany: 0:16 behind 4. Christian Vandevelde, U.S.: 0:44 behind 5. Denis Menchov, Russia: 1:03 behind *--*

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