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Tour de France 2016: Chris Froome claims stage win and lead after stage eight

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Chris Froome launched a spectacular attack on the final descent to win stage eight and take the leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

Team Sky rider and defending champion Froome, 31, denied fellow Briton Adam Yates the race lead but Yates retained the young riders’ white jersey.

British riders have won five of the first eight stages of the Tour.

They also hold three of the four jerseys after Mark Cavendish kept the green points jersey.

The Team Dimension Data sprinter, who has won three stages in this Tour, finished more than 39 minutes behind Froome on a punishing second day in the Pyrenees, which included four mountains and temperatures approaching 30C.

Overnight race leader Greg van Avermaet lost almost 25 minutes to tumble well down the classification.