Pinot rides to glory in Porrentruy

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-BigMat) pulled off a famous home victory in stage 8 of the 2012 Tour de France. The Tour’s youngest competitor passed leader Frederik Kessiakoff (Astana) with 17km to race and launched a bold attack that left him with enough of a gap to hold off a host of big name challengers who pursued him intensely, but ultimately in vain, over the final kilometres. There were ecstatic scenes of jubilation from the home fans and from Pinot’s team as he crossed the line with 26 seconds to spare.

Cadel Evans (BMC) took second place ahead of Tony Gallopin (RadioShack-Nissan). Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins kept his GC rival Evans comfortably in his sights and retained the yellow jersey with his fourth placed finish.

"Those were the longest ten kilometers of my life," Pinot said afterward. "When I saw 10km to go and the peloton was coming back, I was really afraid."

Pinot was able to take advantage of having a teammate in the breakaway all day, and he dedicated the victory to Jeremy Roy. "When Jeremy [Roy] was away I wasn't really riding, and then he truly sacrificed himself for me. I'm really happy."

The young Frenchman looked set to take over the white jersey from Cofidis's Rein Taaramae, but the Estonian battled back to come in 2:21 behind the winner to save his best young rider classification.

Pinot was overjoyed with his stage victory, but played down his chances for the overall classification. "Tomorrow my legs will really hurt so I have no real plans for the rest of the Tour, I will take it day by day."

The tone for the 157km stage, which contained a grand total of seven categorised climbs, was set very early on as Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan) led an early break of ten riders. Within a few kilometres Voigt was on his own but a few minutes later he was passed and dropped by Roy.

As Roy ploughed a lone furrow up the road, 60km in there was a major crash involving three Spaniards – Samuel Sanchez, Jorge Azanza (both Euskaltel-Esukadi) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). In the end it was Sanchez who came off worst, with the 2008 Olympic road race champion having to withdraw with injuries that include a broken collarbone and a dislocated shoulder. It will take a miracle for him to be declared fit to defend his Olympic title in London at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, further up the road, Roy was caught by Kessiakoff with just over 80km to go and the two men worked together to build a healthy lead over the rest of the pack. Pinot then made his first significant move of the afternoon, attacking from the main peloton and forming part of a large 22-man group that went off in chase of the two leaders.

Shortly before the fifth categorised climb of the day – the Cote de Saulcy – Pinot launched a successful bid to bridge the gap to the leading duo, joined by Kevin de Weert (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Steven Kruiswijk (Rabobank). Kessiakoff responded immediately and attacked, opening up a lead that peaked at 1:45 and one that he would hold until well inside the final 20km.

Pinot and Tony Gallopin (RadioShack-Nissan) burst clear of the pack and Pinot eventually proved the stronger, passing Kessiakoff with 17km left – just at the top of the final Col de la Croix climb. He then made a daring bid for the winning line on the fast descent into Porrentruy, chased by some of the race’s biggest favourites. Evans, Wiggins, Nibali, Menchov and Frank Schleck were amongst the names that went off in hot pursuit of the youngster.

With these stellar names bearing down on him, it would have been excusable if such a relatively inexperienced rider buckled. But the 22-year-old, who rode through his home town on yesterday’s seventh stage, held his nerve impressively and had time to savour the final 200 metres before celebrating what is easily the biggest win of his highly promising career to date.

As for Wiggins, he find himself in a commanding position - tomorrow's stage is a 41.5km individual time trial that should play to his strengths. But as he revealed on the Team Sky website after the finish, today's stage wasn't as easy as he had anticipated.

"That stage was a lot harder than I expected it to be," he said. "The boys were incredible again today and really marshalled the race. They set us up to be able to go with the others on that last climb.

"Early on we had to wait to let the right break go, and that took a long time and a lot of work. We were racing from the off and that didn’t stop for two hours really. The peloton was decimated and it was a tough day for a lot of people. We’re still in a fantastic position after this first week and that’s two tough days down now. We’ve got a time trial ahead of us now and then a rest day."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat3:56:10
2Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:26
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-NissanRow 2 - Cell 2
4Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-NissanRow 8 - Cell 2
10Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:30
11Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 10 - Cell 2
12Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:00:47
13Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:25
14Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 13 - Cell 2
15Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 14 - Cell 2
16Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 15 - Cell 2
17Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 19 - Cell 2
21Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:21
26Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 25 - Cell 2
27Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 27 - Cell 2
29Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 28 - Cell 2
30Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-NissanRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 31 - Cell 2
33Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 33 - Cell 2
35Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:58
41Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 40 - Cell 2
42Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 41 - Cell 2
43Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 42 - Cell 2
44Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 43 - Cell 2
45Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Richie Porte (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 47 - Cell 2
49Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 49 - Cell 2
51Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 51 - Cell 2
53Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 52 - Cell 2
54Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 53 - Cell 2
55Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 54 - Cell 2
56Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 55 - Cell 2
57Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 57 - Cell 2
59Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 58 - Cell 2
60Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Christophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 61 - Cell 2
63Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:25
64Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - SharpRow 63 - Cell 2
65Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 64 - Cell 2
66Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 65 - Cell 2
67Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 66 - Cell 2
68Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 68 - Cell 2
70Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-NissanRow 69 - Cell 2
71Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 70 - Cell 2
72Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:09:07
73Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:10:17
74George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:12:19
80Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 80 - Cell 2
82Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 83 - Cell 2
85Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 85 - Cell 2
87Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 86 - Cell 2
88David Millar (GBr) Garmin - SharpRow 87 - Cell 2
89Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 89 - Cell 2
91Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 91 - Cell 2
93Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 92 - Cell 2
94Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 94 - Cell 2
96Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Christian Knees (Ger) Sky ProcyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
98Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:13:57
101Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 101 - Cell 2
103Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD0:16:30
104Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 103 - Cell 2
105Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:16:41
107Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 106 - Cell 2
108Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 109 - Cell 2
111Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 110 - Cell 2
112Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 112 - Cell 2
114Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 113 - Cell 2
115Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 116 - Cell 2
118Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 117 - Cell 2
119Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 118 - Cell 2
120Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 122 - Cell 2
124Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - SharpRow 124 - Cell 2
126Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 126 - Cell 2
128Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 127 - Cell 2
129Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 128 - Cell 2
130Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 129 - Cell 2
131Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 131 - Cell 2
133Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 133 - Cell 2
135Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 134 - Cell 2
136Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Yohann Gene (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 138 - Cell 2
140Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
141Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 140 - Cell 2
142Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 142 - Cell 2
144Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 143 - Cell 2
145Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:19:31
146Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:21:56
147Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:22:19
148Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 147 - Cell 2
149Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky ProcyclingRow 148 - Cell 2
150Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISDRow 149 - Cell 2
151Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 150 - Cell 2
152Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 151 - Cell 2
153Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 152 - Cell 2
154Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 153 - Cell 2
155Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 155 - Cell 2
157Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 156 - Cell 2
158Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 157 - Cell 2
159Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 158 - Cell 2
160Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 159 - Cell 2
161Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat0:23:31
162Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 161 - Cell 2
163Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
164Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) Lampre - ISDRow 163 - Cell 2
165Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 164 - Cell 2
166Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 165 - Cell 2
167André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 166 - Cell 2
168Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 167 - Cell 2