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GERARDMER, France (AP) - A brief look at the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday:
Stage: A tricky 161-kilometer (100-mile) trek from Tomblaine to Gerardmer La Mauselaine with two category 2 climbs and the first summit finish on this Tour. Only Vincenzo Nibali and Richie Porte were able to keep pace with Alberto Contador when the two-time Tour winner accelerated in the last kilometer of this first stage in the Vosges mountains.
Winner: Blel Kadri attacked on the first climb of the day to earn the first French victory on this Tour, and snatch from Cyril Lemoine the polka dot jersey for the Tour’s best climber.
Yellow jersey: Nibali, a former Spanish Vuelta and Giro d’Italia winner, increased his lead over Astana teammate Jakob Fuglsang in the overall standings to 1 minute, 44 seconds.
Quote of the day: “That’s why we do this job: To live such emotions” - Vincent Lavenu, the AG2R Mondiale team manager, of the euphoria of Kadri’s stage win.
Stat of the day: 3. The time in seconds lost by Nibali to Contador, who climbed to sixth place in the overall standings but is still 2:34 behind the yellow jersey holder.
Next stage: 170 kilometers (106 miles) from Gerardmer to Mulhouse on Sunday, featuring a category 1 ascent, Le Markstein. Contador will have another opportunity to make up ground on Nibali.
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