Pinot grabs first stage win as Wiggins clings on to yellow jersey

Thibaut Pinot crosses the line to record his maiden stage win in the Tour de France

Story highlights

  • Young Frenchman Thibaut Pinot claims the eighth stage of the Tour de France
  • Britain's Bradley Wiggins holds off a late attack from his rivals to keep yellow jersey
  • Wiggins is ten seconds in front of his nearest challenger Australian Cadel Evans
Youngster Thibaut Pinot claimed the eighth stage of the Tour de France as Bradley Wiggins retained his overall lead for Team Sky.
Pinot, from France, is the Tour's youngest rider at 22 and held on after hitting the front with 2km to go, despite the overall leaders desperately trying to hunt him down.
Though Cadel Evans finished second to FDJ-Bigmat's Pinot, he wasn't able to shave off any of Bradley Wiggin's lead as the Briton preserved his ten second advantage.
The stage was punctuated with another nasty crash as Spain's Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez came off his bike, suffering head and shoulder injuries that might prevent him from competing at London.
"It's a dream come true," Pinot told reporters, of his maiden stage win on what is his debut Tour.
"I just did the longest 10km of my life, I'll never forget it. I was quite scared when I heard the peloton had closed the gap to 50 seconds.