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Continued: Chris Froome strikes big blow to main rivals with dominant win on Stage 8 of Tour de France

  • Article by: JEROME PUGMIRE , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 6, 2013 - 10:55 AM

"Everyone knows that Quintana is very strong in the mountains and when he attacked in the first climb it was hard to catch him," Froome said.

On another hot day well into the 30s Celsius (above 90 Fahrenheit), Impey struggled up Pailheres and soon dropped back to join a large group of stragglers.

Roland caught Quintana at the bottom of the final climb up to Ax 3 Domaines, while Froome was about 20 seconds behind with Sky driving from the front of the chasing pack.

That margin was soon eaten up as Froome zoomed to victory.

The 23-year-old Quintana, who finished in the same time as Contador, ended the day in the white jersey for the best young rider.

"It was a tough day, but I dreamt of something like this," Quintana said through a translator. "I hoped I could win it, but the others were really strong. I really thought I could do it but I had no strength left at the end."

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