Rui Alberto Costa Escapes and Wins Stage 8 of Tour de France 2011

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07/9/2011| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Team Movistar's Rui Costa breaks away from peloton and wins stage 8 of 2011 Tour de France. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team Movistar's Rui Costa breaks away from peloton and wins stage 8 of 2011 Tour de France. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Rui Alberto Costa Escapes and Wins Stage 8 of Tour de France 2011

Portuguese rider Rui Alberto Costa won the eighth stage of the Tour de France after withstanding a late attack from Philippe Gilbert in the final climb Saturday, while Thor Hushovd kept the leader's yellow jersey.

went after Vinokourov.

Evans is looking forward to trying another attack in Sunday's ninth stage, which also features several climbs.

"I have a very good team that's been working very hard every day," Evans said. "Let's wait and see what happens tomorrow."

Hushovd, a two-time winner of cycling's green sprint jersey, only has to survive one more day in the mountains to keep hold of the yellow jersey into Monday's rest day and wear it on Tuesday's 10th stage.

"I live in the south of France, in Monaco, and I train a lot in the mountains," Hushovd said, joking about his new-found climbing prowess. "I also train a lot with Philippe Gilbert, and he pushes me."

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