Alberto Contador’s last-minute attack key as Tour de France heads into mountains

Spaniard Alberto Contador gained time on the yellow jersey and other Tour de France GC contenders with his attack at the end of stage eight

Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alberto Contador’s attack in the closing moments of stage eight was important to put some time into his rivals, before the Tour de France heads into the mountains, he said after the stage.

Before Saturday’s stage to Gérardmer La Mauselaine, Contador was in 16th place in the general classification, 2-37 down on race leader Vincenzo Nibali. But on the last climb of the day, Contador distanced everyone, including Nibali, in a move that gained him three-seconds time advantage and moved him to sixth place in the GC.

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