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2011 Tour De France, Stage Eight Results: Rui Alberto Costa Wins With No Shakeup In Yellow Jersey Race

The 2011 Tour De France made its first step into the mountains as stage eight involved a climb up to 1,451 meters. Some expected the climb to separate out some of the general classification riders but at the end of the day it brought a couple riders closer and otherwise left the yellow jersey race intact. Rui Alberto Costa claimed the stage win but Thor Hushovd retained his yellow jersey with Cadel Evans second and Frank Schleck third. Team Radio Shack's Andreas Kloden climbed into fourth place as he finished in the small group 15 seconds back of Costa.

Kloden's teammate Levi Leipheimer finished in the next pack 29 seconds back. This finish further back of Hushovd lost him 14 seconds against the top riders as he is now 4:43 back. Now that Kloden has climbed into solid contention it sounds like Team Radio Shack will be working to help him as best as possible. Leipheimer was asked about Team Radio Shack's plans now that Kloden has emerged with the front of the pack and the team has started losing cyclists to injury (Chris Horner withdrew following a Stage seven crash):

"Definitely for Klödi," was Leipheimer’s appraisal of what his RadioShack team will now do, given that two of the four possible GC leaders from the US team have been forced to abandon in the first week. "[Andreas] looks strong and has ridden really well this first week. He’s great at sniffing out the safe spot in the group and he’s coming into form at the right time. "So first for Klödi, then we’ll look for stage wins, we have the team GC on our minds. We’re here to fight. I’m thankful I’m still in the race," concluded Leipheimer with his appraisal of stage seven. "It was warfare out there."

Here are your overall standings through eight stages:

Std Rider Rider # Team Time Gaps
1. HUSHOVD Thor 51 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 33h 06' 28"  
2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 33h 06' 29" + 00' 01"
3. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 33h 06' 32" + 00' 04"
4. KLÖDEN Andréas 74 TEAM RADIOSHACK 33h 06' 38" + 00' 10"
5. FUGLSANG Jakob 13 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 33h 06' 40" + 00' 12"
6. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 33h 06' 40" + 00' 12"
7. MARTIN Tony 175 HTC - HIGHROAD 33h 06' 41" + 00' 13"
8. VELITS Peter 179 HTC - HIGHROAD 33h 06' 41" + 00' 13"
9. MILLAR David 56 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 33h 06' 47" + 00' 19"
10. GILBERT Philippe 32 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 33h 06' 58" + 00' 30"
11. VINOKOUROV Alexandre 61 PRO TEAM ASTANA 33h 07' 00" + 00' 32"
12. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 31 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 33h 07' 07" + 00' 39"
13. BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 33h 07' 31" + 01' 03"
14. ROCHE Nicolas 101 AG2R LA MONDIALE 33h 07' 40" + 01' 12"
15. CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE - ISD 33h 07' 40" + 01' 12"

We'll be here for the entire race providing news updates and stage previews and recaps, particularly as they relate to Bay Area cyclist Levi Leipheimer. For more in-depth discussion on the 2011 Tour De France, head over to Podium Cafe. For more general Tour coverage, head over to the SB Nation story stream.