efe-epaSaint-Etienne, France

Belgian rider Thomas de Gendt has won stage 8 of the Tour de France on Saturday, while Julian Alaphilippe managed to claw back the yellow jersey.

It was de Gendt’s second Tour de France victory since 2016 when he took stage 12 in Mont Ventoux.

Thibaut Pinot finished the 200-kilometer route from Macon to Saint-Etienne in second place, followed by Alaphilippe, Michael Matthews and green jersey Peter Sagan.

Alaphilippe's efforts saw him take back the yellow jersey from Guilio Ciccone, who had the honor of wearing it the previous two stages.

Sunday will see the pack covering a 170.5-km course from Saint-Etienne to Brioude.

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