, France (AP) — Tour de France favorite Chris Froome overpowered his main rivals on the first tough mountain climb of the race Saturday to win the eighth stage and take the leader's yellow jersey.
The British rider finished second overall last year behind countryman Bradley Wiggins, but it may be difficult to stop him from winning after such an impressive performance in the mountains.
The 28-year-old Froome attacked early into the stage's second big climb up to Ax 3 Domaines — and no one could follow him. His nearest challenger was teammate Richie Porte, who finished second.
Two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador dropped back, as did 2010 champion Andy Schleck and 2011 champion Cadel Evans.
Froome took the yellow jersey from South African cyclist Daryl Impey, his former training partner.