July 11, Stage 8: Andorre-la-Vieille - Saint-Girons 176.5km
1 .Luis Le.n S.nchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne .4:31:50 .
2 .Sandy Casar (Fra) Fran.aise des Jeux . .
3 .Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi . .
4 .Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale .0:00:03 .
5 .Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne .0:01:54 .
29 .Chris Anker S.rensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
General classification after stage 8 1 .Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale .30:18:16 .
2 .Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana .0:00:06 .
3 .Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana .0:00:08 .
4 .Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana .0:00:39 .
36 .Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank .0:08:06
Chris Anker's Race Summary:
Average Watts: 244w
Normalized Power: 306w
Mean Max 5-minutes: 432w (highest of the Tour so far)
Mean Max 20-minutes: 383w (highest of the Tour so far)
Chris held his own on the second mountain stage. His teammate Andy Schleck attacked at the base of the final climb of the day which produced a 5-minute power average of 432w for Chris Anker. Following the re-grouping, Chris Anker stayed near Schleck and set the pace several times for the front group. Chris averaged 383w for 20 minutes on the Col d'Agnes.
In the final kilometers four men stayed away to fight out who would win the stage while two minutes behind Chris Anker finished safely within the 53-man field along with his team leader Andy Schleck.