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Costa takes Stage 8 of Tour; Hushovd keeps yellow jersey

Super-Besse Sancy, France (Sports Network) - Rui Alberto Costa of Portugal won Stage 8 of the Tour de France on Saturday and Norway's Thor Hushovd managed to hold on to the yellow jersey as the overall leader for yet another day.

Costa completed the 189-kilometer journey from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy in a time of four hours, 36 minutes and 46 seconds, beating Belgium's Philippe Gilbert to the finish by 12 seconds.

Australia's Cadel Evans was third, another three seconds behind, and remained one second behind Hushovd for the overall lead. Hushovd finished 16th on Saturday with the same time as Evans and will keep the yellow jersey for a seventh straight day.

Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and fellow contenders Andy and Frank Schleck were also part of the main group on Saturday, finishing eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.

Saturday marked the first day in the mountains, although there were no severe climbs and it was thought that there would be a shakeup at the top of the overall standings.

Hushovd, though, managed to hold on to the top spot for another day.

"I really didn't believe that I could keep this yellow jersey," a surprised Hushovd exclaimed Saturday. "I knew that the final [climb] was very hard but I've got incredible form right now and also the motivation to keep the lead, so I'm very happy with the result today."

Contador, gunning for a third straight Tour title, is now 20th overall. He's inched his way up the standings after a crash in Stage 1 and is still a minute and 42 seconds off the overall pace.

Sunday will be another mountainous stage, a 208-kilometer trek from Issoire to Saint-Flour that features eight climbs, including a trio of Category 2 ascents.

The riders will then have their first rest day on Monday.

This year's Tour continues through July 24 and ends with the traditional ride along the Champs Elysees.

07/09 14:56:03 ET