Bad days are just as important as incredible performances in today's cycling, eh?
The pressure from Movistar has the gap down to just 19 seconds for the breakaway. The foursome is pushing hard, but they're cooked.
Here's an update on the YJ group:
TEN DAM L.167BEL+00:01:50
QUINTANA ROJAS N.128MOV+00:02:02
RODRIGUEZ OLIVER J.101KAT+00:02:31
MORENO FERNANDEZ D.106KAT+00:04:36
PLAZA MOLINA R.127MOV+00:17:35
HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ J.93TST+00:34:31
IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI J.114EUS+00:41:29
CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS J.123MOV+00:50:36
The leaders are onto the climb, with just 10 seconds.
We're getting a lot of questions about Dan Martin. The race is not officially calling him in the YJ group, but we think he is there.
As a reference, here's our top 10 on GC after stage 8:
1. Christopher FROOME, Sky, in 32:15:55
2. Richie PORTE, Sky, at :51
3. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, Movistar, at 1:25
4. Bauke MOLLEMA, Belkin, at 1:44
5. Laurens TEN DAM, Belkin, at 1:50
6. Roman KREUZIGER, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 1:51
7. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 1:51
8. Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS, Movistar, at 2:02
9. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Katusha, at 2:31
10. Michael ROGERS, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 2:40
Let's see if anyone has any legs to take it to Froome; rivals might not get another chance like this to see him completely isolated
Bardet is still alone. Rolland is back through the YJ group.
Porte is onto the climb, dragging a group of eight riders.
Clarke is leading De Clercq, Movistar is just 10 meters back.
Clarke has countered. De Clercq is done.
Riders popping off back; Voigt among them
Erviti continies to lead for Movistar
Talansky sliding out back ...
Talansky is in difficulty again. He's gone.
And Bardet is the lone man out front now.
Bardet is out of the saddle, pushing on, riding toward that combativity award.
Looks the "Hommen" protesters are there alongside the pack ...
They need to get into better shape
Movistar keeps pouring it on
Or put their shirts on ...
Schleck at the tail end of pack ... but still on the wheel
Morabito looks to be in trouble back there as well.
Froome should not have too much trouble with this rhythm
Richie Porte is back to 4:45. He'll be falling down the GC today.
Gestink is at the back of the YJ group, not looking great.
You can see the pain on the Movistar riders' faces. They're grimacing with the effort.
Tough day for Richie; cycling gods can take it away pretty fast as well ...
Mick Rogers is now at the back of the YJ group.
With 33.5km to go (3.5km for the climb), Movistar continues to lead up the climb.
The white jersey is attacking!
Froome is closing on him.
Martin and Fuglsang slip clear
Great counter by the pair.
Martin and Fuglsang are riding away.
Froome and Co. have brought back Quintana and Saxo is leading the chase.
Amstel Gold Race winner Roman Kreuziger is doing work for Contador.
The YJ group is still at about 28 riders.