Primoz Roglic in the yellow jersey

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Live Reporting

Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

  1. Rolland wins two KOM points

    Pierre Rolland pops off the front of the break to take two king of the mountains points for the first rider over the top of the Cote de L’Estiade.

    Valentin Madouas goes with him to take one for second place.

    Both have picked up six points – their first points of the race – today. Not making huge strides into Benoit Cosnefroy’s lead of 36 points but just keeping their hand in with major points to come over the next week.

  2. Post update

    Defending champion Egan Bernal sticks his tongue out and pants as the TV cameras focus on him for a second.

    Feeling the heat? It’s 24 degrees and humid out there today.

  3. Post update

    The breakaway are onto the fourth climb of the day – the category three Cote de l’Estiade.

    Just 3.7km but at an average 6.9% gradient.

  4. Post update

    And Caleb Ewan has now caught up with the peloton.

    He’ll hope to maintain contact over the next two category three climbs at least before a bigger gruppetto of sprinters forms to roll over the tougher final two climbs to the finish.

  5. Post update

    Meanwhile, Caleb Ewan has done well on the descent and has closed the gap to the peloton to 45 seconds now.

  6. 70km to go

    The breakaway of 17 riders have a lead of 8mins 10secs over the peloton.

    They are: Julian Alaphilippe, Remi Cavagna (both Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Simon Geschke (CCC), Dan Martin (Israel Start-up Nation), Marc Soler (Movistar), Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic), Romain Sicard (Total Direct Energie), Hugh Carthy, Daniel Martinez, Neilson Powless (all EF Pro Cycling), Lennard Kamna, Max Schachmann (both Bora-Hansgrohe), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Valentin Madouas (Groupam-FDJ) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers).

  7. Post update

    Tremendous work by AG2R La Mondiale – they’ve returned Romain Bardet to the yellow jersey group after his crash.

    Now can Bardet recover before going on the attack later in the stage?

  8. Alaphilippe wins 20 points at intermediate sprint

    Julian Alaphilippe is indeed the only rider from the breakaway interested in the intermediate sprints and rolls over it unopposed.

    The Frenchman takes 20 points, which moves him up to seventh in the points classification.

    I can’t imagine he’s interested in a late green jersey challenge, he’s just such an attacking rider he wants to go for every individual landmark going. Or perhaps it’s a nod to his team-mate Sam Bennett currently in green.

    By mopping up the points on offer for the first 15 places, the break has done Bennett a favour as Peter Sagan cannot make any headway here now.

  9. Post update

    The 17-man breakaway are approaching the intermediate sprint point.

    Julian Alaphilippe looks keen…

  10. Post update

    Nairo Quintana has regained contact with the yellow jersey group after that crash.

    Romain Bardet should be back soon.

  11. Post update

    The crash happened on a right-hand bend near the front of the peloton.

    Romain Bardet is on home roads today and will certainly want to try to make up time on Primoz Roglic.

    How badly will that crash affect his chances? His first aim will be to make up the minute he currently trails the yellow jersey group by.

  12. Mollema abandons

    Some Trek-Segafredo riders were caught up in that crash as well and sadly Bauke Mollema has been forced to abandon the race.

  13. Crash

    Romain Bardet is down!

    It looks like Nairo Quintana took a spill as well but was up riding sooner.

    Bardet grimaces as he gingerly gets up and gets back on the bike.

    The AG2R La Mondiale team are pacing Bardet back to the peloton now.

  14. Post update

    Caleb Ewan could be in danger of missing the time cut if he continues to lose time to the peloton.

    The Australian sprinter is nearly four minutes back, with team-mates Roger Kluge and Jasper de Buyst trying to pace him, while Ryan Gibbons of NTT has also been dropped.

  15. Madouas caught

    Valentin Madouas has been caught by the rest of the breakaway so there are 17 riders out front once more.

  16. Post update

    The peloton, led by Jumbo-Visman, roll over the top of the Montee de la Stele 7mins 26secs behind Valentin Madouas.

    Sam Bennett is clinging on at the back of the bunch. His biggest barrier to holding on to the green jersey to Paris might be making it inside the time limits on all these tough mountain stages.

  17. Post update

    Madouas and the rest of the break will now descent for most of the next 25km until the intermediate sprint point in Lanobre.

    The front 17 should stay well clear of the peloton so will hoover up all the points on offer.

    Sam Bennett will maintain his 66-point lead over Peter Sagan in the green jersey today as a possible chance for the Slovak to make ground goes by.

  18. Post update

    David de la Cruz beats Pierre Rolland in a two-man sprint for second at the summit.

    De la Cruz gets three points, Rolland gets two and Dan Martin takes one.

  19. Madouas wins five KOM points

    Valentin Madouas stays away over the summit of the category two Montee de la Stele to pick up five king of the mountains points.

  20. Post update

    Valentin Madouas, having chased down the breakaway alone, has gone solo again, dropping Hugh Carthy inside the final 2km of the climb.