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Live Reporting

Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. KOM standings

    Here’s how things stand in the King of the Mountains comp after that last climb.

    1. Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale), 36 points

    2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates), 34 points

    3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), 33 points

    4. Nans Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale), 32 points

    5. Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb), 31 points

    6. Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), 31 points

  2. Post update

    Pierre Rolland is on the attack as the leading group nears the top of the Col de Porte.

    He began the stage in sixth in the KOM competition but he takes the five points on offer for cresting that climb first.

    That’ll do nicely for the Frenchman, who has made up a bit of ground on the polka-dot jersey Benoit Cosnefroy.

  3. Post update

    As ever the TV coverage is doing some wonderful work for those working in the tourism industry in France.

    In normal times you’d be half tempted to just jump on a ferry or train and head over.

    Simply stunning scenery.

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    Lans en Vercors

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  4. Quintana falters as Yates eyes podium place

    Nairo Quintana

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    Egan Bernal wasn’t the only Colombian to see his Tour de France hopes go up in smoke on Sunday’s 15th stage.

    Nairo Quintana also time, three minutes and 50 seconds to be exact, which means he is now over five minutes down on the overall leader Primoz Roglic.

    On a more positive note Britain’s Adam Yates is just 29 seconds behind third-placed Rigoberto Uran.

    Could the Mitchelton-Scott man end up on the podium in Paris?

  5. GC standings

    General classification after stage 15:

    1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) 65hrs 37mins 07secs

    2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +40secs

    3. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +1mins 34secs

    4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +1mins 45secs

    5. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +2mins 03secs

    6. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +2mins 13secs

    7. Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren) +2mins 16secs

    8. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +3mins 15secs

    9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic) +5mins 08secs

    10. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +5mins 12secs

  6. Post update

    While the riders head up the Col de Porte just a little reminder of how things stand in the main race…

  7. Superman’s birthday

    Wout van Aert

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    Double stage winner Wout van Aert, aka Superman, celebrates his 26th birthday today.

    Looks like a fair few Belgian fans are out lining the route today to cheer him along not that he needs much help.

    Sprinter, climber, domestique supreme. Tell you what Primoz Roglic must be counting his blessings to have Van Aert working for him in the Jumbo Visma team.

  8. Post update

    The main peloton is now a good six minutes and 30 seconds down on the breakaway.

    But a group of five composed of Mikel Nieve, Romain Sicard, Neilson Powless, Simon Geshke and Pavel Sivakov are one minute and 25 seconds off the front.

    They have been slowly trying to edge across to the 18-man group at the front for the last 15km or so.

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    Finally a shot of the main peloton, who are looking a tad more relaxed then earlier.

    The yellow jersey, Primoz Roglic and his compatriot Tadej Pogacar are wheeling along next to each other having a natter as they begin to start the climb up the category two Col de Porte.

  11. Points classification race

    Provisional standings:

    1. Sam Bennett – 269 points

    2. Peter Sagan – 224 points

    3. Matteo Trentin – 209 points

  12. Trentin wins intermediate sprint

    Matteo Trentin takes the intermediate sprint ahead of Lennard Kamna and Julian Alaphilippe.

    That’s 20 points for the Italian who is now closing in on Peter Sagan, who is in second in the green jersey race.

  13. Gaudu abandons

    Not a good Tour for Groupama-FDJ…

    David Gaudu, who the last time I saw him was struggling off the back of the peloton, has abandoned.

  14. Post update

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    This stage hasn’t quite settled down yet and that’s a cue for Pierrre Rolland to launch off the front of the peloton.

    Looks like a couple of Sunweb riders fancy it as well.

    With Jumbo Visma ticking things over on the front of the peloton they could be welcome allies in trying to get to the breakaway.

  15. Post update

    Marc Hirschi and Nans Peters are on the move.

    There’ll need to push it to reach the break which at the moment is doing Peter Sagan’s hopes of clawing back points in the race for the green jersey, no good at all.

  16. ‘Today’s stage suits me’

    “On paper, today’s stage suits me”, Julian Alaphilippe told France’s national broadcaster on the start line.

    “”I believe Ineos will be willing to win the stage. I want to make the breakaway. Our team will be at the front. I feel good.

    “Some really hard stages await us. It’s been good to stay quiet yesterday. The press conference was short and I’m motivated for today.”

    Can he do it? Possibly. Can’t help but feel he looks a bit undercooked this year.

  17. Post update

    There are 15 very capable riders now at the front of the race who have built up around one minute and 25 seconds on the main bunch.

    They are Andrey Amador, Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Lennard Kamna, Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First), Winner Anacona, Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Imanol Erviti, Carlos Verona (Movistar Team), Matteo Trentin (CCC ), Chris Juul Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott), Nicholas Roche (Team Sunweb) and Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept).

  18. Sagan’s strategy…?

    Peter Sagan of course is in pursuit of a record-extending eighth win in the points classification competition.

    However, the Slovak finds himself in the unusual position of being 45 points behind current green jersey wearer, Ireland’s Sam Bennett.

    And the position of the intermediate sprints in the mountain stages is expected to play a huge role in their battle.

    It’s fair to say that Sagan is a much better climber, so I would imagine the Bora-Hansgrohe strategy is to try and distance Bennett in the hope of taking some of their man Sagan, taking points in the intermediate sprints on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  19. Post update

    The large breakaway is no more.

    With the peloton sweeping them up….before Ineos rider Richard Carapaz and Sunweb’s Nicolas Roche zip off the front.

    Is that Peter Sagan trying to get across in a group of 12-13 riders….?

    Looks like it as Sam Bennett is keeping him company.

  20. Post update

    Thibaut Pinot, Julian Alaphilippe and Richard Carapaz were probably all hoping to go a touch better at the Tour this year.

    As it stands Carapaz, who is almost 33 minutes down on the yellow jersey is the best-placed rider in this large group out front.