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Live Reporting

Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

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    Lennard Kamna has been swallowed up by the yellow jersey group.

    The German was crawling along, he’ll do well to hold a wheel on the back of this select complement of riders.

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    The leading quartet have about two minutes and 30 seconds on a yellow jersey group that has been whittled down to around 30 riders.

    Still 4km left on this monster.

  3. Landa ‘in best condition ever’ for Tour

    Bahrain McLaren’s team boss Rod Ellingworth reckons Mikel Landa has “come into the Tour in the best condition he ever has.”

    Speaking on ITV4 Ellingworth added: “He has maintained his weight and that leadership role, he has really enjoyed it. He knew the group was behind him and there is not any internal pressure.”

    Landa of course shared leadership duties with two other riders at former team Movistar.

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    This is vintage Wout Poels. The former Team Sky rider continues to pull the yellow jersey group towards the top of the mountain and has shaved about 30 seconds off the lead group.

    Meanwhile Mitchelton-Scott’s Mikel Nieve has abandoned. Adam Yates looks like he’ll be flying solo again later on.

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    Benoit Cosnefroy has popped with over 9km of Col de la Madeleine still in front of him.

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    Maybe that is about to change Ralph.

  7. Ralph: Has it really been a great tour? From what I’ve seen Jumbo-Visma have been in total control and Roglic hardly under any pressure at all.

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    Sonny Colbrelli has indeed blown and passes on the baton to Wout Poels.

    The Dutch rider has plenty of know-how in this situation.

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    What’s this Sonny Colbrelli is still going.The Italian’s jersey is unzipped and flapping in the wind.

    This is one hell of a dig, surely only a matter of time until he peels off now.

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    Much further up the mountain, stage 16 winner Lennard Kamna has been dropped.

    Julian Alaphilippe just decided to put his foot on the gas and drop the German, whose legs are probably like lead now after his efforts on Tuesday.

    The now four-man group has about four minutes on the yellow jersey group.

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    Not really seen Jumbo-Visma come under much stress in the Tour yet but Bahrain McLaren look to be shaking the normal order of things up at present.

    Sprinter Sonny Colbrelli has even done a turn on the front before peeling off.

  12. Post update

    The peloton is splintering…

    And Nairo Quintana is dropping out the back.

    The Colombian had looked so good early on in the Tour but a high-speed crash on stage 13 and an allergic reaction to landing in nettles has not helped.

    Greg van Avermaet, Esteban Chaves and Thibaut Pinot all looked like they have been shelled out as well.

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    Just worth noting that in his pre-stage interview Mikel Landa said he would “like both” when asked if he was gunning for a stage win or overall victory.

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    A bit more colour at the front of the peloton as the Bahrain-McLaren team comes to the front.

    Is Mikel Landa on a good day? On his day the Spaniard can be sublime but he’s got to make up two minutes and 16 seconds on the yellow jersey of Primoz Roglic.

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    A quick shot of the back of the peloton shows Sam Bennett looking less than comfortable.

    This next 78km or so is going to be very uncomfortable for the Irishman.

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    Interesting to see how he goes up here. Just not quite had the legs this year after 2019’s exploits.

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    The five leaders have increased their advantage to five minutes and 55 seconds.

    A touch of deja vu about it all with Julian Alaphilippe, Richard Carapaz and Lennard Kamna all involved again.

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  18. Andrew: This has been a great Tour so far, still so close with lots to play for. The Colombians should have a good day today, I fancy Lopez to have a crack at Uran’s 3rd place. Kamna looks good for decent KOM points as well.

  19. Post update

    A few of the riders have popped back to their team cars to get some supplies and fuel on board. And I’m about to do some similar with a dash to grab a sandwich and drink.

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    Jumbo-Visma are still on patrol at the front of the peloton as it sweeps towards a whole load of pain.

    And to think the Col de la Madeleine is just there to soften up the riders for the really tough stuff at the stage finale.