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Tour de France 2010

Date range:
July 3-25, 2010
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Prologue

      Distance:
      8.9km
      Start location:
      Rotterdam
      End location:
      Rotterdam
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      223.5km
      Start location:
      Rotterdam
      End location:
      Brussels
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      Brussels
      End location:
      Spa
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      213km
      Start location:
      Wanze
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      153.5km
      Start location:
      Cambrai
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Epernay
      End location:
      Montargis
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      227.5km
      Start location:
      Montargis
      End location:
      Gueugnon
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      165.5km
      Start location:
      Tournus
      End location:
      Station des Rousses
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Station des Rousses
      End location:
      Morzine-Avoriaz
    • Rest day one

      Location
      Morzine-Avoriaz
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Morzine-Avoriaz
      End location:
      Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      179km
      Start location:
      Chambery
      End location:
      Gap
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      184.5km
      Start location:
      Sisteron
      End location:
      Bourg-les-Valence
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      210.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-de-Peage
      End location:
      Mende
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      196km
      Start location:
      Rodez
      End location:
      Revel
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      184.5km
      Start location:
      Revel
      End location:
      Ax-3 Domaines
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Pamiers
      End location:
      Bagneres-de-Luchon
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      199.5km
      Start location:
      Bagneres-de-Luchon
      End location:
      Pau
    • Rest day two

      Location
      Pau
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Col du Tourmalet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      198km
      Start location:
      Salies-de-Bearn
      End location:
      Bordeaux
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      52km
      Start location:
      Bordeaux
      End location:
      Pauillac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      102.5km
      Start location:
      Longjumeau
      End location:
      Paris
  • Race history

July 18, Stage 14: Revel - Ax-3 Domaines 184.5km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live coverage from stage 14 of the Tour de France. Today we're racing from Revel to Ax-3 Domaines.

  1. 10:59:13 BST

    The riders are making their way to the start line and they'll begin in just a few minutes from now. We've got a potentially cracking stage in store.

  2. 11:02:13 BST

    We start in Revel, the finish from yesterday’s stage and wind south, towards the Pyrenees. Will we see a battle royal as Contador and Schleck square up or will a rider like Menchov, Gesink, or Sanchez produce the goods? Let's have a look at today's route.

  3. 11:03:37 BST

    The Tour’s decisive stages start with a tough test that begins easily enough but has two tasty peaks to spice up the closing kilometres.

  4. 11:04:06 BST

    The road to Mirepoix, which we reach after 51.5km isn’t exactly flat and there’s a fairly decent climb before the bunch reach Chalabre, small French village with some of the best croissants I’ve ever tasted. They’ve also got a couple of nice restaurants too.
     

  5. 11:06:10 BST

    From there it’s a very shallow climb before dipping down to Esperaza. Before there they’ll travel through Villefort. If they have a chance to stop they’ll see a farm on the right where they can buy locally produced eggs. Villefort is very small, there's probably around a dozen inhabitants.

    It’s then a twisty descent down to Qullian, another picturesque French town, before carrying on due south.
     

  6. 11:11:36 BST

    The Port de Pailhères didn’t feature before 2003 but has become a Tour favourite. It ramps up severely over a series of hairpins towards the summit, from where there’s a rapid descent into Ax-les-Thermes to the foot of the final climb. Ax-3 Domaines isn’t long and not overly difficult but the main contenders’ speed here should result in some significant time gaps.

     

  7. 184km remaining from 184.5km

    11:13:04 BST

    And we're off. Already out of the neutralized zone and Christian Knees from Milram is the first attacker of the day.

  8. 11:16:12 BST

    A few riders are nipping up the road to join the Milram rider on the attack. Roughly twelve guys now lead the race with around 12 seconds on the bunch.

  9. 11:22:45 BST

    Zabriskie, Voigt and Moinard are three of the riders who've joined Knees.

    Back to the route for a second, and the final climb of today stage was of course part of the 2003 race. That day Carlos Sastre won, producing one of the finest victory celebrations ever seen in the Tour. As he crossed the line he pulled out a dummy and put it in his mouth. It was one of the most original celebrations the Tour has seen and was in dedication to his daughter Claudia. His celebration just edged out Flecha's bow-and-arrow effort in Toulouse.

    That day Armstrong, Basso, Vino and Moreau all finished in the top ten on the stage. They're all racing at this year's Tour.

  10. 180km remaining from 184.5km

    11:25:21 BST

    A lot of riders from that break sat up but we've still got five riders in the lead: Zabriskie, Moinard, Brutt, Thomas and Gutierrez.

  11. 171km remaining from 184.5km

    11:29:05 BST

    Radioshack are leading the bunch but has the today's long break already formed?

  12. 11:34:04 BST

    Gutierrez has also sat up, so we've got four leaders up the road, the gap down slightly, now at 19 seconds.

  13. 11:38:15 BST

    Auge and Rolland are leading a counter attack along with three other riders. They're sandwiched between the four leaders and bunch so things haven't settled down just yet.

  14. 160km remaining from 184.5km

    11:39:36 BST

    Those riders in the chase are Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Jurgen Van De Walle (QuickStep), Pierre Rolland (Bbox) und Stephan Auge (Cofidis)

  15. 11:41:08 BST

    The two lead groups are about to form, the bunch have sat up so we should have a pretty strong break for today's stage.

  16. 11:46:16 BST

    While we wait for those two groups to form let's have a look at how things stand on GC. Schleck leads Contador by just 31 seconds, not enough if he wants to wear yellow into Paris but the race for third place is really intriguing. Just a handful of seconds separate Sanchez and Menchov, with Van Den Broek, Leipheimer and Gesink are waiting in the wings.

    Lower down on GC, we've got the likes of Evans, Wiggins and Sastre. Very interesting story in today's Sunday Times on Wiggins from Paul Kimmage.

    1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 63:08:40
    2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:00:31
    3 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:02:45
    4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:02:58
    5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:03:31
    6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:04:06
    7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:04:27
    8 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:04:58
    9 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:05:02
    10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:05:16
    11 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:05:30
    12 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:06:12
    13 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:06:25
    14 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:44
    15 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:07:34
    16 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:07:39
    17 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 0:07:47
    18 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:08:08
    19 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:08:24
    20 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack 0:09:05

     

  17. 154km remaining from 184.5km

    11:52:09 BST

    The breaks have now merged and we've got 9 riders ahead of the race.Their lead is over 5 minutes. Geraint Thomas (Sky), Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions), Benoït Vaugrenard (FDJ), Pavel Brutt (Team Katusha), Amaël Moinard (Cofidis), Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Jurgen Van De Walle (QuickStep), Pierre Rolland (Bbox) und Stephan Auge (Cofidis)

     

  18. 11:54:11 BST

    No dangerous threats on GC in the break. Riblon is the highest placed rider but he's almost 25 minutes down on Schleck.

  19. 11:55:11 BST

    Riblon, Auge and Moinard have all been in breaks so far in this year's race but this is the first time we've seen Thomas and Zabriskie make the break on a stage.

  20. 149km remaining from 184.5km

    12:01:19 BST

    The bunch are taking things easy now as the gap creeps up to over 6.10.

    On Twitter festinagirl correctly points out: @dnlbenson re: baby themed cycling celebrations - I believe it was Neil Stephens (1997, st 17) who was there 1st, rocking an imaginary baby.

     

     

  21. 12:04:02 BST

    The first sprint today comes at Mirepoix. What a battle we've got for the green jersey this year.

    1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 187 pts
    2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 185
    3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 162
    4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 144
    5 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha 138
    6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 120
    7 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 102
    8 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 101
    9 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 81
    10 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 80

  22. 12:09:19 BST

    I'm surprised that Thor hasn't managed to sneak into the break today, but I'm sure Lampre will have been watching him very closely this morning.Cavendish has also dragged himself into the race too, having been down and out after the first few stages of racing. No lead Renshaw yesterday, but he still managed to finish second, leading home the sprinters behind Vino.

    I spoke to French fancy Frédéric Moncassin, at the start of a stage last week (sorry can't remember which, they blur into one) and he told me that that not only was Cavendish the best sprinter of his generation but that he was also one of the most complete sprinters he'd ever seen, more complete than Mario Cipollini. Agree? let me know at twitter.com/dnlbenson

  23. 142km remaining from 184.5km

    12:10:24 BST

    The gap is now out to 7.45

  24. 12:16:22 BST

    The break take another ten seconds out of the bunch and they're closing in on the first sprint at Mirepoix.

  25. 12:19:13 BST

    Luckily I think the bunch take a different route out of Quillan today, otherwise they'd face a severe 6km climb back towards Puivert.

  26. 12:21:52 BST

    Through the first sprint and the results are: Vaugrenard, Zabriskie and Van De Walle (6,4,2 points).

  27. 130km remaining from 184.5km

    12:23:36 BST

    The road will climb steadily now before dipping down towards Chalabre. The leaders have 8.38 on the bunch.

  28. 12:28:41 BST

    Good tweet from Garmin-Transitions Jonathan Vaughters:

    "Typically a break like this will lose 25secs p/km on the big climbs. So, for one of them to win, they will need around 12 mins at the base."

  29. 12:29:40 BST

    Well, the lead has gone up to 9 minutes now and Rabobank, Astana and Liquigas are at the front of the bunch.

  30. 124km remaining from 184.5km

    12:35:59 BST

    9.24 now for the nine-man break.

  31. 12:41:43 BST

    The leaders now have just over ten minutes on the bunch as Astana start to make their presence felt more at the front.

  32. 12:43:37 BST

    Today's two climbs are going to be vital for both Contador and Schleck. After the ten seconds the Spaniard gained at Mende it's up to Schleck to bounce back and drag more time out with the long time trial still to come. Everyone's saying that he needs between 3, 3 1/2 minutes on Contador going into the time trial.

  33. 12:47:04 BST

    We've seen Schleck drop Contador, Contador drop Schleck. What will we see today? It could be epic, it could define the rest of the race.

  34. 12:48:04 BST

    In other news, we're hearing that Euskatel might lose their ProTour license next year. We'll have a story coming very shorty.

  35. 12:54:15 BST

    As we've also seen, while the onus is on Schleck to attack, Contador will take an opportunity, like he did at Mende, if it presents itself.

  36. 108km remaining from 184.5km

    13:00:26 BST

    Away from the top two for a moment, there are a lot of riders who talked the talk coming into this year's race: Basso, Kreuziger, Sastre, Wiggins and Rogers. They're all sitting outside the top nine and if they want to move up they'll have to perform in the next few stages, starting with today.

  37. 13:02:05 BST

    The leaders are now in Chalarbe. They'll swing around the town square in a clockwise motion, by the croissants I told you about earlier and then head towards Villefort.

  38. 13:03:23 BST

    Lovely town house in Chalarbe, the riders wont see it though as it's up towards the top of the small town.

  39. 102km remaining from 184.5km

    13:04:32 BST

    Moinard is back with the doctor at the moment as the leaders take on a very gentle climb. The road will swoop down in a few minutes, a few tricky corners.

  40. 13:06:08 BST

    The lead is holding at around ten minutes.

  41. 13:09:47 BST

    The leaders take a left hander and now they'll swing down to the next down.

  42. 13:10:11 BST

    Town, even. It's called Esperaza.

  43. 98km remaining from 184.5km

    13:11:03 BST

    We've got less than 100 kilometers left to race.

    Worth noting that Saxo Bank haven't come to the front yet, despite having the yellow jersey in their team. Mind games from Riis?

  44. 13:12:21 BST

    Instead Astana are now on the front of the bunch with three riders setting the pace. Behind them is a Rabo jersey, then HTC's Tony Martin.

  45. 85km remaining from 184.5km

    13:23:46 BST

    The gap is starting to come down. It's at 8.30 now.

  46. 13:26:41 BST

    Nice crowds out in Qullian for the Tour riders as the break go through.

  47. 13:27:31 BST

    Esperaza, apologies, Quillan is still to come.

  48. 13:28:50 BST

    Second sprint done and Auge, Moinard and Riblon take the points.

  49. 13:29:28 BST

    Saxo Bank have moved towards the front of the bunch. All of Schleck's men are sitting behind the Contador train at the front.

  50. 82km remaining from 184.5km

    13:32:14 BST

    We're going to see some action on the first climb here, surely. Astana dont really need to chase from this far out and the gap continues to decrease. It's under 8 minutes now.

  51. 77km remaining from 184.5km

    13:36:13 BST

    The break hit the feed and grab some food.

  52. 13:38:35 BST

    Vino sits on Contador's wheel as Astana continue to set the pace on the front of the bunch. What did you think if Vino's win yesterday? Let me know @ twitter.com/dnlbenson As long as it won;'t get us sued I'll try and print it ;-)

  53. 13:41:15 BST

    Meanwhile Zabriskie takes a swig from his bottle and comes through and takes pull on the front.

  54. 13:42:12 BST

    Astana are really driving on the front now though. They've taken another minute out of the lead group.

  55. 13:44:21 BST

    I wonder what's going on in Schleck's head right now. He lost ten seconds in Mende and now Contador has his men on the front setting a furious pace. Contador must feel strong.

  56. 69km remaining from 184.5km

    13:48:28 BST

    Less than 70 kilometers to go now and closing in on the first major climb of the day. If Astana keep this pace up we'll have less then a dozen riders by the top.

  57. 13:51:54 BST

    Back to Vino for a second: PiesG @dnlbenson Vino's attack was awesome, committed and beautifully timed: should it have been 2 in a row??

  58. 13:52:35 BST

    Another 45 seconds slashed off the lead group. The gap now down to 6.15

  59. 62km remaining from 184.5km

    13:56:45 BST

    The break looked stressed now, a number of riders looking back while some aren't coming through with much help. Thomas is calling for the team car.

  60. 61km remaining from 184.5km

    13:58:17 BST

    Another 30 seconds lost and the gap is at 5.44

  61. 14:03:45 BST

    DavidGafa @dnlbenson Although impressive, anything Vino does just can't excite me like it once did. Irreparable damage I suspect!

  62. 14:05:01 BST

    We're about 15 kilometers from the start of the first major climb of the day, the Port de Pailhères.

  63. 54km remaining from 184.5km

    14:08:40 BST

    Just over five minutes between the break and the peloton now.

  64. 14:11:55 BST

    Moinard comes through at the front of the break and he's really giving it everything but it's not enough. Astana are getting closer and closer.

  65. 14:16:28 BST

    Some stats on today's first climb:

    15.5 kilometers long, with an average gradient of  7.9 per cent. However there are some sections that reach closer to 10 per cent.

  66. 49km remaining from 184.5km

    14:18:24 BST

    The gap is down to 4.39 as Sky come through and help Astana set the pace. Not sure about that tactic.

  67. 14:20:19 BST

    Rabobank and Saxo Bank also moving towards the front now. Perhaps Sky are just trying to help Wiggins move to the front before the climb starts.

  68. 14:21:25 BST

    Gesink gets a gel from one of his teammates, he's in the top 15 riders, while at the back a spent Astana rider drifts back, his work done for the day.

  69. 14:22:45 BST

    Fantastic scenery in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Astana still drilling a hard pace along the narrow French roads

  70. 14:23:55 BST

    The break is starting to split here, a few gaps begging to appear and Brutt and Auge are the first to slip back. They'll get back on but things don't look great.

  71. 14:24:21 BST

    Brutt calls for the team car, has a quick work and then moves back to break.

  72. 14:26:23 BST

    Thomas slips to the back of the line now and gets a bottle from his team car. The break is on the lower slopes of the climb.

  73. 14:27:07 BST

    Here we go. Moinard is the first rider in the line, Auge at the back. Thomas has his jersey undone all the way.

  74. 44km remaining from 184.5km

    14:28:02 BST

    The gap is just under 4 minutes now. I'm not sure they'll all last until the top of this climb.

  75. 14:29:06 BST

    Brutt at the back again, he's not the best when it comes to going uphill and Auge is off the back first.

  76. 43km remaining from 184.5km

    14:30:51 BST

    Vaugrenard is the next to lose contact as Astana continue to drive things on.

  77. 14:32:14 BST

    The sprinters are starting to sit up, a lot of riders are going to drop back here. Liquigas are forming nicely at the front with their two leaders nicely placed.

    Hushovd one rider dropped by the bunch, Hondo too.

  78. 14:33:10 BST

    Gerdemann dropped already. That's a bit of a surprise.

  79. 14:34:13 BST

    Valls attacks. That's impressive considering how much pressure Astana are putting at the front.

    Millar going backwards now too.

  80. 41km remaining from 184.5km

    14:35:14 BST

    Lots of struggling riders now slipping off the back of the bunch as Astana spread over the front of the road. Things have calmed a little bit as all the main GC riders settle in near the front of the bunch.

  81. 14:35:56 BST

    Sky have slipped back totally from the front . Rabobank are coming through on the right hand side.

  82. 14:36:15 BST

    Brutt being dropped from the break.

  83. 14:38:07 BST

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  84. 40km remaining from 184.5km

    14:38:32 BST

    And Sastre attacks. He's on Gustov's wheel and he's got a gap here.

  85. 14:39:11 BST

    Siutsou also having a dig here.

  86. 14:39:57 BST

    Contador is just sitting on Schleck's wheel.

  87. 14:41:06 BST

    Riblon and Moinard still pushing at the front of the race.

  88. 14:42:18 BST

    The bunch have let Sastre go here. Casar is hanging off the back of the bunch now, Schleck isn't exactly near the front either you know.

  89. 14:42:46 BST

    Schleck is maybe half up the bunch. He should be much closer to the front.

  90. 14:43:34 BST

    Riblon still setting the pace with his two surviving breakaway riders as Moinard comes through and takes a turn. Valls comes up to Auge and goes straight by him.

  91. 14:44:52 BST

    Gustov still leading Sastre, the man from HTC sitting on the Spaniard's wheel. Nice move from Sastre, the winner here in 2003.

  92. 14:45:57 BST

    Horner is with Contador near the front as Monfort slips back from what's left from the bunch. Who is setting the pace? Still Astana.

  93. 37km remaining from 184.5km

    14:46:48 BST

    Casar well and truly dropped now. Schleck still no where near the front of the bunch yet.

  94. 14:47:22 BST

    Astana still have three or four riders on the front, hammering out a good pace.

  95. 14:48:19 BST

    Michael Rogers is slipping back. That's a surprise.

  96. 14:48:59 BST

    The Austrlian is around 10 bike lengths off the back of the Astana led bunch as Valls goes by Thomas.

  97. 14:50:23 BST

    Samuel Sanchez looks good. Will he try something on the descent before the final climb?

  98. 14:51:27 BST

    Sastre still sitting on Gustov's wheel but he's only got around 20 seconds on the bunch. What's he got left?

  99. 14:52:05 BST

    Kiryienka wow. He's just attacked. Not sure he'll get a huge gap but he's giving it a go.

  100. 14:52:49 BST

    Sastre is going by Thomas who is really struggling now. Zabriskie going backwards too.

  101. 14:54:30 BST

    Rogers still fighting to stay close to the bunch but it's tough for the Australian. The gap is getting bigger now.

  102. 14:55:19 BST

    Saxo have put a man on the front now.

  103. 14:55:46 BST

    Armstrong slipping back now. He's getting dropped.

  104. 14:56:18 BST

    Rogers the only GC guy in the top 20 who has been dropped so far though.

  105. 14:56:49 BST

    Kiryienka is closing in on Sastre now.

  106. 14:57:53 BST

    Andy Schleck in trouble? He's at the back of the bunch calling for a team car. He's taking some food and taking a new bottle. Why is he doing that and not his teammates?

  107. 14:58:27 BST

    He's back now but Evans is being distanced. The Australian is slipping back

  108. 14:59:01 BST

    There's still a long way to go on this climb as Zabriskie is caught and passed by the Astana bunch.

  109. 34km remaining from 184.5km

    15:00:20 BST

    Sastre is setting a good pace here but Astana, who are down to their last man are still setting a strong pace. Is Schleck calling their bluff?

  110. 15:01:29 BST

    Sastre goes by Roland.

  111. 15:02:35 BST

    The three men at the front doing a fine job, Riblon doing most of the work.

  112. 15:04:01 BST

    Vino back with the team car. Schleck still near the back of the group.

  113. 15:06:59 BST

    Van De Walle is slipping back now, he's losing contact with Riblon and Moinard.

    Evans still dangling off the back of the Astana group.

  114. 15:08:08 BST

    Another brave performance from Evans but he's still not 100 per cent and he's paying for it. Navarro still on the front, driving things for Contador.

  115. 15:08:53 BST

    Evans goes by Fuglsang who has been dropped. Two ex-mountain bikers.

  116. 15:09:17 BST

    And Wiggins is near the back of the Contador group too.

  117. 15:10:00 BST

    Wiggins looks like he's in big trouble here. He's now right at the back of the group.

  118. 15:10:24 BST

    He's on Kloden's wheel but that's not where he'll want to be.

  119. 30km remaining from 184.5km

    15:11:30 BST

    Charteau attacks from the main group. He wants points.

    As Riblon leaves Moinard just before the summit of the climb.

    Cunego now has a dig.

  120. 15:11:56 BST

    Navarro has everyone lined out.

  121. 15:12:45 BST

    Cunego has a pretty good gap and he can descend well.

  122. 15:13:08 BST

    1km for Riblon.

  123. 29km remaining from 184.5km

    15:14:18 BST

    Riders all over the road. Van Den Broek sitting second in line, Gesink just behind him.

  124. 15:15:27 BST

    Wiggins losing contact now.

  125. 29km remaining from 184.5km

    15:16:34 BST

    WIggins is passed by Chavanel just as Riblon crests the top of the climb. Sastre is now with Valls, strong rides by both of those riders, Charteau too, who is also ahead of what's left of the bunch.

  126. 15:17:52 BST

    Charteau is joined by Cunego but he beats the Italian to the points. The bunch aren't that far away.

  127. 15:19:36 BST

    Riblon now on the descent and it's his stage to lose. He has to take as many risks as possible before the final climb. He needs every single second.

  128. 24km remaining from 184.5km

    15:20:36 BST

    Such a fast descent and Contador had to close a little bit of a gap there to Schleck on the downhill.

  129. 15:21:38 BST

    Samuel Sanchez running very wide on a corner there and just about holding it together.

  130. 15:23:11 BST

    To recap: Armstrong, Evans, Wiggins, Rogers all dropped from the group of main favourites.

    Wiggins was the last to go and is charging down the descent trying to make contact.

  131. 21km remaining from 184.5km

    15:24:22 BST

    Cunego is coming up to the Sastre group.

    Armstrong at the top was seven minutes down.

  132. 15:24:36 BST

    Evans was at four minutes.

  133. 15:25:50 BST

    Vino is leading the main field on the descent.

  134. 15:28:17 BST

    Wiggins makes contact with the main group as Riblon continues to push on, on his own.

  135. 15:29:15 BST

    Riblon will be worried by the small group behind him. Schleck is closer to the front now, he's just behind Contador.

  136. 15:30:03 BST

    Cunego pours a bottle over his head, descending with just one hand. Has the Italian won a race yet this year? I dont think he has.

  137. 15:31:33 BST

    Very twisty section on the descent, as Riblon hugs each corner. He looks pretty good at the moment but it's all about the final 7.8km climb.

  138. 11km remaining from 184.5km

    15:33:06 BST

    Not far from the final climb now. Sastre won here in 2003, can he do it again today?

  139. 15:33:33 BST

    Moinard still trying to catch Riblon, he's gaining on him.

  140. 15:33:42 BST

    Moinard still trying to catch Riblon, he's gaining on him.

  141. 15:33:45 BST

    Moinard still trying to catch Riblon, he's gaining on him.

  142. 15:33:48 BST

    Moinard still trying to catch Riblon, he's gaining on him.

  143. 10km remaining from 184.5km

    15:34:33 BST

    10km for Riblon and he's got 2:46 on the yellow jersey but just a few seconds on Moinard.

  144. 15:36:13 BST

    Moinard about to make contact but no, he's cracked on the first 100 meters of the climb and Riblon looks back and then goes on alone. He still looks good.

  145. 15:37:18 BST

    Sastre has a little stretch at the back of his group. Will he try something?

  146. 15:37:53 BST

    Astana crew now on the final climb, as Riblon starts to rock his head.

  147. 15:38:26 BST

    Incredible courage from Riblon, Sastre sets the pace behind, Navarro leads the yellow jersey group.

  148. 15:39:45 BST

    Kiryienka has been dropped, quick step rider too. so Valls and Cunego dig in with Sastre.

    Riblon grits his teeth but Astana are moving up a gear.

    Sastre goes alone.

  149. 7km remaining from 184.5km

    15:40:01 BST

    Vino sets the pace

  150. 15:40:34 BST

    Cunego coming back to Sastre.

    Riblon still rocking his head as Navarro takes over.

  151. 15:41:01 BST

    Contador is just watching Schleck.

    Wiggins is about to be dropped again.

  152. 15:41:44 BST

    Vino out of the saddle and still setting the pace. Le Mevel is struggling.

    Meanwhile, Sastre drops Cunego again.

  153. 15:42:02 BST

    Can Sastre make up that much time on the final climb?

  154. 15:42:36 BST

    Kreuziger  has been dropped. Vino is destroying the field.

  155. 6km remaining from 184.5km

    15:43:22 BST

    Basso, Kloden, Roche, Ryder all getting dropped.

  156. 6km remaining from 184.5km

    15:44:07 BST

    All the big gun are feeling it now. Vino has even attacked.

    And Gesink is going backwards.

  157. 15:44:27 BST

    yellow group down to : LL sanchez, Van den Broeck, Rodriguez, Schleck, Contador, Vino, Menchov, Sam Sanchez, Leipheimer

  158. 15:45:06 BST

    Contador and Schleck just watching each other at the back of their group.

    Vino is caught by Van den Broek.

  159. 5km remaining from 184.5km

    15:45:46 BST

    Schleck takes off his sunglasses, Contador looks good.

    Riblon is hanging on with everything he's got. Such a brave ride.

  160. 15:46:31 BST

    Sastre having his best day in the Tour since 2008.

  161. 15:47:11 BST

    Contador and Schleck flirting at the back, each just watching each other.


  162. 4km remaining from 184.5km

    15:47:40 BST

    Levi has popped. Out the back.

  163. 15:48:24 BST

    Cunego about to be caught, Gesink is catching back up but as Vino slows the pace goes out.

  164. 15:49:03 BST

    Vino is about to be dropped as Van den Broek takes the race by the scruff of the neck. Grreat riding.

  165. 4km remaining from 184.5km

    15:49:49 BST

    Contador goes.

    Schleck straight on him, Menchov chasing and it's all over for Sastre as Sanchez comes over.

  166. 15:50:35 BST

    Sanchez now setting the pace as Van den Broek makes it over to the leaders as well.

  167. 15:50:56 BST

    Sastre attacks. Cunego makes it back to the Contador group.

  168. 3km remaining from 184.5km

    15:52:36 BST

    Less than 4km for the leader on the road. Levi is cooked for for the day. as Rodriguez starts upping the pace.

    Cunego dropped again. That might be it for him. Gesink at the back and giving it everything.

  169. 15:53:21 BST

    Contador goes again, Schleck and Menchov make it over.

  170. 15:54:39 BST

    Sastre caught and passed and Gesink drops. Samuel Sanchez comes passed and joins so we now have four riders at the front, Van den Broeck leading he chase.

  171. 3km remaining from 184.5km

    15:55:22 BST

    Gesink is back on and is now setting the pace. Incredible scenes today at the Tour. No attack from Schleck, is he on the ropes?

  172. 15:56:15 BST

    Riblon still ahead as Contador and Schleck ease up, just watching each other. Menchov and Sanchez riding away.

  173. 15:56:32 BST

    Gesink is setting a furious pace ahead.

  174. 15:57:00 BST

    Menchov now attacks. What are Contador and Schleck doing?

  175. 15:57:28 BST

    SChleck comes through and sets the pace. I bet the Rabo DS can't believe his luck.

  176. 15:58:06 BST

    Menchov is riding himself into the race for yellow. Sanchez trying to do the same but isn't as strong.

  177. 15:58:48 BST

    Contador and Schleck are starting to ride now but that was incredible as they both almost stopped.

    Riblon isn't far away. Can he hang on?

  178. 15:59:08 BST

    Menchov, then Sanchez, then Rodriguez, VDB and Gesink, then Schleck/Contador

  179. 1km remaining from 184.5km

    15:59:36 BST

    Less than 1km to go for Riblon, he's going to do it.

  180. 16:00:17 BST

    Menchov is really suffering but he has to push on and get every single second.

  181. 16:01:17 BST

    A fantastic win for France, for AG2R and the Tour. Riblon comes to the line.

    His biggest ever win.

  182. 16:02:02 BST

    Sanchez now with Menchov as Schleck and Contador catch Van den Broeck.

  183. 16:03:07 BST

    Menchov and Sanchez,

    Schleck leads Contador and co over the line. They lost around 10 seconds to Menchov.

    Here comes Cunego, Levi and Sastre.

  184. 16:04:25 BST

    More riders are coming over the line, Rogers one of them.

  185. 16:05:57 BST

    The yellow jersey stay's on Schleck's shoulders but the big talking point will be how Contador and Schleck eased up and allowed their other rivals to move ahead of them.

  186. 16:07:57 BST

    End result is that Andy Schleck will have more pressure on him after today. He needed to gain time on Contador, he didn't and he has just three days left in the mountains to do it.

  187. 16:15:48 BST

    Four stage wins for France in this year's race.

    Thanks for joining us today. Tune in tomorrow for another action-packed stage in the Pyrenees.