Tour de France 2018

July 7-29, Noirmoutier-En-L'Ïle, France, Road - GT

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

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  1. 13:13:15 CEST

    Hello there, and welcome to the mountains!

     

    The Tour de France is nine stages old, but almost all the action so far has unfolded on the flat - albeit treacherous - roads of northern France. But we've just had our first rest day and we've woken up in the Alps, ready for a very different Tour to begin. 

     

    Today, 158.5km linking Annecy and Le Grand Bornand, with four major climbs along the way. It's the first of three days in the Alps, and it's where the battle for the yellow jersey will start to take shape. Buckle up!

  2. 13:13:30 CEST

    The profile

     

     

  3. 13:14:30 CEST

    The riders have all signed on and are making their way to the start line. They'll be rolling in just a few moments, but the race proper won't be underway for another 20 minutes or so, thanks to a lengthy neutralised zone. 

     

  4. 13:18:16 CEST

    First things first, here's how things stand at the start of the day

     

    1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 36:07:17
    2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:43
    3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:44
    4 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:50
    5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:31
    6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:32
    7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:33
    8 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:42
    9 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
    10 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team
    11 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 0:01:43
    12 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:48
    13 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:57
    14 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:58
    15 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:02:03
    16 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:06
    17 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:32
    18 Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic 0:02:37
    19 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:42
    20 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:02:48
    21 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:50
    22 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:02:53
    23 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:08
    24 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:03:22

     

  5. 13:21:28 CEST

    You might notice Geraint Thomas there in second overall. He could well be in yellow at the end of the day. One talking point that steadily brewed throughout the first week, was that of leadership at Team Sky. 

     

    The team held a press conference on the rest day and, surprise surprise, Froome was asked about it. Here's what he had to say. 

     

    Chris Froome insists there is no rivalry within the team at the Tour de France

     

  6. 13:23:09 CEST

    The riders are currently ambling behind Christian Prudhomme's car along the shores of Lake Annecy. A pleasant start to the day.

     

  7. 13:24:12 CEST

    It's surely going to be a mad start to the day. Not the mention the fight to get into the breakaway, there's also an early intermediate sprint before the first major climb, which could interest a certain Peter Sagan. 

     

  8. 13:28:40 CEST

    Have to include a shot of the lake. Thanks to press room colleague Peter Cossins for this one.

     

  9. 13:30:08 CEST

    Crash! In the neutral zone! 

     

    Mikel Landa has to pick himself up off the ground before the stage has even begun. He was caught up in a tangle with Fernando Gaviria, a couple of other riders, and a few of those plastic traffic bollards. Landa of course is still nursing the bruises from his crash on Sunday's cobbled stage.

     

  10. 13:36:25 CEST

    A slight delay to the start of the stage after that crash. 

     

  11. 13:40:27 CEST

    Crashes in the neutral zone can be nasty - it's often a heavier impact when you fall at slow speed - but Landa et al seem ok. Dumoulin was also held up but they're all back now and ready to race.

     

  12. 13:40:47 CEST

    And with that, Prudhomme pops out of the sun roof and waves this one underway. Here we go!

     

  13. 13:41:34 CEST

    As predicted, a fast start. Direct Energie attack it from the gun and it's very quickly stringing out.

     

  14. 13:44:17 CEST

    Cofidis, Direct Energie, Fortuneo... it's the French Pro Conti teams trying things here, but nothing sticking just yet.

     

  15. 13:45:10 CEST

    And there goes Thomas De Gendt, Mr Breakaway himself...

     

  16. 13:46:20 CEST

    De Gendt's effort goes nowhere, but here's Julian Alaphilippe...

     

  17. 13:48:04 CEST

    Alaphilippe has Florian Vachon on his wheel and several bike lengths over the rest of the riders. There's a Katusha rider trying to get across, and it's far from settled yet.

     

  18. 13:51:17 CEST

    The counter attackers slip back into the peloton and Alaphilippe and Vachon extend their lead. Direct Energie, however, need to be in there, and they try again, with polka-dot jersey Toms Skujins also showing an interest.

     

  19. 13:57:46 CEST

    It's all change as the Alaphilippe and Vachon move comes to nothing. Alaphilippe is on the move again though!

     

  20. 13:59:37 CEST

    Mechanical for Ilnur Zakarin. The Russian gets a new bike and sees Pavel Kochetkov drop back to help him get back in.

     

  21. 14:00:12 CEST

    Alaphilippe waves his arm at everyone riding cagily in his wake. He wants more commitment here.

     

  22. 14:00:58 CEST

    We're almost at the first of the five categorised climbs of the day. Compared with that's to come, the Col de Bluffy pales into insignificance, just 1.5km long at 5.6%. 

     

  23. 14:01:50 CEST

    Peter Sagan is up there two places from the front.

     

  24. 14:03:34 CEST

    There's a group of around 10 or 11, including Sagan, that has a small lead over the rest. 1km to the top of the climb.

     

  25. 14:04:57 CEST

    Alaphilippe once again comes through to the head of affairs. Sagan's on his wheel, 

     

  26. 14:05:49 CEST

    Sagan and Alaphilippe have Tom Jelte Slagter and Elie Gesbert for company. 

     

  27. 14:06:07 CEST

    Alaphilippe takes maximum points at the top of the Col de Bluffy. 

     

  28. 14:07:08 CEST

    The lead group has swelled over the top of the climb. Ion Izaguirre is in there for Bahrain-Merida, and they're slipping clear of the peloton.

     

  29. 14:08:29 CEST

    There's the break. We can see around 16 in there, along with four chasers. Behind them the peloton has eased up considerably. 

     

  30. 14:08:46 CEST

    One of the four chasers is... Greg Van Avermaet, the yellow jersey.

     

  31. 14:09:21 CEST

    With the maillot jaune up the road, Team Sky assume virtual race leadership responsibilities and put their whole team on the front of the bunch.

     

  32. 14:15:11 CEST

    Van Avermaet has made it across.

  33. 130.5km remaining from 158.5km

    14:17:03 CEST

    The intermeidate sprint is coming up in 1km.

     

  34. 14:18:36 CEST

    Lukas Postlberger leads it out for Sagan, and the world champion duly extends his lead in the points classification. He is, incidentally, wearing the green jersey today, instead of the rainbow jersey he opted for earlier in the race when he had green 'on loan' from Gaviria.

     

  35. 14:21:09 CEST

    Here's the full list of riders in the break

     

    Tony Gallopin (AG2R), Elie Gesbert and Amaël Moinard (Cofidis), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Jack Bauer and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step), Peter Sagan and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Serge Pauwels and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data), David Gaudu, Rudy Molard and Arthur Vichot (Groupama-FDJ), Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Lilian Calmejane and Rein Taaramäe (Direct Energie), Guillaume Martin and Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).

     

  36. 14:22:38 CEST

    Here's the full list of riders in the break

     

    Tony Gallopin (AG2R), Elie Gesbert and Amaël Moinard (Fortuneo-Samsic), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Jack Bauer and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step), Peter Sagan and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Serge Pauwels and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data), David Gaudu, Rudy Molard and Arthur Vichot (Groupama-FDJ), Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Lilian Calmejane and Rein Taaramäe (Direct Energie), Guillaume Martin and Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).

     

  37. 14:23:55 CEST

    We're climbing again, and this time it's serious...

     

    Col de la Croix Fry

    Category 1

    11.3km

    7%

  38. 14:31:01 CEST

     Susan here, jumping in to give Patrick a lunch break.

  39. 14:32:30 CEST

    The break group is taking 2:43 with them as they start up this climb. We imagine that will fall before they hit the top. 

     

  40. 14:36:42 CEST

    Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) has good chances to stay up front on this stage. Meanwhile, Tom Dumoulin falls back to the team car to let the mechanic take a look at his brakes.

     

  41. 14:38:03 CEST

    Dumoulin still doesn't seem entirely satisfied with his bike.

     

  42. 14:39:22 CEST

    AS this climb goes on, the first group has now split in two. We don't yet know who is where.

     

  43. 14:40:25 CEST

    And so far the gap is staying roughly the same.

     

  44. 14:43:29 CEST

    Looks like Marcel Kittel has already been dropped from the field. Not surprising, and he will not be the only sprinter to suffer this fate.

     

  45. 14:47:38 CEST

    Molard has take off from the lead group and the gap has actually increased to more than 3 minutes. 

     

  46. 14:49:11 CEST

    Taaramae has jumped from the group in pursuit of Molard.

  47. 14:49:59 CEST

    With 1.7 km to the summit, the two are together.

     

  48. 14:50:54 CEST

    The duo has 44 seconds on the chase group of 19.

     

  49. 14:53:03 CEST

    Sky, of course, is leading the peloton. Up front, there looks to be another gap in the large chase group.

     

  50. 14:53:31 CEST

    Sagan is falling of the back of the chase group now.

     

  51. 14:54:36 CEST

    Sagan has accomplished his goal, winning the intermediate sprint.

    Speaking of sprint the leading two sprint for the mountain ranking before Taaramae gets away to take the points.

     

  52. 14:56:50 CEST

    Molard and Taaramae engage in a full-on uphill sprint for the KOM points at the top of the Col de Croix Fry, and it's Molard who comes out on top.

  53. 14:59:04 CEST

    Van Avermaet crests the climb in a group of five, 11 seconds down on Molard and Taaramae. Sagan and the rest of the break are further back now at 45 seconds.

  54. 112km remaining from 158.5km

    14:59:29 CEST

    Team Sky lead the peloton over the top of the climb now, four minutes down on the front of the race.

  55. 15:03:52 CEST

    Van Avermaet and the rest of his group link up with Molard and Taaramae on the descent. Here's the new composition of the front group.

     

    Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

    Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)

    Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)

    David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)

    Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), 

    Amael Moinard (Fortuneo-Samsic)

    Rein Taarame (Direct Energie)

    Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe)

     

  56. 102km remaining from 158.5km

    15:08:27 CEST

    The situation, then, is as follows

     

    8 leaders

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    13 chasers (at 35 seconds)

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    Peloton (at 4 minutes)

     

  57. 15:16:58 CEST

    Before the race really kicks off, why not have a listen to our latest podcast from yesterday's rest day. It features Sky's leadership issues, Ochowicz's saving of the BMC team, plus Dumoulin and Degenkolb. You can listen here

     

  58. 97km remaining from 158.5km

    15:18:25 CEST

    We're about to start climbing again, and this time it's the Col des Glières. It's shorter, at 6km, but vicious, with an average gradient of more than 11%. 

     

     

  59. 15:20:04 CEST

    At the top of the climb comes the highly-anticipated Plateau des Glières and the 1.8km of dirt roads. We saw cobbles just last Sunday, but the Tour hasn't been over the gravel since 1987.

     

     

  60. 15:20:56 CEST

    The eight leaders stick together on the lower slopes of this HC climb.

     

  61. 15:23:46 CEST

    Luke Rowe was on the front of the peloton most of the way up the Col de la Croix Fry, and it's the Welshman who's setting the pace again on the Col des Glières.

     

  62. 15:28:28 CEST

    Up front Molard and Gaudu look good for FDJ. They're setting the tempo and it's such that Gilbert, Postlberger, and Moinard have fallen away. 

     

    Just Van Avermaet, Pauwels, and Taaramaet left with the FDJ duo.

     

  63. 15:29:11 CEST

    Peter Sagan is falling away here and may well be caught by the peloton on this climb.

     

  64. 92km remaining from 158.5km

    15:31:24 CEST

    Several of the chasing group are now dragging their way back to the five leaders.

  65. 15:34:56 CEST

    The riders coming back to the front of the race are:

     

    Gesink, Alaphilippe, Gallopin, Izaguirre, G.Martin, Moinard, Gesbert, Calmejane. 

     

  66. 15:35:18 CEST

    The junction is made, so we have 13 riders out in front, with a lead of 5:38 now over the main peloton.

     

  67. 15:38:47 CEST

    Lawson Craddock is still hanging onto the back of the peloton. He broke his scapula on the opening day and has been struggling through the race ever since, finishing dead last most days. I put together this feature at the weekend, speaking to the doctors, riders, and directors at EF-Drapac, along with Craddock himself, to see what goes into pulling an injured man through one of the world's toughest bike races.

     

    Pushing past the pain: Getting Lawson Craddock through the Tour de France

     

  68. 15:39:11 CEST

    The leaders are nearing the top of the Col des Glières, and it's Gaudu who strikes out for the KOM points...

     

  69. 15:39:58 CEST

    But Alaphilippe surges up now and takes it. He was first over the early cat-4 climb and could be on his way into the polka-dot jersey by the end of the day.

     

  70. 15:40:10 CEST

    Next up: Gravel

     

  71. 15:40:56 CEST

    Alaphilippe tears onto the rough stuff, the motorbikes ahead of him kicking up clouds of dust.

     

  72. 15:41:44 CEST

    Alaphilippe is out of the saddle as he pushes on on the gravel. It's a plateau, but it's far from flat. 

     

  73. 88.5km remaining from 158.5km

    15:42:56 CEST

    Fans line both sides of the road. The gravel might be too far out to have a big impact on the race but visually it's something different. 

     

  74. 15:45:31 CEST

    Alaphilippe leads alone for the entirety of the gravel but back on the tarmac he waits up for his breakaway companions.

     

  75. 15:46:08 CEST

    Sky - still with Rowe on the front - lead the peloton over the Col des Glières and onto the gravel. They're 6 minutes in arrears.

  76. 15:48:01 CEST

    Puncture for Chris Froome on the gravel!

     

  77. 15:48:32 CEST

    The four-time champion gets a wheel change from a teammate and gets going again, but he'll have to chase back on.

     

  78. 15:50:46 CEST

    A bank of three Sky riders lead the peloton over the gravel and past the tributes to the French resistance from the German Occupation during World War 2. 

     

  79. 15:50:52 CEST

    Froome is now back in.

     

  80. 15:56:17 CEST

    The riders are descending now. Here's a reminder of the profile. 

     

     

  81. 15:57:27 CEST

    Jonathan Castroviejo, who gave his wheel up for Froome, is now also back in the peloton.

     

  82. 15:57:54 CEST

    Meanwhile Van Avermaet leads the way down the descent. They're more than 7 minutes clear of the peloton now.

     

  83. 16:06:00 CEST

    You heard that BMC have been saved by CCC... but how did Jim Ochowicz pull it off? Daniel Benson explores all in this feature. 

     

    Ochowicz: You can always repaint the picture

     

     

  84. 16:10:50 CEST

    Froome is off the back again. That's because he's been back to change his bike, back to his original set-up. He also grabs some food from the car and Castroviejo will help him back to the front of the peloton.

     

  85. 16:11:10 CEST

    On the descent some of the chasers have made it back to the front of the race, including Gilbert and Impey.

     

  86. 16:18:04 CEST

    It has very much settled down in the break and it has swelled to 18 once more. The full list of names should be on the right-hand side of your screen. Basically everyone from the original break barring Sagan, Postlberger, and Bauer.

     

  87. 63km remaining from 158.5km

    16:20:00 CEST

    The gap between this large break and the peloton is still growing - 7:40 now. 

     

  88. 57km remaining from 158.5km

    16:25:21 CEST

    The riders comes to the foot of the descent now. An extended stint in the valley will take them along to Cluses, and from there the Col de Romme kicks up. 

     

  89. 16:28:10 CEST

    It's been a quiet start to the Tour de France mountains so far - Luke Rowe leading over two major passes attests to that - but we should see some action on the Col de Romme and Colombière combination. 

     

    However, it's downhill - followed by 2km false flat - to the finish in Le Grand Bornand, and I suspect we could see a cagey one and the real fireworks to be reserved for Wednesday and Thursday. 

     

  90. 16:29:24 CEST

    @LeTour

     

  91. 16:33:30 CEST

    We've had something of a preview of this finale thanks to La Course, which took place earlier today. It was one of the most dramatic finales we've seen all year, with Anna van der Breggen leading over the Colombière and looking almost certain to hold off Annemiek Van Vleuten, only for her compatriot to come roaring back in the final 2km and then pull off the heist in literally the final few metres. Here's our report page:

     

    La Course: Van Vleuten snatches victory from Van der Breggen

     

  92. 47km remaining from 158.5km

    16:37:49 CEST

    The gap starts to come down now, to 7 minutes. Still Rowe on the front.

     

  93. 16:40:22 CEST

    Don't expect to see much of Warren Barguil today. He says he's out to lose time to free himself up for some attempts at stage wins later in the race. 

     

    Barguil: The plan is to deliberately lose time
     

     

  94. 16:46:03 CEST

    It's quiet out there for the moment but here's what's coming up

     

     

  95. 39km remaining from 158.5km

    16:48:51 CEST

    There are some quality climbers in the break - I'm looking at Gaudu, Martin, Izaguirre, Pauwels, Gesink, and even Alaphilippe - and they'll be starting to think about stage win. 6:20 is the gap.

     

  96. 16:51:18 CEST

    Who's your pick? 

     

    Let us know via Twitter @cyclingnewsfeed

  97. 37km remaining from 158.5km

    16:52:21 CEST

    Onto the Col de Romme we go!

  98. 16:52:30 CEST

    Gilbert immediately dropped

     

  99. 16:53:16 CEST

  100. 16:53:33 CEST

    Calmejane kicks on. Impey is done for too. 

     

  101. 16:57:45 CEST

    Attack from Barguil!

     

  102. 16:59:20 CEST

    Calmejane was caught back but now it's Taaramae off the front of the break, which is thinning fast.

     

  103. 35km remaining from 158.5km

    16:59:49 CEST

    Astana have moved up and are making their presence felt at the head of the peloton through Michael Valgren, but still it's Team Sky on the nose.

     

  104. 17:01:34 CEST

    Barguil has had a torrid season so far, but is he back to his best? He's out on his own now, with a decent gap but a lot of ground to make up. He does, remember, have two teammates up the road.

     

  105. 17:02:16 CEST

    Molard loses contact with the break

     

  106. 17:03:35 CEST

    Van Avermaet is still there behind Taaramae, with Alaphilippe, Gaudu, Pauwels, Calmejane, and Gesink. 

     

  107. 17:04:44 CEST

    Barguil is only 20 seconds clear of the peloton. It doesn't look like this is going anywhere.

     

  108. 17:05:27 CEST

    It's Castroviejo on the front for Sky. No more Rowe, but the rest of their team is there.

     

  109. 17:05:56 CEST

    The Col de Romme is 8.8km long with an average gradient of 8.9%.

     

  110. 17:06:59 CEST

    Barguil is back in the peloton. As you were...

     

  111. 17:07:48 CEST

    Taaramae is finding ground here. His lead suddenly grows to half a minute over the seven chasers.

     

  112. 32km remaining from 158.5km

    17:09:22 CEST

    Castroviejo, Kwiatkowski, Poels, Froome, Thomas, Bernal... that's the order of the Sky train grinding up the Col de Romme.

     

  113. 17:10:05 CEST

    Alaphilippe and Gaudu clip away from Pauwels and Izaguirre, who in turn clip away from Van Avermaet,Gesinkand Calmejane.

     

  114. 17:13:23 CEST

    Alaphilippe drops Gaudu and sets about reeling in Taaramae. We're in the final 2km of this climb.

  115. 17:16:52 CEST

    Alaphilippe catches Taaramae and continues to spring out of the saddle. The Frenchman was disappointed with the first half of his Tour, missing out on two good opportunities in Quimper and then on the Mur de Bretagne. All that would be forgotten here if he were to take a first Tour de France stage win.

     

  116. 29km remaining from 158.5km

    17:19:01 CEST

    Alaphilippe accelerates away from Taaramae and collects maximum points once again at the top of the Col de Romme.

     

  117. 17:20:04 CEST

    Taaramae comes over next and will join Alaphilippe on the descent. A hell of a climb there from Van Avermaet, who's still in that chase group 40 seconds down.

     

  118. 17:21:00 CEST

    Rigoberto Uran is in trouble at the back of the bunch.

     

  119. 17:22:15 CEST

    Uran is still in there, but without teammates, and the peloton is thinning fast. 

  120. 17:22:57 CEST

    A short descent here, and a very fast one, before we hit the Colombière.

     

  121. 17:23:53 CEST

    Alaphilippe is clearly the superior descender here and is flying away from Taaramae. 

     

  122. 25km remaining from 158.5km

    17:24:42 CEST

    Castroviejo leads Sky and the rest of the peloton over the top of the Colombière, 5:40 down on Alaphilippe.

     

  123. 17:26:59 CEST

    Alaphilippe is sprinting out of every corner. He's great to watch going downhill. The Colombière is another big challenge but he is surely the favourite for the stage win now. 

     

    Taaramae is 15 seconds back but the rest of the chasers - Van Avermaet et al - are more than a minute back. 

     

  124. 17:28:01 CEST

    Alaphilippe hits the Col de la Colombière. 

     

    It's 7.5km long, with an average of 8.5% and pitches of over 10%. 

     

     

  125. 17:31:24 CEST

    In the chase, Izaguirre accelerates and Van Avermaet is straight on the wheel. Gesink, Calmejane, and Pauwels can't follow. Gaudu is further back. 

     

  126. 17:31:42 CEST

    Alaphlippe, however, is now 1:40 ahead of those riders. He's flying.

     

  127. 17:34:24 CEST

    Barguil is dropped from the peloton. Back to 'deliberately' losing time, then.

     

  128. 17:35:03 CEST

    Izaguirre succeeds in dropping Van Avermaet, and the Spaniard is closing the gap to Taaramae.

     

  129. 17:36:57 CEST

    Wilfried Peeters gives Alaphilippe some advice from the Quick-Step car. 'Calm down' seems to be the extent of it. Alaphilippe is all excited energy out there, and who can blame him. He missed the Tour last year through injury, and after winning La Flèche Wallonne in the spring, a stage win here would pretty much tick off his main goals for the season.

     

  130. 18km remaining from 158.5km

    17:38:33 CEST

    Alaphilippe is currently 1:18 ahead of Taaramae, 1:35 ahead of Izaguirre, and 1:53 ahead of Van Avermaet.

     

  131. 17km remaining from 158.5km

    17:40:51 CEST

    Just three kilometres to go to the top of the Colombière for Alaphilippe. That's pretty much his virtual finish line, since no one is likely to be able to go quicker than him down the descent to Le Grand Bornand.

     

  132. 17:42:12 CEST

    Back in the peloton, Sky continue to lead with five riders. It doesn't look like today's going to be a pivotal one in the fight for the overall. 

     

  133. 17:43:38 CEST

    Izaguirre catches Taaramae and burns past him. He's 1:30 behind Alaphilippe and that's surely too much ground to make up this late.

     

  134. 17:45:11 CEST

    At the back of the peloton we see Uran, Jungels and Zakarin. Sky have strength in depth but a lot of the GC riders are isolated. 

     

  135. 17:46:15 CEST

    Alaphlippe is breathing and contorting his mouth in almost musical rhythm. He's holding off Izaguirre here and has just over a kilometre to go to the top of the climb. 

     

  136. 17:47:23 CEST

    No more than 25 riders in the peloton now. For Sky, it's Kwiatkowski, Poels, Froome, Thomas, Bernal. Movistar have their three up near the front too.

     

  137. 17:48:46 CEST

    Alaphilippe is out of the saddle again, throwing his weight from side to side as he makes his way through the fans and into the barriers in the final couple of hundred metres of the Colombière. The grimaces are becoming more and more frequent, but the hardest part is almost over.

     

  138. 17:49:18 CEST

    Uran is losing contact!

     

  139. 17:49:56 CEST

    Uran was the big loser of the Roubaix stage, losing 1:30. He crashed that day and is perhaps still feeling the effects. He's dropping away and has no teammates to help him.

     

  140. 14km remaining from 158.5km

    17:51:06 CEST

    Alaphilippe crests the spectacular Col de la Colombière. He'll definitely be wearing the polka-dot jersey tomorrow, but that matters little compared to what else is at stake. If he can produce a solid descent, the win is his.

     

  141. 17:51:40 CEST

    Izaguirre comes over the top now, 1:30 in arrears. 

     

  142. 17:52:17 CEST

    Taaramae is next over, at 2 minutes, and then it's Van Avermaet and Pauwels together. 

     

  143. 17:52:32 CEST

    Bob Jungels is losing contact now...

     

  144. 17:52:57 CEST

    Kwiatkowski, by the way, has done his turn and has pulled off. It's Poels who's doing the damage here.

     

  145. 17:53:20 CEST

    Dan Martin attacks!

     

  146. 17:54:04 CEST

    You can always rely on Dan Martin to attack. Always. It doesn't always come off, but he always attacks. Here he goes towards the top of the climb. 

     

  147. 17:54:30 CEST

    Martin has several bike lengths as he catches some of the breakaway remnants.

     

  148. 17:54:59 CEST

    Over the top they go, Martin with a slim lead over the rest. Valverde was distanced ever so slightly there but he's back on. Zakarin and Mollema too.

     

  149. 17:56:00 CEST

    Alaphilippe is extending his lead on this descent, as he sits on his top tube and tucks his chin over his handlebars. 

     

  150. 17:56:39 CEST

    Izaguirre is at 1:40, Van Avermaet and Pauwels at 2:20. Taaramae just in front of them.

     

  151. 17:58:00 CEST

    Bernal leads the peloton down the descent, accelerating with Chris Froome in the wheel as small gaps appear in the line of GC riders.

     

  152. 17:58:09 CEST

    Dan Martin has been brought back. 

     

  153. 17:58:44 CEST

    Zakarin, Majka, and Mollema are not yet back on and are chasing in a group of seven.

     

  154. 17:59:42 CEST

    Taaramae, who was much slower than Alaphilippe on the last descent, has caught Izaguirre, who normally goes downhill well - he won in Morzine after the Joux Plane, after all. They're 1:53 behind Alaphilippe.

     

  155. 5km remaining from 158.5km

    18:00:57 CEST

    Zakarin, Mollema, and Majka desperately trade turns on a gentle section of this descent. Mikel Nieve and Wout Poels are also in that group but won't be pulling obviously. 

     

  156. 4km remaining from 158.5km

    18:01:14 CEST

    Into the last 4km for Alaphilippe, and he's smiling already...

     

  157. 18:01:37 CEST

    He's going to enjoy every single metre here, and this could be a pretty wild celebration.

     

  158. 18:02:15 CEST

    Mollema, Majka, and Zakarin are 30 seconds down...

     

  159. 18:03:15 CEST

    Alaphilippe is shaking his head here. He can't believe it. 1.5km to go.

     

  160. 18:03:41 CEST

    The road has flattened out now, and Alaphilippe just has to stay upright and ride home.

     

  161. 1km remaining from 158.5km

    18:03:58 CEST

    Flamme rouge for Alaphilippe.

     

  162. 18:04:12 CEST

    And now he punches the air!

     

  163. 18:04:57 CEST

    Here he comes, final few hundred metres. The crowds are roaring him home.

     

  164. 18:05:08 CEST

    Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 10 of the Tour de France

     

  165. 18:05:51 CEST

    There it is, the Frenchman completes the final few pedal strokes out of the saddle, then sits up, thumps his chest and punches the air. Chapeau. 

     

  166. 18:06:17 CEST

    Alaphilippe is overcome with emotion beyond the line.

  167. 18:06:30 CEST

    Back down the road for the battle for second place...

     

  168. 18:07:00 CEST

    Taaramae leads it out but Izaguirre comes through to take second place. 

     

  169. 18:07:20 CEST

    Van Avermaet takes fourth, Pauwels fifth. 

     

  170. 18:07:36 CEST

    Calmejane has made up some ground and will take sixth. 

     

  171. 18:08:30 CEST

    Now we look back to the GC group. 

     

  172. 18:08:48 CEST

    Bardet sprints away in the final few hundred metres.

  173. 18:09:11 CEST

    Most of the favourites come across the line together there.

     

  174. 18:10:05 CEST

    And here comes Zakarin, Majka, and Mollema - and Jungels as well, who caught them on the descent. Pozzovivo, Nieve, Caruso also there. 

     

  175. 18:10:43 CEST

    They lose 50 seconds to the main GC group. Ouch.

     

  176. 18:11:15 CEST

    Top 10

     

    1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 04:25:27
    2 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 00:01:34
    3 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Direct Energie 00:01:40
    4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 00:01:44
    5 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
    6 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 00:02:24
    7 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 00:03:23
    8 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo
    9 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
    10 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky

     

  177. 18:23:40 CEST

    General classification after stage 10


    1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 40:34:28
    2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 00:02:22
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:03:10
    4 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 00:03:12
    5 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 00:03:20
    6 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 00:03:21
    7 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
    8 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team
    9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 00:03:27
    10 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:03:36

     

     

  178. 18:24:29 CEST

    Alaphilippe speaks

     

    "There's a lot of emotion, because winning at the Tour is not easy. I came close in my first Tour two years ago, and to win in this way, it's unexpected because... I don't even have the words... I'm just thinking about my family. I'm happy to make them happy. I'm happy for myself as well. Now I hope things go well for Bob on GC, and there are lots of great things still do, but today I really want to enjoy this.

     

    "I was disappointed on the Mur de Bretagne, it suited me well. I lost to stronger riders, simple as that, the legs weren't as good as I'd hoped. So to bounce back like that is the perfect response."

     

  179. 18:29:55 CEST

    Here's Tom Dumoulin

     

    "It was a very strong tempo that Sky set, and it was a full-on headwind, so some guys, including me, had the idea of attacking if it was possible, but it really wasn't. "You saw when Dan Martin attacked, they immediately closed it. So I think today was an effort for nothing, but I'm still in contention, so I'm happy."

  180. 18:33:35 CEST

     

  181. 18:37:28 CEST

    Here's Izaguirre

     

    "We were hoping to pick up a stage win today but I have to say a big congratulations for Julian Alaphilippe because he was very strong today. We were told to go into the breakaway to help protect Vincenzo (Nibali) but we could go for victory if we found ourselves in a good position at the end, and that's where I found myself.

     

    "[Tomorrow] is going to be similar to what we did today, we will look to protect Vincenzo tomorrow and help guide him through. We want to be toward the front of the race, we spent a lot of energy today, it's been a really hard day."

  182. 18:39:23 CEST

    Some cracking photos coming in from today's stage. You'll find lots more in our report page.

     

     

  183. 18:43:00 CEST

    Here's Van Avermaet

     

    "It was a little bit like two years ago, I went in the break with my yellow jersey - it was super nice. I had to find the right moment, so when the big group went on the climb I decided to go and see how Sky reacted, and they didn't react.

     

    "We took seven minutes, and then I knew it would be a good day for me again. I wasn't thinking about [keeping the maillot jaune] but you have to read the race situation a little, and that's what I did. I waited until the right moment and then you come in a big group with guys who are going to go for the stage, and I could keep my yellow jersey for an extra day.

     

    "I think this was the maximum. I went really deep today. Tomorrow is really a climber's stage, it's really short and it will be super hard to keep it. I have really no intention [of trying] - this was the day maybe I could keep it, but tomorrow it will be over."

  184. 18:51:58 CEST

    Results are in and Uran has lost another 2:30...

     

  185. 18:53:16 CEST

    Here's our report page with write-up, photos, results etc

     

    Tour de France: Alaphilippe wins in Le Grand Bornand

     

  186. 18:57:02 CEST

     

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