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Tour de France: stage 13 – Live coverage

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 13 of the Tour de France. Today is arguably  the hardest of the race with 4,400m of climbing in the Massif Central.

As the CN blimp takes height yet again, the riders are signing on in Chatel-Guyon. 

Everyone is nervous about the 119km stage. The GC contenders for the expected battle on the steep final climbs, their teammates who will play a vital support role, and even the sprinters, who will have to ride hard to finish inside the time limit. 

Jumbo-Visma is last to sign on, with Primoz Roglic in the leader's yellow jersey. 

Team Sunweb have also signed on. They are on a high after their impressive combined performance and Marc Hirshi's solo victory yesterday. 

To read our full stage 12 report and see our huge photo gallery and full results, click below. 

This is today's stage. It rolls through the French countryside all day and then heads into the extinct volcanoes of the Massif Central. 

Remi Cavagna of Deceuninck-QuickStep is the local Enfant du Pays, the local rider. 

The riders have rolled out of Chatel-Guyon for the neutralised start. They face 6.9km before the depart fictif.

World champion Mads Pedersen needs some mechanical help to adjust his stem. He grabs the allen key and does it himself. 

This is another look at what the riders face. Like the television journalists interviewed, we expect a real battle for the stage win and amongst the GC contenders. 

Here we go! The flag drops and the stage is under way. 

190km to go

Cavagna is up front, trying to join the break on his home roads.

Allez Allez!!!

Five riders have got a gap and Tejay van Garderen is there for EF but other riders are chasing them. 

These images show how important today is. Jumbo and other teams warmed-up on rollers before the start, so they were ready for the fast start.

Race on! Dan Martin is trying to go across to the attack. Alaphilippe too. 

Martin, Alaphilippe and De Marchi and others join the front group but the peloton is chasing. Bora is on the front and want to get into the attack.

Alaphilippe ups the pace in the attack, trying to shake out any weaker riders.

There five riders left up front now: Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale), Simon Geschke (CCC), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Dan Martin (Israel Star Up Nation).

The peloton is lined out and spread across several groups. Some of sprinters are trying hold on and survive. 

These are the five but the peloton is at 20 seconds, the elastic has not snapped just yet.   

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) is trying to join the attack and is chasing solo. He faces a hard task, they're not going to wait for him, but he would add some power to the attack. 

But De Gendt is caught, despite Jumbo trying to block the peloton. A Total rider breaks their grip on the race and leads the chase. 

Jumbo and other GC teams seem happy to let the break go away. None of the riders are a threat to the yellow jersey. 

The Col de Ceyssat starts in 5km. It's 10km long and so should be decisive in deciding if the five-rider break sticks or is chased down.  

The five attackers lead the peloton by 1:30 but there are 13 chasers in the middle.

165km to go

As the climb hurts, Marc Soler (Movistar) is trying to go solo across to the Alpahilippe five. 

Sagan joined the chase to try to be up front for the intermediate sprint after 111km It was a big ask and indeed, Sagan has faded and dropped back to the peloton. 

Half way up the Col de Ceyssat, Soler joins Rémi Cavagna and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale), Simon Geschke (CCC) and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation).

Crash for Quintana. But it's Dyer, not Nairo. He gets up and going again. 

Jumbo are leading the peloton and seem happy to let the six-rider break and for some of the chasers to make to them. 

Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale) has been dropped from the attack and has dropped back to the chase group. He's leading the KOM competition but will likely miss out on any of the 36 points up for grabs today. 

The five attackers are Rémi Cavagna and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Simon Geschke (CCC) and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation).

EF are trying to split the chasers, with Hugh Carthy working hard for Martinez.

Now Carthy and Martinez press on alone as the summit of the Col de Ceyssat nears.

The two EF riders are 50 seconds behind the attack at the summit. The chasers are being closed down by the yellow jersey group. 

The five attackers are trying to recover on the descent of the Col de Ceyssat. It has been a painful opening hour of racing. 

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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) went on the attack from the start

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) went on the attack from the start (Image credit: Getty Images)

As the roads widen, Carthy and Martinez are pulled back by the chase group. 

Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation went deep to join the attack

Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation went deep to join the attack (Image credit: Getty Images)

The break turns right and begins the Col de Guéry climb. It's 7.8km long at 5%. It could see the chasers caught by the peloton.

It was a fast stage in the hills from the very start

It was a fast stage in the hills from the very start (Image credit: Getty Images)

140km to go

The pace eased when yellow jersey Roglic stopped for a natural break. That was a sign to the peloton to ease up and they did. 

The chasers are Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Neilson Powless (EF Education First), Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic).

There are 3 EF in the group and they are just 35 seconds down on Rémi Cavagna and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Simon Geschke (CCC), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Marc Soler (Movistar).

Max Schachmann (Bora) and Romain Sicard (B&B) have also got into the chase group  as the Col de Guéry hurts. 

Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) has also managed to join the chase group after a solo effort. 

130km to go