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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the penultimate stage of this year's Tour de France.

Today's stage kicks off in just over an hour, with Deceuninck-QuickStep's Tim Declercq the first man to start being last on GC.

His teammate, green jersey holder Mark Cavendish, is third man off at 13:08 local time. Former world champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and ISN's Chris Froome are also among the first 10 starters today.

It's a quite flat course today but with some rises and climbs, similar to the first TT of the race. The course isn't too technical either, though there are certainly some tricker sections. Check out the map below.

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20 minutes to go to the start of today's stage.

Unfortunately there's little in terms of suspense at the top of the GC today, with Tadej Pogačar secure in overall victory at 5:45 ahead of second place.

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Just a few minutes until Declercq heads off...

Declercq sets off, followed by Cees Bol and then Mark Cavendish.

There's great weather out on the course today. No clouds, rain or wind for the riders.

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Seven men has passed through the first checkpoint at 7.5km into the 30.3km course.

Greipel sets off for what will be his final Tour de France time trial.

Declercq, Cavendish and Bol now past the second checkpoint 10.8km from the finish. The Manxman is quickest so far there.

10 minutes until Mikkel Bjerg sets off. He should be the quickest of the early runners.

Devenyns the quickest at both checkpoints so far. Bjerg is ready to go.

Declercq is the first man to finish. He sets a benchmark of 40:20 at an average of 45.8kph.

Cavendish finishes his ride with a time of 40:05 to go third.

Bjerg sets 9:16 to go fastest at the first checkpoint – six seconds up on Devenyns.

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Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) is out on course and he has edged out Bjerg by less than a second at the first checkpoint.

Tim Declercq was 21 minutes adrift at the bottom of the GC standings heading into today's stage, so he is set as the lanterne rouge if he finishes tomorrow's final stage.

Nobody within a minute of Devenyns at the finish yet.

Max Walscheid (Qhubeka Assos) is five seconds faster than Devenyns at the finish – 37:54.

Bissegger quicker than Bjerg by 18 seconds at the second checkpoint.

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A 36:45 at the finish for Bjerg sees him going quickest so far by over a minute.

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Bissegger is closing in on the finish.

He will take first easily...

36:37 for Bissegger and he's eight seconds quicker than Bjerg.

Michael Matthews, Rui Costa, Brandon McNulty, Kasper Asgreen and Michał Kwiatkowski are among the riders setting off in the next half hour.

Nobody really threatening the top of the timing sheets at the moment. Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) is third at the first check, five seconds down.

Bahrain's Fred Wright goese third-fastest at the finish with a timee of 37:49.

McNulty heads off in two minutes. Asgreen in 12 minutes.

Here's McNulty. We're almost at the halfway mark of riders setting off now.

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Arkea-Samsic's Connor Swift takes a nice eighth place at the finish with a time of 38:36. He's one of just three men from the team to make it to the finish of the Tour.

Cofidis' Anthony Perez goes fifth at the finish 1:20 down. He has had a good Tour, often getting in breaks and going on the attack.

Kasper Asgreen sets off.

Third place for McNulty at the first checkpoint. He's five seconds down on Bissegger and Bjerg there.

Armirail slots into third at the finish line. 1:02 down on Bissegger, though.

Asgreen is quickest at the first check. He sets a time of 9:10 there, six seconds up on Bissegger.

Tao Geoghegan Hart is off next.

Asgreen passes by his two-minute man Imanol Erviti. Meanwhile, McNulty is third at the second check, 32 seconds behind Bissegger.

Eight minutes until Stefan Küng sets off.