No change for the top three today on GC, with Froome holding a 5:11 gap on Contador and a further 21 seconds on Quintana. But while Froome's overall victory seems a formality, the battle for the remaining two podium places should provide the fireworks tomorrow, with Contador, Quintana, Roman Kreuziger and Rodriguez all separated by just 47 seconds.
Le Bourg-d'Oisans - Le Grand-Bornand
Tour de France - 19 July 2013
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The GC riders pass under the 1km-to-go banner, and it's Porte and Froome leading the group. Valverde and Gadret will cross the line first, but there won't be any change for the main players of this year's race.
Here comes Pierre Rolland, looking utterly miserable as he crosses the line 6:40 down after giving it his all. He won't be up on the podium tonight, but he'll wear the polka dot jersey tomorrow because Froome, who leads him by one point now, will be in yellow.
The remnants of that big break are crossing the line in drips and drabs, meanwhile back with the main pack of favourites, Porte has returned, so he'll be on hand should Froome have a problem.
Jan Bakelants takes third place 1:44 down ahead of Alexandre Geniez and Dani Navarro.
Andreas Kloeden crosses the line for second place, 48 seconds down on the winner.
Rui Costa gets up the final ramp before pointing to the sky with both arms to celebrate his second victory of this year’s Tour - and a third in his career.
Under the banner for Rui Costa and now he starts to punch the air! The team car drives up along him and he gives his Movistar DS a high five...
No smiles yet from Costa even though he still has one minute on Kloden.
Costa is onto drier roads now, and despite entering a roundabout unsure whether he's meant to be turning left or right, he recovers well and will surely win this stage.
Quintana ups the tempo towards the summit to test the others, but then drops back with Contador and Rodriguez and Froome, while Valverde and Gadret ride off ahead on the downhill.
ATTACK: Rodriguez, then Quintana and then Contador accelerate off the front of the main pack. Froome has it covers, and they join Valverde and Gadret to make a small six-man group. Richie Porte is not there.
Andreas Kloden leads the chase - but it looks too little, too late. He's one minute behind Costa, with the other chasers another 30 seconds back.
Costa has a minute on the chasing riders and so should win this one provided he stays upright.
Costa's biggest enemy now is himself - and the weather. He has to take it easy on this wet descent or he could come a cropper.
Despite the soggy weather, the crowds are huge at the summit! Here comes Costa, he picks up 10pts as he goes under the banner - and has 13km downhill to the finish.
One kilometre until the summit for Costa. Nine minutes further back, Valverde is joined by Gadret. Laurens ten Dam, the wolfman, is off the back. This Tour has been a week too long for the Belkin rider.
The main pack is now just around 30 riders strong, with Mick Rogers now fading fast, Andy Schleck too. On the front, it's Kreuziger and Contador, with Froome, Porte, Quintrana and Rodriguez right behind.
Now John Gadret of Ag2R-La Mondiale attacks from the main pack in pursuit of Valverde.
Attack from Alejandro Valverde from the peloton! Seems a bit pointless, although perhaps he's going for a top ten place on GC.
Costa has 43 seconds now as he grits his teeth in determination. RadioShack have two riders in the four-man chasing group, but they cannot make any in-roads. It will come down to the descent - but Costa has experience in winning that way - he did it in Gap a few days ago.
Costa is extending his lead over the chasing riders, who are being paced by Bart de Clercq. Nieve has dropped back while Navarro has taken his place in this quartet.
Costa has 28 seconds over the chasing riders - but it's the descent that will be key today. Back with the pack, there's no attacks with Mick Rogers from Saxo-Tinkoff setting the pace, nine minutes in arrears.
Costa is the lone leader, while Navarro has been dropped from the quintet of chasing riders. Costa did something similar in the sixteenth stage - but he still has 5km to the summit and it's raining hard.
Bakelants, Kloden, De Clercq, Nieve and Navarro have all caught and passed Rolland!
Rolland digs in as Costa draws level. The Frenchman will now try his best just to ride in his wheel to the summit... but he cannot do it... Costa has the fresher legs and powers clear!
Rui Costa, winner of stage 16, attacks! And the Portuguese has Rolland in his sights...
Now it's raining hard on Rolland! This is the worse scenario for him - especially if he crosses the summit in pole position, because he hates going downhill and he hates wet weather...
Rolland rides in the rain, but it's not a monsoon yet for him. He has 35 seconds now. Meanwhile, the peloton reaches the final climb - so expect some GC fireworks soon. Saxo-Tinkoff still hold the line.
The rain is falling heavy and thick now - but, oddly enough, only over the peloton! The leaders of the race seemed to have been spared, as it came in from behind.
Both RadioShack riders, Kloden and Bakelants, are there, as is Serpa. Costa lurks with intent as well. And now there's lightning and thunder as the rain starts to come down...
It's come back together again for the chasing group - and now Jerome Coppel comes alongside team-mate Daniel Navarro on the front. They trail Rolland by 55 seconds now.
Numerous riders draw level with Navarro before the Spaniard puts in another dig. He's caught by about seven riders, who have a small gap over another 10 riders, with some already off the back. Also, they're heading right into some stormy grey rain clouds.
ATTACK: Daniel Navarro attacks! The Cofidis rider is the best placed on GC in this chasing group - 19:18 down in 13th place. He could be up into the top ten tonight...
Pierre Rolland, the lone leader from Europcar, is onto the final climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col de la Croix Fry (1,477m high; 11.3km at 7%).
Chris Froome has lost all his team-mates apart from that man Richie Porte. Are Saxo or Movistar going to try something on the final climb?
Rolland is putting in a remarkable ride to hold off the chasing group, who are all combining well. The Frenchman is still rubbing his left calf to ease cramps, but he's not letting this discomfort slow him down. The gap is 1:35 as Rolland negotiates the final downhill run ahead of the final Cat.1 ascent.
Saxo-Tinkoff's pacing means random escapees are being caught quite frequently - the latest being Laurent Didier of RadioShack. RadioShack still have two cards to play in the chase group in Kloden and Bakelants.
There's rain at the finish line, which could spice things up - a wet descent after so much climbing would be harsh.
Saxo-Tinkoff's Roche leads the pack over the summit of the Col de l'Epine with an energy bar in his mouth. Everyone is eating a lot today, not wanting to do a Froome and bonk. The gap back is nine minutes.
Rolland is massaging his left calf muscle yet again on this downhill - he's definitely been concerned about these cramps in the second half of the stage.
The chasing group of 19 riders cross the summit 1:54 down on Rolland - and so it's still very much on for the Frenchman, although the last climb will be key.
Over the summit for Pierre Rolland and those 10 points put him 1pt behind Chris Froome in the KOM standings. He'll be in polka dots tomorrow by default, but it will be tricky to prize the jersey from the Briton come Paris - unless he goes on the attack again tomorrow...
Rolland is now gritting his teeth as he picks up a sticky bidon from his team car... and then a sticky energy gel.
Ryder Hesjedal, who himself was the lone leader, is caught by the peloton, which is being led by Saxo-Tinkoff. Sky are getting thinner and thinner, with only Froome, Porte and one other still there. Peter Kennaugh has cracked and is riding in a group off the back with the green jersey of Peter Sagan.
Rolland is actually increasing his lead - it's up to 1:30 now. Bravo, Pierre!
It's a tough one for Rolland, who must be torn between the polka dot jersey and the stage win. If he goes all in to cross this summit in first place, which will put him in the polka dot jersey, he will scupper his chances of a win today. But if he slows a bit now, he may join the group and still play a card at Le Grand-Bornand.
Saxo-Tinkoff are doing all the pace setting, which suggests they want to try something - or prevent someone from doing something. But the gap to Rolland stays just under the 11-minute mark.
Lone leader Pierre Rolland is onto the fourth climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col de l’Épine (6.1km at 7.3%). He has 1:15 over the chasing group.
If Rolland can hold on over the next summit, he'll move into the lead in the KOM standings. Bit it's a big ask.
Rolland has 1:20 on the chase group as he tackles the small climb ahead of the next major test. He looks to be struggling a bit now... it looks like those cramps are not doing him any favours.
Rolland is slapping his left calf as if he has a bit of cramp - and then, coming round a left-hanmd bend, he's forced to change his line after an old man dressed head to toe in white steps out to take a photo. The result is that he overcooks the bend, but just managed to recover in time before any crashes. That was a close shave.
Nicolas Roche is driving the pace for Saxo-Tinkoff, 11 minutes down on the lone leader. He has had a different role this year as a key lieutenant for Alberto Contador. He's no longer allowed to hunt stages and ride for his own GC prospects, but he seems in a happier place than he was at Ag2R-La Mondiale.
Romain Sicard of Euskaltel leads the chasing group over the summit of the Col de Tamie, 1:50 down on lone leader Rolland.
Rolland is riding very well. He likes being out on his own - but in a way, with all the French fans lining the roads, he has constant company. He crosses the summit to take the 5pts and draw level with Christophe Riblon on 93 points in the KOM standings. He needs 11 more to match leader Froome...
Saxo-Tinkoff are on the front of the pack, eager not to miss a trick. Remember, it's more a case of Contador saving his second place from Quintana than the Spaniard pushing Froome for the yellow jersey...
Hesjedal is caught by the chasing group. They are: De Marchi (Cannondale), De Clercq (Lotto Belisol), Burghardt and Moinard (BMC), Bakelants, Didier and Kloden (Radioshack), Geniez (FDJ.fr), Bardet (Ag2R), Hernandez (Saxo-Tinkoff), Nieve and Sicard (Euskaltel), Costa, Plaza and Rojas (Movistar), Coppel and Navarro (Cofidis), Cunego (Lampre), Nordhaug (Belkin), Geschke and Timmer (Argos), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Feillu (Sojasun).
Another withdrawal to report: Christophe Le Mevel of Cofidis.
Rolland is talking to himself, channelling his inner Thomas Voeckler. He has a long way to go if he wants to win this one solo. He has 1:05 on Hesjedal and two minutes on the Navarro chasing group. They are the danger, because the peloton is still riding in excess of 10 minutes adrift.
Hesjedal has cracked! Rolland rides clear, knowing that the chasing group is just two minutes away now... It's going to be tricky for him to hold on now he's on his own, but the Canadian was holding him back, so we will see what happens.
The two leaders are onto the third climb of the day, the Cat.2 Col de Tamié (907m high; 8.6km at 6.2%).
The yellow jersey is off the back of the peloton after stopping for a call of nature. Froome is now eating something while being led back to the peloton. I hope he washed his hands...
Puncture for Pierre Rolland! The Frenchman needs a wheel change - and that will be a welcome break for Ryder Hesjkedal, who looks completely cooked.
The leaders have entered the town of Albertville which is where the intermediate sprint is placed. Hesjedal takes a last swig of water before discarding his bottle and signalling his team car to bring him another. Having been allowed to pick up the maximum points over the last summit, Rolland graciously lets Hesjedal take the sprint. Their gap over the peloton is still 11 minutes.
The Navarro chasing group is 3:30 down on the two leaders having passed through the feed zone. They are: De Marchi (CAN), De Clercq (LTB), Moinard (BMC), Bakelants, Didier, Kloden (RLT), Geniez (FDJ), Bardet (ALM), Hernandez (TST), Nieve, Sicard (EUS), Costa, Plaza, Rojas (MOV), Coppel, Navarro (COF), Serpa (LAM), Gesink (BEL), Geschke (ARG) and Feillu (SOJ).
Hesjedal opts out of picking up a musette at the feed station because he's been picking up supplies from his support car throughout the stage. He and Rolland have just under 12 minutes on the peloton.
Paulinho, Roche and Contador lead the peloton for Saxo, with the entire Sky squad riding just behind. They trail the two leaders by 11:15 so it looks like either Hesjedal or Rolland will win today - unless the fade and are caught by some of the other escapees.
Marcel Seiberg of Lotto Belisol has withdrawn from the race. He's been in the wars in this Tour - and we're hearing news that he crashed on this descent too, although that's not confirmed. Either way, his absence will be a blow for Andre Greipel on the Champs Elysees because the tall German is one of his big lead-out men...
Saxo-Tinkoff still have three men on the front of the peloton as they force the pace, but Sky are coping just fine.
Hesjedal taking on some solids - he seems to be always eating. No chance of him doing a Froome and bonking today. Back with the chasing group, Daniel Navarro seems to have a mechanical issue and is signalling his Cofidis car. Vacansoleil's Johnny Hoogerland is doing the same thing.
Quite a few of the original escapees are being caught in drips and drabs. The latest is moustache man Jerome Cousin, who was in the leading trio at one moment this morning before dropping back once team-mate Pierre Rolland made his move.
Hesjedal and Rolland have gone up that slight rise in the road and are now onto the second part of this relentless descent. We're only just half way through the stage!
Saxo-Tinkoff and Movistar are on the front of the pack - oh, and there's a crash for Arthur Vichot, the French national champion! The FDJ rider went into a muddy ditch on the side of the road. He's on his feet, but a bit shaken and is trying to shake off a dead leg.
There are 26 hairpin bends on this downhill - it's one of the most celebrated in Alpine cycling. Hesjedal and Rolland still lead by 11:50.
Saxo-Tinkoff pair Alberto Contador and Nicolas Roche come to the front just ahead of the summit in anticipation of the descent. Sep Vanmarcke of Belkin is about to be reeled in by the peloton.
Hesjedal is much smoother through the corners on the downhill than Rolland, but they are taking it in turns on the front.
Spaniard Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) leads the chasing group over the summit - but they're now a full four minutes down on the leading duo, so there must be some tired legs. The 16 points for third puts Nieve onto 89 points in the KOM standings - and so one point ahead of Rolland.
Rolland shakes Hesjedal by the hand and tells the Canadian to take the lead on the descent - he knows that these are not his forte and so it makes sense for the stronger man of the two to take the lead. This is a very long descent, broken only by a slight rise after 11km before another 10km drop.
Frenchman Rolland peels ahead to take the maximum 25 points over the top 10 metres ahead of Hesjedal. That puts the Europcar rider onto 88 points and up to fourth place in the KOM standings. Froome still leads on 104 points.
There are lots of fans atop the Madeleine - and they're loving the sight of Rolland leading the race.
Philippe Gilbert has been dropped by the peloton. The world champion has had a disappointing Tour. To be fair, save winning the rainbow jersey in Valkenberg last September, he's had a disappointing couple of years.
That big chasing group seems to have split in half on this long, seemingly interminable climb of the Col du Madeleine. Hesjedal and Rolland can be seen looking to their left down the valley to see where their chasers are.
Pierre Rolland has managed to catch Ryder Hesjedal and so we now have two riders once again out in front. They have 12 minutes over the peloton. You have to fancy their chances - although don't discount those riders in the chasing group, who are 2:20 back.
Cadel Evans has been dropped by the peloton and is hugging the wheel of fellow Australian veteran Stuart O'Grady. The former winner from BMC has really struggled in this year's race after an initially solid opening week.
The Cavendish trio has been caught now by the peloton. That was one of the odder moves of the race. We're not sure if Vanmarcke has been caught too, or if he rode clear.
Belkin's Sep Vanmarcke has joined the Kwiatkowski/Pineau/Cavendish OPQS group which is riding three minutes ahead of the peloton. It goes to show that the pace isn't too high if Cav can ride clear on an HC mountain. In fact, the peloton now trails Hesjedal by 11:20.
Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel are struggling off the back of the peloton - it must have been a tricky few days for the German sprinters.
Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas front the peloton for Sky, which trails lone leader Ryder Hesjedal by 10 minutes. Up front, Rolland rides 45 seconds behind the Canadian leader, who is looking in good nick.
Rui Costa, the stage 16 winner, and Jose Serpa have attacked from the break in pursuit of the leaders.
Rolland has just caught Izaguirre - and passed him too. The Frenchman looks very strong today. The only thing acting against him will be the final descent...
Dutchman Tom Veelers (Argos Shimano) has retired from the race - so we're down to 173 riders following his and Jack Bauer's abandonments today. Veelers was involved in that spat with Mark Cavendish in the second week - and he was also the Lanterne Rouge. With Veelers gone, the new last placed rider on GC is Dmitry Muravyev of Astana.
ATTACK: Hesjedal decides to go alone and accelerates clear of Jon Izaguirre. The Canadian clearly has the legs today - at least, he does at the moment, but there's still a very long way to go...
Sky still lead the back through Geraint Thomas as they come onto the Col du Madeleine in the town of La Chambre. They trail the leaders by 8:50.
It has to be said, Pierre Rolland looks so much better in regulation Europcar colours than in the polka dots he wore for so long earlier in the race. He trails the leaders by just 1:20 now.
ATTACK: Rolland has put in a dig at the start of the Col de Madeleine. Riblon tries to follow, but then gives up and returns to the other three chasers, who are about to be caught by the big break.
The leading duo are onto the climb! They still have 8:30 on the yellow jersey pack, with the chasing quintet 1:35 down, but almost caught by the rest of that large break.
Hesjedal is stuffing his face on the front of the race, with the pint-sized Izaguirre in his wheel. They're aproaching the Cat HC Col de la Madeleine (2,000m high; 19.2km at 7.9%),
We've reached the bottom of the descent now - it won't be long before Hesjedal and Izaguirre have to start heading back uphill on the Madeleine. The Kwiatkowski trio have more than a minute on the peloton now.
CRASH: Svein Tuft of Orica-GreenEdge has taken a tumble on the descent.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step have gone on a triple offensive, with Mark Cavendish, Michal Kwiatkowski and Jerome Pineau riding off the front of the Sky-led peloton on this long descent. Which is odd.
Juan Antonio Flecha of Vacansoleil has joined the chasing group of Rolland, Riblon, Cunego and Moser.
CRASH: Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) crashes on the descent and the New Zealander has had to retire from the race.
The Riblon chasing quartet have 45 seconds on the rest of the break, but they're still 2:10 down on the two leaders, Hesjedal and Izaguirre, who have 8:10 over the pack.
Riblon, Rolland and Moser have been joined by one of the Lampre-Merida riders on the descent. It's Cunego. They trail the two leaders by three minutes.
Hesjedal has not opted for a jacket on this descent - he's Canadian and used to the cold. He and Izaguirre have eight minutes over the peloton, from which Bauke Mollema seems to have had a small dig - but it's just to get a news paper to put down his chest on the way down.
Riblon edges to the front of the chasing pack in anticipation of the summit - he wants those mountain points. But so does Pierre Rolland... and the two Frenchman open up a sprint, with Moreno Moser in the middle. Riblon takes third, Moser fourth and Rolland fifth. That's 16pts for Riblon, which puts him on 93 points, just four behind Quintana and 11 behind Froome in the KOM standings.
Ryder Hesjedal crosses the summit first to take the 25 points and opens up a small lead while Izaguirre puts on his black windproof. This is a very long descent - just under 20km of downhill riding.
Our two leaders are through the rain now - it must have just been a low lying cloud.
Hesjedal and Izaguirre just completed a little downhill stretch near the summit. They just have the last part of the climb now before they will start the very long descent off the back fo the Glandon to the foot of the Madeleine.
Andy Schleck is not one of the 41 riders in the chasing group - just to clarify. But Mikel Nieve of Euskaltel is. The chasing group is being led by Pierre Rolland and trail the two leaders by 2:50. The peloton is six minutes back now.
It's started to rain on Hesjedal and Izagurre. The Canadian calls for his team car and takes on a jacket. The peloton has yet to hit the rain - but will face it in a few minutes.
Sky, Belkin, Movistar, Saxo-Tinkoff and Omega Pharma-Quick Step are on the front of the peloton, which is rolling along at 5:30 from the two leaders.
Some names from the big chasing group of 41 riders: Schleck, Moser, Kloden, Nordhaug, Hoogerland, De Marchi, Bak, Bakelants, Cousin, Kadri, Riblon, Hernandez, Paulinho, Costa, Plaza, Coppel, Cunego, Serpa, Gesink,Bardet, Morabito, Rolland, De Clercq, Didier, Moinard, Burghardt, Rojas, Feillu and Meyer.
Christophe Riblon rides in pursuit of the two leaders. After yesterday's win, the Frenchman moved into third on the KOM standings. He's currently in polka dots by default - but if he picks up enough points over these two HCs in the first half of today's stage, then he will move into the lead of the climbers' competition good and proper.
Tyler Hesjedal is one of the instantly recognisable cyclists in the peloton, beacuse of that lanky, languid style and those ridiculous white sunglasses. The 32-year-old Canadian has had it hard since winning the Giro last year: he withdrew from the 2012 Tour because of injury, then left this year's Giro because of illness. In the opening week of this Tour, he crashed and lost so much time he was out of the GC reckoning. Now he's trying to save things with a stage win. // CORRECTION: Ryder!
After a little downhill, the leaders are back on the up: Hesjedal and Izaguirre now have three minutes over the peloton.
The two leaders have about 30 seconds over the large chasing group of 41 riders. Some of the riders in that group are: De Marchi, Bakelants, Kadri, Riblon, Costa, Plaza, Coppel, Serpa, Cunego, Gesink, Hernandez and Paulinho. David Millar was there but has been caught by the peloton.
Hesjedal and Izaguirre have two minutes over the peloton now and are combining well. Team Sky control things with the peloton, with Geraint Thomas setting the tempo on the front. The boys in black are shadowed by the Saxo Tinkoff outfit of Alberto Contador.
Ryder Hesjedal is clearly motivated today. He told Eurosport this morning that he was going to try and attack today - so has kept his word. In fact, he's stepping on the gas so much that Jon Izaguirre has to ask him to ease off the pace a little - it's a marathon not a sprint, he's probably saying...
Jerome Cousin can't keep up with the other leaders and drops back. Cunego has already been reabsorbed by the big chasing group.
Damiano Cunego is in this big group off the front - or at least he was: the Italian Lampre-Merida rider has just jumped clear in pursuit of Hesjedal and Izaguirre. Europcar's Jerome Cousin, with his recognisable moustache, has already joined the leaders so we will soon have four out ahead.
Hesjedal has joined Izaguirre on the front of the race as Bak drops back to the big chasing group. Sky control the pace on the front of the peloton, with numerous other riders leaving the pack to join the leaders - including, just now, Romain Bardet, the best-placed Frenchman on GC, and team-mate of Riblon.
We have a huge group of around 30 riders in pursuit of the two leaders, including Ryder Hesjesal (Garmin-Sharp), yesterday's winner Christophe Riblon and Europcar's Pierre Rolland.
We're onto the first climb of the day, the Cat. HC Col du Glandon (1,924m high; 21.6km at 5.1%. Today is going to be so tough - there's hardly any flat, just up and down all the way.
Some more riders have left the peloton, including Johnny Hoogerland, the Dutch national champion.
We're onto an uphill zig-zag which will take the riders up to the water level of a reservoir ahead of the first climb of the day, the Col du Glandon.
Bak and Izaguirre have 30 seconds on the peloton, with more and more riders joining that chasing group.
We have 10 riders in pursuit - including two Lampre-Merida riders. The Italian team are still without a win...
Lotto Belisol's Lars Bak and Euskaltel's Jon Izaguirre ride togeter ahead of the peloton, with numerous riders in pursuit. We only have about 7km of flat before the first climb of the day...
After a small lull of, well, 10 seconds, the attacks start thick and fast.
Christian Prudhomme waves the start flag from the luxury of his official team car to get this long and mountainous stage under way!
The remaining 175 riders have made the descent from Alpe d'Huez in their team buses and are now rolling through the neutral zone ahead of yet another challenging stage. The sun is out but it's a cooler 18 degrees Celsius this morning.
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) added three points to his tally at the intermediate sprint and now leads Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) by an insurmountable 102 points. Provided the Slovak youngster completes the race, a second successive green jersey is his.
That man Quintana is the white jersey as best young rider on the race. The Colombian climber leads fellow 23-year-old Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland by 9:06 on GC after the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider suffered on the dual ascent of Alpe d'Huez.
Chris Froome's lead in the king of the mountains competition is down to just 7pts after Nairo Quintana's fourth place yesterday. But with both riders occupying different jerseys, yesterday's stage winner Riblon, currently third 20 points back from Quintana, will wear the polka dot jersey today.
Britain's Chris Froome (Team Sky) extended his lead to 5:11 over Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) despite being penalises 20 seconds after taking on energy gels from his team car on final ascent. Contador lost time despite attacking on the descent of the Col de Sarenne with team-mate Roman Kreuziger. The Spaniard will now have to look over his shoulder because Colombia's Nairo Quintana (Movistar) trails him by just 21 seconds after finishing fourth alongside Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).
Frenchman Christophe Riblon of Ag2R-La Mondiale won the first ever double ascent of Alpe d'Huez in Tour history yesterday - and in doing so finally ended the host nation's long wait for a win on the 100th edition of the race. Riblon caught and past fellow escapee Tejay van Garderen (BMC) with 2km to go before soaking up the electric atmosphere as he came home 59 seconds ahead of the American. Italy's Moreno Moser (Cannondale) - the last survivor of a nine-man break - took third place, 1:27 down.
Welcome to live coverage of stage 19 of the Tour de France - a long 204.5km trek through the Alps from Bourg-d'Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand. Today's brutal stage will be a real test - especially after the yesterday's leg-sapping dramatics on Alpe d'Huez. Two HC ascents of the Col de Madeleine and the Col de Glandon are followed by three more tough climbs and then a fast descent to the finish.