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Saint-Girons - Bagnères-de-Bigorre
Tour de France - 7 July 2013

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Despite being isolated for the best part of 130km, Froome held on to retain his yellow jersey. His team-mate Porte drops out of the top ten. New second place is Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who is 1:25 down. Bauke Mollema of Belkin is third at 1:50.

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Richie Porte is still riding and will lose around 18 minutes today. He's had a terrible day, it has to be said.

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Michal Kwiatkowski of OPQS led the main group over the line 20 seconds down for third place. Another commanding ride by the young Pole.

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Dan Martin (Garmin) punches the air - that's his first ever victory on the Tour de France. He won by two bike lengths over Jakob Fuglsang of Astana.

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Martin makes his move just ahead of a chicane in the road... and he holds off Fuglsang to take the win!

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They have come to a near standstill as they start the mind games...

1km 

Under the banner for the leading duo, who attacked on the final climb of the day. Fuglsang is on the front, looking over his shoulder at Martin...

2km 

Two kilometres to go and the gap is still 30 seconds. Astana and Garmin are both looking for their first stage win on the race...

5km 

Yes, Dan Martin and Jakob Fuglsang will hold on to contest the victory it seems. The gap is just not coming down.

7km 

Now Belkin are back on the front, with a line rider from Cofidis - looks like Navarro. But the gap is 32 seconds.

9km 

The gap has gone back to 30 seconds as Kreuziger and Schleck pull slightly clear on the front of the chase.

10km 

Sean Kelly reckons it's going to be difficult for Martin and Fuglsang to hold on... Back with the pack, it's Belkin who lead the chase, eager for a win for Mollema, Gesink or Ten Dam.

11km 

It's down to just 25 seconds for the two leaders now, who are onto the level run-in after the downhill.

15km 

Kwiatkowski is back with the main group, 37 seconds down on the two leaders. Martin, winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege in the sprint, would be your bet if this came down to a two-way sprint at the finish.

17km 

Michal Kwiatkowski of OPQS is not only back with the main group, he's now riding solo in pursuit of the two leaders. The young Pole is such a prospect. He's 30 seconds down on Martin and Fuglsang.

20km 

Fuglsang and Martin are 42 seconds to the good over the yellow jersey group. After all the fireworks, it looks like today will end in a stalemate for the GC favourites.

22km 

Rui Costa opens up a small gap and edges in front of a TV motorbike - but he's now back with the main group.

25km 

The two leaders are up and over that short final uphill segment, now it's downhill all the way to the finish.

26km

Richie Porte is now riding with Ryder Hesjedal more than 10 minutes behind.

27km 

We're onto a short uphill stretch before the final downhill. Martin and Fuglsang have 50 seconds over the peloton, with Poels in pursuit. Quintana still leads the main pack - but it loosk like Movistar have missed their golden opportunity.

30km

We now have that decisive downhill towards the finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre... Will anyone try to put pressure on Froome on the downhill?

30.5km

Dan Martin crosses the summit in the lead ahead of Jakob Fuglsang. Poels comes over 33 seconds behind and 10 seconds ahead of the main pack.

31km

ATTACK: Wout Pouls of Vacansoleil jumps clear. The Dutchman has been lurking for a bit - and as he's nine minutes down on GC, he's allowed to ride clear.

32km

Martin is 2:48 down on GC and Fuglsang is 3:37 down - so they are not a huge threat at the moment for Froome.

32.5km 

Valverde and Quintana are chatting - probably plotting their next move. They have Rui Costa with them too.

33km 

Another attack from Quintana! That has whittled down the pack, but we still have around 15 riders - all the big guns - in this group. Leading duo Martin and Fuglsang have 15 seconds over the yellow jersey group.

33.5km 

Kreuziger and Schleck are now riding on the front - it's nice to see Schleck seemingly competitive again after all his problems.

34km

A third attack from Quintana! That came just after Ten Dam had a go. Once again, Froome meets his match. Schleck, Evans, Contador, Valverde, Mollema, Kreuziger are still there in this group of around 15. Rodriguez too.

34.2km 

Dan Martin and Jakob Fuglsang attack, with Mikel Nieve following. There's no reply from the main GC favourites - until Quintana puts in another stinging attack.

34.5km 

The Colombian's attack does nothing but make a selection. Froome reacts first before Contador and Valverde latch on. Some Movistar riders are shed, but the others are still there: Belkin's Dutch duo, Rodriguez, Evans et al.

35km

ATTACK: Nairo Quintana makes his move!

35.5km 

The main pack is 5km from the summit.

36km

Richie Porte is now more than five minutes in arrears. He'll drop out of the top five today - perhaps even the top ten.

37km 

Euskaltel's Igor Anton and Ion Izagirre have both been dropped, as has Saxo's Michael Rogers. Movistar have two riders on the front, with Valverde in their wheels. Quintana is a bit further back, in the wheel of Froome. White tracing yellow.

38km 

Bardet looks over his shoulder, and he would have seen the yellow helmets of the Movistar army. It's all over for the youngster...

38.5km 

That's it for Clarke. So, just the one man ahead: Ag2R-La Mondiale's Romain Bardet, who has a handful of seconds over the pack. Talansky and Kwiatkowski have been dropped.

39km 

Clarke and De Clercq are now caught - although Clarke is having nothing of it and tried to power clear once again. The crowds are pretty impressive out there on the sides of the road.

39.5km

Bardet has 15 seconds on the pack and he's enjoying himself out there. This sill be great experience for the 22-year-old. Rolland has been distanced by the pack. Meanwhile, the Porte group is riding four minutes off behind.

40km

Romain Bardet has attacked! And the other escapees have thrown in the towel. Rolland sits up and is caught by the pack.

41km

We're onto the final climb of the day, that Cat.1 La Hourquette d’Ancizan - 9.9km at 7.5%.

42km

Chris Froome is getting some food on board - either a cereal bar or energy gel. Despite being isolated, he's held his own well today. Movistar have strength in numbers, but they haven't been able to take advantage of that.

45km 

Romain Bardet chats to his team car - he's been seriously impressive in the mountains this year. The leading trio have just 40 seconds on the main pack, still been driven by Movistar's Castroviejo. Jan Bakelants has just been caught. We're on a short flat segment ahead of the final climb of the day.

48km

After that slight ressurrection at the start of the last climb, Richie Porte is back in the wars. He crossed the summit 3:48 back and so has dropped further behind. He'll lose his second place tonight, that's for sure.

50km 

Narrow roads for this descent. It's going to be a very exciting finale today...

53km 

Clarke has been caught by Bardet, De Clercq and Rolland. The man in polka dots is keeping a bit of a gap on the descent - he doesn't like the downhills.

55km 

Chris Froome is keeping near the front on this descent - he's in third place and keen not to get caught out. His main group are 55 seconds down on Clarke, the lone leader.

58km

Simon Clarke takes the points over the top, with Pierre Rolland crossing in second place 20 seconds later. The peloton come over, grappling few fresh bidons of water, at 1:04.

59km 

Australian Simon Clarke has one kilometre left to climb before he reaches the summit. His three pursuers are about 20 seconds down. Movistar still lead the pack, which rolls along at 1:10.

60km 

Castroviejo, the Spanish time trial champion, still drives the pace for Movistar on the front of the yellow jersey group. It looks like they are going to wait until the final climb and/or descent before attacking.

61km

Clarke has 20 seconds over the chasing trio of Rolland, Bardet and De Clercq. The peloton rides at 1:30. Porte has caught and passed Amador and Erviti.

62km 

Richie Porte looks like a new man - whatever was in that musette of his for lunch certainly did the trick. He's riding solo and slowly swallowing up riders in front of him.

62.5km

Evans and Dan Martin are near the front of the main group, with Movistar's Valverde and Quintana poised. Belkin duo Mollema and Ten Dam are there, ahead of Contador who looks on the ropes. Rodriguez is there too, in this pack of around 25. Europcar have two riders here - Davide Malacarne and Cyril Gautier.

63km 

Andrey Talansky has been dropped by the main group, while Movistar begin to shed bodies, with Erviti and Amador off the back. There is a big thinning out happening now. Richie Porte is 1:45 down on the yellow jersey group, so he's fighting back, but it may be too late.

63.5km 

Hesjedal and Bakelants have been dropped by the leaders as Rolland, Bardet and De Clercq ride clear in pursuit of Clarke. This is 22-year-old Bardet's first Tour and tonight he'll be the best placed Frenchman.

64km 

Movistar still have six riders on the front of the main group - and you'd expect them to launch an attack soon.

64km

Further back, Richie Porte has dropped Kennaugh and now rides solo in pursuit of the main group. He's having a very tough day after yesterday's heroics.

64.5km 

Pierre Rolland takes a bottle of water from a spectator and pours it over his head. It's hot out there.

65km 

Thomas De Gendt is now being caught - once again -by the main pack, which is being driven by Movistar through Castroviejo, Amador and Plaza.

66km

Lone leader Simon Clarke is onto the fourth - and penultimate - climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col de Val Louron-Azet - 7.4km at 8.3%.

68km

The main pack pass through the feed zone. Orica-GreenEdge rider Clarke now has 1:40 over the yellow jersey group.

70km

Simon Clarke has caught and passed the leaders on the descent. The Australian is now onto a slight uphill stretch ahead of the next climb having picked up a musette from his team car. The riders will all need to eat loads as well drink - or they will bonk big time in this heat.

72km 

Europcar's Davide Malacarne has come to the front of the yellow jersey group on the descent. That's unexpected. De Gendt has been dropped - once again - by the leaders on this long downhill. The leaders have 50 seconds over the yellow jersey group - and we have two more climbs to go.

78km

De Clercq, Hesjedal, Bardet and Bakelants crossed the summit a little after the leading duo, with the main pack crossing 44 seconds later. Porte crosses almost three minutes down.

78.5km

Pierre Rolland thought he had the KOM points secure, but he was caught out by Thomas De Gendt, who put in a late attack to cross the summit in pole position. Back with the main group, Ruben Plaza put in a little acceleration before the top.

79km

Richie Porte is riding two minutes down on the yellow jersey group in the wheel of Peter Kennaugh, who crashed into a ditch earlier.

79.5km

Movistar have six riders on the front, with Amador setting the pace with a deadpan expression, and Castroviejo in his wheel, grimacing like he's being tortured for some heinous crime.

80km

Simon Clarke of Orica-GreenEdge has attacked from the Movistar-led pack in a bid to join the leaders. The Australian is probably thinking about the KOM points.

81km 

Richie Porte is going to lose double figures of minutes today - he's currently off the back of a fourth group, riding alongside Saxo Bank's Matteo Tosatto, which says it all.

81.5km 

De Gendt has been dropped again by the leading group, which has just 30 seconds over the main pack.

82km 

Movistar's Andrey Amador sets the pace in the main pack, with Plaza in his wheel. White jersey Nairo Quintana is third, with yellow jersey Chris Froome in his wheel and ahead of Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador, who rides in a huddle of his Saxo-Tinkoff team-mates.

83km

The temperature is pretty sweltering out there - early 30s now. Today's stage couldn't be more different than yesterday, which Sky totally dominated. Today, Sky aren't anywhere to be seen, Froome is isolated, and it's Movistar and Saxo-Tinkoff who are pulling the strings.

84km 

Jan Bakelants has joined the five leaders, so we have six in front now. They still have 5km to ride until the summit of this climb, and just 45 seconds to play with.

85km 

Former yellow jersey Jan Bakelants pulls clear of Vichot and Geschke. Meanwhile, De Gendt has had a second wind, and is riding up to the wheels of the leading quartet, so we're back to five out ahead: Bardet, Rolland, Hesjedal, De Clercq and De Gendt. They have 55 seconds over the yellow jersey pack.

86km

Movistar may be cranking up the pace on the front of the main pack, but one of their riders - Ivan Gutierrez - has just abandoned. Saxo Bank's Benjamin Noval has also retired.

87km 

Thomas De Gendt is about to be caught by the Vichot trio. Vichot has his French national champions jersey unzipped and catching in the wind. It's drenched in sweat.

87.5km 

The group chasing back on containing Richie Porte are another 1:20 back. The Australian is not having a good day out there. He has three Sky team-mates with him - Boasson Hagen, Kennaugh and Kiryienka.

88km 

Movistar and Saxo are on the front for the main group, with yellow jersey Chris Froome there, but without any Sky team-mates.

89km 

Ryder Hesjdal drives the pace in the leading group. The Canadian from Garmin is wearing some retro white-rimmed sun glasses. He's with Pierre Rolland (Europcar), the polka dot jersey, youngster Romain Bardet (AgrR), and Bart de Clercq (Lotto Belisol)

90km 

Saxo-Tinkoff's Nicolas Roche has been dropped, his work for the day done. Just before the intermediate sprint, French national champion Arthur Vichot attacked the yellow jersey group in pursuit of the leaders. He took Jan Bakelants and Simon Geschke with him.

91km

We're onto the third climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col de Peyresourde - 13.2km at 7%. Thomas De Gendt is dropped almost instantly from the leading group.

91.5km

Richie Porte is doing his best to get back with his team-mate Froome. He has Boasson Hagen, Kiryienka and Kennaugh with him, it seems. They have two minutes to make up.

92km 

The riders have just passed through Bagneres-de-Luchon, which is where Thomas Voeckler won his second stage last year. The Rolland quintet have 1:07 over the yellow jersey pack.

95km

So, the situation has finally calmed down a little - in that there are no longer multiple groups on the road. We have five leaders who are 1:10 ahead of the main yellow jersey group, in which Froome is completely isolated - because his Sky team-mates, including Richie Porte, ar riding another two minutes back in a large chasing group.

96km

Thomas De Gendt leads the five escapees over the intermediate sprint in pole position ahead of polka dot jersey Pierre Rolland.

98km

The Contador group has almost caugh the Froome group. Meanwhile, Bauke Mollema has a flat and need a new back wheel. Bad timing - it's all kicking off.

101km

Michael Rogers has slowed down and dropped back to the Contador chasing group, which now has five Saxo riders. They ride 16 seconds down on the Froome quartet, which has just caught the big group further up the road. There are five more riders out ahead - Rolland, Hesjedal, De Gendt, Danielson and Bardet.

102km

Castroviejo has dropped back from the leading group to help pace Valverde and Plaza - so Froome is now riding with three Movistar riders, 55 seconds down on the leaders.

104km

So, the leading group is: Gallopin, De Gendt, Bardet, Rolland, Kreuziger, Losada, Trofimov, Anton, Izagirre, Castroviejo, Costa, Hesjedal, Danielson and Talansky. The chasing trio of Froome, Valverde and Plaza are 45 seconds down, and then the main pack, containing Evans, Malacarne, Quintana, Peraud, Contador, Rodriguez, Schleck, Mollema, Ten Dam and Geschke are another 15 seconds down.

106km 

Saxo's Nicolas Roche is leading the chase for the main pack, with Contador a few riders back. Belkin's Mollema is there. It looks like Evans is back in the pack as well, and Schleck is there too.

108km

Yellow jersey Chris Froome manages to close the gap on Valverde and Plaza! That was impressive by the isolated Sky rider. The upshot is that Contador is now riding further back down the road - the Saxo-Tinkoff man did not react to that acceleration.

109km

Pierre Rolland has ridden off the front with Danielson... but back in the yellow jersey group, Movistar have attacked through Valverde and Plaza! Sensational stuff on this flat drag towards the third climb.

110km

We now have around 10 riders up front after the chasing group caught the five leaders. They have 1:10 over the yellow jersey group, and Froome looks like he's seen a ghost. This will be the hardest day of his career, for sure.

111km 

There's some disputing going on in the leading group, who have one minute over the yellow jersey group. But a counter attack formed on the descent, including Roman Kreuziger. It's all happening.

114km 

Cadel Evans had almost caught the yellow jersey group - solid chasing back by the Austrailan veteran.

115km

The withdrawal of Muravyev means Astana are down to just 5 riders following the withdrawals of Brajkovic, Kashechkin and Kessiakoff.

116km

Astana's Dmitriy Muravyev has retired from the race. The Kazakh was in trouble as soon as the first climb started this morning...

118km

Five riders are out ahead on this descent - Danielson, Hesjedal, Rolland, Anton and Trofimov. They have 27 seconds on the main yellow jersey group, which caught Costa shortly after the summit.

122km

The changing point today was when Peter Kennaugh rode off the road and into a ditch. From that point onwards, Sky were down on numbers and Froome became isolated. We have a video of the incident here... (for online readers)

124km

Just before the summit, moments after Valverde and Contador finished their chat, Movistar's Rui Costa went on the attack. It's really the law of the jungle today - Froome is going to have to withstand multiple attacks by all his rivals. Costa is only 2:45 down on GC, in 11th place.

124.5km

Danielson crosses the summit in pole position ahead of team-mate Hesjedal, with Trofimov just behind. The yellow jersey group passes 20 seconds later. Evans is still 35 seconds back, and Richie Porte another minute in arrears.

125km

Movistar have about five riders here in the main group - Quintana, Valverde, Costa, Plaza and Gutierriez. They will have a role to play. And look - Contador and Valverde ar chatting... they are going to form a Spanish alliance today.

125.5km

ATTACK: Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin edges clear of the peloton, sparking a response by Igor Anton and Pierre Rolland.

126km

Jesus Hernandez drives the pace for Saxo-Tinkoff, with Alberto Contador in his wheel. Further back in the same group, the Spaniard has Michael Rogers and Roman Kreuziger. They have a big advantage today. Froome is talking to his DS on the radio.

126.5km 

Two riders are clear of the yellow jersey group: Tom Danielson (Garmin) and Yuri Trofimov (Katusha). Evans is being paced back to the main group by Steve Morabito. They're 35 seconds down after that mechanical problem for the 2011 champion.

127km

Porte is riding with compatriot Simon Gerrans - he's already one minute down on the yellow jersey group.

128.5km

Richie Porte has cracked! He's gone and Froome has no Sky team-mates left. There are four Saxo-Tinkoff riders, including Contador and Kreuziger. This is going to be a huge test for the yellow jersey... and we still have four more climbs.

129km 

Cadel Evans is having a shocker - he was regaining ground, but has had to change his bike, and will face an uphill task now - quite literally.

130km

We're on to the second climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col de Menté - 7km at 7.7%.

130.5km

Around 15 riders have about 15 seconds on the yellow jersey group. It includes Danielson and Martin, as well as Izagirre and the polka dot jersey Rolland.

131km

Cadel Evans has been distanced - he's about 40 secodns down on the yellow jersey group. Thibaut Pinot of FDJ has also been dropped.

132km

A bit of order has returned, with Froome and Porte leading the main pack with the white jersey of Quintana and his Movistar team-mate Valverde on their wheels.

134km 

Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel) and Tom Danielson (Garmin) have joined Jeannesson and Morabito on the front. Back with the main pack, Roman Kreuziger of Saxo-Tinkoff attacks - and is tracked by Porte and Froome.

135km

BMC's Steve Morabito has joined Arnold Jeannesson on the descent, with the main pack just behind. It looks like Richie Porte has managed to return alongside Chris Froome, so perhaps he had a mechanical or needed to take a call of nature. He may have simply found that first climb tricky after yesterday's exertions...

139km

FDJ's Arnold Jeannesson crosses the top of the summit in first place just ahead of Dan Martin and Tom Danielson, both of Garmin. Garmin have been very active so far today. Froome had to close down that break himself, but now another faction has formed just off the front. Fascinating stuff.

140.5km

Froome, the yellow jersey, has no Sky team mates with him any more. This is incredible. David Lopez has blown. There isn't even any sign of Richie Porte - this is quite incredible. It's Froome, the maillot jaune, who is leading the chase on his own.

141km

Talansky and Martin are 12th and 13th on GC, both 2:48 down on leader Chris Froome. He won't be too happy to see them ride clear. The Garmin duo have numerous riders trying to follow them, including Maxim Montfort of RadioShack and Movistar's Plaza. Rolland, it seems, has dropped back. Off the back of the peloton, all the sprinters are in difficulty, with Cavendish and Greipel already grimacing and riding in isolation. It's going to be a long day for them...

142km 

Rolland and Plaza are caught by the chasing group, who have two Garmin riders setting the pace: Andrew Talansky and Dan Martin.

143km 

This leading group only has 50 metres on the peloton, prompting Plaza to go on the attack. Polka dot jersey Rolland follows him, so we have two out in front, with the Sky-led peloton closing in on the break.

145km

With Kennaugh recovering from that crash, Chris Froome is down to just three Sky team-mates on the front of the peloton. Numerous riders are off the back already - while there is a group of around 20 up the road, including Europcar pair Pierre Rolland and Cyril Gautier, and Movistar's Ruben Plaza.

146km

CRASH: Peter Kennaugh of Team Sky has a nasty fall. The youngster crashes on the side of the road, then falls off the grass verge and disappears into a ditch. He manages to climb back up, but he has a nasty gash on his elbow and looks a bit shaken by that - understandably.

147km

We're on to the first climb of the day, the Col de Portet d’Aspet - 5.4km at 6.9%. Bauer and Millar have been caught by a group of around 12 riders.

148km 

Sylvain Chavanel, with his orange bike, has jumped clear of the peloton in pursuit of that chasing group... but it all comes back together again - with just the two Garmin riders out in front.

150km

The road is heading upwards now - and Bauer is the first to feel it. Millar rides clear, then slows and waits for his team-mate. Back with the bunch, a chasing group has formed under the instigation of that man Peter Sagan, in the green jersey... He's clearly thinkin about the intermediate sprint points that come after the first two climbs.

152km 

It's over for Van Garderen and Geschke, who are swallowed up by the peloton. But the Garmin duo still have 25 seconds over the peloton.

156km

Tejay van Garderen - who lost a huge 12 minutes yesterday - has jumped clear of the Sky-led peloton in pursuit of the Garmin duo. None of these riders are a threat to Chris Froome's yellow jersey and so they aren't too concerned. Van Garderen is joined, however, by Simon Geschke of Argos-Shimano.

158km

GARMIN ATTACK: Team-mates Jack Bauer and David Millar power off the front!

160km 

Roy is joined by a GreenEdge rider, but they are bring swallowed back up by a counter attack involving a Europcar rider. Very cagy start to the stage...

162km 

The latest attack comes from a FDJ rider in blue. It's Jeremy Roy.

164km 

Numerous attempts to break away have been made, but nothing is sticking for the moment.

166km 

The peloton is having nothing of it and the three escapees are reeled back in.

168km

ATTACK: From the outset, Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) breaks clear of the bunch with Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) and Laurent Didier (RadioShack).

168.5km

They're under way! No overnight withdrawals to report so we have 187 riders taking to the start today.

10:30

The riders are currently rolling through the neutral zone at the start of today's monstrous stage. It's another hot day in the Pyrenees, but the temperature is a bit lower at 25 degrees Celsius and there are a few clouds in the sky.

10:25

Nairo Quintana is the race's new white jersey as best young rider on GC. The Colombian leads Andrew Talansky, the American from Garmin-Sharp by 46 seconds, with Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski of Omega Pharma-Quick Step dropping to third place at 1:23.

10:20

There was one intermediate sprint yesterday before the mountains, with a break of four mopping up the highest points. But Andre Greipel came through to take fifth place ahead of Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish. It's Cannondale's Sagan who leads the green jersey competition quite comprehensively with a 93-point lead over Lotto-Belisol's Greipel, with Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Cavendish a further 13 points back.

10:15

Froome also leads the king of the mountain competition, level on 31 points with Frenchman Pierre Rolland. The Europcar climber crossed the penultimate climb of yesterday's stage, the Col de Pailheres, in second place behind Nairo Quintana, but finished well down on the final ascent to the finish. He wears the polka dots once again because Froome will be in yellow. Porte is third in the competition on 28 points, while Quintana is fourth on 25.

10:10

With his second ever Tour de France stage victory, Chris Froome moved to the top of the standings with a 51-second lead over his team-mate Richie Porte. Third in the pack is Alejandro Valverde, at 1:25, while Froome's big pre-race rival, Alberto Contador, is in seventh place, 1:51 adrift.

10:05

Yesterday, Team Sky blew the race apart with a devastating one-two from race favourite Chris Froome and Richie Porte. The duo spat out their rivals on the final climb to Ax 3 Domaines, with Briton Froome soloing to success 51secs ahead of his Australian team-mate. Spain's Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was third at 1:08 ahead of Belkin's Dutch duo Bauke Mollema and Laurens Ten Dam. Alberto Contador of Saxo-Tinkoff lost 1:45 while the likes of Cadel Evans and Andy Schleck finished 4mins back.

10:00

Welcome to live coverage of stage nine of the Tour de France - a 168.5km slog from Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre through the high mountains. It's the toughest test of the Tour so far, with a succession of five peaks (four of which are Cat.1) before a fast and furious 30km to the finish.