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Tour de France - 13 July 2018

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17:15

Confirmation of today's top 10 as Groenewegen opens up his account and Van Avermaet doubles his lead (to six seconds) at the top of the GC.

17:10 

It looks like Arnaud Demare and Christophe Laporte completed the top five with John Degenkolb in the mix and Mark Cavendish back in 10th perhaps.

0km

It's the first win of the race for LottoNL-Jumbo's Groenewegen, who wins ahead of Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan.

0km

Victory for Dylan Groenewegen! The Dutchman had way too much power and puts a finger to his lips as he crosses the line to silence his critics...

0.2km 

Gaviria is launched through but he has Groenewegen, Kristoff and Sagan on his wheel...

0.5km 

Quick-Step and Groupama suddenly all over it...

1km

Gaviria has fought back and has Sagan on his wheel. Demare and Cavendish near the front too...

1.5km 

The turn and chicane opens it all out and Cofidis have two on the front with Laporte being led out nicely. And Gaviria is back!

2km 

Cofidis are now pushing on for Laporte ahead of the turn...

2.5km 

That nasty turn is coming up. We're on the sweeping downhill.

3km 

Gaviria nowhere to be seen so he must have had a problem. Bahrain and Katusha finally appear...

4km 

Sky, Bora., Movistar and Dimension Data now on the front with Lotto Soudal still there - and here come LottoNL-Jumbo.

4.5km

We're hearing that Gaviria has been caught out - either mechanical or crash...

5km

Lotto Soudal are on the front as the peloton strings out through a series of roundabouts and pinchpoints.

5.5km 

Quick-Step and LottoNL-Jumbo keeping quiet so far.

6.5km 

Cavendish has a dedicated train of four Dimension Data riders - could this be his day and a 31st win on the Tour?

8km 

Now it's getting hectic as Groupama, Astana, LottoNL-Jumbo and Dimension Data pile towards the front.

8.5km 

The peloton negotiates the first of a series of roundabouts without too much bunnyhopping needed.

10km

The riders using the entire width of the road as they ride towards Chartres for this latest sprint showdown. Jay Thomson coming up now for Dimension Data team-mate Mark Cavendish.

11km 

Still a battle of attrition out there with Lotto Soudal's Thomas De Gendt leading teh way and Groupama-FDJ making their move up the left.

15km

It's still an extremely sedate pace for a race entering its business end. I should stress that they're 20 minutes behind the slowest schedule on the stage time table - that's how relaxed it's been today.

19km

Last chance saloon for Cavendish today? Greipel has been knocking on the door; Demare and Groenewegen need a result. But surely one of Gaviria and Sagan are favourites to complete their Tour hat-tricks?

20km
25km 

The calm before the storm... Movistar and Astana have come up to the front now, as have Lotto Soudal who will be working for their man Greipel, who didn't win a stage on last year's Tour for the first time since 2011. Bahrain Merida's Sonny Colbrelli is lurking. He's twice finished behind Sagan in this race as his search for a maiden Tour stage win continues...

30km

Indeed not. It's Greg van Avermaet who actually zips clear to take the sprint and three bonus seconds to increase his lead over Thomas to six seconds in the GC.

32km 

The pace is up ahead of the bonus sprint. Remember, if Geraint Thomas wins this sprint and Greg van Avermaet doesn't finish in the top three then the Welshman will draw level with the Belgian at the top of the standings. But that won't happen.

35km

Today's finish is quite technical and tricky. It involves numerous roundabouts into Chartres then a downhill drag which is followed by a tight corner and then a slightly uphill drag to the line over the final 500m. It's ripe for incident and crashes.

37.5km

It's all over for Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic) after his brief foray off the front. He's the third solo attack of the day after Degand and Offredo.

40km

So, who'll be in the mix for this win? Gaviria and Sagan will battle to be first to a hat-trick of wins but the likes of Demare, Groenewegen, Greipel, Cavendish, Kittel, Kristoff, Laporte, Colbrelli, Degenkolb and Boudat will have hopes to pull something off.

42km

We spoke to Marcel Kittel this morning. The German will hope to improve on his third place in stage one and fifth place in stage four. The Katusha-Alpecin rider said: "I think I'm doing all right. It was probably good to have this painful stage 5 where everyone suffered. Yesterday I felt ok. I'm trying to go into this long stage with a good mindset. We want to make a sprint at the end. There's going to be an uphill before the last 100 or 200 metres which will be flat so it will be a challenge to be there in the front. Quick-Step have seven guys to make it work for Fernando Gaviria. No other team has that. They're super strong - as they showed yesterday in the crosswinds. I think they are setting the standard in the Tour and we have to be in the right moment."

45km

The gap is down to one minute for Laurent Pichon.

50km

We spoke to Peter Sagan this morning about his relationship with the green jersey. "It's the second most important jersey in the Tour and with my characteristics I cannot go for the yellow so I go for green," he said. Asked what the recipe for success was, he said: "To be consistent. I twice won the green jersey without winning stages." On Eric Zabel's record, he said: "Erik Zabel was a really good rider and it would be nice to join him with six wins." And finally, asked to choose between the green jersey of the world champion's rainbow jersey he admitted: "The world champion."

54km 

The GC riders seem to be on red alert as Sky, Movistar, BMC, Sunweb, Mitchelton-Scott and, er, Direct Energie's Sylvain Chavanel, pile to the front. Pichon's lead is back up to 1'30" after a general easing up in the pack. The next flashpoint may well be the bonus sprint with 30km remaining.

56km

Despite Kristoff's efforts, the green jersey competition is really a two horse race. With those intermediate sprint points factored in, Sagan leads Gaviria by 214 points to 173 points.

60km 

Just 40 seconds now for Pichon, who rides with a banana in his jersey pocket. He'll need to eat that - and be Bananaman - is he wants any joy in this stage.

62km

Pichon wins the intermediate sprint but all the action is taking place behind where Gaviria takes the points for second place ahead of Sagan and Kristoff in the green jersey amuse bouche.

64km 

Just over a minute now for Pichon, who keeps looking over his shoulders on this long, straight road. He's approaching the sprint now. Behind, the pace has slowed again after that initial flurry in the crosswinds.

68km

The roads are rolling and exposed - and all of a sudden we have Trek-Segafredo and Bora-Hansgrohe teams drilling it on the front of the peloton, perhaps trying to cause another split.

70km

Laurent Pichon's gap is up to two minutes but on these rolling roads ahead of the intermediate sprint he looks to be feeling the pinch.

 
 

80km

The gap is up to 1'30" for Laurent Pichon, whose onto a hiding to nothing but making the most of it.

85km

We have another plucky French attacker on the go! It's Laurent Pichon of Fortuneo-Samsic. He was on the offensive yesterday and is having another pop today - good for him, someone needed to do it.

88km

With the pace having slowed again, it's time to catch up with some chateaux...

90km

That's it for Yoann Offredo who, with a little disgust, is swallowed up by the peloton with still more than two hours of riding to go. The question is whether anyone will counter attack - perhaps before or after the intermediate sprint in 25-odd kilometres' time.

 
93km

It's starting to get back together as Dan Martin rejoins the peloton followed by numerous little splinter chase groups. But the upshot of all this is that Yoann Offredo's time out ahead is practically over: he now only has 20 seconds.

95km 

Dan Martin, yesterday's winner, has been caught out as well. Some big name riders meanwhile are helping out on the front of the leading pack - including Porte and Valverde.

97km

The two chasing groups have merged together but the gap is 40 seconds between the two groups. Mark Cavendish is one of the big name riders to be caught out.

98km

Yes, we have splits in the peloton on this long, straight exposed section with a tail crosswind. Trek-Segafredo and Movistar have joined the party - and all of a sudden we have three groups on the road...

101km

The gap is suddenly down to 3'30" and that's because the pace is suddenly shot up thanks to an injection of pace from Ag2R-La Mondiale.

104km

Here's Nico Edet chatting to the cameraman during his jolly up the road...

108km 

Meanwhile, Nicolas Edet has been allowed to ride clear of the peloton on the climb. That's because the Cofidis rider is a local lad and he's got friends and family to greet. It's that kind of stage.

110km

Offredo takes the point over the summit of the climb.

112km

Offredo is on the only categorised climb of the day, the Cat.4 Cote du Buisson de Perseigne (1.5km at 3.9%). It's wholly irrelevant and will make no difference in the KOM standings.

113km

There have been some discussions between lone leader Offredo and his Wanty-Groupe Gobert directeur sportif. The Frenchman clearly doesn't fancy another 100 clicks of this - but he's been instructed that he must stay out ahead. He's not so pleased because he knows that he's suited to the Roubaix stage on Sunday and he's using up valuable reserves of energy today by pedalling out there alone.

115km

Offredo is passing through the town of Alencon, where 'Big' Miguel Indurain brokethrough with a victory in the individual time trial in 1991.

120km 

This interminable stage is not even half-way through. We have the solitary Cat.4 climb coming up but that will be it until the intermediate sprint, the bonus sprint and the finale.

125km

The peloton edge through the feed zone and perform a game of musette roulette. And how about this for a stat: the French are currently experiencing their longest ever drought without a yellow jersey...

130km

Offredo is currently hugging the top tube on a zippy downhill stretch of road. His lead - which peaked at 9'13" (the highest of any break so far in this year's Tour) - is now down to 6'33". Meanwhile, at the back of the peloton there are four EF Education First-Drapax riders taking it easy, notably Pierre Rolland who is talking to the camera man.

136km
140km 

Quick-Step Floors will be happy that they're not having to do all the work for a change. They have the ubiquitous Tim Declercq near the front but Lotto Soudal's Jelle Vanendert and LottoNL-Jumbo's Antwan Tolhoek are helping out, and FDJ - working for Arnaud Demare - have been more active than usual, too. The gap is seven minutes now for Offredo.

145km

Our man Matt Stephens is going a great job with his daily video diaries from the Tour. Here's his latest offering from yesterday's finale at Mur-de-Bretagne.

Video - On Tour with Matt Stephens: Roadside on the Mur-de Bretagne... the ‘Alpe d’Huez of Brittany’

01:53
150km 

Antwan Tolhoek is on the front of the pack now doing some tempo for LottoNL-Jumbo. We haven't seen much of the young Dutchman so far in the race - his role will be more prominent in the mountains as a lieutenant for Roglic and Kruijswijk. He's making his debut in the Tour after a promising Vuelta last year. Today his team will hope to propel Dylan Groenewegen to the win.

155km

The presence of the team of the sprinters on the front of the pack has seen Yoann Offredo's lead slashed to 7'50". Meanwhile, Richie Porte and his BMC team-mates are eating and refueling.

158km
162km

A huge nine minutes now for Offredo - who needs a few more and he'll be in the virtual yellow jersey. Lotto Soudal, FDJ, Quick-Step and Ag2R-La Mondiale have come to the front of the pack to help regulate the chase.

165km

In spite of a strong headwind, Dan Martin's win yesterday set a new record on the climb at Mur-de-Bretagne. That said, there are only two other Tour comparisons to be made. He did go early and sustain that pace for the entire final kilometre, so it's no surprise he was manage to bag the Strava segment...

 

A great photo from yesterday's stage when a hay bale display on the side of the road apparently caught fire...

168km

Back to the 'racing' today and Yoann Offredo now has eight minutes over the soft-pedalling peloton. We're passing through Marcel Proust territory. In search of lost time, indeed...

170km

Yes, Bardet was also forced to stop with his mechanical but did so a few kilometres later and just ahead of the final climb. The Frenchman swapped bikes with team-mate Tony Gallopin which meant he didn't lose as much time waiting for his team car - but he then struggled on the climb and eventually lost 31 seconds. Whether his problems came down to having the wrong bike or being genuinely shanked, who knows. But apparently when news filtered through, Ag2R-La Mondiale told Pierre Latour to attack in a bid to salvage something from the stage. Latour ended up second, while the last winner on Mur-de-Bretagne, Alexis Vuillermoz, reportedly didn't hear orders to slow and help his leader Bardet...

172km

With Andersen in mind, it's a good opportunity to look back over Tom Dumoulin's tricky finale yesterday. The Dutchman needed a new wheel with 6km remaining and then had to frantically chase back on before tackling the final climb well down on his GC rivals. He crossed the line 53 seconds down and was then docked a further 20 seconds after the race jury decided that he had benefited from a long draft behind his team car. It later emerged that Dumoulin has broken a spoke in a little collision with Frenchman Romain Bardet, who suffered his own problems in the finale.

175km

In the final jersey competition to catch up on, the Dane Soren Kragh Andersen still leads the youth standings but his grip on the white jersey took a knock yesterday after he was forced back to help out his Sunweb team leader Tom Dumoulin on the final climb at Mur-de-Bretagne. Andersen's lead was slashed to 27 seconds by Egan Bernal, the Colombian Tour debutant from Team Sky, with Pierre Latour (who came second behind winner Dan Martin) in third at 2'17".

 
178km
180km

The gap hits five minutes for Yoann Offredo, who picked the short straw and is being forced to ride this one on his own out ahead of the peloton. Still, there are worse ways of spending the day: the sun is out, so are the fans, and there's been a succession of handsome towns for him to take in. What's not to like?

182km

There's just the one KOM point up for grabs today so that means Tom Skujins (Trek Segafredo) will enjoy another day in the polka dots tomorrow - provided he can finish today's stage. The Latvian leads the climbers' classification on 6pts with his nearest rivals on 4pts.

185km 

Offredo's gap is more than three minutes now as the our lone leader passes through the pretty town of Mayenne, which includes a nasty ramp into the centre square. The fans are out in their droves.

188km

With just one rider up the road that will add more intensity to the intermediate sprint when it comes along at 62km from the finish. After all, today is a very important day for the battle for green - and Fernado Gaviria will be looking to slash Peter Sagan's lead in that competition as much as possible today. Both riders have won two stages each so far but Sagan's consistency sees him lead the green jersey competition with 199 points with the Colombian on 156 points. Alexander Kristoff is a distant third at 88 points.

190km

Offredo, probably under team orders, has managed to build up a lead of two minutes on the pack. No one is interested today because it's 99.9% likely to end in a bunch sprint in Chartres.

193km
196km

ATTACK: Yoann Offredo decides to have another pop! The Frenchman from Wanty-Groupe Gobert looks more committed this time - although he's found no reaction from the peloton so may have to do this one alone.

200km

Blimey, there are still two-hundred kilometres of this one... while things are quiet, a quick reminder of who leads the race. Greg van Avermaet is in yellow with a three-second gap over Geraint Thomas, five seconds on his team-mate Tejay Van Garderen, six seconds on Julian Alaphilippe and 12 seconds on Philippe Gilbert.

205km

And that brief flurry of entertainment - which was instigated by Oli Naesen - is over after the 10 leaders are reeled in. We're back to square one now - that and a very slow-rolling peloton.

210km

The 10 leaders are Oliver Naesen and Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Arthur Vichot (Groupama-FDJ), Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Yves Lampaert (Quick Step), Michael Gogl (Trek-Segafredo), Julien Vermote (Dimension Data), Edward Theuns (Sunweb) and Simon Gerrans (BMC). Such is the calibre of the break that LottoNL-Jumbo are now really committed in the chase.

211km 

LottoNL-Jumbo have come to the front now to lead the chase. They have no one involved in this break and will have high hopes for Dylan Groenewegen today, even if the Dutch youngster has yet to hit his stride in this year's Tour. The gap is down to just 10 seconds now.

212km 

That move came from nothing and all of a sudden the pace is high as the pack chases down this 10-man group. Interestingly, many of the teams of the sprinters are involved in this move - a suggestion that they're calling the bluff. The gap is only 20 seconds though with some of the riders unsure if they should be committing or sitting back.

214km

Finally some movement! And this looks promising - we have a break that's formed and it includes some really strong riders with the likes of Yves Lampaert, Lukas Postlberger, Julien Vermote, Simon Gerrans, Thomas De Gendt, Tony Gallopin, Oliver Naesen, Edward Teuns all involved...

215km 

Degand has sat up in protest. Wanty maybe the minnows but they're not going to be exploited like this.

218km 

This is like the Sunday club run. Even Degand, the leader, is only riding at 27km/h at the moment. He keeps looking over his shoulder in the hope he'll see the peloton. No such luck! He looks livid.

220km 

Lotto Soudal duo Marcel Seiberg and Thomas De Gendt are on the front - they will be hoping to set up Andre Greipel for a win today. Although at this rate, that won't be for another eight hours. The gap is down to 50 seconds for Degand, who is doing his best to be caught, but is struggling to go any slower than the peloton.

223km

The pace is painstakingly slow here. Thomas Degand, our lone leader, is hardly committed and only has a one-minute gap over a peloton which is soft-pedalling. This is rather farcical.

225km 

Degand is already on the radio - presumably asking whether he has to persist with this. Remember, the same plight was experienced by his team-mate Guillaume van Keirsbulck last season when he was the only escapee in that long stage to Vittel.

227km

Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) attacks - perhaps through boredom than anything else. He'd have hoped that someone would have joined him but that's not the case and the Belgian has a long day ahead in store...

230km 

Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) made a tentative effort to zip clear but on turning round and seeing no one following, the Frenchman decided better of it. No movement so far.

231km

And they're off! Christian Prudhomme waves the flag and this interminable stage is under way.

11:20

Here's the official profile for today's stage. Could we see a lucky break on the longest stage of the race? It falls on Friday 13th and takes the riders through Balzac territory en route to another probable sprint showdown...

11:15

Yesterday, Ireland’s Dan Martin produced a superb attack up the punchy closing climb at Mur-de-Bretagne to win Stage 6 as Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet held onto the yellow jersey and both Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet lost time. Runner-up when the Tour last visited the climb dubbed The Breton Alpe d’Huez” in 2015, UAE Team Emirates rider Martin made his move early, dancing clear of the field ahead of the kilometre-to-go banner before holding off a strong challenge from Frenchman Pierre Latour (Ag2R-La Mondiale) to claim only the second Tour stage win of his career and the first since 2013. Read the full report below...

11:10

Bonjour le Tour! Hello and welcome to live coverage of the longest stage of the race - a draining 231km schlep through the rolling countryside of north-west from Fougeres to Chartres.