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0km - So, that's a fourth stage win for Mark Cavendish, who cements his lead at the top of the green jersey standings - now it's just a question of whether or not he can keep it on the Champs Elysees.
0km - Renshaw launches his man and Cavendish rides to victory ahead of Farrar, Petacchi and Oss. Rojas takes fifth and Swift sixth.
1km - Renshaw has Cavendish on his wheel...
1.5km - Roux is still right there, one off the font. Geraint Thomas of Sky moves forward, followed by Swift and Boasson Hagen.
2km - It's Anthony Roux of FDJ. But the three give up. Lampre are now on the front.
2.5km - Gilbert attacked on a slight rise and has taken a FDJ rider with him. They pass Terpstra. And are joined by Thomas De Gendt of Vacancoleil.
3km - Now the jostle for positions starts on the front of the bunch... just as there's an attack from Gilbert!
4km - A massive cheer greets Terpstra as he turns a bend into a wide street. He has just eight seconds now, with Garmin right on the front now.
5km - The town planners of Montpellier are clearly from the roundabout school of thought. Terpstra, on his own, has increased the lead: it's now 13 seconds. Good going from the Quick Stepper. Ignatiev is already off the back.
6km - Less than 10 seconds now - and Ignatiev's so-near-yet-so-far tendencies continue... The Russian gives up and Terpstra continues on his own.
7km - The outskirts of Montpellier - like many French towns - is pretty grim. Tony Martin is on the front of the HTC train. He'll be looking forward to the time trial in Grenoble next Saturday.
8km - Our two leaders are not giving up, but their lead is just 16 seconds now and soon they will have them in their sights.
10km - The peloton is really strung out at the back as Garmin come to the front too, working for their men Tyler Farrar and Thor Hushovd.
11km - The gap sinks below 30 seconds. Eurosport's David Harmon is backing Edvald Boasson Hagen today, Sean Kelly is going for Andre Greipel, and Carlton Kirby - ever the safe better - is going for Mark Cavendish.
13km - HTC form their train as they continue the chase. They need to cut a 35-second deficit now, with the experienced Ignatiev and Terpstra - Little and Large - pulling hard on the front of the race.
14km - The three French chasers - Dumoulin, Delage and Delaplace - are all swept up by the bunch. Les carottes sont cuites. In Dumoulin's case, completely: the little rouleur is right off the back of the bunch and has thrown in the towel for the day. He'll finish eight minutes down now in all likelihood.
17km - It's going to be nigh-on impossible for Ignatiev and Terpstra to stay out ahead, surely... 45 seconds at the latest check.
20km - Terpstra reaches Ignatiev and it looks like it's game over for the other three. The duo have 14 seconds on their fellow escapees, with the peloton just another 40 seconds back.
22km - ATTACK: Ignatiev makes the first move as the lead drops to 50 seconds. Only Terpstra can follow for the time being.
25km - Movistar's Andrey Amador, the Lanterne Rouge of the race, is rather aptly right on the back of the peloton. The lead is just 1:02 now for the five leaders.
26km - A reminder of the news that Alexandre Vinokourov has confirmed his retirement from the sport earlier today. Report: Vinokourov ends pro career
28km - HTC are continuing to set the pace, but the lead isn't falling that fast. It is currently 1:15 so expect an attack from the leading break at some point soon.
30km - Since the start of the race, Omega Pharma-Lotto have won 66,720 euros in prize money - largely thanks to their three stage wins. FDJ are in second place, on 50,030 euros, wholly thanks to their combativity and showing over the summits and in the intermediate sprints. At the bottom of the standings? Astana, who have pulled in just 4,020 euros.
35km - Gilbert punctured a few kilometres back but he's back with the peloton now, which is being led by both HTC and Leopard Trek, 1:27 down on the five leaders.
40km - It's good to see Mikhail Ignatiev in the leading group - Katusha have had a pretty torrid Tour, it has to be said. The Russian came close to winning a stage in the Tour back in 2009 when he finished second in stage five.
45km - FDJ's Mickael Delage has by far been the most consistent rider in the intermediate sprints - primarily because he's been involved in so many breaks this July. He now has 122 points from intermediate sprints, with the next best being Cavendish with 82.
46km - And now the big guns: Rojas is in the wheel of Cavendish, but Cav proves too strong to take sixth, with Rojas in seventh and Gilbert coming late for eighth.
47km - It's a slightly uphill intermediate sprint at Montagnac, with Dumoulin and Delage going neck and neck right to the end, with Delage winning by a tyre rim.
48km - The lead is down to 1:29 but it seems HTC are happy to let Cavendish scrap it out for sixth place at the IS. With the technical finish in Montpellier in mind, perhaps they feel they have bigger fish to fry and will look to conserve their man's energy in a bid to get win number four.
53km - TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION: We have a correct answer. The sequence 119, 18, 124, 89, 66, 97, 67, 76 denotes the final position in the GC of Thomas Voeckler in Tours since 2003. Well done Kakubari. The question is, will that sequence soon be updated with a "1" at the end of it?
55km - It's been quite a fast stage so far, with an average speed over the first two hours of 43.5km/h. The peloton passes the 10-to-go banner until the intermediate sprint, so it's quite feasible these five riders will stay out beyond the IS.
60km - So, who do you think will win today's stage? The five leaders have 1:45 over the bunch, which is cutting the gap ahead of the intermediate sprint. Will the winds have a say in matters later on as the peloton approaches the coast? Two years ago, in a similar stage from Marseille to Grande Motte, a split occurred in the peloton thanks to the pace set by HTC, who were chasing down a break including a certain Samuel Dumoulin... Will history repeat itself?
65km - It's got a bit cloudy again. Weather report for Montpellier
68km - George Hincapie needs a bike change. With that intermediate sprint approaching, HTC up the pace even more.
70km - The lead drops to two minutes as BMC make their presence on the front known. No news on Grivko - actually, I lie, there he is on the back of the peloton, so his break attempt must have come to nothing. Perhaps he was simply going for an off-piste pee.
75km - Of course, Grivko could well have just been bored. The five leaders have 2:25 on the bunch. Why don't you take this chance to check the latest snaps from the Tour? Tour de France: Race gallery
80km - Astana's Andre Grivko has broken clear of the peloton. This is very bizarre. Surely he must have gone crazy - unless it's simply to meet family or friends besides the road? He may have just heard that his team-mate Alexandre Vinokourov has officially retired. The Kazakh was speaking to French TV today and he said he would not ride professionally again, just to keep fit and for enjoyment. Astana are still in search of a stage win this year, despite the efforts of Di Gregorio and Kreuziger.
83km - The Cat.4 climb may be out of the way, but it's far from flat between here and the finish, with the road constantly climbing and dropping as it continues it's eastwards trajectory towards Montpellier.
88km - The leaders are onto the feeding zone with a lead of 2:48.
90km - TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION: No correct answers yet... The sequence does not relate to the number of stitches in previous Tours, nor is it anything to do with the Lanterne Rouge. "Jersey number of previous winners at Montpellier" is a nice idea (thanks ArunK) but it would have taken way too much effort to research so it's a no-go from the start.
95km - The roads are surrounded by vineyards - this is a very pretty area of France, that's for sure. HTC are in full reel-in mode, looking ahead to that intermediate sprint in 50km.
100km - The leaders pass a windmill - le Moulin du Rocher - before zipping downhill into a low-lying valley at Saint Chinian. The fans are out in their droves, basking in the sun of south France. What a great turn out this is - the town has done itself proud. The gap is three minutes.
105km - Voeckler rides up to the front of the peloton and then tells his team-mate Perrig Quemeneur to cut the speed and step off the gas. Europcar have no interest whatsoever to control things up front, and they drop back to allow HTC - the team with most to gain today - to take up the baton.
110km - Having dropped to 2:30, the lead has grown another minute back to the 3:30 mark.
111km - Delage lets Ignatiev take the solitary point atop the climb - there's a first. Delage and FDJ seem to have won every climb and intermediate sprint in this race so far...
113km - Niki Terpstra makes a meal of taking off his long-sleeved upper jersey. The leading group of five are onto the only climb of the day, the Cat.4 ascent to Villespassans.
115km - Talking of Cavendish, the green jersey has a flat and needs a rear wheel change. Better now than 100km later. He's in good company - yellow jersey Thomas Voeckler is also off the back of the peloton after a mechanical, tactical or call of nature stop.
120km - One man up for the win today will be green jersey Mark Cavendish, looking to sprinting to a fourth win this year. We spoke to Cav on the team bus ahead of today's stage... Video: Cavendish on stage 15
125km - Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert needs some new shoes and so slips back to put some on - while riding - that he picks up from his team car.
125km - TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION: What is behind this sequence of numbers? 119, 18, 124, 89, 66, 97, 67, 76...
130km - The lead has dropped to just under three minutes. The sun may be out, but it is extremely windy out there. At the moment, it's a side tailwind, apparently the hardest to deal with.
133km - After the rain and clouds of the morning in Limoux, the sun is now shining as the five leaders continue their presumably futile trek towards the finish in Montpellier. They have 3:05 over the bunch, which is being controlled by Europcar and HTC.
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135km - The lead is still around the 3:10 mark. Yesterday also saw Jens Voigt crash twice on the descent of the Col d'Agnes. Safe to say, the German veteran wasn't best pleased... Video: Angry Voigt tumbles over
140km - Rabobank's Laurens Ten Dam crashed badly yesterday, overshooting a bend and landing on his face in a ditch. The Dutchman - described as "hard as rock" by his team - suffered severe gashes but finished the stage with bandages around his face. Ten Dam started today after receiving 8 stitches ("Still 25 fewer than Johnny..." he tweeted with reference to fellow Dutchman Johnny Hoogerland's 33 stitches after his run-in with a barbed wire fence. Video: Ten Dam crashes out
145km - With the exception of a small fourth-category climb after 80km, stage 15 is a flat affair – precisely what the doctor ordered after the travails of the Pyrenees. Given the previous day's route, many sprinters who would have other wise contested today's highly likely bunch sprint finale could well be already on a plane home. With the second rest day coming up on Monday there are going to be some very tired legs in the peloton. Stage 15 guide: Back to the flat
150km - The lead is coming down: 3:13 at the latest check. It seems that no one in the peloton wants this break to get too far up the road, especially with those important green jersey points up for grabs.
155km - After yet another solid climb, Sky's Rigoberto Uran is leading the white jersey competition. The Colombian is 1:07 faster than Rein Taaramae (Cofidis), with Europcar sensation Pierre Rolland in third, 1:25 down. In the team standings, Europcar are catching Leopard Trek and trail the Schlecks' team by just six seconds. White jersey standings
158km - The wind is getting pretty strong and some splits are appearing in the peloton already. That will be the danger today - if one of the race favourites loses a minute or so with a split, it could be curtains before the Alps.
160km - Today's stage will be an ideal chance for one of the green jersey hopefuls to make a mark on the competition. This is the last flat stage before the final stage on the Champs Elysees so both the intermediate sprint - which comes 48km from the finish - and the finale in Montpellier should be very competitive. Mark Cavendish currently leads Jose Rojas by 13 points with Gilbert juust 24 down as well. Green jersey standings
165km - The latest from our blogger, Blazin' Saddles: "Well, something must be up if the entire cast of Tour favourites can't drop little Tommy Voeckler on the queen stage of the race in the Pyrenees. Saddles takes a look at the second summit finish and lists what we have learned from stage 14 to Plateau de Beille..." Blazin' Saddles: Plateau de Snail
170km - The five leaders are still out ahead with a lead of 3:50 over the bunch. They are hardly a threat to Voeckler's yellow jersey, with the best-placed amongst the five being Mickael Delage, a huge one hour 48 minutes down on his countryman in 120th position.
175km - Stage 14 winner Jelle Vanendert moved above Samuel Sanchez in the king of the mountains competition after becoming the first Belgian since 1981 to win a mountain-top finish in the Tour. The 26-year-old, riding his debut Tour, now has a polka dot jersey to go with his win and second-place in the two main Pyrenean stages this year. In his words, "Not bad, hug?". King of the mountains stadings
180km - Thomas Voeckler still leads the race after an exceptional ride up to Plateau de Beille alongside his trusty Europcar team-mate Pierre Rolland and the other race favourites. The Frenchman benefited from a lack of killer instinct from the main GC favourites and enters his sixth day in yellow with 1:49 over Frank Schleck and 2:06 over third-place Cadel Evans. Ganeral Standings
185km - The three leaders have built up a 3:30 lead on the peloton after just 8km on the road. There was rain again at the start of today's stage in Limoux - a familiar sight in most of the flat stages in this year's race - but the sun is now fighting to peek through the grey thunder clouds. Weather report for Limoux
190km - Five riders have broken clear of the peloton. They are Niki Terpstra (Quick Step), Mickael Delage (FDJ), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) and Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun).
192km - One rider failed to finish yesterday's stage to Plateau to Beille within the time limit: FDJ's William Bonnet. The Frenchman was ejected from the race.
193km - The remaining 170 riders in the race get stage 15 off to a flying start after Tour director Christian Prudhomme waves the flag from ths sun roof of his red car.
11:55 - Welcome to live comments from stage 15 of the Tour de France, an undulating 192.5km run from Limoux to Montpellier which comes sandwiched between the last Pyrenean stage and Monday's rest day.