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  1. 0km - Bradley Wiggins finishes safely to retain his leader's yellow jersey - no change in the GC.

  2. 0km - Goss takes 15 points for sixth place and Sagan takes 13 points for seventh place - but the green jersey is not happy with a swerve by the Australian, which forced the Slovak youngster to alter his line.

  3. 0km - Goss and Sagan are side by side as they enter the final kilometre... Wiggins keeping out of trouble near the front.

  4. 0km - The peloton are entering the outskirts of town, but will not cross the line for quite a few minutes now. The GC rivals are checking themselves - they won't want to lose any time on this transitional stage. There will also be a sprint for green jersey points...

  5. 0km - Martinez beat Gautier and Kiserlovski for third place, five seconds after the leading duo.

  6. 0km - A fourth stage win on the Tour - and his first in nine years for the Scottish veteran. That's also the fourth British stage winner this year...

  7. 0km - Peraud leads the sprint out - but it's Millar who holds his own and takes a memorable win!

  8. 0.2km - Millar leads Peraud into the closing 200m...

  9. 0.5km - Martinez and the other three are trying to shut down the gap on the leaders, who keep on looking over their shoulders...

  10. 1km - They check behind them to see where the chasing trio are, and then look at each other - they know it's mano-a-mano now.

  11. 1.5km - Millar and Peraud, both 35, battling it out on the front. The other three seem to be out of it.

  12. 2km - Kiserlovski attacks on an uphill drag, but it looks like it's going to be Millar or Peraud.

  13. 2.2km - Now Gautier responds, taking Martinez and Kiserlovski with him. But Millar and Peraud have a gap.

  14. 2.5km - Kiserlovski digs! Peraud counter-attacks! Millar goes with him, but the three others have been caught out.

  15. 3km - Millar has been forced to the front here, with Peraud on his wheel. The pace is very very slow - almost a standstill!

  16. 3.2km - Now Kiserlovski goes on the attack! But he's reeled in. Gautier has still done absolutely nothing as he rides out of trouble on the back.

  17. 3.5km - Martinez has a second dig, but it's all back together. Gautier is still firmly on the back.

  18. 4km - Gautier is right on the back, biding his time. And Martinez makes the first move with a big dig over a small roundabout.

  19. 5km - Now the cat-and-mouse begins. Gautier looks to be very keen to hold Kiserlovski's wheel.

  20. 6km - If Millar wins it will be his fourth in the Tour - but his first for nine whole years! The Scot has two time trial wins and one road stage wins to his name.

  21. 10km - The lead is down to 10:33 - but that's immaterial, it's all about the win now. Head says Kiserlovski but heart says Millar or Gautier.

  22. 13km - The peloton still have one kilometre of this climb. No mind games yet with the leaders, one of whom will be riding to victory tonight. Peraud and Gautier have no UCI major wins to their name. Martinez and Kiserlovki have never won on the Tour, and Millar could pick up his fourth Tour stage win, and his first for Garmin.

  23. 15km - The peloton is still on the final climb as the five leaders continue towards the stage finish in Annonay-Davezieux. It's a slightly uphill finish after an initial drop into the town. Going to be a good one.

  24. 18km - Edvald Boasson Hagen back on the front of the peloton for Wiggins and Sky.

  25. 19km - Croatian Kiserlovski leads the quintet. He crossed over the summit of both the other climbs so far today. And he makes it three.

  26. 20km - Bernie Eisel drops a chain and needs a hand from the Sky mechanic. That happened right at the start of the climb for the peloton.

  27. 21km - Peraud and Martinez set the pace on teh climb. In fact, they're all helping out and no one seems prepared to make a dash for it so early.

  28. 23km - The leaders are onto the Cat.3 Côte d'Ardoix - 5.9 kilometre-long climb at 3.4%.

  29. 24km - It will be interesting to see if this five-man break stay together over this climb, or if one of the stronger climbers will try and attack. There's no threat from the peloton - the only battle is between themselves today.

  30. 25km - The roads are getting a bit narrower and uppity. The leaders are approaching the third and final climb of the day. They still have more than 12 minutes on the bunch.

  31. 30km - Whatever happens today, Cyril Gautier will record his best ever stage position in a stage in the Tour. The Frenchman has only ever been in the top 20 twice, and never in the top five. Of course, he'll want to make it three-in-three for Europcar.

  32. 35km - Sky continue to control matters on the front of the peloton, which rolls along 12 minutes down on our five leaders. The Cat.3 Cote d'Ardoix is the only test between here and the end of the stage, although the roads are rather undulating in the lead-in to the finish.

  33. 45km - Bernard Eisel and Christian Knees lead the peloton for Team Sky. The gap is 12:20.

  34. 55km - The lead is up to 12:20 now for the five escapees. The leaders know one of them will win today so they will each be plotting in their head, trying to work out how that person can be them.

  35. 60km - The gap is still 11:35 as the peloton rolls along in groups of teams, taking it easy. Sky are on the front. Even Cadel Evans has a smile on his face as he has a chat with Levi Leipheimer.

  36. 65km - Goss took sixth place ahead of Greipel, van Hummel and Sagan. Interesting: that was the first time the German Lotto rider has taken part in an intermediate sprint.

  37. 67km - With nine points available for sixth place in the sprint, and other minor points up for grabs too, it will be interesting to see if there's a dash to the line from the peloton. You'd presume Sagan and Goss will have a ding-dong battle for the scraps.

  38. 70km - David Millar took the intermediate sprint, uncontested. 1. Millar, 2. Gautier, 3. Kiserlovski, 4. Peraud, 5. Martinez.

  39. 72km - Tejay Van Garderen still leads the youth standings. The American from BMC is in the white jersey and leads Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) by 1:54. It's a two way battle for white: the next nearest rider, Rein Taaramae, is 23:50 down in the standings. White jersey standings

  40. 75km - So, who do you think will win today's stage? Europcar are the only team represented in the break who have a stage win to their name - the French team are on a hat-trick after wins from Voeckler and Rolland. Garmin, Euskaltel, Ag2R and Astana are still in search of their first scalp in this year's Tour.

  41. 78km - After all the amazing scenery and flashy attacks in the first half of this stage, now it's flat and rather boring: the race and the surroundings. The lead has stablised at 11:15 for the five leaders.

  42. 80km - Fact from Infostrada: If David Millar wins, he is the fourth Britsh winner this Tour. The last time a country other than France had 4 different winners in one edtion was Spain in 2009 with Luis León Sanchez (8), Alberto Contador (15 and 18), Mikel Asterloza (16) and Juan Manuel Gárate (20). The most recent time France did so was in 2010 with 5 different winners.

  43. 85km - The leaders pass the 10km banner until the intermediate sprint. One of them will emerge victorious tonight. The key attack might well come on the final Cat.3 climb of the day, 15km from the finish. The lead is almost 12 minutes now.

  44. 88km - The slow pace in the peloton means the grupetto that had formed over the first two climbs has now caught back on - that includes the world champion Mark Cavendish. The lead of the five-man break is now up to 11:40.

  45. 90km - Last but not least, David Millar. The Scot is the only former stage winner in this group: the Garmin-Sharp rider has in fact won three stages - the prologue in 2000, stage 13 in 2002 and stage 19 in 2003. This is his 11th Tour for the 35 year old. Millar has also won six stages on the Vuelta and one stage on the Giro - an impressive palmares.

  46. 92km - French youngster Cyril Gautier (Europcar) is riding his third Tour de France at the age of 24. Gautier has no major UCI win to his name but finished 45th and 43rd in his first two Tours and last year rode extremely well in support of Thomas Voeckler. Gautier was in the break in stage seven en route to the Planche des Belles Filles but was first to crack on the final climb.

  47. 94km - The gap is now more than nine minutes. French veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2R-La Mondiale) is a former mountain biker riding his second Tour de France. He was ninth in the GC last year at Paris on his debut but is still in search of a first UCI win. He was the French national time trial champion back in 2009.

  48. 95km - Croatian rider Robert Kiserlovski is riding his first Tour de France. The 25-year-old Astana rider was in yesterday's break and crossed the summit of both climbs today in pole position - the first time a Croatian has crossed a Tour summit in first place. If he wins today, Kiserlovski will be the first ever Tour stage winner from Croatia.

  49. 98km - The lead is now 7:35 for the five escapees. Time to take a closer look at the leaders. 34-year-old Egoi Martinez has never won a stage on the Tour before - although he has completed the previous eight consecutive races, finishing 33rd last year - a career high. In 2008 he came close to winning stage 15, finishing three seconds behind Simon Gerrans. In 2006 he won a stage of the Vuelta when riding for Discovery.

  50. 102km - Egoi Martinez is the best-placed rider in this break, 25:53 down on yellow jersey Brad Wiggins. The gap is now 6:15 with Eurosport commentator Sean Kelly predicting the gap will get as big as 14:30 by the end of the stage. You see, Team Sky have no desire to chase it down, nor do GreenEdge, because although in search of a win for Matt Goss, they can't gamble on giving Sagan an opportunity to extend his lead in the green jersey standings.

  51. 105km - The lead has ballooned to 4:30 now. Europcar in a strong position to win a third consecutive stage through Gautier. If they do, they will be the first team to win three successive stages with three different riders since 1991 with the Italian team Ariostea. Discovery won three in a row in 2004 but they were all with Lance Armstrong.

  52. 110km - After a hectic first half of today's stage, things have quietened down now that those two Cat.1 climbs are over and a break has formed. The five leaders now have 2:30 over the bunch, which is happy to tuck into lunch at a leisurely pace. Yellow jersey Brad Wiggins is even sharing the odd joke with his Sky team-mates.

  53. 115km - GreenEdge have succeeded in reeling in that Sagan chasing group. We now have just one group up the road. The five riders have 1:45 on the bunch and are: Cyril Gautier (Europcar), David Millar (Garmin-Sharp), Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R-La Mondiale), Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel) and Robert Kiserlovski (Astana).

  54. 118km - The five leaders are entering the feeding zone of this long stage - the longest of the Tour at 226km. The lead has come down to just two minutes following some hard work on the front f the peloton by Orica-GreenEdge. Everyone in both breaks must lament the presence of Sagan...

  55. 120km - The five leaders have 1:35 on the Sagan group and 3:25 on the peloton. If the two groups could join forces, we could well see them stay out right until the end. In that event, Slovak 22-year-old Sagan would be hands-down favourite to take the win - his fourth of the Tour so far. What a talent.

  56. 122km - Two of the chasing groups have joined forces in pursuit of the five leaders. The Sagan group is 1:25 down on the leading quintet. The peloton is 2:45 back. They have completed the second phase of the descent and now the road is flat but rolling towards the end - with that Cat.3 climb around 15km from the finish.

  57. 125km - Orica-GreenEdge have come to the front of the peloton - they are concerned about that attack by Peter Sagan. This morning, directeur sportif Matt White told the Tour official website: "As long as Sagan doesn't go up the road, we'll be happy." Well, that's just what we're seeing...

  58. 130km - The front of the race now has numerous split groups. Five riders lead: Martinez, Kiserlovski, Peraud, Gautier and Millar. 30 seconds back there is another five riders: Vorganov, Bouet, Popovych, Koren and Edet. Then we have six riders at 1:20 from the leaders: Taaramae, Nerz, Iazagirre, Sagan, Kern and CA. Sorensen. The pack rolls at 2:45.

  59. 135km - The leading group have completed the first part of the descent and are on a small plateau. As has Sagan, who seems to have given up in his pursuit of the leaders.

  60. 137km - Sagan is going so fast he almost runs into the back of the TV motorbike on this descent. The Slovak youngster leads the green jersey standings - he's on 232 points with Matt Goss (GreenEdge) in second on 205 points. Green jersey standings

  61. 140km - Pinot and Roy crossed the summit more than three minutes down - going to be a long afternoon for them. Wiggins is back with the main group after his self-PR move reminding the world just who is numero uno in this race. Meanwhile, green jersey Peter Sagan has attacked on the descent - he's probably eyeing the upcoming intermediate sprint.

  62. 142km - Confirmation of the Cat.1 Col du Granier summit: 1) Kiserlovski - 10pts 2) Peraud - 8pts 3) Martinez - 6pts 4) Millar - 4pts 5) Gautier - 2pts.

  63. 144km - ATTACK: Bradley Wiggins pulls out ahead. This is interesting from the yellow jersey. For a while, Wiggins was up with Kern in pursuit of the leading group, then eventually the likes of Nibali, Van den Broeck and team-mate Froome came back. Was that just a reminder that he is not only top dog in the race, but top dog in Sky?

  64. 145km - The crowds are huge - but very well behaved - at the top of the Col du Granier. Astana's Robert Kiserlovski takes the points to consolidate his team-mate Kessiakoff's lead in the KOM standings.

  65. 146km - Norwegian champion Edvald Boasson Hagen is still setting the pace on the front of the yellow jersey group. Sky are really such a formidable outfit in this year's race. They have everything not only under control but by the scruff of the neck.

  66. 146km - David Millar is still in the leading group, which is approaching the summit. Their lead is now just 50 seconds.

  67. 146km - Nikki Sorensen of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff is the latest rider to be dropped from the leading group. Back off the bunch, yesterday's winner Pierre Rolland appears to be struggling. He is being paced by Thomas Voeckler. Nicolas Roche is there, as is Christophe Riblon and Luis Leon Sanchez. The yellow jersey group is now down to about 25 riders on this gruelling Col du Granier climb.

  68. 147km - Our blogger Blazin' Saddles wrote about the situation at Team Sky with Chris Froome's most recent case for the leadership following yesterday's fine performance, in which he distanced yellow jersey Brad Wiggins and then slowed to wait for his leader. Blazin' Saddles: Who's Batman now, Brad?

  69. 147km - Jeremy Roy has dropped back from that chasing group to help nurse Thibaut Pinot back to the peloton. The youngster is having a jour-sans it seems. Frenchmen Jerome Coppel (Sauj-Sojasun) and Christophe Kern (Europcar) have put in another dig on the front of the bunch.

  70. 148km - The five-man chasing group is: Voigt, Levarlet, Kashechkin, Kern and Feillu. They are 1:05 down on the leaders. Out of the back of the leading group go Vladimir Gusev and Maxime Bouet. The break has about two minutes on the yellow jersey pack.

  71. 149km - That attack by Roy has backfired: his team-mate Thibaut Pinot is now suffering off the back of the bunch...

  72. 150km - The 12 leaders still have 1:40 over the bunch, with three in pursuit: Kern, Roy and Perez. There is also another six-man chasing group formed around Voigt.

  73. 151km - Christian Knees is on the front of the peloton driving a fast pace. Riders are beginning to suffer: Chavanel and Vinokourov are two of the many to be distanced.

  74. 152km - Some more attacks coming in: Jens Voigt (RadioShack), Brice Feillu (Saur-Sojasun) and Andrey Kashechkin (Astana).

  75. 152km - We talked to Jeremy Roy this morning at the start: "I hope it's a day I can be in the berakaway. Yesterday was quite difficult. I won a stage here in Paris-Nice three years ago and I'd quite like to repeat it today."

  76. 153km - The leading group start the climb with a lead of 2:45 over the bunch. Immediately there's an attack off the front of the pack by a FDJ rider - who is then joined by a Europcar man. It's Jeremy Roy and Christophe Kern.

  77. 154km - We're onto the second climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col du Granier (1,134 m) - 9.7 kilometre-long climb at 8.6%. A "really testing, nasty, spiteful climb" according to Carlton Kirby on Eurosport. Towards the top it gets very steep.

  78. 155km - Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) and Anders Lund (Saxo Bank) are no longer part of that chasing group of riders. In fact, Horner too has given up and he's being brought back into the peloton. The two Euskaltel riders continue it seems - they don't have a man in the break.

  79. 156km - Another withdrawal to report: Tom Veelers of Argos Shimano has called it quits. The Dutchman has been struggling in the Alps.

  80. 157km - It's a sunny day in the Isere valley in the Alps, with temperatures in the high 20s.

  81. 158km - Five riders are stuck between the leaders and the peloton: Chris Horner (RadioShack), Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel), Ruben Perez (Euskaltel), Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) and Anders Lund (Saxo Bank).

  82. 160km - So, those 11 leaders are: Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Kristijan Koren (Liquigas), David Millar (Garmin), Jean Christophe Péraud and Maxime Bouet (Ag2R), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Vladimir Gusev and Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Nikki Sorensen (Saxo Bank) and Robert Kiserlovski (AST). They have about two minutes on the peloton.

  83. 162km - CORRECTION: There are about a dozen riders in front, with a small chasing group. The names coming right up.

  84. 165km - Sky manager Dave Brailsford on yesterday's 'incident': "The great thing about this sport is that you look for incident and intrigue. But unfortunately there's no story to be told - except that we're first and second on the GC. It's been blown out of proportion. They were under attack all day. Froome looked to accelerate but Brad wasn't there, so he waited. You can take a molehill and make it into a mountain."

  85. 170km - The two breakaway groups are back together so we have 21 riders out in front, 1:40 ahead of the peloton.

  86. 175km - Things get worse for Cofidis: David Moncoutie has pulled out of the race after that crash. Still without a win in this year's race, Cofidis were dragged through the dirt on the rest day with the arrest of Remi di Gregorio for doping offences. Then yesterday, their man for the GC and white jersey, Rein Taaramae, cracked spectacularly and is now 30 mins down.

  87. 178km - The leaders still have around 1:15 over the bunch on this long and fast descent.

  88. 182km - Eurosport spoke to Team Sky's Chris Froome this morning about that odd scenario yesterday on the final climb: "It's always hard to understand exactly what's happening but when I heard that Bradley wasn't in a comfortable position I waited for him. We're now first and second in the GC and so we have to ride to protect that."

  89. 185km - A group of 13 has formed on the front, including: Kiserlovski, Vorganov, Peraud, Bouet, Popovych, Millar, Koren and N. Sorensen. Eight riders are in pursuit about 10 seconds back: Marcato, Grivko, Burghardt, Gautier, Perez, Grabstch, Lund and Edet. The peloton is another 1:10 back.

  90. 188km - Moncoutier skidded on some gravel on a band and has road rash from thigh to ankle. He's in a lot of pain and looks generally fed up as he leans against a car on the side of the road. It's going to be a long day for him: today is the longest stage of the Tour.

  91. 190km - CRASH: Moncoutie has taken a tumble on the descent. Kiserlovski continues out ahead with seven riders in pursuit.

  92. 191km - Edvald Boasson Hagen leads the Sky-pronged peloton over the summit one minute in arrears.

  93. 192km - Kiserlovski of Astana crosses the summit in pole position to take 10 points. Peraud takes eight points and Popovych six.

  94. 193km - Christophe Kern jumps clear of the peloton. The Europcar rider was tremendous yesterday in support of Rolland. Many of the initial break are being reeled in one by one as they struggle on this early climb.

  95. 194km - Astana's Robert Kiserlovski has broken clear of the escapees and is riding solo off the front of the race. The Croatian was in yesterday's large break too, so he has the legs it seems.

  96. 195km - Jerome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) has accelerated out of the peloton, forcing a response by Chris Horner (RadioShack). The break is only 45 seconds up the road.

  97. 195km - French veteran David Moncoutie (Cofidis) spoke to Eurosport this morning: "It's a true day for escapees and very different from yesterday. It will be good to be up there. The finish is quite hilly so you must not put too much effort in too early. I will give it a go. We no longer have any ambitions for the GC so we need a stage win."

  98. 196km - David Moncoutie has caught and passed Costa and continues solo in pursuit of the leaders, who are only 20-odd seconds further up the road. Moncoutie's team-mate Edet is in the break and he now knows his general is on the way. Movistar have no one in the break, hence Costa's attack. Back in the bunch, it's Edvald Boasson Hagen once again setting the pace.

  99. 197km - Costa is causing a few difficulties. His upping of the pace has shed loads of bodies off the back of the pack - Cavendish, Dumoulin, Farrar, Veelers have all been dropped. Costa has taken a load of riders with him - the likes of Horner and Moncoutie. Meanwhile, up with the break, it's Vorganov settign the place - but their lead has been drastically reduced.

  100. 198km - The lead has crept up to 1:45 as the peloton begins to string out. Riders are popping off the back, while some are going on the attack. Movistar's Rui Costa, for instance, has pulled clear of the pack.

  101. 200km - Of the leaders, Robert Kiverlovski is the best placed rider in the GC, 28'43" behind Bradley Wiggins. As such, Team Sky have no real desire to reel this one in, and they are comfortably riding on the front of the pack.

  102. 201km - We're onto the first climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col du Grand-Cucheron.

  103. 202km - So, there are 19 riders in this leading group and they include the likes of Burghardt (BMC), Popovych (RNT), Gautier (EUC), Perez (EUS), Koren (LIQ), Millar (GRS), Péraud and Bouet (ALM), Edet (COF), Marcato (VCD), Gusev, Vorganov (KAT), Lund, N.Sorensen (STB), Grivko, Kiserlovski (AST), Grabsch (OPQ), Gretsch and De Kort (ARG). They have 1:20 on the bunch.

  104. 205km - Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) spoke to Eurosport this morning: "Bit of a shame that I lost a couple of minutes on stage 10 but that's how it is. I want to finish in the top five and I'm back on track after yesterday. Today is one for the break because the climbs are too far away from the finish. The next battle for the GC will be in the Pyrenees. Not sure if the podium is too difficult for me - we'll see how things are after the Pyrenees."

  105. 210km - About 15 riders are now clear of the bunch so it looks like this is the day's main break. Names coming up.

  106. 215km - Kristijan Koren of Liqigas is leading a trio ahead of a cluster of riders that have formed off the front of the bunch.

  107. 218km - Sweden's Frederik Kessiakoff moved back to the to of the polka dot jersey standings yesterday despite Pierre Rolland's amazing ride. The Astana rider is now 11 points clear of Rollandm, who may well target the KOM jersey in Paris after picking up a win yesterday. Rolland is also up to eighth in the GC. Polka dot jersey standings

  108. 218km - Much movement on the front of the bunch as numerous riders try to get away, including men from Katusha, Europcar and Vacansoleil. Sylvain Chavanel of Omega Pharma-Quick Step is also having a dig.

  109. 220km - It's just been reported that Robert Gesink of Rabobank did not start the race. In fact, the Dutchman quit last night with a couple of tweets: "The setback of the crash was just to big , so it doesn't make sence to keep fighting this ‪#TDF‬, learned that from last year. I Quit. I would like to say thanks to all the people in France and the Netherlands who cheered for me! Better times will come again!"

  110. 225km - It's quite a fast pace at the start - and despite a dig from one Argos Shimano rider, it's still together. 166 riders remaining in the race following yesterday, where five riders threw in the towel (Renshaw, Mollema, Larsson, Westra and Ruijgh), one rider failed to start (Cancellara) and two finished outside the limit (Petecchi and Krivtsov).

  111. 226km - No overnight withdrawals to report - although Lampre pair Alessandro Petacchi and Yuriy Krivtsov both finished outside the time limit and have been ejected from the race. The riders have completed the neutral section of the stage and they're off!

  112. 10:10 - Today is Friday 13th July - but it can't get much worse for one former GC hope: Denis Menchov lost more than 14 minutes yesterday and drops out of the top five to 16th on the GC.

  113. 10:05 - Chris Froome moved two seconds closer to Sky team-mate Wiggins in the GC and Vincenzo Nibali moves into third after defending champion Cadel Evans cracked on the final of four gruelling climbs. Wiggins leads Froome by 2:05 with Nibali in third at 2:23. Evans drops to fourth at 3:19 and Jurgen van den Broeck rises to fifth at 4:48. Yellow jersey standings

  114. 10:00 - Yesterday, Bradley Wiggins extended his overall lead in the Tour de France as Pierre Rolland won stage 11 in La Toussuire. French climber Rolland made it two-in-two for Team Europcar after a magnificent solo win in the mountainous 148km stage in the French Alps, picking himself up from a crash on the descent of the third of four categorised climbs before riding to victory a day after team-mate Thomas Voeckler had opened Europcar’s Tour account. Report: Rolland wins as Wiggins consolidates lead

  115. 09:55 - Welcome to live coverage of stage 12 of the Tour de France, a 226km ride from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay-Davezieux. The race bids farewell to the Alpe with two Cat.1 climbs in the first half of this long stage, followed by a long largely flat ride and a Cat.3 rise 15km from the finish. After the exploits of the past couple of days, this one looks ideal for a breakaway.

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  1. following on web whilst in france come on wiggins

    From JENNIFER, on Fri 13 Jul 16:53
  2. Michael...are you trying to say these guys aren't­ British because they weren't born in GB? Firstly,­ Cavvo is British by birth. IOM is part of Great­ Britain. The others are British by parentage.­ Nationality can be attained in a number of ways.­ Birthplace, parents birthplace, naturalisation as an­ immigrant. Examples...someone born to British forces­ personnel in Germany is British (but could claim German­ nationality as well), An immigrant to Britain who­ embraces and commits to his/her adopted country can­ become British...their children will be British, full­ stop. Until the 1990's France used to claim as one­ of their own, anyone BORN on their territory which led­ to a tourist once being arrested for failing to turn up­ for his national service...he wasn't even aware he­ was regarded as French by France until he went through­ French customs on holiday and his name got flagged up!­ France has now abandoned this policy. It's an­ individual choice...place of birth or bloodline.

    From Andy, on Fri 13 Jul 16:45
  3. You all miss my tongue in cheek! I fully accept­ they're British although I would argue that IOM­ isn't

    From Michael, on Fri 13 Jul 16:36
  4. Micheal, Isle of Man is part of Great Britain, both of­ Froomes parents were British and they emergrated to­ Kenya were he was born. So whats your point?

    From Cliff, on Fri 13 Jul 16:06
  5. Michael, Millar was born in Malta to British parents,­ his father was serving in the RAF and stationed there.

    From Cliff, on Fri 13 Jul 16:02
  6. fourth british Rider? Millar born in Malta Froome­ born in Kenya Wiggins born in Ghent, Belgium ­ Cavendish born Isle of Man !!!!!!!!

    From Michael, on Fri 13 Jul 15:59
  7. What a victory, best moment of the Tour so far, great­ job David!

    From Duncan101, on Fri 13 Jul 15:52
  8. Is Cyril Gauthier any relation to Jean-Paul Gauthier?

    From greg, on Fri 13 Jul 15:41
  9. Is Cyril Gauthier any relation to Bernard Gauthier?

    From Sabcarrera, on Fri 13 Jul 15:37
  10. The tour was over when all the accidents happened-too­ many contenders out. Unfortunate.

    From greg, on Fri 13 Jul 15:36
  11. I am French, living in the UK. Absolutely love the­ commentary on Eurosport... keep it up!

    From Nonold, on Fri 13 Jul 15:23
  12. 1949 Tour the Italian team Bartali, Coppi and Rossello­ won 3 consecutive stages

    From Sabcarrera, on Fri 13 Jul 15:20
  13. barring accidents this tour is over!

    From mark, on Fri 13 Jul 15:10
  14. Love Sagan!

    From strojko, on Fri 13 Jul 14:37
  15. They're not putting all their eggs in one basket­ Simon. Like I said before, by having Froome attack his­ own leader they'd only end up having no eggs in one­ basket. What's the point of Froome taking a minute­ off Wiggo yesterday whilst also dragging Nibali and Van­ de Broeck to the finish. Explain the logic?

    From Duncan101, on Fri 13 Jul 14:32
  16. The escape won't get caught anymore. The empirical­ rule says 1 min/10 km. None of the 5 escapees is­ threatening the first 5 GC spots. The stage win will be­ contested among them.

    From Giovanni, on Fri 13 Jul 14:15
  17. froome is obviously stronger than wiggins so why why­ are sky so willing to put all the eggs in wiggins­ basket?

    From Simon, on Fri 13 Jul 14:06
  18. Hopefully a Millar win today... would lay down a real­ marker for the Olympic road race

    From EPO_78, on Fri 13 Jul 13:59
  19. So this year RTz is calling himself Dragos.

    From The Right Honourable Lord Lippington, on Fri 13 Jul 13:20
  20. So today Team Sky ProCycling will let Liquigas do the­ chasing after all it is in their interest with it­ looking like a sagan-esque stage finish

    From The Right Honourable Lord Lippington, on Fri 13 Jul 13:18
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