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Summary

  1. Stage 9: Team time trial - Vannes - Plumelec (28km)
  2. BMC Racing win in 32:15'
  3. Team Sky finish second, 0.62 seconds behind BMC
  4. Britain's Chris Froome retains the yellow jersey

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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And that seems like a good place to end today's live text. Thanks for your company today. The

report is live and will be added to as more reaction comes in.

Remember it's a rest day tomorrow. There will be a column for Team Sky's Geraint Thomas to sate your Tour needs and Paul Fletcher will be back in the live chair on Tuesday for what is always one of the best days of the race.

It's 14 July, Bastille Day and that means there will be French riders galore going on the attack in the first day in the Pyrenees.

Porte's point of view

Team Sky's Richie Porte helped Chris Froome to the finish today. Here's his take on the stage: "It hurts to lose by under a second.

"It's a shame we were spread out on the last climb but we've taken time on most of our big rivals. That was a brutal team time trial. After 5km it was agony.

"The mountains are coming up now and we are ready to have a good crack at it."

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Standings after stage nine

Yellow Jersey

Classification

1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 31hrs 34mins 12secs

2. Tejay van Garderen (US) BMC Racing +12secs

3. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing +27secs

4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff - Saxo +38secs

5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff - Saxo +1min 03secs

6. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step +1min 18secs

7. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar +1min 50secs

8. Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky +1min 52secs

9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +1min 59secs

10. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step Same time

Stage nine result

1. BMC Racing (US) 32mins 15secs

2. Team Sky (GB) +01sec

3. Movistar (Spa) +04secs

4. Tinkoff - Saxo (Rus) +28secs

5. Astana (Kaz) +35secs

Tejay speaks

Here's Tejay van Garderen: "We were getting positive splits. We knew we were on a good one. In a perfect world we'd have taken the stage victory and the yellow jersey but we'll take the stage win."

So, as we head into the rest day, Chris Froome leads.

Tejay van Garderen is second overall 12 seconds back.

Of the other main contenders, Contador is indeed one minute, three seconds adrift, Nairo Quintana one minute 59 seconds and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali two minutes, 22 seconds.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Team Sky finish the team time trial
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A great day for Team Sky but they would have dearly loved to have added the stage win.

Contador dropping away

Early standings suggesting two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador is now 63 seconds behind Froome.

Froome retains yellow

Yellow Jersey

Classification

Chris Froome stays in yellow jersey.

BMC Racing win

BMC Racing finish the time trial
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BMC Racing win team time trial

Team Sky second

They are round the final right. Everyone looking round, the man in fifth is really struggling. I think it's Nic Roche. Froome drops back and shouts encouragement.

They are over the line in 32 minutes, 16 seconds. They lose it by 0.62 seconds.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

This is so tight. You cannot call this, for the stage win, other than the yellow jersey will be staying on the shoulders of Chris Froome.

Final kilo

Under the Flamme Rouge and Team Sky are down to their final five men. Richie Porte is still in there, so is Geraint Thomas and Nicolas Roche. Chris Froome is second wheel.

Team Sky on final climb

Team Sky
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Chris Froome is leading the Team Sky train as they hit the bottom of the final climb. The Cote de Davoudal is 1.7km long with an average gradient of 6.2%.

Have they kept enough in reserve for this final climb?

Team Sky have to be within 13 seconds of BMC to keep Froome in yellow.

BMC go quickest at finish

The fifth man is over the line and BMC Racing are the new leaders in 32 minutes, 15 seconds, four seconds quicker than Movistar.

The Movistar squad stand as one and prepare to leave the tent they have been sat in while they led the race.

Team Sky are down to six riders. BMC are down to five but they are at least inside the final kilometre.

Will Tejay van Garderen do enough to take the overall race lead? It looks like he's going to at least usurp Peter Sagan in second.

Quintana gains time on Contador

Tinkoff-Saxo
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Up at the finish, Peter Sagan is digging deep as he leads Tinkoff-Saxo and Alberto Contador over the line 24.5 seconds slower than Movistar's Nairo Quintana.

A big smile from the Colombian who has picked up time on two of the big four so far today.

He may still lose time to Chris Froome though. Team Sky were four seconds quicker than Movistar at 20.5km.

Team Sky quickest at 20.5km

Meanwhile, back at the 20.5km mark, Team Sky go quickest. They go through in 21 minutes, 50 seconds, one second quicker than BMC Racing.

Tinkoff-Saxo
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Tinkoff-Saxo are on the final climb. The pace is around 28km/h as they head up the 1.7km ascent to the finish.

Alberto Contador is out of his saddle with his trademark bouncy style, bike swinging from left to right underneath him.

Tinkoff-Saxo are down to six and can only afford to lose one more rider before they reach the finish line. Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador are in that sextet.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

It's all about this final climb. You can lose a lot of time if you haven't gauged your effort correctly.

BMC quickest at 20.5km

There are a couple of brave kids sneaking out into the middle of the road to wave their flags as the BMC team whizzes by and they cross the line three seconds quicker than Movistar, 16 quicker than Tinkoff-Saxo.

BMC Racing
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The BMC Racing squad is down to seven as they go under the 10km to arch. Team Sky have eight riders. Chris Froome dishing out the pain on the front of the train.

Team Sky can win - Portal

Team Sky train
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Team Sky directeur sportif Nicolas Portal told to letour.com this morning: "It's a different ball game with two contenders in this TTT weakened. Etixx-Quick Step without Tony Martin is not the same thing and Orica-GreenEdge have only six riders left, one of them injured.

"Moreover a week of the Tour levels the chances. I think that with Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard and Chris Froome we have the riders for this kind of effort. I'm confident we can do very well in this time trial and even win it."

Contador losing ground on Quintana

At the 20.5km check, Tinkoff-Saxo are 13 seconds slower than Nairo Quintana's Movistar. That's Alberto Contador potentially losing time to the Colombian.

Sky level with BMC at 10km

The Tinkoff-Saxo train is flying along at a touch under 70km/h. They are down to eight riders with around 8km remaining.

Team Sky are doing around 35km/h but they are on an incline and approaching the 10km check. Chris Froome takes over the pace and it instantly climbs to the right side of 40km/h as they cross the line in exactly the same time as BMC Racing.

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Didi the Devil

Didi Senft cheers on Team Lotto Soudal during the team time trial
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Didi the Devil is back and frightening cyclists wherever he roams.

BMC quickest at 10km

Two police motorbikes part the crowds moments before the AG2R train comes zipping through.

Back at the 10km check, Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo team have gone quickest, two seconds quicker than Astana.

But that time is eclipsed by BMC, who go seven seconds clear of the field in a time of 10 minutes, 54 seconds.

What have Team Sky and Chris Froome got to offer?

Movistar magic

Movistar in action
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Here come Movistar up to the line. Nairo Quintana is leading the team, alongside Alejandro Valverde and they cross the line in 32 minutes, 19 seconds to take the lead.

That is 31 seconds quicker than Astana's Vincenzo Nibali. The defending champion is losing time to the Colombian.

Now, what will the other teams be able to do?

Team Sky are off

Chris Froome had fun and games with his yellow skinsuit last night. He has, of course, got a Sky one but because he is race leader he has to wear one from the organisers.

It was getting various adjustments made to it and he was testing it for 45 minutes last night before it was taken away to have all the sponsors added to it.

The Team Sky boys are lining themselves up on the start ramp.

The current target time is Astana's 32 minutes, 50 seconds, although that could change. Whether Movistar, who were quickest at 20.5km will go quicker is unclear after their train derailed a short while ago.

BMC eyeing yellow

Yellow Jersey

Classification

BMC directeur sportif Yvon Ledanois said a little earlier today: "We're aware that we have the riders to win, we're the reigning world champions. If we don't have any problem, we'll be in yellow tonight. It would be a disappointment not to be."

BMC on the road

The BMC Racing squad of Tejay van Garderen, who is third overall, 13 seconds behind Chris Froome, head down the start ramp.

Movistar mess up

As I type that though the well-oiled machine falls apart. The riders have lost their rhythm on a climb. The fans are edging incredibly close to the action and several riders are gesticulating at the over-enthusiastic fans, trying to get them to move back.

It looks like Quintana shot off up a hill and his team-mates were unable to follow. As they reach the top they manage to get back together.

Movistar quickest at 20.5km

Eight luminous yellow jerseys, and the green of Peter Sagan, snake through the opening corners of the 28km route from Vannes to Plumelec as Tinkoff-Saxo get their challenge under way.

Movistar are looking a well-oiled machine. All nine riders are stil ltogether as they go through the 20.5km time check 18 seconds quicker than Astana.

That is great news for their leader Nairo Quintana.

Three to go

Just three teams left in the starting area then. But what a three. It's the Tinkoff-Saxo boys of Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador.BMC Racing, the world champions in this discipline, who have Tejay van Garderen in their ranks. And last to go at 15:45 is Team Sky.

Etixx-Quick Step team
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The camera flicks straight to Chris Froome, who is head down, earphones in, continuing his warm-up.

Etixx - Quick-Step next off the ramp. That's the team of Mark Cavendish. He's not bad when it's a flat team time trial, says his mate Rob Hayles on commentary.

He knows today will be too lumpy for him though and also reminds us that they are missing key man Tony Martin.

Nibali's Astana team lead

Vincenzo Nibali makes it over the line with his teammates
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Vincenzo Nibali takes over the pace-setting duties as the slope steepens and they head into the final kilometre.

There is no point in him shooting off though. The time is stopped when the fifth rider in the team crosses the line.

They swing round a right-hander, all five remaining riders out of the saddle, stomping on the pedals and they finish in 32 minutes, 50 seconds to set the new best mark by three seconds.