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Summary

  1. Froome dominates final 'hors categorie' climb to win stage
  2. All of Froome's rivals lose time, including Quintana, Van Garderen & Contador
  3. Defending champion Nibali dropped early on climb

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By Paul Fletcher

All times stated are UK

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Chris Froome
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Thanks for following all the action today. It really did feel like something big was brewing - and we were not disappointed.

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Wow.

That was incredible. And it makes Wednesday's stage even more fascinating. How will the other GC contenders react? Have they got anything left to give?

It is another mountain stage in the Pyrenees, with an hors categorie climb up the infamous Col du Tourmalet - the literal high point of this year's Tour. There is also a category one climb and four category three climbs.

I'm struggling to think how it can top today.

Chris Froome crosses the finish line
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"Our plan was to try to go with 6km left to go," said Team Sky boss David Brailsford. "The guys did a great job.

"We have been saying for a long time we have a lot of confidence in Geraint Thomas. Equally, Richie Porte was the best rider in the world for the first half of this year. It is very pleasing all round."

Geraint Thomas sounding very chipper on interview.

A few pundits are now tipping him for a podium finish in Paris. Would you bet against it?

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Nikhil Jadva: Chris Froome. An absolute machine. Fantastic performance from Team Sky.

Jack Simpson: @chrisfroome has absolutely blown apart the tour! To take that much time out of his closest rivals in one mountain climb!

Andrew Harvey: Geraint Thomas is having the race of his life! Top 5 now on GC! He keeps on and on going that guy!

General Classification after stage 10

1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 35hrs 56mins 09secs

2. Tejay van Garderen (US) BMC Racing +2mins 52secs

3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +3mins 09secs

4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar +4mins 01secs

5. Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky +4mins 03secs

6. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff - Saxo +4mins 04secs

7. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto +4mins 33secs

8. Robert Gesink (Net) LottoNL +4mins 35secs

9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant +6mins 12secs

10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana +6mins 57secs

'What a great day'

"I knew Froomey would be good but we all stepped up really," Team Sky's Geraint Thomas told ITV.

"The plan was to sit behind Movistar and see how many riders we had left - we had four and we all felt good. Froomey said on the radio he felt good so lets smash it. Personally I felt great and for the team it was even better.

"To be riding like that on a climb, following Alejandro Valverde and dropping Tejay van Garderen, what a day."

"With that performance, Chris Froome is by far the strongest and in my opinion he is probably going to win the Tour," said Adam Yates, who finished the stage in seventh.

"I was in a good position because we took it easy on the team time trial but I could not go much harder than I did today, I was pretty full gas."

Froome over the moon

"I'm lost for words," said Chris Froome on ITV. "That was unbelievable.

"I could not believe it - when I asked the guys to push on a bit and we were hearing on the radio the big names being dropped. It was textbook from the team and I'm just over the moon to finish it off for them."

Chris Froome
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Stage 10 results

1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 4hrs 22 mins 07secs

2. Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky +59 secs

3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +1min 04secs

4. Robert Gesink (Net) LottoNL +1min 33secs

5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar +2min 01secs

6. Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky Same time

7. Adam Yates (GB) Orica +2min 04secs

8. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar Same time

9. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto +2min 22secs

10. Tejay van Garderen (U.S) BMC Racing +2min 30secs

11. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff - Saxo +2min 51secs

Geraint Thomas is fifth in the general classification after finishing sixth on the stage.

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome
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With Chris Froome in yellow, Team Sky's Richie Porte will wear the polka dot jersey on Wednesday.

Froome extends lead

So Chris Froome now leads the race by two minutes 52 seconds, with Tejay van Garderen second and Nairo Quintana third, three minutes nine seconds behind the yellow jersey.

Chris Froome
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Chris Froome now warming down. Loads of others are still climbing up the mountain.

Nibali finishes

Vincenzo Nibali finishes - I've not had this confirmed but I think he was four minutes 20 seconds behind Froome.

Still waiting for the new general classification.

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Adam Sharif: What a ride by Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas to set up Froome. Team Sky are a well-oiled. cycling machine.

Matt Salisbury: Astonishing performance from Froome to blow his rivals away - and what a supporting ride from Porte #TDF2015

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Contador finishes

Alberto Contador crosses the line - a full two minutes 51 seconds behind Froome. Where is Nibali?

Robert Gesink is the next to cross, with Alejandro Valverde, Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates coming in next. Pierre Rolland up there too.

Team Sky's Richie Porte sprints past Movistar's Nairo Quintana to finish second with the Colombian third.

Chris Froome wins stage 10

Chris Froome celebrates winning stage 10 of the Tour De France
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And takes mega time out of his rivals.

"There is incredible heat on this climb but Chris Froome has made the most of it. He is really making the most of today," says Rob Hayles.

What a ride by Chris Froome. Too early to say it is a decisive ride in the Tour?

Chris Froome
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Richie Porte closing in on Nairo Quintana.

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Jess Parsons: I'm only listening in but I can do absolutely no work right now. Edge of my seat stuff here. Come onnn @chrisfroome !!

A slightly flatter section for the front two riders, Chris Froome's lead is 57 seconds. The field has been completely blown apart here.

"What a ride by Chris Froome," says Simon Brotherton on 5 live sports extra.

2.1km to go

Chris Froome's lead is almost one minute. Devastating.

Speculation that Nairo Quintana is not enjoying the heat.

Given the data theft headlines, I wonder if anger is powering Froome? The fans are closing in around Froome and seem to be slowing him down.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Chris Froome is riding for the stage win and to rubber-stamp that yellow jersey. This is an absolutely incredible stage."

Froome has a 35-second lead over Nairo Quintana, Tejay Van Garderen is 1 min 11 secs behind, Alberto Contador 1 min 41 secs, Vincenzo Nibali 3 mins 31 secs.

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Paul Mulligan: Wow! @chrisfroome is really punishing the field in the first day in the mountains. No-one can stay with #froomey.

Gregg Coull: The cadence of Froome is just ridiculous!

Matt Taggart: Have the Fantastic Four (Five) become the Terrific Two on the first day in the mountains?

Chris Froome
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Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I am wondering what is being said to Chris Froome in his ear piece - this is a big, big attack. He is putting an awful lot of riders in an awful lot of trouble. Has he gone too early? Is it a risk?"

5.2km to go

Nairo Quintana does not look like he is panicking. Chris Froome remains in sight and he is pedalling steadily. He is 16 seconds ahead.

Tejay van Garderen and Robert Gesink are third. They are 41 seconds behind Froome. Alberto Contador is one minute 14 seconds behind Froome.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Quintana is starting to struggle now."

Froome attacks

Can Quintana stay with him?

Nairo Quintana
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6.4km to go

Richie Porte, Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana - the three of them are out on their own. Boom - this race has exploded into life in the last half hour.

6.7km to go - Contador cracks

Good ride from Adam Yates but he has gone out of the yellow jersey group - oh and so has Alberto Contador. Wow.

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Stuart Mitchell: If the rest of the GC guys are struggling as much as Nibali, Froome and Quintana should work together, make it a 2 horse race.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"The only guy missing from the main group who I would have expected to be there is Vincenzo Nibali. Geraint Thomas has stepped up and is looking so, so strong. Is Froome starting to struggle a little bit? It is very difficult to tell."

Geraint Thomas
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7.5km to go

Alejandro Valverde has a dig but he is soon closed down by Geraint Thomas.

The yellow jersey group must be around 15 or so riders - if that.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"There is no fight whatsoever left in Nibali. He is going to lose an awful lot of time."

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Mountain memories

Ever had fun climbing up a mountain? No, me neither.

Bealach na Bà Scotland. Climbed April 2015. 2100 ft from sea level in a few miles, 20% gradient at summit #bbccycling

Bealach na Bà Scotland. Climbed April 2015. 2100 ft from sea level in a few miles, 20% gradient at summit #bbccycling

#bbccycling me climbing stelvio pass a few weeks ago. Twice in one day. #hardwork

#bbccycling me climbing stelvio pass a few weeks ago. Twice in one day. #hardwork

Went up Mortirolo Pass in Italy last month. Cav likens it to toothache. Someone riding in front of me climbed off to throw up #bbccycling

A climb near Bolton Abbey called Langbar is a local favourite. 20% average for about a mile and a half. Tough.

Sam in Leeds

8.7km to go

Vincenzo Nibali - the defending champion - is a minute before Robert Gesink and Rafael Valls, who are out in front, and 30 seconds behind the yellow jersey group.

Behind Nibali, riders are spread all over the climb.

Vincenzo Nibali
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9.3km to go

Apparently the main group is now just on the large side of 20 riders.

"It does not look like Nabali is suffering all that much, it is just as though his tank is empty," said Rob Hayles.

Froome well placed

A word on Chris Froome. He is up towards the front and looking strong.

Movistar are still cracking the pace, Froome's Team Sky team is tucked in behind them.