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Summary

  1. Van Avermaet beats Sagan in sprint finish
  2. Breakaway riders caught seconds before line
  3. Froome finishes sixth and maintains 2mins 52secs lead in yellow
  4. Stage 13: 198.5km from Muret to Rodez

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Stage 14

Rodez - Mende, 178.5km (111 miles)

Tour de France stage 14 profile
Tour de France

So it's on to stage 14 tomorrow, which finishes up in Mende. Don't expect too much shuffling in the GC, but there is a possibility that a breakaway could actually hold on if they time it right.

"A day for the breakaway but the steep finish into Mende could see drama in the race for the yellow jersey, so keep an eye on Froome, Contador, Nibali and Quintana," says Geraint Thomas.

You can read his stage preview here.

But until then, enjoy you're Friday night.

Poor Peraud

A battered, bruised and bloodied Jean-Christophe Peraud will be stinging tonight. He's the real winner today in my eyes.

Jean-Christophe Peraud
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'Stupidity'

We've just learned that Slovakian Peter Sagan can swear very well in English. He's just described his anger at himself on ITV4. Here's the clean version.

"It's not about luck. It was my mistake I waiting too long. I was pushing in the saddle and then sat down, I had to continue to push but it was my stupidity."

Green jersey

Sagan back in green

It may have not been the stage win he wanted, but Andre Greipel's claim to the green jersey only lasted half a stage as Peter Sagan's second place gives him the points leadership back. He's on 285 points, Greipel on 261.

Greg van Avermaet receives the plaudits on the podium for his stage win. It's his first ever Tour de France stage win and goes with his stage win in the Vuelta in 2008.

Greg Van Avermaet crosses finish line
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Orica GreendEdge's Michael Matthews was well fancied today.

"I need to sit down with the team and go over what our goals are. Today was one of my big goals before I fractured my ribs."

Michael Matthews on ITV4

Yellow jersey

As you were

There has been absolutely no change to the top nine in the general classification. The only time dropped is by 10th-placed Bauke Mollema, who has lost a second on the rest, it seems.

Thomas De Gendt was one of those riders who led in the breakaway for most of the race.

The last two days were very hard so you could really feel it in the legs. Six guys was probably a bit too short. We had a plan and we almost succeeded.

Thomas De Gendt on ITV4

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Paul Mulligan: Total despair for the breakaway - caught on the line - and Peter Sagan so close again. So much for a dull transition stage

Gregg Coull: Heartbreaking for the breakaway riders getting caught so close to the finish line

Yellow jersey

Chris Froome crosses the finish line of stage 13
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Amid all that, Chris Froome has snuck in a sixth-placed finish. That maintains his lead of 2mins 52secs over Tejay van Garderen in the race for the yellow jersey.

It's agony for Peter Sagan. That's 15 second places in Tour stages for the Slovakian. Come on, who predicted Van Avermaet? Be honest. None of you. He came out of nowhere and Sagan did not have enough in the tank.

Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet race to the line
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Van Avermaet wins stage

The leaders are overhauled, and it's an outright sprint between Peter Sagan and Greg van Avermaet to the line... Avermaet takes it in a thrilling finish!

Greg Van Avermaet
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It's an uphill grind. Finally we have some action...

Steve Cummings, the British rider, is driving on the peloton with the prize in sight. Cyril Gautier looks agonisingly behind him as we enter the final km. Eyes on the road man!

2.5km remaining, three men out front with a 13-second cushion...

De Gendt most aggressive

Race organisers have given Thomas De Gendt the most aggressive rider of the day prize. I feel Jean-Christophe Peraud is hard done by, as being as bits of him are still in the FDrench countryside.

The road has widened and the peloton have plenty of space to stretch their wheels. Five km to go, 27 seconds the gap.

Three of the six who have led the way have been caught. Kelderman, Gautier and De Gendt are still out in front. Can they be caught?

Time to move

9km remaining with 40 seconds the gap. This is actually going to get a bit exciting...

I've done Thomas De Gendt a disservice, he is up top with Kelderman and Gautier. They have a 50-second cushion on the peloton with 10km to go. It's not a very comfy cushion mind.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

"It's touch and go if the breakaway can go all the way. If was a flat run-in I'd say they could stay away. but with this final drag up to the finish I'm not too sure. I think it could just go the peloton's way."

Meanwhile, in the peloton Simon Yates is pulling along the group. His Orica Greenedge team-mate Michael Matthews will fancy a crack at taking the stage. The GC contenders look content to go with the flow.

Chris Froome in the peloton
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Lead group splits

Wilco Kelderman, sensing the peloton are just a minute behind, has a go and takes Cyril Gautier with him. It will take an ironman effort to win this stage from here with 13km remaining.

Peraud persisting

Jean-Christophe Peraud, a white bandage hanging off his left arm, is digging away at the back of the peloton. A gladiatorial effort. 

Chasers wake up

The five men Nathan Haas left behind have realised the Australian meant business, so have upped the rotations. And they've caught the Cannondale-Garmin rider. So it's as you were. There's 17.7km left and that climb just before the finish to come - the gap is 1min 30secs.

Why a rhino?

Want to know more about Chris Froome's customised rhino bike, which makes its debut today?

He tells Team Sky: "As a boy growing up in Kenya and South Africa, I lived with rhinos, elephants and other wildlife. These majestic creatures made a lasting impression on me and I'm thrilled to announce that I am becoming an ambassador for United for Wildlife. I've added a rhino to my bike to show my support."  

Chris Froome's riding a stunning new Dogma bike today at the #TDF2015! Learn all about it at po.st/RhinoBike

Chris Froome's riding a stunning new Dogma bike today at the #TDF2015! Learn all about it at po.st/RhinoBike

A breakaway in ther breakaway

Nathan Haas has gone off the front of the leading group, which was being dragged back. Nobody has gone with him, so the Cannondale-Garmin rider seems to fancy doing the final 22.8km on his tod. Good luck sunshine.

Jazz up your ride

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More cuddly toys. It's a great way to make your bike unique. Don't worry, we'll get back to beer shortly. Show us your bike modifications by using #bbccycling

#bbccycling always monkeying around when out riding, I blame this little guy, Affechen

#bbccycling always monkeying around when out riding, I blame this little guy, Affechen

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

"Alejandro Valverde was the only man to shake up the GC yesterday. He's fourth and knocked a second off Chris Froome. I think he could go for the extra time bonuses today."

Heat hurts

The warm weather is starting to take its toll, showing that it's not just mountains that can break a man. We're coming to the tip of the final categorised climb, and the gap to the peloton is 2mins with 30km remaining. Although it's beginning to break up a bit.

The breakaway, which still contains hometown boy Alexandre Geniez, is clinging on to its hope of leading from start to finish.

The peloton
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Greipel gripe

Remember when I plumped for Andre Greipel to win the stage? He's struggling and falling away. So that's the exact opposite of what I went for.

Hottest day I can recall since Cap Decouverte in 2003 when I tried and failed to fry an egg on the Tarmac. It just sat there. I walked away.

Jazz up your ride

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The theme has switched from beer to cuddly toys. It's like a slightly warped episode of the Generation Game.

What have you stuck on your bike to make it super cool? Use #bbccycling

Glammed up the bike with the DonKosaurus at the Dunwich Dynamo this year ! #bbccycling

Glammed up the bike with the DonKosaurus at the Dunwich Dynamo this year ! #bbccycling

The six leaders spin around a corner with two young lads in bright yellow caps looking on. They look like kids trying to spot a tiger in its cage at the zoo. Three seconds later it's gone. They seem pretty happy though. And they only have to wait 2mins 25secs to see the peloton, with that gap dropping rapidly now.

Gap below three mins

For the first time since the early breakaway, the gap has dipped under 3mins. We have 40km remaining and the descent on the Cote de la Pomparie approaching. All the action will come very late on in this stage, so stick with us.

Leaders
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Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

"You can get a cold bottle of water from your team but within minutes it's like a hot cup of tea. But if you open it up and tip it up over your head, the cooling effect comes from the windchill factor. Keeping cool is one of the biggest issues."

Jazz up my ride

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How have you glammed up your bike? Use #bbccycling to tell us.

#bbccycling meet daffyd Wilmington! Our Swansea to Paris mascot a few years back who has stowed away ever since!

#bbccycling meet daffyd Wilmington! Our Swansea to Paris mascot a few years back who has stowed away ever since!

Peraud in peloton

The bits that are left of Peraud are back in the peloton. And not only that, he brings gifts of bottles of water for his buddies. The man is a hero.

No broken bones

Jean-Christophe Peraud has told support cars he has no broken bones. So that's good news. He may need to borrow some skin off somebody though.

Matt Slater

BBC Sport

"That tumble along the tarmac for last year's runner-up Jean-Christophe Peraud certainly shook the press room from its slumbers.

"It is remarkable that the AG2R rider did not break anything, but he will be in agony tonight.

"Another enduring a torrid time out there is the guy who beat him in 2014, Vincenzo Nibali. He is currently chasing back to the peloton for the second time in 15 minutes.

"That is not something you want to do when the temperature on the road is 38 degrees and it is rolling terrain all the way to the finish."