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Summary

  1. Britain's Steve Cummings win stage 14
  2. First Tour stage win for 34-year-old
  3. Chris Froome extends yellow jersey lead
  4. Nairo Quintana second, Tejay van Garderen third

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By Paul Fletcher

All times stated are UK

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Well, many thanks for your company today. 

From a British point of view it was a pretty successful day, with Chris Froome extending his lead and Steve Cummings taking the stage.

I'll be back on Sunday for the 183km canter from Mende to Valence.

Do join me for that.

“@letour: .@StevoCummings en patron / the boss! #TDF2015 ” I'm so loving this photo.

“@letour: .@StevoCummings en patron / the boss! #TDF2015 ” I'm so loving this photo.

He gave it everything

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

We saw Steve Cummings languishing at the back of the group just waiting and biding his team. I thought it might be too steep but he got over the top and was right up there – it was amazing. The French riders were looking at each other, saying they needed to work together but Cummins - a former pursuit rider - gave it everything he had.

Yellow jersey

Good day for Froome

1. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 56:02:19"

2. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +3:10"

3. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +3:32"

4. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +4:02"

5. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +4:23"

6. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) +4:54"

7. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / LottoNL) +6:23"

8. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Astana) +8:17"

9. Tony Gallopin (France / Lotto) +8:23"

10. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek) +8:53"

Froome's lead extended

Chris Froome now has a lead of three minutes 10 seconds - with Nairo Quintana second and Tejay Van Garderen third.

Chris Froome finishes stage 14
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You may have noticed that Cummings was wearing an orange helmet today. That was because 18 July is Nelson Mandela Day and MTN-Quebeka are a South-African team.

What a day for the team to pull off their first Tour de France stage win.

Fantastic result for Cummings!! Can't help but think his former track cycling helped him out a lot at the end there #bbccycling

MTN-Qhubeka wouldn't even have dreamt of a tour as successful as this! @TeamMTNQhubeka #bbccycling

Today's top five

1. Stephen Cummings

2. Thibaut Pinot, at 0.02

3. Romain Bardet, at 0.03

4. Rigoberto Uran, at 0.20

5. Peter Sagan, at 0.29

Steven Cummings beats the two Frenchmen
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Simon Yates - another Brit - finished the stage in 10th place.

Tears from Cummings

Wow, that was a pretty sensational 15 minutes, with Steven Cummings of wildcard team MTN-Quebeka bringing home the stage win.

Cummings, overcome with emotion, appears to be crying his eyes out. Emotional scenes.

Froome and Quintana come in pretty much together - both of them sprinting home.

Indeed a late sprint from Froome might give him a second or so - perhaps a statement of intent more than anything else. 

Alejandro Valverde blasts past Alberto Contador.

Not proving to be a great finish for Tejay van Garderen, who may well lose second here.

Quintana and Froome coming in together. This last gap has caused all sorts of little gaps. 

Froome and Quintana coming up together.

Cummings wins stage 14

Steven Cummings wins stage 14
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Brilliant, just brilliant.

Cummings out in front - 200m to go. 

Thrilling finish in store...

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

Chris Froome is not panicking. There isn't much of an opportunity to take too much time from him.

1km to go

Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot together at the front. Steve Cummings joins them..... 

I don't think Chris Froome has any team-mates with him.

Tejay Van Garderen struggling to keep pace. Froome hauling Quintana in. Nibali struggling.

2km to go

And Alejandro Valverde is behind those two.

Alberto Contador is sitting on the wheel of Chris Froome - can Froome close the gap?

And back in the yellow jersey group, Nairo Quintana attacks, with Vincenzo Nibali behind him.

2.5km to go

Romain Bardet leaves Simon Yates behind him. The Frenchman is really working hard. He is out on his own now. Kolas and Koren - well, their attempt is over.

3.8km to go

Romain Bardet and Simon Yates are together in pursuit of Golas and Koren.

Team Sky back on front of the main group as they reach the bottom of the final climb.

3.4km to go

The surge by Romain Bardet has split the 18 riders, with Thibaut Pinot struggling to keep pace.

The turn of pace does not suit Peter Sagan.

Romain Bardet
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Romain Bardet of AG2R has seen enough and made his move, desperate to catch the top two.

#TDF2015 It's all coming down to the finish climb. After all day out front the strongest legs will take it. Come on @BobJungels!

4.3km to go

So, Michal Golas and Kristijan Koren have a 13-second advantage. They are on the 3km - short but sharp - climb towards the finish in Mende.

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Tyneside pootle in the snow a few years back #bbccycling

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5km to go

Rattling along now as the front two approach the Cote de la Croix Neuve.

Movistar, BMC, Sky - they're all towards the front of the main bunch, who are almost six minutes down from where the stage will surely be won and lost today. 

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

The first hour of racing is often more exciting than the last hour of racing, but you very rarely get to see it. People presume that the TV cameras come on and then the riders spring into action. It's anything but. Most breakaways begin from the word go.

9km to go

Koran and Golas are being cheered up the Cote de Chabrits. They are looking strong going over the top. The chasing 18 aren't too far behind them. 

British riders Simon Yates and Steve Cummings are in the group of 18 trying to catch the front two. There are plenty of other interested parties, too, in that group. Sagan, Pinot, Roy, Uran etc etc 

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

Tejay van Garderen is the only one of the yellow jersey contenders who has not put a move in yet on Chris Froome. I think he is doing the right thing, staying on the wheel of Froome and biding his time. So far I do not think he has put a foot wrong.

11km to go

TV pictures cut back to Team Sky's Richie Porte, who has a flat front tyre at a very bad time. He had just gone back to the team car to pick up a loads of water bottles, which he has just jettisoned.

Kristijan Koren has now caught Michal Golas and we have a two-man leading group. FDJ driving the pace for the remaining 18 behind them.

Plan B

Fabian Cancellara crashed out of the Tour while wearing yellow (as did Tony Martin - Froomey, you've been warned).

But the Swiss rider has been doing his best to get over the disappointment and seemed to be at a concert showcasing Swiss musical talent on Friday evening. Stress? Felt it, never heard of him.

Last act of tonight #swisspower #MoonAndStars2015 @stressmusic

Last act of tonight #swisspower #MoonAndStars2015 @stressmusic

13km to go

And there is another move here, as Kristijan Koren tries to catch Michal Golas. He is now 11 seconds behind.

Still serene (relatively speaking) down the road with the main bunch.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

Today we will be expecting the GC riders to be trying to either take time out of each or limit the losses they sustain at the hands of their rivals. There is not a lot of distance over the top for anyone to take any serious time out of Chris Froome today.

16km to go

Fair play to Michal Golas. He has gone early and is pushing hard. His lead is now the long side of 30 seconds as he reaches the town of Barjac at the bottom of the category four Cote de Chabrits.