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Summary

  1. Stage 15: Mende to Valence, 183km
  2. Andre Greipel wins sprint finish
  3. Mark Cavendish in group of stragglers
  4. Chris Froome maintains three mins, 10 secs lead
  5. Movistar's Nairo Quintana second in GC

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By Paul Fletcher

All times stated are UK

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So, no real alarms for the guys chasing the yellow jersey. One suspects that battle will reignite after Tuesday's rest day.

Pure joy for Andre Greipel. What a Tour he is having.

Monday takes us 201km from Bourg-de-Peage to Gap. It is a hilly stage that doesn't really suit the sprinters. 

Makes sure that you join me for that one.

Stragglers comes home

So as Andre Greipel heads to the podium, the 23-man group involving Mark Cavendish rolls in 15 minutes behind. Five minutes later and they would've been eliminated from the race.

Today's top 10

1. Andre Greipel (Germany / Lotto) 3:56:35"

2. John Degenkolb (Germany / Giant) ST

3. Alexander Kristoff (Norway / Katusha)

4. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Tinkoff - Saxo)

5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway / Team MTN)

6. Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania / Cannondale)

7. Christophe Laporte (France / Cofidis)

8. Michael Matthews (Australia / Orica)

9. Davide Cimolai (Italy / Lampre)

10. Florian Vachon (France / Bretagne)

Yellow jersey

As you were....

1. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 59:58:54"

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"

What success looks like

Nobody, but nobody, could say that Andre Greipel does not have a smile of pure delight.

Andre Greipel
Reuters

Andre Greipel was understandably pleased with his work today.

"The team supported me from kilometre zero, they kept me out of the wind and in the front group. At the end we made it perfectly to keep in a good position for the sprint and I went full gas and kept it to the line."

The group of 23 including Mark Cavendish has yet to finish but there are no real concerns they will miss the time cut.

Bouncing back

Andre Greipel was involved in a crash yesterday and had three stitches last night. Not that the Lotto-Soudal rider looked to be struggling as he surged for the line.

Sadly not Theo. Merely our respect.

Griepel takes the sprint... #bbccycling do I get a prize for correct prediction?

Incredible!

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

What an amazing finish! We wondered if Andre Greipel would be able to deliver, he's been struggling with a knee injury but it didn't slow him up. Incredible.

Yellow jersey

Safely does it

A very quiet day as far as the yellow jersey standings are concerned - so Chris Froome remains ahead of Nairo Quintana, with Tejay van Garderen third.

Greipel's compatriot John Degenkolb came second with Alexander Kristoff third.

That is the third stage win for the German known as the Gorilla. Super sprinting.

Greipel wins stage 15

Andre Greipel celebrates
Reuters

Andre Greipel takes it on the line.

Sprinters race to the line
EPA

Into the finishing straight....

We're going to have a big sprint....minus Cav

1km to go

The group swallow up Stybar. Peter Sagan is not far off the pace.

2km to go

Stybar still out in front. ALOT of bikes charging after him. Pain etched on his race

3km to go

Zdenek Stybar of Etixx - Quick-Step flies off the front and opens up a little gap. Has he caught the peloton napping?

4km to go

Degenkolb? Greipel? Kristoff? Coquard?

5.5km to go

World road race champion Michal Kwiatkowski has a go off the front but he won't stay away.

7km to go

Always terrifies me watching the peloton hurtle around a roundabout. BMC still driving the pace, with Rohan Dennis on the front. Protecting Tejay van Garderen. Team Sky aren't too far behind them.

Soon the team with sprinters will start to move forward.

The temperature is 33C. Yup

Fast...

There are less than 10km left for the main group. Double that for the Cav group.

Average speed of the peloton opver the last 10kms: 46.34 km/h. #TDF2015

So, we've not had a sprint finish since Mark Cavendish won in Fougeres on 10 July. That is a lot of miles ago - and that is about to change.

We are just 12km away from an almighty thrash to the line.

Cav under the weather?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

I'm very surprised that Mark Cavendish is not up there today, he was a favourite to win this stage. I wonder if he is feeling OK as there has been illness in some teams and once one rider gets ill it can sweep through in no time.

The 23 riders in the group that includes Mark Cavendish are 12 minutes behind. He must be well fed up, knowing that he will not be part of the sprint finish. Still, at least they will not be timed out.

BMC currently driving the pace on the front of the peloton with 15km to go.  

Yellow jersey

Chris Froome on stage 15
EPA

It has been a very steady and unspectacular day for the yellow jersey contenders so far today. Their key tussles, one suspects, lie on the other side of Tuesday's rest day.

Chris Froome, after the events of yesterday, probably wants a day without any headlines.

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What was Pierre Rolland doing (15:25)? Mark has the answer...

@BBCSport It's the game ready system. It Pumps icy water around the legs. Aim to reduce inflammation/boost recovery #bbccycling

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

I think that Andre Greipel must be the favourite for this stage now. Alex Kristoff has not looked at his best this Tour but I'm sure he will want to make the most of this opportunity.

23km to go

A general view of the main peloton
AP

Everything is about to speed up now as the peloton hurtles towards Valence. Overall speed, decision-making, gaps forming and closing, positioning into corners...the slightest thing could make the difference. There are two roundabouts about 5km out and then a sharp left-hand turn. It is completely flat but there is a slight turn to the right about 400m from the finish. The last 300m is straight and pretty wide. It is going to be blisteringly fast.

Matt SlaterBBC Sport at the Tour de France

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Who will win today?

Text 81111 or use #bbccycling

I've had this down as a Sagan stage for over a week, but the sprinters weren't dropped on the climb, so it's anyone's game #bbccycling

Not over yet...

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

Chris Froome has a nice buffer going into the final week but as we have seen before in the Alpine stages, you can easily lose that in one day. Some of the yellow jersey contenders have said they are just waiting for the final week.

All back together (sort of)

The riders come back together
EPA

Matteo Trentin and Ryder Hesjedal are swallowed up. I was about to write that the peloton is all back together - but of course the 23 riders including Mark Cavendish are a good 12 minutes back.

There are 27.5km remaining.

Who will win the sprint?

Who do we fancy for a sprint finish? Andre Greipel? Bryan Coquard (we've seen Eurostar driving the pace a lot today)? John Degenkolb? Alexander Kristoff?

Text 81111 or #bbccycling 

Ready for a rest day?

The second rest day of the Tour is on Tuesday. I for one think the riders deserve a day off.

I think Team Europcar's Pierre Rolland is looking forward to his day off - although I'm not sure what he was doing in the team coach this morning.

Answers on a postcard. Hmm, scratch that, text 81111 or #bbccycling

Transfert : on optimise toujours #fatigue#tropdebus#bottes

Transfert : on optimise toujours #fatigue#tropdebus#bottes

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Breakaway swallowed up

The pack on stage 15
EPA

The main group has swallowed up the bulk of the breakaway. Only Matteo Trentin and, behind him, Ryder Hesjedal remain clear. There are still 38km to go.