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Summary

  1. Briton Cummings wins stage seven after stunning solo attack
  2. Fourth British win in 2016 Tour - Cavendish has three
  3. Van Avermaet extends yellow jersey lead
  4. Inflatable final kilometre arch collapses
  5. Times neutralised with 3km to go as a result
  6. Adam Yates ends with his bike on top of arch
  7. Get involved: #bbccycling
  8. Click play button for live radio coverage

Live Reporting

By Alistair Magowan

All times stated are UK

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Right, was that enough drama for you in the first day of the Pyrenees?

Steve Cummings continues the British success at this year's Tour - that's four out of seven stages won by Brits, including Mark Cavendish's three stage wins. 

Then we have an inflatable taking out some riders, including Britain's Adam Yates, who is apparently off for stitches in his face.

Not sure if tomorrow can match it, but we'll try. Don't forget to look out for the BBC Radio 5 live podcast later. Should make for entertaining listening. 

See you tomorrow! 

BRILLIANT ride from @StevoCummings at @LeTour. What a class act! Birkenhead North End CC is so proud of you. #bbccycling #letour

'I went by feeling'

Race leader Greg van Arvamaet, who remains in the yellow jersey, on ITV 4: "It was not the plan to attack, I just went by feeling. I saw a point to go by myself and then make a move to keep my advantage before the climb." 

Asked if he can remain in yellow tomorrow, he said: "Tomorrow is above my profile. I can survive one climb, but when the guys from the general classification go for it, it's done." 

Froome home safely

After his brave breakaway, Greg van Arvamaet remains in the yellow jersey and his lead has grown to six minutes 36 seconds over Julian Alaphillipe. Team Sky's Chris Froome remains fifth, six minutes 42 seconds. 

But there is some confusion over the ruling concerning the inflatable collapsing. Adam Yates should be further up the general classification as he had an advantage over his rivals in the peloton. 

We will keep you posted in our report, as we get news in. 

Drama for Yates

More now on that inflatable crash one kilometre from the end. It appears that Britain's Adam Yates came off his bike in the first instance, but he will not lose time on his rival as organisers say they will use the 3km rule, which means they will take his advantage at that point. 

If you didn't see it, Yates was hit by the inflatable which marks the one kilometre mark. It fell on him, causing a nasty cut on his face. 

I'd pick me for the Rio Olympics

Steve Cummings on ITV4: "Success breeds success and Cav's a winner. There is a great atmosphere in the team. We want to win and the other day, I thought Serge Pauwels was going to win and take yellow, but any person is capable of winning a stage and that's our objective. We've done well so far and it's the only first week." 

Asked whether he should be included in Britain's cycling team for the Rio Olympics, he adds: "I don't know, if I was coach I would but I'm not a selector, they have experts there so let them get on with it." 

'Ecstatic'

Steve Cummings on ITV4: "I feel pretty exhausted, but I'm obviously ecstatic. The team has been fantastic, it's great to be with Mark Cavendish he's such a legend and today was a brilliant day. It was hot in the final, I was cooking up a bit, but I gave it everything to the top of Col d'Aspin, knowing the race has finished by the time I got there." 

Steve Cummings wins stage seven

Steve Cummings is in tears at the finish as he is greeted by his team. A victory of one minute and five seconds. 

Quotes coming. 

Another British win?! And a Merseyside one too. We may have flopped in France at footy but boy can we peddle #bbccycling @StevoCummings

Steve Cummings wins stage seven

Here's how Steve Cummings crossed the line. If you're on the app, click here. 

What a day for the 35-year-old Merseysider. His team, Team Dimension Data, which also includes Mark Cavendish, have now won four of this year's seven stages! 

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Steve Cummings wins stage seven

France's Thibaut Pinot crosses the line now and he looks spent. Could his Tour de France be over?

Steve Cummings wins stage seven

That won't make any difference for the times of those within the peloton. They are cruising over the finish line. 

Mon dieu

So yellow jersey wearer Greg van Arvamaet is through to the finish line now but the inflatable marking the 1km to go point has collapsed on top of the chasing peloton! 

Steve Cummings wins stage seven

Vincenzo Nibali is fourth and will make up time on the general classification contenders. 

Steve Cummings wins stage seven

Daryl Impey beats Dani Alvarro to second place, one minute and five seconds behind Britain's Steve Cummings. 

BreakingSteve Cummings win stage seven

Steve Cummings has his head down, pushing right until the end. He has his fists in the air. What a victory. A fifth win in the space of 12 months, two of them at the Tour de France. 

Well done. 

1km to go

Steve Cummings is going to win. He's cruising now. He can relax. 

2km to go

Safely down the bottom of the mountain, Steve Cummings looks like he has negotiated the danger very, very well. He's pushing for the line now.

Don't forget he is a team-mate of Mark Cavendish. What a week for Team Dimension Data. 

3km to go

The peloton are now reaching the top of the climb as several riders make an attack. Steve Cummings is weaving his way down like he's on a rollercoaster. 

He's one minute five seconds ahead. This looks good for the Briton. 

5km to go

Dani Alvarro and Daryl Impey are now descending too. Vincenzo Nibali follows them 30 seconds later. And now comes yellow jersey Greg van Arvamaet. 

Steve Cummings is flying down ahead of them. Steady now, Steve. 

7km to go

Steve Cummings has made it to the top of Col d'Aspin. He is over and the 7km descent begins. Dani Alvarro is second with Daryl Impey third, they're both still climbing. How big is the gap?

8km to go

Steve Cummings is surrounded by fans who are clapping and cheering him up the Col d'Aspin. He has one kilometre to the top. 

Meanwhile Dani Alvarro and Daryl Impey leave Vincenzo Nibali for dead. 

9km to go

Steve Cummings is grinding his way up this Col d'Aspin as if it's a mere foothill. He's one minute and eight seconds in front now. He has about two kilometres to the top. 

At the back of the peloton, France's Thibaut Pinot is in trouble. 

Tips from the top (or how to get there)

#GetInspired

Geraint Thomas
BBC Sport

Speaking of Geraint Thomas, how about some advice for climbing the likes of Col d'Aspin from one of the Tour's best?

He gives his nine tips here.

Ready for a British win?

LIVE on 5live SX. One of our commentary team has drunk this stuff. I'm on hand with a defibrillator #bbccycling

LIVE on 5live SX. One of our commentary team has drunk this stuff. I'm on hand with a defibrillator #bbccycling

#bbccycling

Why have Team Sky put a rider in the breakaway? Shouldn't they be looking after Froome's interests? #bbccycling

Rob Hayles says: "Vasil Kiryienka being in the break may not have been intentional, he may have just followed one or two wheels. However, having a team-mate up the road with a big climb to come can be advantageous due to the fact that if needed, Kiryienka could drop back to help Froome in the latter stages if he ends up isolated without other team-mates." 

10km to go

Who is Steve Cummings? The 35-year-old Merseysider won his first Tour stage last year for South African based team MTN-Qhuebeka, and it was made more poignant by occurring on Nelson Mandela day. 

Since then he has won three world tour stages this year. He is clearly on an upward curve and Team Sky's Geraint Thomas picked him to win today in his BBC Sport stage-by-stage guide. 

Cummings increases lead

12km to go

Greg van Arvamaet is slipping back now, and is one minute 17 seconds behind Steve Cummings. He might well be swallowed up by the peloton. 

But Cummings is going in the opposite direction, his lead is at 48 seconds to Vincenzo Nibali. 

Wow. 

13km to go

The peloton has swallowed up the rest of the break out group. But Steve Cummings is four minutes ahead of them, and 38 seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali's group. 

Can Cummings hold on?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC 5 live sports extra

Steve Cummings will need a good advantage over Vincenzo Nibali at the top of the Col d'Aspin, because the Italian is a good descender. 

15km to go

Steve Cummings is now heading up the category one climb Col d'Aspin.

Vincenzo Nibali, who is part of the chasing group behind the Briton, is now making an attack but is 22 seconds behind.

Greg van Arvamaet is losing ground. 

Send your questions to the Robs

#bbccycling

#bbccycling how does Cavendish's 29 wins compare to Froome's two overall wins? On par, not as good or better?

Rob Hayles says: They don't compare because they're completely different competitions. Cavendish's job is to win stages, where as Froome's job is to win overall races and the yellow jersey, and in that respect they're both rather successful!"

Cummings maintaining lead

17km to go

It's now 27 seconds between Steve Cummings and the chasing group which includes the yellow jersey of Greg van Arvamaet.

The peloton are four minutes 40 seconds behind the man from the Wirral. 

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Are you legal Steve?

22km to go

This is laughable. Steve Cummings is motoring along, and draws the attention of a Tour de France official, who pulls out a heat gun to check there is literally no motor on the Briton's bike. 

Guess it's a backhanded compliment! 

Steve Cummings
EPA

Send your questions to the Robs

#bbccycling

Why have the GC boys let Nibali go off with the breakaway? #bbccycling

Rob Hatch replies: "Nibali has already lost considerable time, trailing the rest of the favourites by almost 10 minutes. Sky's sport director Nicholas Portal has told French television that Sky are slightly concerned by Nibali's presence in the break, given that he came from quite a long way behind to win the Giro d'Italia. This is why both Sky and Movistar are working together to control the gap, not wanting it to get out of hand."

Allez Steve

25km to go

The breakaway group have been swallowed up by the yellow jersey chasers, except for..... Britain's Steve Cummings!

He's made an attack across the intermediate sprint line through Sarrancolin but that won't matter to him. A stage win is in his sights, although the Col d'Aspin is 6km in the distance. 

Quite a hurdle before the finish. 

What's the final descent like?

OJ Borg and Rob Hayles have been up the top of the Col d'Aspin and have driven down the 7km descent to the finish line in Lac de Payolle and somehow they've captured it on video while driving the route. 

Great insight. Click here if you're on the app and you want to watch it. 

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