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Summary

  1. Van Avermaet wins stage to take yellow jersey
  2. Froome and GC contenders are 5mins 17secs behind
  3. Contador and Nibali struggle
  4. Stage five: 216km from Limoges to Le Lioran
  5. Get involved using #bbccycling

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Ave that maet

Double bonheur pour @GregVanAvermaet / @GregVanAvermaet delighted #TDF2016

Double bonheur pour @GregVanAvermaet / @GregVanAvermaet delighted #TDF2016

But it's very much this man's day.

Greg van Avermaet is the stage winner and yellow jersey man. How long can he keep it for?

We're done for the day here. Keep across the BBC Sport website for the BBC Radio 5 live BeSpoke podcast later tonight - it will be packed full of reaction and fun times.

Also, check out Geraint Thomas' stage-by-stage guide for the lowdown on tomorrow's action.

I'm out the saddle for a few days, so it will be Alistair "Big Al" Magowan to take you through the stage.

Au revoir!

Yellow jersey

You have to think the main contenders and the peloton were caught out today.

The only saving grace is Van Avermaet is not expected to challenge for the yellow jersey.

Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Fabio Aru, Romain Bardet, Tejay van Garderen and Pierre Rolland are all level - 5mins and 17secs off the leader.

Alberto Contador is 6mins 38secs off the yellow jersey.

And poor Vincenzo Nibali looks to be around 15 minutes off the pace.

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Joe Bainborough: Such a good effort from Van Avermaet! Had my money on Majka but can't help but be impressed by that performance

Beaming for BMC

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Greg van Avermaet takes possession of the yellow jersey, meaning BMC will have held the maillot jaune for five days in their nine-year Tour history.

As the dust settles on stage 5, Froome crossed the line 9th and now sits 5th overall, +5' 17" back on breakaway leader Van Avermaet #TDF2016

Yellow jersey

Greg van Avermaet has a 5min 11secs lead over Julian Alaphilppe in the general classification.

Then Alejandro Valverde is 2secs further back, Joaquim Rodriguez is 1sec further back and then it's Chris Froome with 12 other riders on +5mins 17secs.

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Gregg Coull: Contador clearly not recovered from his crashes. Hope he gets back to form to keep it more exciting later on in the tour.

Andrew Harvey: Brilliant from Van Avermaet! Epic stage win and yellow jersey to match! Well done son 

Rafal Majka will get four bonus seconds for coming third.

.@majkaformal et le peloton arrivent ensemble / Majka and the bunch arrive together! #TDF2016

.@majkaformal et le peloton arrivent ensemble / Majka and the bunch arrive together! #TDF2016

What sort of plonker takes a flare to the cycling?

A replay of Van Avermaet's burst for home shows that someone chucks a red-smoked flare in his way.

Stupidity of the stupidest order.

If you thought Alberto Contador was having a bad day, Vincenzo Nibali is yet to finish.

Froome finishes

Here come the main contenders over the line in a bunch - Froome and Quintana in the same group. About five minutes behind the leader.

Poor Alberto Contador is seconds off the back, possibly even 15 seconds. He looks like he's been through a blender, tortuous.

A moment of panic for Team Sky.

Movistar's Quintana and Valverde try to break free. Sky react and Chris Froome clings on to the pair.

That move changed little up front but it seems Contador has lost touch off the back as they go into the final descent.

Meanwhile, it's a Belgian one-two with Thomas de Gendt crossing in second. He will take the plka dot jersey.

Romain Bardet has decided to ruffle the peloton and is trying to steal a march.

Valverde is quickly out to mark him.

.@romainbardet accélère, Contador lâché / @romainbardet is accelerating, Contador dropped! #TDF2016

.@romainbardet accélère, Contador lâché / @romainbardet is accelerating, Contador dropped! #TDF2016

Van Avermaet wins stage five

A second career individual stage win for Greg van Avermaet.

He's led from almost start to finish.

A look over the shoulder, a fist in the air.

And he crosses the line, pointing fingers at his chest.

Yes, it's your day, sir. Well done.

1.3km to go

Just stay on your bike Greg.

These downhill hairpins are terrifying, particularly when you have a motorcycle up your backside.

Only a fall can scupper the Belgian now.

Polka dot jersey

2.6km to go

Greg van Avermaet confidently sweeps over the line of the final climb and takes maximum points.

But in 2.6km time, there is an even more glorious prize awaiting - a shiny yellow jersey.

GC concerns?

3.4km to go

The group with Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana is actually drifting by a few seconds. The gap has crept up to 6mins 7secs.

Froome's Team Sky are at the front of the peloton, trying to claw back time.

Top recorded speeds on descent from Pas de Peyrol: Breakaway: Van Avermaet: 79.6km/h Fastest in Peloton: Porte: 87.3km/h #TDFdata #TDF2016

Aggression

5km to go

Thomas de Gendt has been awarded the most aggressive prize for the day.

i'm no expert, but i'd say the fella who aggressively left De Gendt for dead a few minutes ago would be my pick.

Greg van Avermaet is 4.7km from home. He's on his last climb and the gap to the GC contenders is steadying around six minutes.

Rob Hayles

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It certainly looks like Greg is going to win today.

If he can continue like this he'll take the stage win and the yellow jersey.

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Reign it in

7.6km to go

Operation damage limitation is being led by Team Sky and Movistar.

They only really need to worry about each other - and they both sit in the remnants of a peloton devastated by the climbs - but they will be a little bit worried by Van Avermaet's potentially whopping lead in the GC.

The gap is 5mins 43secs.

We've got @NieveMikel on the front and pushing hard up the Col du Perthus. Up ahead Van Avermaet has 9km to go #TDF2016

Going down?

The next ascent Greg van Avermaet faces is Col de Font de Cere.

OJ Borg and Rob Hayles talk us through the rapid descent on the other side before the end of today's stage.

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Team Sky push

11.3km to go

It's Team Sky at the front of the peloton, driving it on. A few from Movistar are struggling with the pace - although Nairo Quintana is not one of them, he's still there.

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Polka dot jersey

Greg van Avermaet is, of course, the first over the top of Col de Font de Cere and he collects maximum polka dot points. His lead over the peloton is still at six minutes.

Yellow jersey

15.5km to go

The peloton, with all the GC contenders - aside from Vincenzo Nibali, depending on how you saw his chances - is now six minutes off the leader.

How far behind Van Avermaet will Chris Froome be in the yellow jersey rankings?

Avermaet home and hosed?

16km to go

Greg van Avermaet is up and over Col du Perthus. It's all, relatively, easy now.

There's a small bump on this descent and then the category three climb to Col de Font de Cere.

Van Avermaet s'en va / Van Avermaet solo now #TDF2016

Van Avermaet s'en va / Van Avermaet solo now #TDF2016

It's all about the viewing position for the finish - 18km to go. #TDF2016 Live on @BBCSport now #bbccycling

It's all about the viewing position for the finish - 18km to go. #TDF2016 Live on @BBCSport now #bbccycling

Greg goes it alone

17km to go

Greg van Avermaet has decided he is not waiting for anyone.

He pumps the legs and leaves Thomas de Gendt on his tod and powers up towards the top of Col du Perthus.

It could be a stage-winning move - and one that could secure him the yellow jersey.

Rob Hayles

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Today is one of the days where you wont win the Tour de France but if you have a bad one then you could rule yourself out of the chance of getting on the podium or getting a yellow jersey later on in the race and ultimately in to Paris.

This is where it ends

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Our BBC Radio 5 live commentary team are in Le Lioran to witness the result of this devastating stage.

You can listen to commentary by clicking the audio button at the top of the page.

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#bbccycling climbing Col de la Croix de Fer two weeks ago, first TDF mountain climbed #tempo

#bbccycling climbing Col de la Croix de Fer two weeks ago, first TDF mountain climbed #tempo

Next climb

18.6km to go

After scything down the other side of Pas de Peyrol, Greg van Avermaet and Thomas de Gendt are looking up at the ascent to Col du Perthus.

Another category two climb - 4.4km at 8%.

Ouch.

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A very English feel to this route today.

It looks a bit like Snake Pass, a road I am only too familiar with and is still the main link between those two northern metropolises of Manchester and Sheffield. Progress eh?

Saggy Sagan

23 km to go

Oh Sagan looks like he's hurting. And to make matters worse he's held up by some photographers.

Hasn't lost his sense of humour though - he looks over to the motorcycle cameraman as if to say "come on, keep up".

.@petosagan garde le sourire même quand il est en difficulté / Sagan in trouble but still smiling #TDF2016

.@petosagan garde le sourire même quand il est en difficulté / Sagan in trouble but still smiling #TDF2016

Riders now on the hardest climb of the #TDF2016 so far - 5.4km, 8.1%. Grivko dropped from the Break, Sagan & Nibali dropped from Peloton.

Bye bye

24km to go

Plenty of riders are being laid to waste by this first category two ascent of the Tour and the increase in pace in the peloton.

Massif Central? Massif destruction!

None of them are Chris Froome or Nairo Quintana. Fabio Aru looks fine too.

Down we go

27km to go

Weeeeeeeeee!

Van Avermaet and De Gendt are free-wheeling on the first tasty descent of the day.