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Summary

  1. Peter Sagan wins; Chris Froome second
  2. Froome extends overall lead to 28 secs
  3. Froome part of late four-man breakaway
  4. Mark Cavendish suffers late mechanical
  5. Stage 11: Carcassonne-Montpellier - 162.5km

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By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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Mont Ventoux stage shortened

And just as I typed that... race director Christian Prudhomme has made the call to can the summit finish at Mont Ventoux.

Stage 12 will go to Chalet Reynard, which is still on the climb, but around 500m lower in altitude at 1,435m and will make the stage 6km shorter.

And that really is me done.

Borg at the busses

While intrepid 5 live presenter OJ Borg goes off in search of riders to talk to, it's time for me to head off.

Thanks, as always for your company - some cracking photos - be sure to join us tomorrow for stage 12. We definitely know that it is starting in Montpellier. Where it will finish, is in the hands of the weather gods.

The report, which will contain more reaction, is live and we'll be back at 12:00 BST for Bastille Day fun.

Trying to get an interview at the busses is like trying to meet a girl in a student union. Everyone is sweaty & no one will talk to you

Ready for Bastille Day?

So, that was stage 11 and on to stage 12 we go.

Here's what Geraint Thomas had to say in his BBC Sport stage-by-stage guide:

"t's Bastille Day and that means one thing: a lot of fighting among the French riders to get in the break. Not that the break will stay away because the general classification riders will come to the fore on the legendary ascent of Mont Ventoux."

I've been hanging on a bit to see if there is any news about the ascent of Ventoux tomorrow but so far I've heard nothing. 

It will be a huge shame if the summit finish is canned but completely understandable with 100km/h winds forecast. Racing to Chalet Reynard is the plan B...

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Top 5 on stage 11

1. Peter Sagan (Svk/Tinkoff) 3hrs 26mins 23secs 

2. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) Same time

3. Maciej Bodnar (Pol/Tinkoff) 

4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Katusha) +4secs

5. Christophe Laporte (Fra/Cofidis)

Froome's effort worth 12 seconds

It turns out that for all Chris Froome's effort, he picked up just 12 seconds on Nairo Quintana - six clear and six more for finishing second - could they prove vital though?

He is top of the podium right now, getting another yellow jersey.

What happened to Cav?

Here's his assessment of the finish, without the naughty word. " happens. At least I didn't get beaten, that's the positive I can take from it. My rear mech stopped working and there was no way to get back on."

And on Chris Froome attacking. "Fair play. It's quite nice for the race to see the green and yellow jersey up the road."

Sagan sews up Green?

Peter Sagan in the green jersey
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Peter Sagan has gone 90 points clear in the race for the green jersey. He now has 309 points with Mark Cavendish second on 219. 

It looks like a fifth successive victory in that classification for the Slovak.

Froome extends lead

The official results are in and Chris Froome has extended his lead over fellow Briton and second-placed Adam Yates to 28 seconds with Ireland's Dan Martin still in third, 31 seconds adrift.

Nairo Quintana of Colombia is a further four seconds back.

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Well done Froome! How crucial will those few seconds be come the finish in Paris? #bbccycling @chrisfroome

If Ventoux is cut off tomorrow, Froome has pulled a blinder. Less strenuous day tomorrow to recover before the time trial. #bbccycling

Froome has got his race tactics spot on so far. Quintana now has to pull off something special with Froome in this form #bbccycling #tdf

'It was just crazy'

A few words from our winner Peter Sagan: "It was something crazy what happened. Froomey and Geraint came with us and I said 'We are too strong they are never going to catch us'. So we pulled hard and it happened. There was a crazy wind and it  was not planning to go in break with green and yellow and Geraint and Bodnar. You cannot plan that it just happens."

Full gas Geraint

Geraint Thomas on ITV4: "I was surprised. Sagan was just motoring. When they went, Froome responded and I just went full gas. When we got a gap and heard it was 15-20 seconds, we had to commit. Boy was that hard."

The only downside for Geraint today is that he didn't pick Peter Sagan for the stage win in his stage-by-stage guide!

An unlikely alliance

I think Rob Hayles summed that up perfectly. A bonkers finish to a crazy stage. 

A sprint between the green and yellow jersey. On a flat stage.

They both got exactly what they wanted though. A perfect day all round. Apart for Mark Cavendish.

Les alliés du jour ! / Friends of the day! #TDF2016

Les alliés du jour ! / Friends of the day! #TDF2016

Sagan wins

Et de 2 pour TOURMINATOR @PetoSagan / Tourminator wins his 2nd stage ahead of Froome #TDF2016

Et de 2 pour TOURMINATOR @PetoSagan / Tourminator wins his 2nd stage ahead of Froome #TDF2016

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#bbccycling Miguel Indurain attacked when in yellow in 1995 on the flat- this is similarly brave

Gutted for Cavendish but what a move by Froome, reads the situation so well. #TDF2016 #bbccycling

A bonkers finish

Rob Hayles on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra: "That was absolutely bonkers. I'm wondering if those 12 seconds are going to be worth it given the amount of effort put in by Froome and Thomas. But what an incredible show."

Froome finishes second

Chris Froome briefly jumped out of his saddle but I think that was more to put as many seconds as he could into Nairo Quintana.

Peter Sagan celebrates as he crosses the line to retain the green jersey. Froome looked over his shoulder as he took second with Maciej Bodnar in third.

The peloton was around a dozen seconds adrift and it will be interesting to see, with time bonuses, how much time Froome has picked up.

PETER SAGAN WINS STAGE 11

Peter Sagan crosses the line
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PETER SAGAN WINS STAGE 11

Final kilo

Into the final kilo and the leaders are just 14 seconds clear. Geraint Thomas burying himself on the front. He steps aside and Chris Froome goes full gas. He's looking at Peter Sagan.

Let Sagan win stage

Peter Sagan, Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Maciej Bodnar are working well together and maintaining a 20-second advantage as they head into the final 2km.

Sagan is clearly the quickest rider of the four and will take the stage win if they can hang on.

"If I was Chris Froome I would say to Sagan you commit to this and give it everything then we will not contest the stage win," says Hayles.

Final 3km

So, no 30th stage win for Cavendish today.

The final 3km is a tailwind and that is going to help the guys out front says Rob Hayles on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra commentary.

Froome's group is around 300m ahead of the peloton containing Nairo Quintana and Adam Yates.

Cavendish gone

The Lotto Soudal boys have clearly heard the news about Mark Cavendish and are pushing the pace in the peloton. There are shots of Cav pedalling at the sort of pace a toddler does. He looks a touch upset.

The peloton has closed the gap on the escaped quartet by several seconds but it's still north of 20 seconds with 4.5km remaining.

Trouble for Cav

Mark Cavendish is out of the back of the peloton. He is pedalling hard, Rob Hayles suggests he may have trouble with his gears. He is on the blower to his team car but it looks like, with just 6.5km remaining that his race is done.

The four push on

An extraordinary break. The gap is up to a dozen seconds. A brief lapse in concentration from the Movistar riders means Nairo Quintana could well be losing time here.

I don't think I've ever seen a yellow jersey go on a break on a flat stage. 

Geraint Thomas is pushing on, flicks the elbow and Maciej Bodnar of Tinkoff takes over. Peter Sagan then takes his turn. Chris Froome is also doing a turn.

Froome and Sagan clear

This is huge. Nairo Quintana is being left behind. 

Peter Sagan and fellow Tinkoff rider has gone clear with Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas of Team Sky. Sagan looks at Froome and gets a nod, they are in team time trial mode here.

Just 10km remaining.

Froome in the break

Fabian Cancellara is among those pushing on and the peloton is being strung out. Chris Froome is out of his saddle stomping on his pedals. Geraint Thomas is trying to hold on to his coat-tails.

The yellow and green jerseys are in the break. Chris Froome and Peter Sagan are in a four-man break.

Going for a break

We are into the final 15km and the pace has been upped again. Etixx - QuickStep are starting to show their faces at the front of the peloton.

But several riders are trying to stretch the peloton to breaking point. Can the teams of the sprinters control this or will a break go clear?

Apologies

A wee telling off on Twitter - my bad. Sorry. Marcel Kittel has of course won a stage.

@BBCSport Will you stop asking if Kittel can win his first stage of 2016 today. He already won stage 4. #bbccycling #TDF2016

A breather in the peloton

When the wind dies down there is a brief cessation of hostilities says Rob Hatch on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra. The race is all back together and there are the familiar trains of Team Sky, Tinkoff, Lotto Soudal, Movistar and BMC Racing spread out across the road.

A bit of central reservation briefly splits the bunch left and right but there is no urgency. Everyone deserving a bit of a breather after the crosswinds.

The helicpoter buzzes off to give us some aerial shots of flamingoes. We're down near the south coast of France, remember.

The winner is...

The hardman of the peloton Will? #bbccycling

#bbccycling Cycling the Öxi Pass in east Iceland this May. Gravel roads, -5c and 50kph headwind with hail #nippy

#bbccycling Cycling the Öxi Pass in east Iceland this May. Gravel roads, -5c and 50kph headwind with hail #nippy

The final 20km

The wind is predominantly from the rear at the moment as the riders zip either side of a roundabout. The pace is high as the race blasts through the red-roof topped town of Montbazin and back out into the countryside.

Mont Ventoux in the wind?

A decision expected in the next 15 minutes or so. In the meantime, these boys weren't put off by a bit of wind. #bbccycling

44oc on the beast of provence top section with 50kph winds #bbccycling who fell off first ?

44oc on the beast of provence top section with 50kph winds #bbccycling who fell off first ?

25km remaining

Team Sky in the peloton
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There is not a great deal happening on the road. Marcus Berghardt of the BMC Racing team had a brief stretch of his legs but the peloton were in no mood to let him get away. 

A couple of Lotto Soudal and Movistar riders have ducked back to their team cars to pick up some juice for the final push.

More snow

#bbccycling for your extreme weather rides

#bbccycling the col de joux plane a few weeks back warming up for #LEtapeduTour 2016!

#bbccycling the col de joux plane a few weeks back warming up for #LEtapeduTour 2016!

The run-in with Rob

Time to check out the run-in to the finish. There's a howling tailwind and Rob Hayles is backing Mark Cavendish. He'll only get the green jersey back if Peter Sagan misses out though.

Check out the run-in to the finish with OJ Borg and Hayles.

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More from McLay?

It has felt like a really hectic stage but finally there is a calmness in the peloton. The race is coming back together as we continue towards Montpellier - the sixth largest city in France. Just 30km remaining.

Anybody backing Britain's Dan McLay for today's stage win? He was third behind Cav a few stages back and the Fortuneo Vital Concept rider has certainly impressed this year.

While the big guns are looking at each other, could he slide up the blind-side?

Look mum, no hands

#bbccycling - extreme weather rides

#bbccycling Casse Déserte south side of Izoard. Rain, 2C, can't feel hands, no barriers. Scary. N side my fav climb.

#bbccycling Casse Déserte south side of Izoard. Rain, 2C, can't feel hands, no barriers. Scary. N side my fav climb.

35km remaining

 But that is tomorrow. Time to focus all energy on this run-in to Montpellier. We are entering the business end of today's stage. Mark Cavendish is searching for an incredible fourth stage win of this year's race and a 30th in total.

His main lead-out man Mark Renshaw is out of the race and he has a couple more of his squad in the bunch that dropped away in crosswinds. So, will Andre Greipel or Marcel Kittel make his Dimension Data team pay and pick up their first wins of the 2016 Tour?

Another omen for Cav? He rides for an African team...

Montpellier, a place of glory for African cycling! -Stage win for Rob Hunter in '07 -#MaillotJaune for Impey in '13

Montpellier, a place of glory for African cycling! -Stage win for Rob Hunter in '07 -#MaillotJaune for Impey in '13

Ventoux to be cut?

That injection of pace saw the main split that has seen two groups formed. One is almost one minute behind the group containing all the favourites.

On commentary Rob Hayles is suggesting that Mont Ventoux may be completely cut from the race. He explains that it's not just the riders who have to get up there, there are fans and media to consider, not to mention the Tour 'village'. 

But, remember the Flamme Rouge collapsed on Britain's Adam Yates on stage seven - and that was in reasonably sedate conditions. 

A decision won't be taken lightly though - it is the French national day tomorrow - Bastille Day and every man, woman, child and dog will be heading to the mountain*.

I've heard from our team in France, decision at 16:00 BST which will be just before the finish in Montpellier. Great timing!

*Perhaps not strictly true but there'll be a fair few!

Speedy Sky

Some great data from how Team Sky decided to close that break down a few minutes back.

Team Sky maintains a 60km/h speed, leading the Peloton on a flat section. #TDFdata #TDF2016

Team Sky maintains a 60km/h speed, leading the Peloton on a flat section. #TDFdata #TDF2016