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Summary

  1. Froome runs up Mont Ventoux after damaging bike
  2. Froome caught up in crash with motorbike
  3. Incident late in stage causes chaos
  4. Froome given same time as Porte & Mollema
  5. Froome leads Yates by 47 seconds
  6. Thomas de Gendt wins shortened stage
  7. Montpellier to Mont Ventoux (178km)

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Let's all sleep on it

Right, that's it from this bonkers, bonkers, bonkers day of cycling.

I might wake up tomorrow and find that it was all a dream.

The upshot is that Chris Froome is still the yellow jersey holder.

Also, we've found out he can run. We know he can cycle. How's your swimming Froomey? I sense a triathlon career calling.

Keep across this story for a full take on the day's events - and also keep an eye on the BBC Radio 5 live twitter account for tonight's BeSpoke podcast for more reaction.

i have no idea what they'll talk about.

Join us for stage 13 tomorrow - it's time trial day. As if we needed more excitement.

'I've never seen anything like it in my life'

BBC Radio 5 Live

The BBC Radio 5 live commentary team can't believe what they see when the chaos unfolds on stage 12.

You can hear their excellent and dumbfounded description of how it went down by clicking this link.

'Leave your flags at home'

And here are the thoughts of AG2R rider Jan Bakelants...

People leave your flags at home. They add nothing and only bring us in danger. Had a bad crash due to a drunk guy with a flag @letour

Spartacus speaks

Tour de France veteran Fabian Cancellara, nicknamed Spartacus, is not impressed.

What a scandal today for @LeTour no saefty and to much chaos on Mont Ventoux.guess the last word about the stage result is not done.

Quintana gone?

The really big news lost in all this, is that the man considered to be Chris Froome's man rival is drifting out of the picture.

Nairo Quintana is 1min 1sec behind the yellow jersey leader.

The Colombian was left for dead by Froome's break, before he crashed with Porte and Mollema.

Froome would have extended his lead by more had the crash not happened - and Mollema and Porte would have made big in-roads too.

Froome now leads the race by 47 seconds after stage 12. The #TDF2016 organisers credited him with a new time after the crash 👍👏

Chris Froome's antics running up Mont Ventoux seems to have exposed many cycling enthusiasts as Kate Bush fans...

@chrisfroome, @KateBushMusic knows how you feel. #RunningUpThatHill #bbccycling

@chrisfroome, @KateBushMusic knows how you feel. #RunningUpThatHill #bbccycling

Exactly! I could not agree more. The only right decision possible!! Hopefully no more extra stunts until Paris. @Vaughters

Mollema finished 19 seconds ahead of Yates - so Froome gets the same time and extends his lead over Yates by a further 19 seconds - the gap is 47secs.

Froome would have been 53secs behind Yates if the result was not changed.

It seems that Froome, Porte and Mollema have been given the same finishing time. So that means Froome has extended his lead over Adam Yates and Mollema has closed in on the Briton in second place.

And now they've tweeted it...

Le Top 10 du classement général / The Top 10 overall individual time classification #TDF2016

Le Top 10 du classement général / The Top 10 overall individual time classification #TDF2016

Yellow jersey

The classification on the Tour de France website has been updated to show Chris Froome as the yellow jersey holder.

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Looking at Ned Boulting's tweet, Chris Froome seems to have extended his lead in the yellow jersey to 47 seconds over Adam Yates.

What's going on?

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We should have some answers imminently...

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Kenton: Can't believe what I'm reading...sounds like a badly organised club ride. Spectators need to be controlled. 

Glynn: This is our generation's JFK moment: Where were you when @CHrisFroome ran up Mont Ventoux?

Care: What a complete farce at TDF. Hope the jury decides in favour of @chrisfroome

Sam: I have a feeling the result will stand. Ultimately only 3 riders were effected so no "major" impact.

All pretty simple, right?

If you've just joined us...

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Wait. You've missed loads.

Here's a recap:

On the climb to the finish of stage 12, with Thomas de Gendt having already won the stage, Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema broke away and left Nairo Quintana for dead.

It was a race between the three yellow jersey contenders, until Porte went into the back of a motorbike that had been stopped by spectators.

All three riders crashed. Porte and Mollema were able to get back on their bikes and finish.

Froome had a technical problem and started jogging to the finish (I repeat, he started jogging).

He was eventually given a new bike, but couldn't get his shoes into the pedals.

Another bike came, but he finished way down on his rivals and, if the result stands, will relinquish the yellow jersey to Adam Yates.

However, Froome's tweet below suggests Tour bosses have got involved.

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What are your thoughts on the events of today's stage in Ventoux? Tweet us at #bbccycling

Dominic: What happened to the unwritten (etiquette) rules of the peloton why did they not stop racing? 

John: Simple - they should give Froome & Porte the same time as Mollema.

Andy: surely they must stop the race when the leader crosses the line and award the gaps as they were then otherwise not fair

Here's video of Chris Froome jogging up a mountain - just in case you thought I'd established one big massive ruse for the last 45 minutes.

If you're using the BBC Sport app, you'll need to click the link.

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Any other day, Adam Yates taking possession of the yellow jersey would be huge news.

But the Briton has had his moment swept away by farce.

We still don't know if the result will stand and if in fact Yates is the GC leader.

Froome gets his jog on

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This is the sight of the yellow jersey wearer on the Tour de France running up Mont Ventoux.

It will forever be one of the most remarkable images in sport.

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What do you think of this dramatic stage of Le Tour? Tweet us at #bbccycling

Chris Johnson: The commissaires HAVE to do something. An absolute shambles. Other riders should have waited and neutralized finish though?

giles brooks: Makes the TDF appear farcical! 

Sejanus: Tdf reduced to whacky races. If commissaires don't neutralise finish it's become a farce

This may be a farce - but the sight of Chris Froome running up Mont Ventoux has given ammunition for some memes.

Mientras tanto Froome... 😂 😂

Mientras tanto Froome... 😂 😂

This tweet shows the moment Richie Porte crashed into the back of the motorbike - if you're using the BBC Sport app, you won't be able to see it.

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No yellow jersey presentation... yet

Thomas de Gendt, who has achieved a remarkable stage win today, has been presented with his prize on stage.

No yellow jersey presentation yet... I imagine there are many Le Tour officials quickly trying to work out what on earth they are doing.

'That can't stand'

More from Richie Porte: "That can't stand. It can't happen like that. There has to be some sort of discretion. If you can't control the crowds what can you control? It's not the motorbike - the crowd are in your face the whole time, pushing riders."

'They have to do something'

Richie Porte on the crash: "I went straight over the top of the bike. It was a mess. The guys went straight into me. I don't know what they're going to do - they have to do something because it's not fair."

Richie Porte has just been speaking to the media. He's not happy.

I've jotted it down - with you in a second...

'A complete mess'

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live

It has implications for everyone. It could happen to any rider from any team. Could they giver Froome the same time as the guys he was with or the group he left behind? It’s a complete mess. Thankfully it's not my job to make the decisions.

The issue of fans getting too close to the action has been a nuisance so far in this Tour.

Today it became an all-out problem.

The motorbike colliding with a spectator has caused chaos.

Team Sky wait...

Froome loses time on the provisional general classification, 53 seconds back on yellow. Let's see what the #TDF2016 race organisers do

Yellow jersey - Froome provisionally sixth

Here are the yellow jersey standings after that farce.

It's all extremely provisional - but as it stands Adam Yates leads the Tour de France and Froome is sixth.

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So, the rule of everyone being given the same time in the last 3km - even if they fall - does not count on mountain finishes.

Tour de France officials could yet decide they need to intervene.

Yellow jersey

Bauke Mollema gained 1min 40secs on Chris Froome amid all that madness.

He was 56secs behind Froome - so the Briton loses the yellow jersey.

Just trying to work out who the new GC leader is - it could be Adam Yates.