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Summary

  1. Stage 15 - Bourg-en Brisse to Culoz
  2. Jarlinson Pantano wins his first Grand Tour stage
  3. Chris Froome keeps 1min 47secs lead in tact
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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Sprint day tomorrow?

Right, so we go into what is officially classed as a flat stage tomorrow, although there is debate about whether it's of any use to the sprinters.

If he can stick around over the few bumps that are present on the 209km route from Moirans-en-Montagne to Berne, Mark Cavendish will fancy a sniff at a fifth stage win of 2016.

An uphill cobbled section before the finish could open it up for the likes of Peter Sagan, though.

Make sure you join us tomorrow - Alistair Magowan will be filling the well-formed grooves I've left in the commentary seat. Take it easy.

There was a sense throughout that stage that it just wasn't worthwhile trying to make an attack on Chris Froome - Team Sky are master tacticians and just slam the door shut on any attack.

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Yellow jersey

But no changes in the top five of the yellow jersey race. Chris Froome keeps his 1min 47secs lead over Bauke Mollema, with Adam Yates 2mins 45secs behind and Nairo Quintana at +2mins 59secs.

Tejay van Garderen's struggle at the end there has seen him drop from sixth to eighth - Romain Bardet and Richie Porte have leapfrogged above him.

The biggest GC winner today is Sebastien Reichenbach, who finished fourth, six seconds off the winner and three minutes ahead of the yellow jersey group.

That moves him to around eight minutes off the GC leader.

I make that the first Colombian stage win on Le Tour since Nairo Quintana's victory on the penultimate day in 2013.

Darling Jarlinson

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So, we have a Colombian stage winner at the Tour de France - and it's not Nairo Quintana.

It's this man Jarlinson Pantano with his maiden Grand Tour stage win.

Van Garderen was 3mins down on Chris Froome in the yellow jersey competition and he's lost another minute or so today, as he crosses the line.

Froome safely finishes

The yellow jersey group decide they'll have a little sprint to the line - just for fun.

It's Woult Poels leading it, and Chris Froome is just behind him with Nairo Quintana next over the line.

that group was about three minutes behind the stage winner.

The dribs and drabs of that early breakaway start to file across the line. And now here's the yellow jersey group - Tejay van Garderen is not with them though.

Pantano wins stage 15

And now they break into a sprint and Jarlinson Pantano, looking initially like he had no idea what to do with Majka, pulls himself together and wins the sprint to the finish.

250m to go

Majka and Pantano are messing around though, both refusing to go on the front.

500m to go

So, coming down to the final km for the leaders - Rafal Majka v Jarlinson Pantano.

There's two chasing 20 seconds behind - it's unlikely they'll catch them.

1.6km to go

Chris Froome is so comfortable he has time for what looks like a casual chat with team-mate Wout Poels.

"What beer should we have with our kebabs later?" is probably what he's saying.

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3.6km to go

Movistar have a half-hearted go at attacking from the yellow jersey group - it comes to nothing.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC 5 live sports extra

Mikel Nieve looks to be OK...

But it just goes to show tha at any moment your Tour can be over. 

We all have 'moments'

Looks like @NieveMikel has had a moment there on the descent. He's now out of the lead group but looks okay #TDF2016

4.5km to go

Rafal Majka had earlier gone off on to a grass embankment on this descent - he stayed on his bike though.

Not such luck for Team Sky's Mikel Nieve, who hits the same embankment and takes a tumble - yet to see if he's back in the yellow jersey group to help his man Chris Froome... it doesn't seem like he is.

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6.6km to go

Rafal Majka may have dropped Reichenbach, but Jarlinson Pantana has joined the Pole at the lead of the race.

Pantano goes in front and waves a slightly frustrated elbow, suggesting he wants Majka to do a bit of work. Majka obliges and lets the Colombian sit in his slipstream.

8.4km to go

Chris Froome will need to buy Wout Poels a Solero later. Romain Bardet was desperate to reach the top of the climb by himself, so he could attempt to pull away on the descent, but Poels times everything perfectly to catch the Frenchman in the nick of time.

10.2km to go

At the front of the race, Rafal Majka has dropped Sebastien Reichenbach, who has tumbled well off the pace on the descent.

10.8km to go

Romain Bardet has got seven seconds on the yellow jersey group. Wout Poels is made of granite though and is not letting him launch off.

Bardet drops his sunglasses while looking over his shoulder.

12.3km to go

It's Wout Poels' job to make sure Romain Bardet doesn't escape too far from Team Sky's clutches.

Poels doesn't look too concerned though, as he takes a swig of a drink.

13.8km to go

Oh here goes Romain Bardet from the front of the yellow jersey group - the Frenchman pulling away. He is 4mins 4secs down on Chris Froome in the yellow jersey chase.

Bardet might be getting away.

14.7km to go

That flare seemed to be let off somewhere between stage leader Rafal Majka and the chasers - Jarlinson Pantano and Sebastien Reichenbach had to chug their way through the smoke on a narrow stretch.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC 5 live sports extra

This is all the bike riders need...there's a flare being set off at the side of the road.

The riders can't really see through it, with the issues we've already seen in this years Tour de France, this is ridiculous.

15.5km to go

The yellow jersey group zig-zag through the hairpins, swirling up into the heavens.

It looks gorgeous from the aerial view - like a lush, green large intestine laid out on a mountain.

That ended up sounding less gorgeous than I intended.

16.2km to go

Sebastien Reichenbach has dropped the chase group and is hunting down Pantano. The Swiss could well have the stage win on his mind.

The gap to the yellow jersey group is down to 5mins 24secs.

16.6km to go

With 2.8km to the top of this climb to go, Rafal Majka pulls away from Jarlinson Pantano to lead the stage by himself, crawling through the snaking pass up Grand Colombier.

He'll pick up another 10 points towards his polka dot tally if he's the first man up there.

17km to go

Chris Froome has Team Sky buddies Wout Poels and Mikel Nieve for company in the yellow jersey group. It's up to that pair to see him safely over this final climb.

Rob Hatch

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Nairo Quintana hasn't been at his best. 

He needs to find his form and his fitness very quickly. 

He still has a chance, but he could be in trouble by the end of the day.

17.4km to go

Is today the day Nairo Quintana tries to claw back time on Chris Froome in the yellow jersey?

He's looked out of sorts so far on the Tour, drifting to fourth place and 2mins 59secs behind Froome.

Is he ill? There are rumours that he is-  but he's in the group with the favourites as it stands and is welcome to launch an attack up Grand Colombier, should he fancy it.

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4.7km to go

Jarlinson Pantana manages to rein in the elastic on Rafal Majka. The chase group is getting closer to the pair.

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19.7km to go

It's still Astana driving on the yellow jersey group, which is now 6mins 30secs off the front of the race.

And, speaking of the front of the race, Rafal Majka has broken away from Jarlinson Pantano

20,2km to go

The yellow jersey group crosses the finish line to instigate this lap before the end of this stage.

A few moments later, Geraint Thomas comes over the line - he's fallen off the group somewhere, possibly because of a mechanical.

But Team Sky's numbers have diminished around Chris Froome, with Henao dropped earlier.

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I've been hearing that Rob Hayles, former Great Britain cyclist, enjoys a nap.

What I'm also learning is that he can fall asleep pretty much anywhere - particularly under desks.

Fortunately he woke up in time to perform BBC Radio 5 live commentary obligations - you can listen to him and Rob Hatch by clicking the audio button at the top of the page.