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Summary

  1. Italian Fabio Aru launches late break to claim stage win
  2. Dan Martin finishes second
  3. Defending champion Chris Froome third, takes yellow jersey
  4. Nairo Quintana dropped on final climb
  5. Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (online only)

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow...

I think that's where I'll leave you all for today. A day that started with Peter Sagan losing his protest at his disqualification from the race and ended with a sensational ascent of La Planche des Belles Filles by Fabio Aru.

It also ends with defending champion Chris Froome in the yellow jersey.

The report is taking shape and there will be more reaction in that.

Don't forget OJ Borg, Rob Hayles and Simon Brotherton will be live on Facebook this evening summing up today's stage and looking forward to tomorrow, with the BeSpoke podcast to follow.

Thanks for your company and I'll see you at 11:15 BST for Thursday's stage six, which is a return to the flat and a sprint finish in Troyes.

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A word from the leader

Chris Froome is chasing a fourth Tour de France win and third in a row.

He's taken the yellow jersey as race leader pretty early this year but he said: "It's an amazing feeling to be back in yellow but the race is far from over, it's just beginning for me.

"As a team we're in a great position, first and second and that gives us great confidence and options going forward.

"Today went really well, with my team keeping me out of trouble.

"If anything, I made a bit of a mistake in letting Aru go clear. He showed in the Dauphine he was in great form and today confirmed that."

Chris Froome in yellow jersey
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Top 10 after stage five

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 18hrs 38mins 59secs

2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +12secs

3. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +14secs

4. Daniel Martin (Ire/Quick-Step) +25secs

5. Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing) +39secs

6. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +43secs

7. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +47secs

8. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek) +52secs

9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +54secs

10. Rafal Majka (Pol/BORA) +1min 01secs

Porte 'satisfied'

A brave face from Richie Porte? The BMC Racing rider says his team "was fantastic" today after he finished fourth to move to fifth overall, 39 seconds behind race leader Chris Froome.

He dismissed questions that his squad burned too many matches by chasing down the breakaway, saying they only "used two guys" and it "shows the team is super strong".

On stage winner Fabio Aru he added: "He is flying and is one to watch. He's super-strong and will take a bit more pressure now.

What an attack by Fabio Aru!

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Fabio Aru
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GB's Yates up to sixth

Is Simon Yates the man who could take over Froome's mantle when he finally hangs up his spokes?

The British rider is only 24 and he tried attacking to catch Fabio Aru. In the end he finished in sixth, 26 seconds behind the Italian but he is now sixth overall, 43 seconds adrift of Froome.

"I felt good and I wanted to try and go for the stage," he said on ITV4.

"I knew it was steep at the finish. It was a bit of a risk for the GC with the threat of blowing up. I just didn't have the legs."

An incredible victory on the Planche des Belles Filles

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Aru looks so pleased with that and rightly so. An incredible victory on La Planche des Belles Filles, the first of the mountain climbs and already we are seeing a little bit of who has and who hasn't got the legs at the moment."

Fabio Aru
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Top 10 on stage five

1. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) 3hrs 44mins 06secs

2. Daniel Martin (Ire/Quick-Step) +16secs

3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +20secs

4. Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing) Same time

5. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +24secs

6. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +26secs

7. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale) Same time

8. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek)

9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +34secs

10. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +40secs

Aru up to third

Italian Fabio Aru's efforts see him climb to third overall, 14 seconds behind Chris Froome and he will also take the King of the Mountain's polka dot jersey.

Fabio Aru
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Froome confirmed in yellow

On both previous occasions when the Tour visited La Planche des Belles Filles, the man in yellow at the end of the stage went on to win in Paris (Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Vincenzo Nibali in 2014).

Chris Froome's third place today is enough to move him above Geraint Thomas, who drops to second, 12 seconds back.

Porte shaking head

Richie Porte finishes behind Froome. The Australian is shaking his head as he crosses the line. His hopes of taking a few seconds off the defending champion come to nought.

Richie Porte
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Martin second, Froome third

Dan Martin manages to jump clear of Richie Porte and Chris Froome to take second, 16 seconds later and a six-second bonus.

Froome is third, four seconds further back, and by my reckoning he will take the yellow jersey from team-mate Geraint Thomas.

Chris Froome
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Fabio Aru wins stage five

Italy's Fabio Aru takes the stage win

Aru staying clear

Here comes Aru though. Nobody is going to catch the Italian. A brave bid from the Astana rider.

Richie Porte attacks Froome. He's not going to catch Aru, can he distance Froome?

Fabio Aru
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Flamme Rouge

It looks like Geraint Thomas is going to lose the yellow jersey today but could Froome take it from him?

Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador are dropped.

Fabio Aru has 1km to go and an 11-second lead.

Froome is with Porte, Dan Martin and Romain Bardet.

Froome attack

Here comes the counter-attack from Froome and Geraint Thomas looks to be struggling a bit.

Aru extends lead

Fabio Aru is no massive threat to the yellow jersey of Geraint Thomas. He is 52 seconds back in the overall standings.

But this is a committed effort from the Astana rider. He is out of his saddle and pressing hard.

Simon Yates of Britain decides to set off in pursuit. Geraint Thomas gets in his wheel. Yates is 45 seconds behind G.

Aru attacks - 2km remaining

Team Sky are down to three riders. Thomas is second in line, with Froome on his wheel.

Dan Martin is also up in the mix and Simon Yates.

Fabio Aru attacks. The Italian national champion quickly opens up a decent gap.

No panic from Team Sky.

3km remaining - all together

Team Sky have got Mikel Landa and Colombian champion Sergio Henao following Kwiatkowski as they go under the 3km to go banner.

Geraint Thomas is fourth, Chris Froome fifth.

When will Richie Porte make a move? Or Nairo Quintana? Quintana is looking solid.

Break is caught at 4km

Philippe Gilbert and Jan Bakelants look over their shoulders and spot Michal Kwiatkowski bearing down on them. They shake hands and have a brief hug as they accept their fate.

It's a familiar sight. Sky trying to ride tempo up the mountain to break the other teams. They have six riders up there, having had a comfortable day in the slipstream of BMC.

Lead out for your leaders!

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

"All this lead out for your leaders, lead them out get them to the foot of this climb in a good position. You don't want them to far back to have make a effort just to get back into contact with the riders up near the front."

Peloton catching the leaders

Tommy Voeckler, jersey wide open, is being caught. Edvald Boasson Hagen is trying to keep ahead of the peloton but he too is swallowed up.

Just Philippe Gilbert and Jan Bakelants left. The lead is slowly being eroded. Down to 20 seconds. 20 seconds gone in about 400m.

5km remaining

The road has suddenly got steep. Riders are disappearing out the back of the peloton with alarming pace.

Team Sky are being led by former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski and the leaders are just 35 seconds clear as they go under the 5km to go banner.

Geraint Thomas is right behind Kwiatkowski and Chris Froome is tracking G. Simon Yates is also riding well.

Leaders on La Planche des Belles Filles

Here comes the Sky train. Vasil Kiryienka is the man on the front. Geraint Thomas in the race leader's yellow jersey is fourth in line.

Here comes the Movistar train. They are riding for Nairo Quintana and don't want to let Sky have this all their own way.

BMC are down to a couple of riders. Richie Porte is going to have to surf his way to the top.

7.5km remaining

The start of today's big mountain finish is just a couple of kilometres up the road. It's a 5.9km climb, with an average gradient of 8.5% but there are sections of 20% including right at the very top.

Inside final 10km

BMC
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There have been nine BMC Racing riders on the front of the peloton all day. They are now down to five, including Richie Porte.

Rob Hayles on commentary says it is essential that Philippe Gilbert and Jan Bakelants stay clear for as long as they can. Gilbert has Dan Martin in his team, Bakelants has Romain Bardet.

"If they can be a carrot and then offer 20 seconds of help when their rider gets up to them, that can be a massive help," says Hayles.

Gilbert smashes the break

Philippe Gilbert has gone for a long one. The Belgian dropped to the back of the lead group and then took off. This move has smashed the break to pieces.

Thomas Voeckler tried to follow but he is being distanced. Time for a trademark gurn to the TV camera. He passes some Direct Energie fans who will their man on, but the 38-year-old does not have the legs.

Jan Bakelants of AG2R has followed Gilbert though. We have two out front.

Final 15km

The leading six are within sight of La Planche des Belles Filles.

Behind in the peloton, teams are starting to assemble themselves and BMC Racing are suddenly getting a bit of help at last.

The lead is down to 90 seconds.

Cummings in his usual spot

British national champion Steve Cummings is in his familiar position at the back of the peloton. He has won two stages on each of the previous two Tours de France but when he's not on the attack, he sits on the back.

"He punches tickets as people drop out the back," quips Rob Hayles.

I expect we'll see more of Cummings on the front before the race is out. It would be a decent hat-trick if he could manage it.

Only Me!

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Is Thomas Voeckler a doppleganger for comedian Harry Enfield? A bit late in the day to start sending yours in today - maybe we revisit tomorrow. But worth putting your way given he's in the break...

Will miss Voeckler at the #TDF when he retires. The Harry Enfield of the le peloton :) #bbccycling
Will miss Voeckler at the #TDF when he retires. The Harry Enfield of the le peloton :) #bbccycling

Will miss Voeckler at the #TDF when he retires. The Harry Enfield of the le peloton :) #bbccycling

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20km remaining

A lot of talk about Porte v Froome today but any number of riders may fancy this.

Britain's Simon Yates and his Orica-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves spring to mind. Ireland's Dan Martin, Romain Bardet of France and two-time winner Alberto Contador all need to get time back.

Jakob Fuglsang and Fabio Aru of Astana are also excellent climbers while Rafal Majka, twice a King of the Mountains winner and defending champ of that jersey, is free to roam after his Bora team-mate Peter Sagan was disqualified.

I'm sure I've missed a few - #bbccycling for your favourite.

It's going to explode the legs

In case you haven't seen OJ Borg's look at the closing few hundred metres of today's stage, try this...

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Meanwhile, up ahead

The promotional caravanne, which precedes the race, handing out freebies to fans and keeping them entertained while the riders come along, is out in full force.

I'd rather see Mickey Mouse pedalling than hitching a lift, but it gives you a flavour of the what goes on on Tour.

Mickey Mouse
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30km remaining

Letourdata tweeted earlier that there was a 46% chance that this break would stay clear.

They are still two minutes, 30 seconds clear of the main bunch. There are some decent climbers in there in Thomas Voeckler, Philippe Gilbert, Jan Bakelants and Edvald Boason Hagen, although all prefer shorter ascents.

Is a 5.9km climb with gradients of 20% going to be too much for them? We're about to find out.

Support for Martin

Oh please let Dan Martin win a stage! He deserves it. And yes, G to keep yellow #bbccycling

Save now, benefit later

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Sky, on pretty much all the road stages up to this point, haven't had to do an awful lot, which is good for them as no doubt later on in this Tour they will have to. They'll have to take the strain on many occasions. So the more you can save, especially in this opening week, the better for later on."

Team Sky
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Playing into Froome's hands?

The six out front are almost freewheeling down into the valley, while the BMC riders are still climbing, teeth gritted. Just 40km remaining.

Nobody is keen to help them set the pace because there are no riders in the front six who are considered a threat for the overall race win.

BMC are trying to set up their team leader Richie Porte, who lost more than 30 seconds to defending champion Chris Froome on the opening stage, for the stage win.

But whether the BMC boys will have the legs to also pace Porte up La Planche des Belles Filles, given the effort they have put in, is another question.

Time gaps expected?

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"Only nine riders finished within a minute of Vincenzo Nibali when he won here in 2014 so we can expect some time gaps between the leaders today."

Final 50km

Just 30 miles or so remaining today. A good chunk of it is downhill but that final ascent will sort them all out.

The BMC Racing team is continuing to lead the peloton but they are still two minutes, 30 seconds behind the leading group, which has reduced to six.

Edvald Boassen Hagen, Philippe Gilbert, Jan Bakelants, Pierre-Luc Perichon, Tommy Voeckler and Dylan van Baarle are the men carrying on out front.

Who will win today's stage and will G keep yellow?

#bbccycling with your thoughts...

#bbccycling If Porte doesn't do it, I'd love to see @majkaformal or @LouisMeintjes steal a victory on La Panche

This could be a chance for Dan Martin today, if they're all together I could see him making a dash at that 20% beast #bbccycling