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Summary

  1. Stage eight: Dole - Station des Rousses, 187.5km
  2. Lilian Calmejane holds on to claim stage win
  3. Chris Froome retains leader's yellow jersey
  4. Listen now to commentary on BBC Sport online

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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This is the end

And with that, it's time for me to get stuck into the report.

Don't forget OJ Borg, Rob Hayles and Simon Brotherton are aiming to be live on the BBC Radio 5 live Sport Facebook page from 18:00 BST to analyse today's stage. If you miss that, it will be available as a podcast and accessible from the BBC Sport cycling pages.

Sunday's stage nine features three hors categorie climbs, and there is apparently the threat of rain, which could make descending interesting.

That's me done for this year's race, thanks for all your company over the opening week.

Paul Fletcher will be here from around 11:00 BST, with radio commentary from 14:30. Be sure to join them.

Tour de France stage nine
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Congrats Lilian

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As you were on GC

So no change in the race for the overall Tour de France victory.

Chris Froome continues to lead the way, 12 seconds clear of Geraint Thomas, with a third Briton, Simon Yates in sixth.

Yates will also continue in the white jersey as the fastest rider under the age of 26 - a classification, you may remember, that was won by his twin brother Adam last year.

Top 10 after stage eight

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 33hrs 19mins 10secs

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

First Tour, first Tour stage win

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Top 10 on stage eight

1. Lilian Calmejane (Fra/Direct Energie) 4hrs 30mins 29secs

2. Robert Gesink (Ned/LottoNL) +37secs

3. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Wanty) +50secs

4. Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC Racing) Same time

5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze/Orica)

6. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana)

7. Michael Valgren (Den/Astana)

8. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora)

9. Nathan Brown (US/Cannondale)

10. Romain Hardy (Fra/Fortuneo)

Lilian Calmejane
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GC riders saving legs?

After an unbelievably chaotic start to the stage, that was almost an anti-climax.

Take nothing away from Lilian Calmejane, who is a deserving victor, but nobody in the general classification race had the legs to take on Chris Froome.

They all crossed the line 50 seconds behind Calmejane.

I reckon they are all saving their legs for Sunday's stage, which promises to be an absolute stonker.

Froome will stay in yellow

All the yellow jersey contenders cross the line together. And that means Chris Froome will continue in the yellow jersey.

Chris Froome
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Gesink second

The Frenchman had one final look over his shoulder to acknowledge his team car and then celebrated with the fans as he crossed the line.

Robert Gesink is second over and here comes the peloton...

Calmejane wins

Lilian Calmejane wins stage eight

Lilian Calmejane
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Calmejane on the run-in

Lilian Calmejane has a huge smile spread across his face. He is shaking his head as he comes up the finishing straight. He won a stage in the 2016 Vuelta a Espana and he's going to win a stage in the 2017 Tour de France...

Flamme Rouge

As I type that, there is an attack in the main bunch. It looked like Dan Martin might have been having a go.

Has Lilian Calmejane been taking tips off his Direct Energie team leader Thomas Voeckler? His tongue is out, his face is contorting. He's got a long way to go to match the master of the gurn.

1km for Calmejane.

3km remaining

Does Robert Gesink know what has happened to Lilian Calmejane?

Dutchman Gesink looks like he is toiling as well though. And Calmejane is back in a rhythm. Using a lower gear seems to have helped the Frenchman and his lead is going back up beyond 30 seconds again.

It is surely his to lose now.

The peloton are happy enough 90 seconds back.

5km remaining - Calmejane in trouble

Lilian Calmejane is on what looks like a nice bit of smooth tarmac as he continues to push on. He keeps looking over his shoulder but he can't see Robert Gesink.

Oh no. The poor bloke. As he rides under the 5km to go banner, he almost comes to a standstill. Is it a bit of cramp? He is trying to stretch his calves out. He's gone into a lower gear. But his rhythm has gone.

Over half of his advantage has gone.

7km remaining

Lilian Calmejane, you may recall, was in a break earlier in this year's race. I wonder if he was just testing his legs that day, seeing how he felt, knowing he had this day to come.

He also picked up a King of the Mountains point in that breakaway, and adding that to the 10 for reaching that last summit first, he takes control of the polka dot jersey.

A great day out for the Frenchman already. Can he top it off with a stage win?

He's still 30 seconds clear of Robert Gesink with 7km remaining.

10km remaining

The stage leader Lilian Calmejane is being cheered along. A French winner always goes down well on Tour, although I'm not sure how many of those watching know it is one of their own racing clear.

"It's going to be a long, lonely 10km for Calmejane," says Rob Hayles.

Lilian Calmejane
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Calmejane wins polka points

Inside the final kilometre of the climb and the road narrows a little more and it's not much more than a farm track. Lots of holes for the riders to avoid.

Lilian Calmejane is riding at 12km/h up this hill. But it is fast enough to open his advantage over Robert Gesink who is now 25 seconds and 135m adrift.

Frenchman Calmejane takes the summit first.

Team Sky are leading the peloton but they are not interested in winning this. A bigger day to come tomorrow with three hors categorie climbs to negotiate.

1.5km to summit

Lilian Calmejane is out of the saddle, shoulders rocking and rolling as he starts to toil. He is 11 seconds clear of Robert Gesink.

Nic Roche and Serge Pauwels are 40 seconds back. The peloton is still at 90 seconds.

Chris Froome, Richie Porte, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Simon Yates are all together. Will anyone put in a burst to try nick a few seconds back off Froome?

15km remaining

The yellow jersey group is still 90 seconds behind stage leader Lilian Calmejane.

Robert Gesink of Lotto Jumbo-NL is a handful of seconds back.

If these two get over the top together, in 3km, can they work together to the finish line?

4km to the summit

Lilian Calmejane is pushing on here and is 12 seconds clear of Irishman Nic Roche, who is now struggling.

Robert Gesink comes up alongside him and races by, while Serge Pauwels drops in behind the BMC rider for a few seconds' breather.

Can Dutchman Gesink go on and catch Calmejane?

"It's like they are riding through sand," says Rob Hayles on race commentary.

17m remaining

Brice Feillu almost overshoots a hairpin bend. Going uphill! The French Fortuneo rider shoots off the front of the peloton with such vim and vigour that he comes close to going off the road!

There is no grass verge either. Just a big drop into the valley.

Up front Nic Roche and Lilian Calmejane are trying to stretch everyone else in the break. Direct Energie's Calmejane is out of the saddle and really pushing the tempo.

Roche misses a bottle. Could that be costly?

Roche makes a break

Nicolas Roche and Serge Pauwels have made a bit of a break and Lilian Calmejane is trying to bridge across.

And Warren Barguil, the Team Sunweb rider, has perhaps done too much, too early today. He is finding it tough going up the "final climb on stage eight" as Simon Brotherton on race commentary has decided to refer to it as from now on in.

Break down to six, 20km remaining

Greg van Avarmaet is going backwards. The BMC Racing rider gives a little wave to the camera. His day is done. Jan Bakelants is also pedaling squares.

His team-mate Nicolas Roche is trying to stick with Warren Barguil and Robert Gesink, who are really turning the screw.

Direct Energie's LIlian Calmejane is also looking good.

The yellow jersey group is just 80 seconds adrift with 20km to the finish. The next 8km or so are all uphill and then it's a 12km run across a plateau to the line.

How hard is this ascent?

The leaders are officially on the final ascent of the day.

Want to know how hard it's going to be? Here's OJ Borg...

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The final climb

I don't want to type it out too many more times today. I think I'll reduce it to Montee de la Combe for ease from here on in. Anyway, here it is in all it's glory, courtesy of the Tour de France twitter folk.

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30km remaining

The break is 1.6km ahead of the peloton. A group containing sprinter Andre Greipel is 8.5km adrift.

I have been hearing that Arnaud Demare is feeling a bit icky today. He was 15km back down the road a good while back. He has dropped off the radar. I'm not sure if he is still pedalling.

Eight in the break

The eight in the leading group are Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale), Nicolas Roche and Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Warren Barguil (Sunweb), Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac), Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie).

Van Avermaet is the Olympic champion remember and he won that race on a hilly course round Rio. This mountain to come is tougher than what he faced in Rio but if he can get up it first, he'll have a good chance, particularly because he's got a team-mate with him in Roche.

The peloton is only one minute, 45 seconds adrift though and closing fast...

Froome avoids crash

I've just seen a bit of footage of Chris Froome failing to negotiate a right-hand bend.

He was following four Team Sky team-mates and the fourth in line ran wide, and Froome drifted off into the grassy dust. Thankfully he was on the brakes early, otherwise he could have been munching on a tree branch or two.

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37.5km remaining

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

If the stage was to finish at the top of today's climb there would be a lot more action. But the 12km between the top and the finish could make it difficult and why you will need team-mates with you because it will be fast and you can benefit from slipstreaming.

Perfect drying weather

OJ Borg and the BBC Radio 5 live team are at Station des Rousses. While Rob Hayles and Simon Brotherton are on race commentary, OJ is filming the next bit of his Tour A-Z.

They are also hoping to be live from 18:00 BST on Facebook with their daily BeSpoke podcast to analyse today's stage. Don't worry if you miss that, it will be available as a podcast a little later in the evening.

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40km remaining

The attacks are continuing at the front of the race. The peloton is on a bit of an incline and once they are over it, it's straight down into the valley before the final climb - the Montee de la Combe de Laisia Les Molunes.

They are about 17km from the bottom of the ascent.

The group out front are three minutes clear of the peloton and there is a group of 25 riders 45 seconds off the front.

A wobble for Froome

Chris Froome drifted off on to some grass as he ran wide on a right-hand bend on the descent. A minor hiccup for the race leader.

Team Sky have four riders on the front of the peloton and one went a little wide and Froome had nowhere to go.

He rejoins towards the back of the bunch and appears untroubled.

Credit for Knees

Team Sky pay tribute to their German rider Christian Knees for his efforts today as he starts to go backwards from that big break.

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Polka points for Barguil

Is Warren Barguil trying to take the polka dot jersey off Fabio Aru? The Team Sunweb rider picked up five points for being first up the category two ascent.

That puts him up to seven. Aru leads on 10. He needs to keep it together for one more climb...

1km from the summit

The 'tete de la course' contains around 40 riders again as the escapees are caught.

But almost as soon as I type that, another attempt to race clear goes again.

Four riders, Jan Bakelants, Greg van Avermaet, Serge Pauwels and Warren Barguil are the mischief-makers.

Three riders are trying to come across to them as they reach 1km from the summit.

In the broom wagon

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

The word in the commentary box is that those struggling at the back of the race, such as Arnaud Demare, need to finish within 37 or 38 minutes of the stage winner to avoid been chucked off the race.

The break splinters

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Five clear on the climb

All eight of the riders out front have won at least one Grand Tour stage in their careers.

They are on the ascent of Cote de Viry - a 7.6km climb at 5.2%.

The octet have failed to build a significant gap over the 40 or so behind them - the lead is under 20 seconds.

In fact the eight has become five as the slope begins to take its toll. Michael Matthews is one starting to pedal through treacle.

Rob and Simon hitting the airwaves early

With so much going on out on the road, my BBC Radio 5 live colleagues out in France have decided to go on air 15 minutes early, which is right now. Click the link and listen in, while reading and contributing here, of course. #bbccycling for your thoughts on how the final 60km will go.

They've also been sending me pictures on their way to the finish. A bit of support for Chris Froome on the roadside today...

Support for Chris Froome
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Break 2.4km ahead of peloton

Back in the peloton, it's a familar sight with Team Sky on the nose of the peloton.

Four men in white and black leading with Chris Froome in yellow tucked in behind Geraint Thomas. They are being tracked by the BMC Racing squad, who have Richie Porte in their midst.

A bit of a struggle for Arnaud Demare today. The French sprinter, who is second in the green jersey standings, is 15km down the road. Could he be in danger of missing the time cut?

There are a couple of big climbs still to come.