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Summary

  1. Stage 10: Perigueux - Bergerac, 178km
  2. Marcel Kittel wins sprint finish
  3. Fourth stage win this year for Kittel
  4. Chris Froome keeps yellow jersey
  5. Elie Gesbert & Yoann Offredo in break for most of stage

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By Paul Fletcher

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

Chris Froome remains in yellow.

Marcel Kittel remains in green.

Simon Yates remains in white.

Marcel Kittel - iron grip on green.

A big thanks to everybody who contributed to the live today. It probably wasn't the most thrilling stage but it is another one down on the road to Paris for Froome.

I'll be back on Saturday but Jack Skelton will be on hand to take you through the rest of the week.

What he doesn't know.....

But before then, check out the thoughts of the BeSpoke team in France live on Facebook at around 18:00 BST. That will also be available as a podcast later today.

Superb stuff.

'On another planet'

So, all in all a relatively incident-free stage won by a man who is absolutely bang on form.

Marcel Kittel has now won more stages at the Tour de France than any other German. Seriously impressive stuff.

He also now has 275 points in the green jersey competition, 102 points clear of Michael Matthews.

John Degenkolb reckons he is "on another planet".

The top 10

Stage 10 result:

1. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Quick-Step Floors) 4hrs 1min

2. John Degenkolb (Ger/Trek-Segafredo) Same Time

3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo)

4. Ruediger Selig (Ger/BORA-hansgrohe)

5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Katusha-Alpecin)

6. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/Cofidis)

7. Daniel McLay (GBR/ Fortuneo-Oscaro)

8. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel/Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

9. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain-Merida)

10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Team Dimension Data)

'At least I played my cards'

Dan McLay: "I came out of the bends really good - I've been annoyed for waiting too long on other stages so I went long and died a death.

"I started with 350m to go and it was always going to be too far. In hindsight it was stupid to lead a wheel like Kittel but at least for once I played my cards.

"Today I felt pretty in control in the run-in. It was less technical that I thought."

Super nice

Chris Froome rides in yellow
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So at the top of the general classification it remains Chris Froome 18 seconds ahead of Fabio Aru, with Romain Bardet occupying the final podium spot.

As for Kittel...

"I can't really believe it," says Kittel. "To win four in one Tour, it is super nice. I'm really, really happy.

"I feel like I live in a small little bubble in a small little world and it cannot be true."

A very likeable man Marcel Kittel.

Marcel Kittel celebrates
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That finish extends Marcel Kittel's lead at the top of the green jersey standings.

No big dramas for Chris Froome either - a very comfortable day for him.

Did he?

Christopher M. Selby: Kittel just looked like a big green majestic swan then

How it finished....

1. Marcel Kittel

2. John Degenkolb

3. Dylan Groenewegen

4. Rudiger Selig

5. Alexander Kristoff

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

Kittel is head and shoulders above everybody else this year - the others are currently fighting for the minor places.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

That was a messy finish but the fastest and strongest came to the front when it counted.

Brit Dan Mclay found himself on the front a little too early but claimed seventh.

With room to spare.

It is his fourth stage of the Tour.

Without equal this year.

Kittel wins stage

Marcel Kittel celebrates
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500m to go

Kittel moving forward has he left it too late?

Messy finish, says Hales.

1km to go

Jockeying for space, for the right lead wheel all over the road.

1.5km to go

Approaching the final turns.

Kittel has one team-mate with him, Italian Fabio Sabatini.

Peloton strung out.

2.5km to go

Over the Dordogne. Bergerac close now. Marcel Kittel still needs to work his way towards the front. Lotto Soudal at the front right now.

3.5km to go

Sprinters and their teams massing at the front.

Some faces of pain and contortion hinting at how hard some of the domestiques are working.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

We have seen Marcel Kittel do this before - Quick-Step wait and wait.

5km to go

Fast, furious, all back together, Chris Froome trying to stay out of trouble up towards the front.

The road, as Rob Hayles said, is narrowing in places.

Simon Brotherton estimates Marcel Kittel is about 20 back.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

The road does narrow down in places and that is the issue - how many teams will want to take up this sprint?

The two leading riders have been caught - the front of the peloton is the front of the race.

7.5km to go

The lead? Nine seconds.

If you are Elie Gesbert or Yoann Offredo do not look over your shoulder.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

Quick-Step train lines up
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Marcel Kittel's Quick-Step team are some way back but on long straight roads like this they can quickly move up the peloton.

9km to go

Team Sky up towards the front, plenty from Fabio Aru's Astana team too. Lotto Soudal doing a lot of work.

The peloton splits around a roundabout.

15 seconds the lead for the two breakaway racers.

Bureau des Etrangers

This isn't going to do much for the BBC's younger audiences drive, but the road to Bergerac, well, let's just say that I cannot get John Nettles out of my head.

I'm 10 again, watching Sunday night TV with mum and dad. I serve as the remote control because they don't yet exist in our house.

Homework needs to be done but when Bergerac and Howards' Way come together on the same night a strange kind of alchemy happens.

Stars from the cast of TV show Bergerac
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10km to go

Lotto Soudal - Andre Greipel's team - moving up at the front now.

It has suddenly got very, very busy at the front of the peloton.

Greipel v Marcel Kittel?

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12.5km to go

Down to 20 seconds now.

The expected sprint finish will materialise.

Thanks to everyone who sent through their stage finishes as tv/film names.

We can now gear up for some action......

Steve Cummings at the back of the peloton. Standard.

When will he strike? What stage?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

It hurts a lot when you are one of the guys on the front right now. A lot.

15km to go

The pace is quickening, the lead enjoyed by Elie Gesbert and Yoann Offredo is dwindling. Back down to 30 seconds.

Team Sky are up towards the front trying to stay out of trouble.

"The run-in is along a big straight road," says Rob Hayles.

20km to go

Elie Gesbert and France's Yoann Offredo in the breakaway
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The breakaway lead has crept back up slightly - almost a minute.

That will start to come down soon.

"Gently rolling countryside," says Simon Brotherton.

It has absolutely been that sort of stage.

"We haven't seen a dog in the peloton yet this year," muses Rob Hayles.

Rob Hayles suggesting on commentary that this is a stage for the pure sprinters, not really for those who wouldn't mind a slight uphill finish such as Alexander Kristoff.

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Stage finishes as film/tv names

Pete_Luxford: Froome with a view, Spokey and the bandit, A Ridge Ventoux Far

Conrad Burdekin: Fitting for this year's multiple crashes - Liege-ons Dangereuses.

Anonymous: Troyes Story 2 - Paul Hemmings

Who?

#bbccycling

Kittel?

Greipel?

Matthews?

Boasson Hagen?

Kristoff?

Bouhanni?

Someone else?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

Team Sky are just sat behind the four sprinters teams at the front.

The two men out in front know they are about to get caught. Their lead is about 37 seconds.

26km to go

In about 25km its going to get very, very interesting.

Arthur Mitchell: It would be a frite.

See 3.53. Thanks Arthur.

You may not be surprised to hear that the lead is now coming down.

With less than 30km to go until we reach Bergerac, Elie Gesbert and Yoann Offredo now have a lead of just one and a half minutes - or to put it another way, 1.2km.

They are riding along the side of the Dordogne, the sun is shining. It all looks very pleasant.

Frie-tening

Imagine travelling around France for a month as a French fry (or would that be frie?).

Tough work, surely?

Someone advertising French fries as part of the Tour caravan
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Green jersey

This is how the green jersey standings looked this morning...

Marcel Kittel - 212 points

Michael Matthews - 160 points

Andre Greipel - 130 points

Greipel could do with a stage win if he has serious intentions of threatening his German compatriot.

Marcel Kittel rides in the green jersey
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