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  1. Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (online only)
  2. Stage 16 is from Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isere
  3. Matthews wins sprint from select group
  4. Kittel caught out and dropped by peloton
  5. GB's Froome retains yellow but Ireland's Martin loses time

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By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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Another frenetic day on the Tour de France comes to a close.

You can read all about it in our report, which is building here.

The yellow jersey competition is still in the balance, as is the green jersey battle after Michael Matthews' victory today.

Join us tomorrow for stage 17.

But for now, goodbye.

The winning moment

Here's Michael Matthews taking the win, his bike lunge enough to hold off Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Michael Matthews pips Edvald Boasson Hagen
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Michael Matthews pips Edvald Boasson Hagen

'I didn't have great legs' - Martin

Ireland's Dan Martin, speaking to ITV4: "I didn't have great legs today and the team was suffering.

"We put a brave face on it at the start but we've had a few people sick.

"The climb put everyone in the red and then it was so dangerous on the downhill. I had to slam the brakes on a couple of times and that contributed me to losing a few places."

Stage winner Michael Matthews: "Normally I can win one stage in a tour but the second one hardest to get.

"To get two in three days won't sink in until tomorrow morning.

"I was trying to go in the breakaway but Quick-Step covered me then I heard Marcel Kittel was getting dropped so I put the pressure on.

"When he was one minute over the top of that climb we decided to start really pulling and give me a better opportunity to go for the sprint at the end."

Top 10 on GC

No changes in the top four, who are all within 30 seconds, but Dan Martin the big loser as he slips out of the top five.

Alberto Contador also slips out of the top 10 and Louis Meintjes loses yet more time to Simon Yates in the best young rider's competition.

  1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 68hrs 18mins 36secs
  2. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +18secs
  3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +23secs
  4. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +29secs
  5. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +1min 17secs
  6. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +2mins 02secs
  7. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step) +2mins 03secs
  8. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team UAE Emirates) +6mins 00secs
  9. Damiano Caruso (Ita/BMC) +6mins 05secs
  10. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +6mins 16secs

Top 10 on stage 16

  1. Michael Matthews (Aus/Sunweb) 3hrs 38mins 15secs
  2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Dimension Data) Same time
  3. John Degenkolb (Ger/Trek-Segafredo)
  4. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC)
  5. Christophe Laporte (Fra/Cofidis)
  6. Jens Keukeleire (Bel/Orica)
  7. Tony Gallopin (Fra/Lotto Soudal)
  8. Tiesj Benoot (Bel/Lotto Soudal)
  9. Maciej Bodnar (Pol/Bora)
  10. Romain Hardy (Fra/Fortuneo-Oscaro)

The race jury have had a look at the flick from Matthews that Degenkolb was complaining about.

Nothing doing - Matthews remains as the stage winner.

Mikel Landa and Simon Yates do indeed leapfrog Dan Martin into fifth and sixth respectively.

Chris Froome retains the yellow jersey, he was well-protected by his Sky team-mates all day.

Looks like Dan Martin has lost 51 seconds after being caught out by that split in the run-in, which drops him down to seventh overall on general classification.

From side on, it wasn't as close as first thought - Matthews had about a wheel on Boasson Hagen, who came from miles back but ultimately left it too late.

Degenkolb was gesticulating wildly that he'd been blocked off by Matthews in the finale.

Just frustration or could there be more to Degenkolb's protest?


A perfect day for Michael Matthews ends in the perfect result.

His second stage win of this Tour.

The Aussie's Sunweb team were majestic today - dropping green jersey Marcel Kittel on the first climb, never to get back on.

He won the intermediate sprint and then takes maximum points in Romans-sur-Isere - 50 points overall.

He trails Kittel by just 29 points in the points classification now.

Photo finish!

Degenkolb, Matthews and Boasson Hagen all there on the line.

It's too close to call...

200m to go

Greg van Avermaet goes early - where's Edvald Boasson Hagen?

Has he left it too late - here comes the Norwegian...

Michael Matthews there too...

1km to go

Bennati is about to be caught as he passes under the 1km to go mark.

Sprint to come...

Bennati attacks

2km to go

Movistar's Daniele Bennati tries to catch out the front group with a long-distance dig.

Sunweb's Warren Barguil leaps to the front to close it down, in service of team-mate Michael Matthews.

3km to go

Here's who to look out for in the finish - Michael Matthews, Edvald Boasson Hagen and John Degenkolb are all up there.

Greg van Avermaet may also fancy a long-distance surge.

Boasson Hagent the favourite now, for me.

33" back to Martin group

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live at the Tour de France

Dan Martin's podium hopes are on the line now.

4km to go

Jack Bauer has gone very deep into the red, trying to bring back the front group for his team-mate Dan Martin.

He finally swings off, exhausted and no one comes through to take it on.

Alberto Contador has also slipped almost a minute behind the front group now.

5km to go

It wasn't Mikel Landa who was the Sky rider going out the back, the Spaniard is still up there with his leader Chris Froome.

Into the final, frenetic five kilometres we go.

6.5km to go

Martin group trails by 24 seconds

Martin and Meintjes look to be the big GC losers today - their group is 24 seconds behind a front group that are laying it all down.

Edvald Boasson Hagen now looking one of the favourites for the stage, with Andre Greipel caught behind.

Michael Matthews and Greg van Avermaet - if he goes for a long dig - will also figure in the finale.

Quick-Step in trouble

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

It's all coming apart at the seams for Quick-Step.

10km to go

Ander Greipel has been gapped too! The German sprinter is caught behind with Martin's group, as is Kristoff.

Meanwhile, the likes of Michael Matthews and Edvald Boasson Hagen, looking for the stage win, are up front alongside the GC favourites.

In short, that means the front group will nail it to the finish now.

Looking very unlikely Dan Martin will get back now. Louis Meintjes is also caught behind with him.

Team Sky's Mikel Landa looks to have been shot out the back of the front group.

12.5km to go

Dan Martin's group already 25 seconds behind the front group.

Team Sky riders getting fired out the back of it too.


Martin distanced

Ireland's Dan Martin - fifth on GC - has been caught out and is not in the front group on the road.

That will motivate them to ride hard to increase the gap.

All the other favourites are up there, including Froome, Aru, Bardet, Uran and Yates.

Terrible day for Quick-Step, with Martin dropped and Kittel completely out of it. Martin perhaps missing those team-mate who stayed back with Kittel.

Sky putting the pressure on

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live at the Tour de France

Sky are at the front of the race now and applying some real pressure. Chris Froome in the thick of it.

Pantano crash

15km to go

Here come the splits and panic ripples through the peloton.

It looked like Alberto Contador hit the deck but it turns out to be his Trek team-mate Jarlinson Pantano. Looked a nasty one, hope the Colombian is OK.

Fabio Aru was caught behind the first split but put in a tremendous turn to make it up to Chris Froome's group up front.

Marcel Kittel's group are now over nine minutes behind the peloton.

It's all a bit nervous in the peloton as teams constantly jostle and battle to be on the front, everyone wary of each other.

But no explosive splits so far...

20km to go

Astana are having a far better day in service of Fabio Aru - his sometimes absent team-mates now hitting the front with 20km to go, helping keep the Italian out of trouble.

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Andrew Harvey: If there are serious crosswinds and some echelons form, you can count on Belgian teams and riders to be in the right position.

The terrain and climate in Belgium ensure their riders have to be adept at riding in strong crosswinds.

Watch this space

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

Another change of direction coming up in a few kilometres.

22km to go

Team Sky head the wrong way round a roundabout - or at least the longer way round - and drop down the peloton.

Oh, they've done it again. They will be strong enough to bring Chris Froome back up the front now but those are the type of mistakes that can see you caught out if there are splits.

Sure enough, Froome is back up front again now.

25km to go

Into the last 25km of stage 16.

Team Sky are assembled on the right side of the road, yellow jersey Chris Froome tucked just about in the first third of riders in the peloton.

No frights for him or the overall favourites so far today.

Sunweb still driving matters on the front.

Rob Hayles isn't just an expert summariser, he's also something of an artist.

Here is his very technical view of the run-in to the line.

Will he get his wish of crosswinds?

Rob Hayles run-in
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Simon and Rob
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Strong winds out there but it's crucially a headwind at the moment - which allows the peloton to ride in the typical one rider behind each other formation.

A shift to crosswinds and this could split apart very, very quickly.

30km to go

All the general classification favourites are right up the front of this peloton to avoid getting left out of the front echelon, should one form.

Smart riding by the all the favourites so far but they can't afford to lose concentration.

Trek attack

Just as a Team Sky rider is dealing with a food bag, Alberto Contador's Trek team launch an attack up the right, trying to push the pace and perhaps create some splits.

They're marked out for now but expect plenty more of those digs to happen in the run in.

35km to go

The peloton continue to set a high pace as they surge towards the finale of what has been a very day of racing.

That's not going to help - a pinch point as the road narrows and Dimension Data's Serge Pauwels hits the deck.

Not a serious crash but horrid misfortune for Pauwels.