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Summary

  1. Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (online only)
  2. Stage 18 ends in summit finish on Col d'Izoard
  3. A 179.5 km route from Briancon to Izoard
  4. Decisive day in battle for yellow jersey
  5. Can GB's Froome retain lead over rivals?
  6. Lone leader Barguil going for stage win

Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

Fittingly, let's give the final word there to stage winner Warren Barguil. What a tremendous ride.

Romain Bardet took back four seconds but, with no more mountains and a time trial to come, Chris Froome looks set to keep yellow all the way into Paris.

He might still have to watch out for Rigoberto Uran but Froome will be a very pleased man tonight.

The report of today's stage is building here.

Join us tomorrow for stage 19 but, for now, farewell.

'It's like a dream for me'

Stage winner, Warren Barguil: "It's really fantastic. I can't believe, it's like a dream for me.

"Last night Michael Matthews and I said we could never think about the polka dot and the green jersey and now it's 2-2 in stages."

Top 10 on GC

  1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 78hrs 08mins 19secs
  2. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +23secs
  3. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +29secs
  4. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +1min 36secs
  5. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +1min 55secs
  6. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors) 2mins 56secs
  7. Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) 4mins 46secs
  8. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team UAE Emirates) +6mins 52secs
  9. Warren Barguil (Fra/Team Sunweb) +8mins 22secs
  10. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +8mins 34secs

Stage result

  1. Warren Barguil (Fra/Team Sunweb) 4hrs 40mins 33secs
  2. Darwin Atapuma (Col/Team UAE Emirates) +20secs
  3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) Same time
  4. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)
  5. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +22secs
  6. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +32secs
  7. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team UAE Emirates) +37secs
  8. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors) +39secs
  9. Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +59secs
  10. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +1min 09secs

Rigoberto Uran actually slipped back in the finale and finished two seconds behind Bardet and Froome.

The Colombian is now 29 seconds back on Froome, while Bardet - with those bonus seconds - moves to 23 seconds behind.

BARGUIL WINS STAGE 18

The classy French climber ended up winning by 20 seconds. Super attacking riding.

Barguil delights crowds

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live at the Tour de France

The French are going absolutely mad here. Barguil secures a sensational victory for France.

Simon Yates reaches the summit and keeps his white jersey.

Fabio Aru finally crosses the line. Another terrible day for the Italian.

BreakingFROOME RETAINS YELLOW JERSEY

So Romain Bardet does take some time on Chris Froome but it's only four seconds.

The gap is now 23 seconds and, if Saturday's time trial goes to form, that should be enough for the Briton to win his fourth Tour de France title and third in a row.

Chris Froome
Reuters

Atapuma holds on to take second and six bonus seconds.

Bardet holds off Froome to take four bonus seconds in third.

BreakingBARGUIL WINS STAGE 18

Inspired by sewing up the king of the mountains polka dot jersey today, Warren Barguil caps a superb Tour de France with his second stage win.

With his first, he became the first French rider to win a Tour stage on Bastille Day since 2005.

With this win, he becomes the first rider to ever win a summit finish on the Col d'Izoard.

Chapeau! Supreme racing from the Sunweb rider.

Warren Barguil
Reuters

Barguil is going to take this...what a racer.

Bardet attacks

Bardet goes again and puts Landa in trouble. Froome and Uran respond.

Final km

Warren Barguil safely negotiates a crowd of fans and is into the final 500m.

Remember, bonus seconds on offer for the first three over the line today.

It looks like Barguil will hang on.

Landa leads Froome, Uran and Bardet into the final km.

Do Uran and Bardet have anything left to take time away from the yellow jersey.

Romain Bardet
Reuters

Is this the crowning achievement of the king of the mountains?

1km to go

Barguil leads Atapuma through the flamme rouge and finally cracks the Colombian.

The Frenchman is solo in front.

1.2km to go

Barguil and Atapuma have 27 seconds on the yellow jersey group.

Can they hold on?

Barguil catches Atapuma with around 1.5km to go.

Can either of them hang on for the stage win?

Landa, Froome, Uran, Bardet follow.

2km to go

Atapuma still out front but about to be caught by Barguil.

Froome is trying to bridge to Landa.

Massive from Uran! The Colombian reels in Froome on a section of flat, looking so strong.

Bardet clamps himself to Uran's wheel and is back too.

Froome attacks

And there he goes.

Chris Froome sits on Romain Bardet's wheel for a few metres and then says goodbye.

The Briton is distancing Bardet and Uran, who have to work together to bring the yellow jersey back.

Bardet attacks

Here goes Bardet!

3km to the summit, the French hope has to go.

Chris Froome covers and Rigoberto Uran latches himself onto Froome's wheel.

The top three underlining their dominance.

Dan Martin desperately trying to react behind.

Sky's tactical ploy

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live at the Tour de France

Now Mikel Landa goes off the front. Chris Froome is now looking at his rivals saying, 'It's up to you'.

Meintjes attacks

Louis Meintjes wants the white jersey off Simon Yates' back as the South Africa goes.

Yates responds and closes it down.

3km to go

Atapuma is still out front alone but now has just 30 seconds to Barguil.

Landa is just 20 seconds behind Barguil.

Landa, jersey fully unzipped, has quickly eked out a sizeable gap to the yellow jersey.

Martin duly responds, putting Aru into more trouble.

Landa has just gone past Lutsenko, who's effort was duly in vain today.

Aru in trouble

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live at the Tour de France

Oh my goodness me, he does not look happy. He could lose a lot of time if he is not careful. He's hanging on by his fingernails is the champion of Italy.

Landa attacks

Mikel Landa goes! Remember, he's a factor on GC in fifth.

Chris Froome is more than happy to let him go - others now have to work as Landa is threatening their podium places.

Kwiatkowski has totally blown. The Pole has actually stopped by the side of the road.

Tremendous effort from him in service of Froome today.

4km to go

Atapuma approaches 4km to go - his advantage to Barguil is now under a minute, with the yellow jersey group about 25 seconds further adrift.

Martin attacks - Aru dropped

Here goes Dan Martin!

Team Sky just ride tempo back up to him, though.

Martin may be trying to just get rid of Aru - and he does! The Italian is off the back again.

Barguil has 30 seconds on the yellow jersey group.

Super domestique

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live at the Tour de France

Kwiatkowski again doing a brilliant job at the front for Chris Froome.

5km to go

Warren Barguil - safe in the knowledge the polka dot jersey is his - is absolutely flying.

He's left Contador behind.

Someone from the yellow jersey group could well win the stage - they're now just 1'45'' behind Atapuma, who's not looking great now.

Fabio Aru is struggling but just about makes it back to the Froome group.

Kwiatkowski has hit the front and dropped the pace just enough for Nieve to get back on for Team Sky.

Froome's rivals will have to go again.

Uran is looking strong but no attack from the Colombian yet.

Barguil and Contador are rapidly swallowing up the riders out front.

Contador now has team-mate Mollema for help.

Can the Spaniard claim a famous stage victory?

Atapuma attacks

The Colombian goes straight past Lutsenko after catching him at the front of the race.

Atapuma has just under 6km to go.

First Izoard finish

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live at the Tour de France

Going right back to the early 1920s this climb has featured in the Tour but never before has it had a summit finish.

Chris Froome
Reuters

Barguil and Contador attack

Warren Barguil and Alberto Contador sense the chance of a stage win and leap out of the elite group.

Dan Martin has got back on but Fabio Aru is really struggling.

Simon Yates is just marking white jersey rival Louis Meintjes.

Aru and Martin dropped

Here comes the carnage!

All of a sudden Mikel Nieve slips back for Sky. Fabio Aru follows, as does Dan Martin.

Chris Froome still has Michal Kwiatkowski and Mikel Landa with him.