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Summary

  1. Stage 20 - 22.5km time trial in Marseille
  2. Pole Maciej Bodnar wins stage
  3. Yellow jersey Chris Froome finishes third
  4. Froome will win fourth Tour title on Sunday
  5. Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten wins women's race

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By Paul Fletcher and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

That's a wrap for this live text on the day that Chris Froome effectively sealed his fourth Tour de France title and third in a row.

It was perhaps less straightforward at times than his previous three but the Briton staved off everything his rivals threw at him.

The report of all the action on stage 20 is here.

And we'll have a full live text and plenty more reaction to Froome's feat tomorrow on the final stage into Paris.

Join us then. But, for now, farewell.

Just noticed that Simon Yates and Louis Meintjes finished with the same rounded time on today's stage, meaning the Briton exactly retained his 2'06'' advantage in the white jersey.

A tremendous ride from the 24-year-old, emulating his twin brother Adam, who won the best young rider classification last year.

Will Adam be tempted to point out that he finished fourth overall, while Simon is set to finish seventh?

The jerseys

All four jersey classifications have now been sewn up, the riders in question just have to finish in Paris to pull those jersey on on the final podium.

Yellow (overall): Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

Green (points): Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb)

Polka dot (mountains): Warren Barguil (Fra/Team Sunweb)

White (best young rider): Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott)

Froome
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Geraint Thomas - who crashed out of this year's race after wearing yellow himself - jumps on Twitter to pay tribute to Chris Froome, his Sky team-mate and virtual white jersey winner Simon Yates.

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Provided Rigoberto Uran does not finish tomorrow's final stage too far behind Chris Froome, then this will be the Briton's smallest margin of victory.

He beat Nairo Quintana by 4'20'' and 1'12'' in 2013 and 2015 respectively, and finished 4'05'' ahead of Romain Bardet last year.

He leads Uran by 54 seconds going into the final stage.

His rivals may be getting closer but Froome still finds a way.

'Shy but steely'

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford, speaking to ITV4: "From a personality point of view, Chris is very polite and comes across very quiet when you first meet him.

"But then you see this steel inside him and it takes you aback - he's a never say die kind of guy and it conflicts a bit with what you see on the outside.

"That's what makes him good - his ability to fight with his back against the wall. He's one of the few guys who can turn himself inside out to get back in the race on a bad day.

"The moment of the race was when he had his mechanical, had to change his wheel and then had to get back on, otherwise he was going to lose the race.

"He might not have won a stage this year but when you watch that, that was some performance."

'An amazing feeling'

The Tour champion elect Chris Froome, speaking to ITV4: "It just was just an amazing feeling to finish in this atmosphere in this stadium.

"Three weeks of racing are almost at an end - we've still got to get to Paris but this is an amazing feeling.

"It was tough - there were a thousand what ifs and things that could go wrong so it was not an easy one coming into today with it being so close.

"But it feels incredible to finish this one off."

Maciej Bodnar takes the podium in Marseille to mark the biggest victory of his career.

The Pole was agonisingly swallowed up in the final 250m of stage 11 after his lone attack from a breakaway looked to have caught out the chasing peloton.

That day he said he was riding for his father, who died two months ago.

A fitting way to pay tribute in Marseille.

Maciej Bodnar celebrates on the podium
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Stage 20 result

  1. Maciej Bodnar (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) 28mins 15secs
  2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Team Sky) +1sec
  3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +6secs
  4. Tony Martin (Ger/Katusha-Alpecin) +14secs
  5. Daryl Impey (SA/Orica-Scott) +20secs
  6. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +21secs
  7. Nikias Arndt (Ger/Team Sunweb) +28secs
  8. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +31secs
  9. Stefan Kung (Swi/BMC) +34secs
  10. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/Direct Energie) +37secs

Romain Bardet is still slumped against a wall in the Stade Velodrome, looking absolutely distraught.

The Frenchman lost second place today but perhaps one day will look back on this as a podium place saved.

Romain Bardet
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Top 10 on GC

  1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 83hrs 55mins 16secs
  2. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +54secs
  3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +2mins 20secs
  4. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +2mins 21secs
  5. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +3mins 05secs
  6. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors) +4mins 42secs
  7. Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +6mins 14secs
  8. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team UAE Emirates) +8mins 20secs
  9. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +8mins 49secs
  10. Warren Barguil (Fra/Team Sunweb) +9mins 25secs

Barring one of the most unlikely results in sporting history on tomorrow's final stage, Chris Froome will become only the seventh rider to win the yellow jersey without winning a stage of that year's Tour.

I'd suggest he won't care all that much, having won stages in each of his previous three wins.

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Froome set to win fourth Tour title

Chris Froome will win his fourth Tour de France title and his third in succession, as long as he completes tomorrow's final stage in Paris.

That's because the final stage is processional in terms of GC and tradition dictates that rivals will not attack the yellow jersey.

The stage win is up for grabs, though.

And will Mikel Landa be tempted to grab that second he needs for the podium? Surely not. It's doubtful he'd be allowed to set foot in France ever again.

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Confirmation also that Romain Bardet has held onto his podium place by a solitary second ahead of Mikel Landa.

What a relief for the Frenchman, who was flagging badly on a time trial bike up that climb.

His second place was taken away by Rigoberto Uran early on but he's showed some guts there to hang on desperately for third.

BreakingBODNAR WINS STAGE 20

So confirmation that Poland's Maciej Bodnar wins stage 20 of the Tour de France.

The Bora rider set a fearsome time early on that was never bettered.

Compatriot Michal Kwiatkowski came close - finishing just a second behind, with Froome in third.

Maciej Bodnar
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BreakingFROOME EXTENDS LEAD IN YELLOW

Chris Froome effectively wins the Tour de France.

The Briton could not claim the stage - coming home in third, six seconds down on Maciej Bodnar.

But he put more time into all his rivals with a dominant TT ride and leads Rigoberto Uran by 54 seconds on GC now.

Chapeau.

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Oh my word, it looks like Bardet has held off Landa for third overall by a second.

Froome is metres behind - what's the time?

It's not enough for the stage I don't think...

Froome
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Here comes Bardet - the crowd roar!

Can he hang on for third?

Froome into the last km now too...

Bardet has 1km to and needs to do it in about 1'16'' to hold onto his podium place.

Froome on his tail.

Romain Bardet
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So just two men out on course - Bardet and Froome.

The latter can see the former on the road now.

Froome
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Phew! That didn't matter much fortunately for Uran in the end as he recovers and rolls home in provisional seventh place, 31 seconds down on Bodnar.

That means a second-place finish in the Tour for the Colombian. A hugely impressive three weeks.

Rigoberto Uran
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Uran approaches the velodrome - he's gone into the barrier!

He has to unclip but stays upright...

Mikel Landa comes home.

Romain Bardet needs a time of around 30 minutes nine seconds to hold onto a place on the podium.

It's going to be extremely close.

Fabio Aru comes in just under the 30-minute mark.

That's a solid time trial for the Italian - he's actually gone faster than Dan Martin, who was struggling today and so keeps his position on GC for now.

Froome has just gone fourth at the second time check, three seconds down on Kwiatkowki's fastest mark.

A big finish and he could win the stage.

Froome
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Yates seals white

Simon Yates comes in about 1'30'' down on Bodnar but crucially he's beaten Louis Meintjes and will wear the white jersey into Paris.

Chris Froome is looking imperious, staying in the saddle up this climb.

He's done what he needs to do to win yellow as he crests the climb.

He just needs to stay upright now.

Bardet is shipping time - he's lost 56 seconds to Uran by the second time check.

So second place is gone - can he hang onto third? It all depends on how Landa does over the final stages.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

Bardet needs to really attack this climb, the crowd are really urging him on.

He will not want Froome breathing down his neck.

Froome is onto the climb, as still as Bardet is swaying.

The Briton could even catch the Frenchman before the end of the stage.

Froome
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Romain Bardet is fighting his way up this steep climb, a Tour podium on the line.

Rigoberto Uran through the second check 21 seconds down on the fastest mark.

He's holding off Landa and reeling in Bardet.

The Colombian could well be second by the end of the day.

Rigoberto Uran
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Mikel Landa goes through the second time check 33 seconds down on the fastest mark.

That's 17 seconds quicker than Fabio Aru so fourth is a definite for the Spaniard.

Will his ride be good enough for a podium finish though?

Landa
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Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford speaking to BBC Radio 5 live:

"There's a lot at stake but really when you break it all down there's nothing different about this time trial in its actual delivery than any other.

"This is one of the classic areas where you don't want to think about the consequence of what you're doing whilst you're doing it.

"Froome needs to use that 7km stretch down to the port to put the power down and do his thing.

"He can then hit the climb and he knows what effort he needs to make up there. He'll take no risks on the descent and bring it home.

"There's no doubt about it, this has been one of the toughest Tours to win. Whoever wins it will do so by a very narrow margin. It's been a hard battle."

Dave Brailsford
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A beaming Warren Barguil crosses the line, down in about 19th place.

I think he may have lost one place on GC to Alberto Contador.

Not that the Frenchman cares much - his two stage wins and a polka dot jersey making this a stellar Tour.

Froome flying

Chris Froome goes through the first check just two seconds down on Michal Kwiatkowski's fastest mark of the day.

That's 24 seconds quicker than Uran. Barring any disaster the Britain will wrap up yellow very comfortably.

Can he push on for the stage win?

Uran second on GC as it stands

Rigoberto Uran has gone through the first check 26 seconds down on the fastest mark.

Romain Bardet has just gone through the mark 45 seconds down.

The Frenchman is losing second place as it stands. Can he make that time back on the climb?

Dan Martin is approaching the second time check and looks to be struggling.

He's 1'12'' down on the fastest mark and is not doing enough to trouble Fabio Aru in the GC standings.

Contador has faded in the final sections - he will miss out on the podium.

A cracking ride from the Spaniard, though, as he flies home in fifth as it stands.

That could be enough to overtake Barguil in the GC.

Alberto Contador
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