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Peter Scrivener

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  1. Post update

    If Vincenzo Nibali continues to show the form that he has on the opening 13 stages, he could well move more than five minutes clear of the field on Saturday. Is Alejandro Valverde interested in chasing Nibali or will be he be content to consolidate a podium finish in Paris? Will Richie Porte have recovered in time for tomorrow's gruelling test? Will Team Sky give their riders free reign to chase stage wins?

    Join me from 11:00 BST on Saturday for live text commentary of stage 14 to find out. There will be live radio commentary from 15:00 BST. Thanks for all your texts and tweets today and see you back here tomorrow.

  2. More climbs to come

    Stage 14 is a huge day in the Alps with two category one climbs sandwiching a the Hors Categorie Col d'Izoard, which reaches a height of 2,360m - the highest point on this year's Tour. The first man over the top will win the Souvenir Henri Desgrange, awarded in memory of the founder of the Tour de France.

    Here's what Geraint Thomas had to say in his stage-by-stage guide: "This will be another hard day in the saddle and it could prove interesting because we go over 2,000m twice in one day and altitude affects different riders in different ways. We are right into the thick of the race now and there will be tired bodies. It's another day for the main contenders."

    Tour de France stage 14 profile
  3. Philosophical Porte

    Richie Porte on his disastrous day in the Alps: "I don't think I dealt with the heat real well. It's a massive shame but we'll see what happens tomorrow. It's a shame, more for my team-mates who have been brilliant but if it happens to me it can happen to others."

  4. Post update

    Polkadot Jersey


    So. Vincenzo Nibali is running away with this and he's about to make three appearances on the podium - the first as stage winner, the second as leader of the race to collect another yellow jersey and a third to get the polka dot jersey as the new leader of the King of the Mountains classification.

    Joaquim Rodriguez will continue to wear the polka dot jersey on stage 14 though because he is in second place and Nibali can't wear two tops. Purtio started the day 17 points clear of Thomas Voeckler, he is now 17 behind Nibali.

  5. King of Mountains standings after stage 13

    Polkadot Jersey


    1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 70

    2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha) 53

    3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ) 41

    4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) 40

    5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff - Saxo) 40

  6. General Classification after stage 13

    Yellow jersey


    1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 56hrs 44mins 03secs

    2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +3mins 37secs

    3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +4mins 24secs

    4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ) +4mins 40secs

    5. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing) +5mins 19secs

    6. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra/AG2R) +6mins 06secs

    7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Belkin) +6mins 17secs

    8. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel/Lotto) +6mins 27secs

    9. Rui Costa (Por/Lampre) +8mins 35secs

    10. Leopold Koenig (Cze/NetApp Endura) +8mins 36secs

  7. Stage 13 result

    1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 5hrs 12mins 29secs

    2. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff - Saxo) +10secs

    3. Leopold Koenig (Cze/NetApp Endura) +11secs

    4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +50secs

    5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ) +53secs

  8. Porte loses nine minutes

    Richie Porte finishes almost nine minutes behind Nibali. He has Mikel Nieve and Geraint Thomas for company as he crosses the line. He mutters something, probably a thank you, to his team-mates. He is dropping out of the top 10.

  9. Post update

    A third stage win then for Nibali on this year's race and a dominant display it was too. I know he can only beat the men in front of him but I wonder how he would have fared against Chris Froome and Alberto Contador on that final ascent.

  10. Nibali extends lead

    Yellow Jersey


    Early timings suggest that Nibali's lead over the new man in second, Alejandro Valverde, is three minutes, 37 seconds, with Romain Bardet in third, at four minutes, 24 seconds.

  11. Post update

    Majka is second over the line, ahead of Konig. Valverde was fourth over the line, just in front of Pinot. Spaniard Valverde will move up to second overall, but he is 50 seconds further behind Nibali than when he started.

  12. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "We expected today to be a day for the GC riders but we didn't expect them to lose so much time to Vincenzo Nibali. He is rubber-stamping his authority on this race. With the time Richie Porte has lost today it is over for Team Sky, there's no way back from this."


    Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 13


  14. Post update

    Yellow Jersey


    He climbs out of his saddle as he goes into the final 500m, then sits back down and zips up his yellow jersey before taking his hands off his handlebars and raises them to the crowd.

  15. Post update

    Nibali goes under the Flamme Rouge. Just 1km remaining and the worst of the mountain is behind him as he powers towards the finish line.

  16. Get involved

    John Pulman: This isn't the first time Porte has gone backwards on a climb. Can't be considered a GC man until he gets better in the hills.

  17. Post update

    The French fans on the roadside are imploring their man Thibaut Pinot to put in one more effort as he goes under the 2km to go banner. He is riding with Valverde and they are 350m behind Nibali - that equates to 46 seconds.

  18. Nibali attacks...again

    This is a terrific show of strength by the race leader, who has left Majka and Konig with around 3km remaining. Nibali doesn't even get out of his saddle. He just presses a little harder on his pedals and suddenly he is 10 seconds clear.

    Valverde is now 44 seconds back, Porte more than six minutes. Tour over?

  19. Post update

    There are lots of British flags on the mountainside, presumably fans who planned a long time ago to head out there to hopefully cheer on Chris Froome. They've got a long wait for Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates - the two Brits left in the race.

    And Nibali goes again.

  20. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is a sign that Richie Porte is having a bad day. This is not to do with his form. He is just having a bad day in the heat."

  21. Post update

    Valverde finally responds as he goes through the 5km to go banner. A short burst of speed but he is still 23 seconds back.

    That's a good sight better than Richie Porte though. He is 5'31" back and that is only going to get worse.

  22. Post update

    Insanity from the Astana rider. But there is no response from Valverde, or any of the other two riders he was with. Nibali quickly bridges to Majka and Konig. What will the Italian do next? Is he going to have a quick breather and then go again? He has 5km to the summit.

  23. Nibali attacks

    And what do I know? Vincenzo Nibali attacks.

  24. Post update

    The leaders have 7km of this hors categorie climb to Chamrousse to negotiate. Nibali is content to sit in Valverde's wheel. He knows he can just sit there all afternoon. It is up to Valverde, who started the day two minutes 47 seconds adrift, to try and break the Italian.

  25. Porte losing time

    Majka and Konig are still out on their own up front but Valverde and Nibali, who have been joined by Pinot and Laurens ten Dam of Belkin, are just a dozen seconds back.

    Richie Porte's hopes of finishing on the podium in Paris, never mind the top step, are disappearing today. He is two minutes, 40 seconds adrift.

  26. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's every man for himself on this climb. No rider has a team-mate to help them anymore."

  27. Valverde attacks Nibali

    Here goes Alejandro Valverde. The man in third at the start of the day rides away from Vincenzo Nibali but the Italian responds and is soon in the Movistar rider's wheel.

  28. Attacks off the front

    Thibaut Pinot is not hanging around to see if Porte is coming back. The Frenchman puts in a burst of speed. Nibali appears untroubled.

    Leopold Konig of NetApp Endura is the next to chance his arm and he is followed by Rafael Majka of the Tinkoff-Saxo team. Nibali doesn't need to cover either of those moves because they are not threats to his overall race lead.

  29. Porte drops back

    Scrub that. team Sky's Richie Porte is going backwards. Vincenzo Nibali swings out to the left of the road and looks back down the road. The Italian must be loving this. The man in second place is going to be losing a lot of time.

    Nieve has dropped back to help Porte but the Australian is weaving all over the road and has already lost more than 30 seconds.

  30. Post update

    Those in the leading bunch are: Mikel Nieve and Richie Porte (Sky), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Rafal Majka and Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), Vincenzo Nibali and Tanel Kangert (Astana), Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam (Belkin), Jean-Christophe Péraud and Romain Bardet (AG2R), Rui Costa and Chris Horner (Lampre), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto) Tejay van Garderen and Peter Stetina (BMC), Pierre Rolland (Europcar), Fränck Schleck and Haimar Zubeldia (Trek), Leo König (NetApp).

  31. The break is over

    Chapeau Alessandro De Marchi. A terrific effort by the Cannondale rider but he is struggling to keep the pedals turning and as he looks over his left shoulder, he sees the peloton speeding up to him.

    The Italian is quickly swallowed up and spat out the back. 13.5km to go. Who wants this the most?

  32. Get involved

    Teardownyouridols: Lots of talk of Nibali wrapping up the GC today yet still a chance he could crash between here and Paris. Wide open race then.

  33. In the peloton

    Jan Bakelants has been caught as the riders go under the 15km to go banner. Just De Marchi left out front then and his lead is down to 30 seconds.

  34. Purito gone?

    Polkadot Jersey


    Has Joaquim Rodriguez hit the wall? The polka dot wearing King of the Mountains has dropped out the back of the yellow jersey group. Team Sky's Geraint Thomas is also struggling on this climb.

    The chasing group is down to around two dozen as the relentless pace continues. Nibali riding third wheel with Richie Porte tracking his every more.

  35. Post update

    This final climb to Chamrousse then. It's 18.2km with an average gradient of 7.3%. Sections at more than 11% near the bottom.

    Lieuwe Westra has gone. Nibali's helpers disappearing quickly. Movistar are now on the front for Alejandro Valverde and are now within 100 seconds of De Marchi. Who is going to be left at the finish?

  36. Post update

    Yellow Jersey


    Race leader Nibali has only two men left to help him up this final climb - Lieuwe Westra and Tanel Kangert. But then Richie Porte only has Geraint Thomas and Mikel Nieve. The FDJ team of Thibot Pinot are pacing the peloton. They are 2'30" behind De Marchi, who has just hit the start of the final climb.

  37. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It wouldn't surprise me to see Nibali take some more time. I hope that doesn't happen. I want those behind him to take a handful of seconds and keep the race alive."

  38. In the break

    Alessandro De Marchi

    Stage leader Alessandro De Marchi is not quite on the final climb but he is going uphill. He has a motorbike for company with a photographer taking countless shots. He briefly climbs out of his saddle as he tries to maintain his lead, which is hovering around three minutes.

  39. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I would imagine we'll see the riders head up the right-hand side of the road because it's in shade and they will want to get as much respite from the sun as possible."

  40. In the break

    On race commentary, Rob Hayles says Jan Bakelants changed to a bike that would have been quicker on the descent and that it was worth him losing the dozen or so seconds to do so. He expects Bakelants to change again before we hit the final slope to Chamrousse.

    Just 25km remaining and it's pretty much all uphill.

  41. OUCH!

    Jakob Fuglsang, a team-mate of Astana race leader Vincenzo Nibali slams into the asphalt on the descent and the peloton slows at the request of Nibbles.

    Danish rider Fuglsang is soon back up and riding but the slowing of the peloton means De Marchi's lead is approaching four minutes.

  42. Get involved

    John McEnerney: VN will be on his guard his team will be watching AV like hawks, mightn't be 2day but will be soon when we see AV attack the YJ.

    Tim Bell: Here we go, his first real test. If Nibbles can cover the GC attacks in this heat, it's as good as over.

  43. Heading to Grenoble

    The riders are descending to Grenoble.

    According to a colleague who is a little more cultured than I, 19th Century French romantic writer Stendhal, real name Henri Beyle (Stendhal was his pseudonym) said of Grenoble: 'Au bout de chaque rue, une montagne' - 'At the end of every street, a mountain'.

    Despite being surrounded by mountains, it's the flattest city in Europe, which also the straightest road in Europe (nearly 8km)

  44. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's hideous out there. The climb itself is pretty steep at the bottom, above 9% gradient in places. About a third of the way up it hits another big section of more than 9%. I'm feeling sorry for the riders but that's probably because I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself having done the climb this morning. I had a few stops to top the bottle up from a few helpful Brits on the climb."

  45. Post update

    Polkadot Jersey


    Result of KOM price at Col de Palaquit

    1. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 10

    2. At 1.15: Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 8

    3. At 1.40: Luis Maté (Cofidis), 6

    4. At 2.40: Jérôme Pineau (IAM), 4

    5. At 2.45: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 2

    6. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 1

  46. LIVE NOW

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    While all that has been going on, Rob Hatch and Rob Hayles have hit the airwaves. Want to know how tought today's final climb is? Tune in and I'm sure they'll tell you. The coverage is website only today.

  47. Post update

    Polkadot Jersey


    The main bunch, which includes Vincenzo Nibali, comes over the summit practically together, although King of the Mountains leader Joaquim Rodriguez tries to take fourth over the top for four extra points. He is beaten by IAM's Jerome Pineau and has to settle for two.

  48. In the break

    Bakelants reaches the summit and rides straight to a waiting Omega Pharma - Quick-Step mechanic who has another bike for him. Is it a tactical switch, or a necessity? Either way, Bakelants is not hanging around and he is soon back pedalling.

  49. Back of the peloton

    Could this be trouble for race leader Vincenczo Nibali? A couple of his Astana team-mates, including decent climber Michele Scarponi, have already been shelled. Can anyone keep the hurt on in the peloton to try and isolate Nibali on the final climb?

  50. In the break

    Polkadot Jersey


    De Marchi is within 1km of the summit of Col de Palaquit. Shoulders rolling, Bakelants is just 35 seconds behind him and here comes Mate, 25 seconds further back, shoulders rolling but not quite as pronounced as the man he is chasing.

    Cannondale's De Marchi is out of his saddle putting in one last effort to be the first rider over the summit and he does just that to pick up 10 King of the Mountain points. He tucks straight into an energy bar as he starts the descent.

  51. Cavendish on the mend

    Mark Cavendish

    While his fellow sprinters are toiling in the Alps, Britain's Mark Cavendish, who crashed out on stage one in Harrogate, has been busy getting himself race ready again.

    Mark Cavendish: Last session for a while in the Isle of Man Hyperbaric Chamber. The facility & staff have been incredible. Thank you!

  52. Back of the peloton

    Poor old Blel Kadri has bonked. The Frenchman, who was in the lead a couple of kilometres ago has dropped like a stone straight through the peloton. The TV camera goes up alongside Kadri but he doesn't even have the energy to flash a smile. He is hurting.

  53. In the break

    De Marchi continues to plough a lone furrow up the Col de Palaquit. He takes a bottle from his team car, squirts its contents over his head but then drops it before he has time to sling any down his throat.

    No time to stop and pick it up though. He has 5km to the summit but his exertions are paying off as he moves 2'30" clear of the peloton.

    Bakelants is about one minute adrift of De Marchi and he is being chased by Luis Mate of Cofidis. Everybody else is back alongside the yellow jersey, or further down the mountain.


    BBC Sport's Tim Peach: And we have a full commentary team! @robhatchtv has arrived. On air on the @BBCSport website at 3!

    Rob Hatch
  55. Get involved

    John in London, via text on 81111: Team Sky have some very good climbers that have been losing a surprising amount of time until now. Lack of fitness or saving themselves for Porte today?

  56. In the peloton

    Team Sky's Geraint Thomas has unzipped his jersey and just stomped on his pedals to shift himself to the front of the peloton. Thomas is flanked by Spaniard Mikel Nieve, who is Sky's other key helper for Richie Porte in these mountain stages.

    Race leader Vincenzo Nibali looks untroubled by all the posturing ahead of him. With the lead he already has, he can afford to ride defensively today and just cover any attacks.

  57. In the break

    Polkadot Jersey


    A brave and bold move by De Marchi. Has the Cannondale rider got eyes on the big prize? There are 50 King of the Mountain points on offer for the first man to Chamrousse.

    He has 18 points so far, if he reaches the top of Col de Palaquit first he will pick up 10 more. He can't stay clear to Chamrousse though...can he?

    Di Marchi's lead is 83 seconds.

  58. In the break

    The front of the race has split wide open with AG2R rider Blel Kadri and Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Jan Bakelants taking up the pace.

    They are not having it their own way though because here comes Alessandro De Marchi and the Italian, who had been dropped by the break, has benefitted from having a quick breather and he has ridden straight past Kadri and Bakelants.

  59. Post update

    Drew Stephenson, via text on 81111: Tejay van Garderen arguably the best time triallist of the GC contenders, but not 4 mins better.

  60. In the peloton

    The sprinters are tumbling out the back door of the peloton at an alarming rate. Bryan Coquard of Europcar and Lotto-Belisol's Andre Greipel are forming the Grupetto - it's going to be a long ride home for the quick men.

  61. In the break

    Polkadot Jersey


    It is not going to be Brice Feillu in the final shake-up. The Bretagne-Seche rider has dropped away and there are just four riders left in the break as they begin the 14.1km ascent of Col de Palaquit.

    It is the first time the Tour has ascended the mountain pass which has has an average gradient of 6.1% on the way up.

  62. Post update

    Polkadot Jersey


    The Europcar team of Thomas Voeckler have taken over at the front of the peloton. No prizes for guessing who is going to be fighting for King of the Mountain points on the Col de Palaquit.

    The leaders are just 55 seconds clear as they hit the bottom of the category one ascent.

  63. Get involved

    Peter Wilson: How about an update team by team of who is out of the tour #bbccycling soon it will be easier to say who is left. A real open race now.

    Garmin-Sharp's Janier Acevedo became the third rider to pull out today - he stopped at the feed zone and, he is the 24th to pull out of this year's race. 174 left racing. And you can keep up to date with them all here.

  64. Post update

    It is scorchio in south-eastern France. The mercury is touching 35C in the valleys leading to the Alps. There's a bit of a breeze and it won't be quite that hot when they get to the top of this first climb, 1,154m above sea level.

  65. Get involved

    BBC Sport's Tim Peach: We have a winner! @robhayles1 has made it to the top, hopefully @Robhatchtv will be here in time to go on air at 3.

    Rob Hayles
  66. In the peloton

    BMC Racing's Daniel Oss has injected some more pace at the front of the peloton, putting some serious hurt on those looking for an easy amble into the foothills of the Alps. The breakaway nine are just two minutes clear now.

    BMC are racing for Tejay van Garderen - the American is sixth overall, three minutes, 56 seconds behind leader Vincenzo Nibali. That is lot a time to make up when you're up against a man of Nibali's undoubted ascending and descending talents.

  67. Get involved

    Alex Haworth: Nibali to win the stage today I reckon. I can't see him just sitting back and waiting for the others to attack.

    Andrew Harvey: It'll be interesting to see if Katusha try and catch the break before the Cat 1 or if they're saving it all for Chamrousse.

  68. In the peloton

    The pace is still high in the peloton as they continue to whittle away the advantage built up by the nine out front. The lead is down to a touch over three minutes as they race along some relatively flat roads, through the feed zone, and towards the category one Col de Palaquit.

  69. Abandonne

    Le Tour de France: Daniel Navarro abandonne / Daniel Navarro quits.

    The Spaniard, who rides for Cofidis and finished ninth last year has climbed off. No reason given, yet.

  70. Get involved

    Neil McRobie, via text on 81111: The two happiest people after this tour are going to be the winner and the organiser of the Vuelta after all the retirements.

    Defending Tour champion Chris Froome, who of course crashed out on stage five, has already hinted he could be heading to the third and final of the season's Grand Tours in Spain, which starts on 23 August. He tweeted a message to Alberto Contador saying he'd see him there, although surgery may stop the Spaniard from riding.

  71. In the peloton

    Could it be a good couple of days for the Russian Katusha team? They had a stage winner in Alexander Kristoff on Thursday and the sprinter said they might have a little champagne and a party to celebrate.

    If they did, they clearly didn't go overboard because they know they will be working hard for Rodriguez today. They have closed the gap to the leaders to four minutes as they go through the halfway point of today's stage.

  72. Get involved

    BBC Sport's Tim Peach at today's finish: Fantastic atmosphere up to top of mountain here in Chamrousse. @robhatchtv & @robhayles1 riding it then commentating!

    Hatch and Hayles will provide live commentary from 15:00 BST on this very webpage, although it is for UK listeners only I'm afraid.

    I've asked Tim to send a pic of the two Robs as they cross the line...hopefully before the main peloton arrives. And if you are out on the mountain today, send your pics to #bbccycling

  73. In the peloton

    Joaquim Rodriguez

    The Katusha riders are continuing to pull the peloton along. They are trying to make this opening 130km or so of the stage as easy as possible for their King of the Mountain Joaquim 'Purito' Rodriguez, keeping him fresh for the two mountains to come.

    If you are wondering how he came by the nickname stems from when he was a youngster in the professional ranks. His team-mates upped the pace on a training ride in the mountains and Rodriguez rode past them making a gesture like he was smoking a cigar. Purito is Spanish for little cigar.

  74. Get involved

    Simon Hawkins: I wish FDJ had told me Vichot was ill with bronchitis before I transferred him into my fantasy team this morning!

    Artur Vichot, the former French champion, started today's stage but he has been unable to cope with the fast start and after five days with bronchitis, becomes the 12th rider to abandon the 2014 Tour.

  75. In the break

    The nine out front have upped their advantage to almost five minutes. They have been pedalling at an average speed of around 43.7km/h for the opening couple of hours and are therefore 87.4km, or so, into the 197.5km stage.

  76. Post update

    As a reward for his outstanding efforts in Thursday's breakaway, 28-year-old Orica GreenEdge's Simon Clarke: Will be wearing the red combative/birthday numbers today. :-)

    Simon Clarke
  77. Get involved

    Lots to talk about then today. Will Nibali be content to maintain his advantage or will he be looking to race clear of Porte and Valverde on the race to Chamrousse?

    How will Rodriguez play today? His Katusha team are pacing the peloton, making their intentions clear but will they catch the break before the summit of the category one Col de Palaquit in an effort to help him pick up more King of the Mountains points before making a final assualt on the final climb?

    Who will be stronger between youngsters Bardet and Pinot?

    Tweet me your thoughts #bbccycling or text 81111 - please put CYCLING at the front of texts to stop them getting muddled up in the golf and cricket messages and remember to put your name on them too.

  78. Post update

    Yellow Jersey


    And let's not forget the overall state of play with Italy's Vincenzo Nibali still leading the way, two minutes, 23 seconds clear of Team Sky's Richie Porte, with Alejandro Valverde third, a further 24 seconds adrift.

    Standings after stage 12:

    1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 51hrs 31mins 34secs

    2. Richie Porte (Aus/Team Sky) +2mins 23secs

    3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +2mins 47secs

    4. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +3mins 01secs

    5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/ +3mins 47secs

  79. Post update

    White Jersey


    Then there is Romain Bardet v Thibaut Pinot in the battle for the white jersey - the best rider under 25. AG2R rider Bardet is the highest-placed rider on General Classification, but he is only 46 seconds clear of FDJ's Pinot. Both can climb well but who will have the legs today?

    Romain Bardet
  80. Post update

    Polkadot Jersey


    Joaquim Rodriguez with the polka dot King of the Mountains jersey

    There are some interesting sub plots going on today. Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez is in the King of the Mountains jersey and it his goal to keep it all the way to Paris. He has 51 points and leads leads Europcar's Thomas Voeckler, who won the polka dot top in 2002, by 17. Points are doubled at the Hors Categorie summit finish at Chamrousse with the winner taking 50 points.

  81. Post update

    Getting in the break was a pre-meditated move for Feillu (pictured left) and he will be delighted with the size of it.

    He told Le Tour de France's website before the start of today's stage: "I believe there's the possibility of a big coup for me today. I'm 11 minutes down on GC and I presume they'll let anyone who is beyond 6 minutes go.

    "So I'll try for sure. I'd love to be in a bigger breakaway group than those of the past few days. 8 to 12 riders, that would be great."

    Brice Feillu (left) in the break on stage 13
  82. In the break

    Polkadot Jersey


    The break was formed on the first categorised climb of the day, the Col de la Croix de Montvieux. Giovanni Visconti was first to reach the summit of the 8km category three ascent to take two points in the King of the Mountains classification.

    Brice Feillu of the Bretagne-Seche team is the highest-ranked rider in the General Classification, 11 minutes, 32 seconds behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali.

    The leaders are four minutes clear with 125km remaining.

  83. In the break

    A group of nine riders have broken clear in the early stages, although there were a few selection issues until the peloton was happy with the make-up of the break-up.

    Our nontet are: Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Kristjan Durasek (Lampre), Daniel Oss (BMC), Rudy Molard (Cofidis), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) and Brice Feillu (Bretagne-Seche).

  84. Post update

    Riders observe a one minute silence before the start of stage 13

    The 177 riders left in the race rolled out of Saint Etienne around 90 minutes ago but not before observing a minute's silence in memory of those who lost their lives on Thursday when a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 295 people crashed in east Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

    Belkin Pro Cycling: Team Belkin riders will wear black mourning bands today during stage 13 of @letour to honour the victims of the airplane crash. #MH17

    Fellow Dutch team Giant-Shimano are wearing black ribbons.

  85. Post update

    Hello and welcome to live text commentary of stage 13 of the 2014 Tour de France. We are heading into the high mountains for the first time in this year's race with a summit finish at Chamrousse.

    Here's what Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas said about today's route in his stage-by-stage guide:

    "We are definitely in for a General Classification battle today. There will be no attacks on the descent from Palaquit because the final climb is so long - the last 30km of the stage is predominantly uphill. All the main contenders will be looking at each other on the final ascent and I don't think anyone will be saving anything. A breakaway could succeed but it depends how much time they've got at the bottom of the climb to Chamrousse."

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    Team Sky's Richie Porte

    Team Sky's Richie Porte says he is "looking forward to the mountains", AG2R rider Romain Bardet has called it "a first real test", and Thibaut Pinot "hopes to have good legs" while race leader Vincenzo Nibali's aim is simply to "try control all the attacks".