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Summary

  1. Stage 15: Tallard to Nîmes, 222 km
  2. Alexander Kristoff wins his second stage of the Tour
  3. Vincenzo Nibali retains leader's yellow jersey
  4. Alejandro Valverde second, Romain Bardet third

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's it for today then. Thanks for your texts and tweets. The live text commentary will resume from 13:30 BST on Tuesday with Lawrence Barretto in the saddle and Rob Hatch and Magnus Backstedt in the commentary booth.

    The race is heading back to the mountains. Will anyone try to put the hurt on Vincenzo Nibali? Or more to the point, will anyone be able to put the hurt on Nibali?

    Join Lawrence to find out.

  2. Stage 16 - into the Pyrenees

    Geraint Thomas has already predicted what is likely to happen on Tuesday's stage 16:

    "This is another stage that has the potential for the breakaway to succeed. There is a 20km descent to the finish where we drop almost 1,000m in altitude so it will be a fast pace. It's pretty much man v man on a descent, as fast as you feel confident going. If it is was long and a bit flatter you could get help from your team-mates but I've been to see this one and it's steep and technical so you're on your own. I think a breakaway may succeed."

    Tour de France stage 16
  3. Time to rest

    Monday is a well-earned rest day for the riders and us live text commentators alike. The riders will have a little training ride to keep their legs ticking over and I'll be doing similar, typing out a blog with Geraint Thomas to keep my fingers going.

    It will be live on this website on Monday morning and Geraint will be analysing the second week of the Tour and letting us know his aims for the final week, which features three mountainous stages in the Pyrenees.

  4. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The crosswinds played a big part today for a lot of people. Not for those at the front but those falling off at the back.

    "The second rest day has come round quickly for me but not for the riders as they will think it is not soon enough.

    "The next stage is going to be a tough one for so many riders, with the Hors Categorie ascent of Port de Bales, and will we see Vincenzo Nibali on the attack? If riders want to go on the attack they will have to go pretty early."

  5. Post update

    Yellow Jersey

    Classification

    1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 66hrs 49mins 37secs

    2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +4mins 37secs

    3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +4mins 50secs

    4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ) +5mins 06secs

    5. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing) +5mins 49secs

    6. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra/AG2R) +6mins 08secs

  6. Race for yellow

    Yellow Jersey

    Classification

    There is no change in the race for the yellow jersey. Race leader Vincenzo Nibali finished alongside Alejandro Valverde, Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot. Full classification coming up.

  7. Stage 15 result

    1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Katusha) 4hrs 56mins 42secs

    2. Heinrich Haussler (Aus/IAM Cycling) ST

    3. Peter Sagan (Svk/Cannondale)

    4. Andre Greipel (Ger/Lotto-Belisol)

    5. Mark Renshaw (Aus/Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)

    6. Bryan Coquard (Fra/Europcar)

    7. Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit/Garmin-Sharp)

    8. Romain Feillu (Fra/Bretagne-Seche)

    9. Michael Albasini (Swi/Orica GreenEdge)

    10. Jack Bauer (New Zealand / Garmin)

  8. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I'm still reeling from those last few kilometres. We were talking about how tight it was going to be bearing in mind the weather and the six roundabouts that had to be negotiated. It was only in the last 20 metres that Jack Bauer got rushed by all those riders and went from first to 10th.

    "Alexander Kristoff won but where was Marcel Kittel? He is absolutely on his knees and so is Bauer. If you can be on the top of the podium on a stage of the Tour de France that can make a rider's career. The road was drying out and that certainly helped the peloton.

    "I feel certain we will see Jack Bauer on the podium just for being the most aggressive rider of the day."

  9. Post update

    That was a sensational finish though. I, along with the majority of cycling fans, was willing Bauer to the line. Elmiger dropped back earlier in the sprint but Bauer left everything on the road.

    A great victory for Kristoff though. His second of this year's Tour.

  10. Post update

    Where were Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel in that sprint? Kittel has won three stage so far this race and today looked absolutely perfect for him. Have the mountains of the last couple of days taken too much out of him?

  11. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Jack Bauer was on the right, digging so deep and his legs went from underneath him. It was Kristoff who won and, while I say he timed it to perfection, he had some luck as well. They were panicking in the peloton.

    "Who says sprint stages are boring? There are those that say nothing happens but not today. The weather has had an impact on the Tour and it certainly helped the two breakaway riders.

    "I can't believe it. Bauer is in tears. He cannot believe it. He is going to play that over and over again in his head and he is not going to have an early night tonight. I am feeling so sorry for him."

  12. Post update

    Bauer has his head in his hands. He is in tears. A Garmin-Sharp team-mate pats him on the shoulder. He finished 10th. He had one last look over shoulder about 50m from the finish and saw Kristoff and Heinrich Haussler speed by him.

    The Green machine Peter Sagan was third.

  13. Post update

    Katusha rider Kristoff times his sprint to perfection, coming past Bauer in the final 50m. Agonising for the Kiwi who was in the lead for about 221.9km of today's 222km stage.

    Alexander Kristoff wins stage 15
  14. CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    ALEXANDER KRISTOFF WINS STAGE 15.

  15. Post update

    Great shots on the TV camera, Elmiger and Bauer on a straight road with the peloton haring down on them. Just 500m to go but the peloton is almost on them.

  16. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The two in the breakaway have to ride together if they are to hold on. The roads are drying out but it is still 19 seconds of a lead for them. The cannot afford to slow down and start playing cat and mouse."

  17. Post update

    Can Tony Martin catch Elmiger and Bauer on his own? The two out front are into Nimes and going under the Flamme Rouge - just 1km to go. They lead by 13 seconds.

  18. Post update

    And here goes Tony Martin. The time trial specialist decides to attack again. Bauer and Elmiger are 22 seconds clear with 2km remaining.

  19. Post update

    Tony Martin of OPQS takes up the pace but has he gone off to quickly? He is looking over his shoulder, waiting for someone to catch him up. Katusha take over the pace-setting. But here goes Jan Bakelants on the attack. He rides for OPQS and that has caused chaos in the peloton as they go under 3km to go.

    Bauer and Elmiger are still 30 seconds clear. Can they hold on?

  20. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The two breakaway riders are benefitting from the weather. It's touch and go whether they will be caught. I'm fairly confident they will get caught but it is going to be very late on in the stage.

    "If it was one long straight boulevard to the finish I would say they would be caught but with the roundabouts it is playing into the hands of Bauer and Elmiger."

  21. Post update

    The road is looking incredibly dry in some places, like it hasn't rained in years. There are six roundabouts still to get round. IAM Cycling come to the front of the bunch, are they trying to slow the chase down, seeing as how they have Elmiger out front.

    But here comes the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step train. They've had enough of all this messing around.

    4.5km to go, lead at 30 seconds.

  22. Post update

    Another roundabout for Elmiger and Bauer and they take it incredibly slowly but if they are going slowly, imagine how much slower the peloton has to go.

    "They are already starting to panic in the peloton," says Rob Hayles.

    6.5km to go. Lead at 40 seconds. This could be close.

  23. In the peloton

    There are a couple of Katusha riders hiding at third and fourth wheel. Can they set up Alexander Kristoff for another stage win? No sign of Marcel Kittel yet but his Giant-Shimano team-mate John Degenkolb is up near the front.

    Astana are also trying to keep Vincenzo Nibali near the front and out of danger. One slip here and his Tour could be over as quickly as Chris Froome and Alberto Contador.

    Just 9km remaining and the leaders are 43 seconds clear.

  24. Post update

    The peloton slows to a crawl as they safely negotiate another roundabout. Lotto-Belisol, riding for Andre Greipel are putting in the big turns on the front as they race into the final 12km. They have reduced the advantage of the leading duo to just under one minute.

    Bauer and Elmiger holding on though. How much longer can they last? The damp roads are certainly helping them.

  25. Get involved

    Andy in Armagh, via text on 81111: Vincenzo Nibali is in full control of the Tour. He's played things perfectly from a tactical standpoint over the past few weeks, and we've seen more evidence of this again today.

  26. Post update

    Rob Hatch

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    "The sun is now shining at the finish line, poking its way through the sea of white cloud over Nimes."

  27. Post update

    The rain is easing and the dark skies appear to be behind them as Bauer and Elmiger push on to Nimes. There are puddles all over the roads which are glistening as the sun starts to break through.

    Just 16km remaining and the lead is down to 65 seconds.

    Kwiatkowski is called back to the peloton by his team and he dutifully sits up and tucks back in to the main bunch.

  28. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Michal Kwiatkowski's attack is more a case of taking pressure off his team-mates . They can sit in the wheels now and would prefer a sprint finish. We have seen them take it out to early before and get overtaken."

  29. Post update

    Michal Kwiatkowski of the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step team has attacked off the front of the peloton. Rob Hayles suggests that the peloton may not have seen him because of the darkness.

    Kwiatkowski has opened up a gap of a dozen seconds - Hayles says it is a canny move, taking the pressure off his team-mates, who will be trying to set Mark Renshaw up for the win. His team-mates won't have to do any of the chasing now.

  30. In the peloton

    I think that picture says it all. The Robs on radio commentary are saying that the rain has abated at the finish line but it may have headed to where the riders are. It is very dark out on the roads as Elmiger and Bauer push on. But they are just 80 seconds clear with 21.5km remaining.

  31. Post update

    I'm heading down to the Camargue for my summer holidays once the Tour has finished, a short way south of Tarascon where the riders currently are. I'm hoping the weather improves in the next 10 days or so. Our leaders are tip-toeing through the roads, which are starting to resemble rivers.

  32. In the break

    Bauer and Elmiger have been sharing the work pretty evenly in the break. Kiwi Bauer has done 53% on the front in the last 10 minutes, with Elmiger doing 47%. Their efforts are working, with the advantage back up over two minuets as they enter the final 30km.

  33. In the peloton

    There is no rush to close this gap down. Ninety seconds is close enough for the peloton for now. There still 35km remaining and the teams of the sprinters don't want the race back together just yet for fear of further breakaway attempts.

    The race is heading in to Nimes for the 16th time - the last time the race finished here was in 2008. A certain Mark Cavendish won the sprint.

  34. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "One of the things the riders may not be thinking about too much but that the mechanics in the back of the car will be is a puncture. You puncture more in the rain as it softens the rubber up."

  35. Get involved

    Tim Peach: Torrential rain now at the finish line. As if we haven't had enough this Tour. Commentary on @bbcsport website now.

    Finish line in Nimes
  36. In the break

    Elmiger and Bauer lead by 90 seconds with 41km remaining as they wind through St-Remy-de-Provence. A marshal, keen to keep the fans back off the road is almost wiped out as he steps back, unaware that two riders are inches behind him.

  37. In the peloton

    Green Jersey

    Classification

    There's no such friendliness in the peloton. The Cannondale team of Peter Sagan have muscled their way to the front of the bunch, while FDj's Arnaud Demare boys have moved up alongside but here comes Bryan Coquard to take the 15 points for third.

    The Europcar sprinter eases over the line, ahead of Mark Renshaw, with Sagan fifth.

    Kittel and Greipel were not interested in chancing their arms - they want the bigger prize, a stage win in Nimes.

  38. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's absolutely soaking wet now on the roads and one of the problems the riders are going to face is that there are six roundabouts in the closing kilometres. It could be treacherous."

  39. Post update

    Green Jersey

    Classification

    The intermediate sprint is fast approaching and our men in the break Martin Elmiger and Jack Bauer are head down, zipping through the rain. They are first over the line, no extra effort from either man, they simply ride through the line in that order.

  40. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Nibali put an acceleration in and it was incredible to see as he shot himself up into the top four or five on the road, just to let BMC know he was still there.

  41. Live now

    Live commentary of the closing 55km of today's stage is getting under way with Rob Hatch and Rob Hayles at the microphone. If you are reading in the UK you can listen to them via the BBC Sport website - click the link above.

  42. In the peloton

    Three AG2R riders are pulling the peloton along, while BMC Racing and Astana domestiques are also up near the front. Both teams have riders in the hunt for a podium place in France and they don't want to get caught out by an wind direction changes.

    Race leader Vincenzo Nibali is acutely aware of the dangers though and sprinted to a position, riding among the BMC boys. He knows if there is a split he could lose valuable time.

  43. In the break

    The crosswinds severely hamper those in the break, particularly if there are only two of you. The shelter is minimal so there is nothing to do but put your head down and pedal. The lead is disappearing quickly - just three minutes with 60km to go.

  44. Crosswinds

    The riders are racing just north of the Camargue and the area is renowned for crosswinds, coming in off the Mediterranean Sea. The riders counter by forming echelons - which sees them fan out across the road, trying to ride in the shelter of the rider in front of them. If you lose the wheel in front you, you can easily cause a split in the peloton though.

  45. Get involved

    John McEnerney: Alejandro Valverde knows the yellow jersey is beyond him, his experience will stand him to hold onto to 2nd, great battle for 3rd too close to call!

  46. Porte feeling the pace

    There are crosswinds playing havoc in the peloton and Team Sky's Richie Porte is sliding out the back at an alarming rate. The Australian said after Saturday's stage that a chest infection had been hampering his efforts.

    "I have not been feeling 100% so I went on antibiotics to try and knock the infection on the head," Porte told Team Sky's website. "I have been feeling it on my lungs and I haven't been breathing well.

    "I'm going to take things day by day but I really want to complete the Tour and hopefully I'll be able to make it to Paris."

    While I dug out those quotes, the wind lightened a little and Porte has managed to get back to the peloton. A little warning for him.

  47. Post update

    Jasper, via text on 81111: Tell you what Peter, it's been belting it down in Nimes. Thunder and lightning too. Hoping the Caravan makes my wet shoes worth it!

    I was in Nimes last year - lovely Roman ampitheatre. Scorching hot day too, not that you'll want to hear that.

  48. In the peloton

    The chase is on. A good 40 seconds have been chopped off the lead in the last 10km or so. There is an intermediate sprint coming up in around 25km, so expect the sprinters to briefly show their noses.

    The escapees will take the big points on offer but Bryan Coquard will be interested to try and nibble into Peter Sagan's lead.

  49. Get involved

    Polkadot Jersey

    Classification

    And while we're talking about the yellow and white jerseys, it would be rude to ignore the polka dot and green ones.

    As Katusha have helpfully explained, their man Joaquim Rodriguez currently tops that classification - he struggled on the final climb to Risoul on Saturday though - will he hold on to the jersey through the Pyrenees, or will the new climbing sensations Rafal Majka take it off him?

    The green points jersey looks like it is Peter Sagan's for a third successive year. He has accumulated 361 points already and is 170 points clear of Bryan Coquard. His record is 421 points in 2012. So long as he stays upright, he will win, but anyone care to predict his points tally?

    #bbccycling, texts to 81111.

  50. Get involved

    Katusha: @PuritoRodriguez has got 88 points in KoM classification just as Rafal Majka. But he's current KoM leader because Rodriguez has passed a Hors-Category climb in first place: the col d'Izoard yesterday.

    Joaquim Rodriguez
  51. Get involved

    While the peloton organises the chase, there's plenty of time for us to chat through the state of the Tour. Is the race for the yellow jersey over? Surely all Vincenzo Nibali has to do is stay on his bike and he will win.

    Who will join him on the podium though? Alejandro Valverde cracked under pressure on the climb to Risoul on Saturday with Frenchmen Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot both closing gap to second. They are also embroiled in a battle for the young rider's white jersey.

    America's Tejay van Garderen and another Frenchman, Jean-Christophe Peraud, are not too much further behind in fifth and sixth.

    So, who are you backing to get on the podium? Text me your thoughts to 81111, please remember to add your name. Or you can tweet #bbccycling.

  52. In the break

    The leading duo of Martin Elmiger and Jack Bauer are maintaining an advantage of six minutes, 20 seconds. They are just 82km, or around 50 miles, from the finish.

  53. Get involved

    Lotto Belisol: Sunday 20th of July 1969 was a historical day because of the moon landing. Eddy Merckx won his 1st #TDF the same day.

  54. Post update

    The couple of sunny days we've enjoyed in the Alps have given way to thunder, lightning and downpours as the race heads across southern France towards the Pyrenees. The riders are currently cycling on dry roads but there has been a huge storm at the finish in Nimes and more of the same is forecast for the rest of the day.

    Riders on stage 15
  55. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former Great Britain cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    On Twitter: Refusing to get out of the car. #thunder #lighting #crosswinds #echelons

  56. Geraint's guide to stage 15

    Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, who was involved in Saturday's break in the Alps, has already said that he will be trying to take it easy in the shelter of the peloton today, but here's what he had to say about stage 15 in his Tour guide:

    "I can't see anything other than a bunch sprint in Nimes. The General Classification riders and their teams will be taking it easy after a couple of tough days in the mountains. For the sprinters' teams of Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel though, this will be a day to be near the front trying to set up their man. There's only two other stages for the sprinters to shine and with a rest day to follow, they can afford to go full gas."

    Tour de France stage 15
  57. Post update

    Giant-Shimano, the team of Marcel Kittel, the sprinter who has won three stages on this year's Tour, blocked the road after Elmiger and Bauer rode clear to make sure the break was as small as possible, thus making it easier to chase them down when they head into the finish in Nimes.

  58. Post update

    That doesn't mean that there's nothing worth fighting for though. There are seven prestigious stage wins up for grabs, while the King of the Mountains and young rider classifications are wide open - more on those in a while but let's focus on today's 15th stage for a moment.

    The race is already well under way, with the riders leaving Tallard on the edge of the Alps at 12:11 BST. Switzerland's national champion Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) and New Zealand's Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) broke clear early in the stage and the peloton were clearly happy let let them go, given the preceding punishing days in the Alps.

    They opened up a lead of more than eight minutes at one stage but are now a little over six minutes clear of the peloton.

    (l-r) Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger in the break on stage 15
  59. Nibali's to lose?

    Hello and welcome to live text commentary of stage 15 of the Tour de France.

    It looks like the race for the big prize is all-but over after Nibali finished second on Saturday's final day in the Alps to extend his lead at the top of the standings to more than four minutes.

    There are three days in the Pyrenees to come, which could still shake up the standings, but given the way the Italian has dominated so far, it's hard to see past him for the overall win.

    And the way second-placed Valverde is talking, it would appear as though he has given up hope of getting to Paris in the race leader's yellow jersey.

  60. Post update

    Alejandro Valverde

    "Vincenzo Nibali is the strongest but there's nothing in it between the rest of us," said Alejandro Valverde, the man in second place in the 2014 Tour de France after Saturday's 14th stage.

    Nibali holds an advantage of four minutes, 37 seconds over Valverde, but just 91 seconds separates the Spaniard from France's Jean-Christophe Peraud in sixth.