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Paul Fletcher

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  1. Post update

    Chris Froome

    Thanks for following all the action today. It really did feel like something big was brewing - and we were not disappointed.

    See you again tomorrow.

  2. More to come tomorrow


    That was incredible. And it makes Wednesday's stage even more fascinating. How will the other GC contenders react? Have they got anything left to give?

    It is another mountain stage in the Pyrenees, with an hors categorie climb up the infamous Col du Tourmalet - the literal high point of this year's Tour. There is also a category one climb and four category three climbs.

    I'm struggling to think how it can top today.

    Chris Froome crosses the finish line
  3. Post update

    "Our plan was to try to go with 6km left to go," said Team Sky boss David Brailsford. "The guys did a great job.

    "We have been saying for a long time we have a lot of confidence in Geraint Thomas. Equally, Richie Porte was the best rider in the world for the first half of this year. It is very pleasing all round."

  4. Post update

    Geraint Thomas sounding very chipper on interview.

    A few pundits are now tipping him for a podium finish in Paris. Would you bet against it?

  5. Tweet us via #bbccycling

    Nikhil Jadva: Chris Froome. An absolute machine. Fantastic performance from Team Sky.

    Jack Simpson: @chrisfroome has absolutely blown apart the tour! To take that much time out of his closest rivals in one mountain climb!

    Andrew Harvey: Geraint Thomas is having the race of his life! Top 5 now on GC! He keeps on and on going that guy!

  6. General Classification after stage 10

    1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 35hrs 56mins 09secs

    2. Tejay van Garderen (US) BMC Racing +2mins 52secs

    3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +3mins 09secs

    4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar +4mins 01secs

    5. Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky +4mins 03secs

    6. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff - Saxo +4mins 04secs

    7. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto +4mins 33secs

    8. Robert Gesink (Net) LottoNL +4mins 35secs

    9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant +6mins 12secs

    10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana +6mins 57secs

  7. 'What a great day'

    "I knew Froomey would be good but we all stepped up really," Team Sky's Geraint Thomas told ITV.

    "The plan was to sit behind Movistar and see how many riders we had left - we had four and we all felt good. Froomey said on the radio he felt good so lets smash it. Personally I felt great and for the team it was even better.

    "To be riding like that on a climb, following Alejandro Valverde and dropping Tejay van Garderen, what a day."

  8. Post update

    "With that performance, Chris Froome is by far the strongest and in my opinion he is probably going to win the Tour," said Adam Yates, who finished the stage in seventh.

    "I was in a good position because we took it easy on the team time trial but I could not go much harder than I did today, I was pretty full gas."

  9. Froome over the moon

    "I'm lost for words," said Chris Froome on ITV. "That was unbelievable.

    "I could not believe it - when I asked the guys to push on a bit and we were hearing on the radio the big names being dropped. It was textbook from the team and I'm just over the moon to finish it off for them."

    Chris Froome
  10. Stage 10 results

    1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 4hrs 22 mins 07secs

    2. Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky +59 secs

    3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +1min 04secs

    4. Robert Gesink (Net) LottoNL +1min 33secs

    5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar +2min 01secs

    6. Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky Same time

    7. Adam Yates (GB) Orica +2min 04secs

    8. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar Same time

    9. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto +2min 22secs

    10. Tejay van Garderen (U.S) BMC Racing +2min 30secs

    11. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff - Saxo +2min 51secs

  11. Post update

    Geraint Thomas is fifth in the general classification after finishing sixth on the stage.

    Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome

    With Chris Froome in yellow, Team Sky's Richie Porte will wear the polka dot jersey on Wednesday.

  12. Froome extends lead

    So Chris Froome now leads the race by two minutes 52 seconds, with Tejay van Garderen second and Nairo Quintana third, three minutes nine seconds behind the yellow jersey.

    Chris Froome
  13. Post update

    Chris Froome now warming down. Loads of others are still climbing up the mountain.

  14. Nibali finishes

    Vincenzo Nibali finishes - I've not had this confirmed but I think he was four minutes 20 seconds behind Froome.

    Still waiting for the new general classification.

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    Adam Sharif: What a ride by Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas to set up Froome. Team Sky are a well-oiled. cycling machine.

    Matt Salisbury: Astonishing performance from Froome to blow his rivals away - and what a supporting ride from Porte #TDF2015

    Richie Porte
  16. Contador finishes

    Alberto Contador crosses the line - a full two minutes 51 seconds behind Froome. Where is Nibali?

  17. Post update

    Robert Gesink is the next to cross, with Alejandro Valverde, Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates coming in next. Pierre Rolland up there too.

  18. Post update

    Team Sky's Richie Porte sprints past Movistar's Nairo Quintana to finish second with the Colombian third.

  19. Chris Froome wins stage 10

    Chris Froome celebrates winning stage 10 of the Tour De France

    And takes mega time out of his rivals.

    "There is incredible heat on this climb but Chris Froome has made the most of it. He is really making the most of today," says Rob Hayles.

  20. Post update

    What a ride by Chris Froome. Too early to say it is a decisive ride in the Tour?

    Chris Froome
  21. Post update

    Richie Porte closing in on Nairo Quintana.

  22. Tweet us via #bbccycling

    Jess Parsons: I'm only listening in but I can do absolutely no work right now. Edge of my seat stuff here. Come onnn @chrisfroome !!

  23. Post update

    A slightly flatter section for the front two riders, Chris Froome's lead is 57 seconds. The field has been completely blown apart here.

    "What a ride by Chris Froome," says Simon Brotherton on 5 live sports extra.

  24. 2.1km to go

    Chris Froome's lead is almost one minute. Devastating.

    Speculation that Nairo Quintana is not enjoying the heat.

    Given the data theft headlines, I wonder if anger is powering Froome? The fans are closing in around Froome and seem to be slowing him down.

  25. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Chris Froome is riding for the stage win and to rubber-stamp that yellow jersey. This is an absolutely incredible stage."

    Froome has a 35-second lead over Nairo Quintana, Tejay Van Garderen is 1 min 11 secs behind, Alberto Contador 1 min 41 secs, Vincenzo Nibali 3 mins 31 secs.

  26. Tweet us via #bbccycling

    Paul Mulligan: Wow! @chrisfroome is really punishing the field in the first day in the mountains. No-one can stay with #froomey.

    Gregg Coull: The cadence of Froome is just ridiculous!

    Matt Taggart: Have the Fantastic Four (Five) become the Terrific Two on the first day in the mountains?

    Chris Froome
  27. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I am wondering what is being said to Chris Froome in his ear piece - this is a big, big attack. He is putting an awful lot of riders in an awful lot of trouble. Has he gone too early? Is it a risk?"

  28. 5.2km to go

    Nairo Quintana does not look like he is panicking. Chris Froome remains in sight and he is pedalling steadily. He is 16 seconds ahead.

    Tejay van Garderen and Robert Gesink are third. They are 41 seconds behind Froome. Alberto Contador is one minute 14 seconds behind Froome.

  29. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Quintana is starting to struggle now."

  30. Froome attacks

    Can Quintana stay with him?

    Nairo Quintana
  31. 6.4km to go

    Richie Porte, Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana - the three of them are out on their own. Boom - this race has exploded into life in the last half hour.

  32. 6.7km to go - Contador cracks

    Good ride from Adam Yates but he has gone out of the yellow jersey group - oh and so has Alberto Contador. Wow.

  33. Tweet us via #bbccycling

    Stuart Mitchell: If the rest of the GC guys are struggling as much as Nibali, Froome and Quintana should work together, make it a 2 horse race.

  34. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The only guy missing from the main group who I would have expected to be there is Vincenzo Nibali. Geraint Thomas has stepped up and is looking so, so strong. Is Froome starting to struggle a little bit? It is very difficult to tell."

    Geraint Thomas
  35. 7.5km to go

    Alejandro Valverde has a dig but he is soon closed down by Geraint Thomas.

    The yellow jersey group must be around 15 or so riders - if that.

  36. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "There is no fight whatsoever left in Nibali. He is going to lose an awful lot of time."

  37. Get Involved

    Mountain memories

    Ever had fun climbing up a mountain? No, me neither.

    SMS Message: A climb near Bolton Abbey called Langbar is a local favourite. 20% average for about a mile and a half. Tough. from Sam in Leeds
    Sam in Leeds
  38. 8.7km to go

    Vincenzo Nibali - the defending champion - is a minute before Robert Gesink and Rafael Valls, who are out in front, and 30 seconds behind the yellow jersey group.

    Behind Nibali, riders are spread all over the climb.

    Vincenzo Nibali
  39. 9.3km to go

    Apparently the main group is now just on the large side of 20 riders.

    "It does not look like Nabali is suffering all that much, it is just as though his tank is empty," said Rob Hayles.

  40. Froome well placed

    A word on Chris Froome. He is up towards the front and looking strong.

    Movistar are still cracking the pace, Froome's Team Sky team is tucked in behind them.

  41. Nibali dropped

    Carnage, just carnage.

    Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali has been dropped and there are still more than 10km to go.

    "He does not look happy at all, it has gone crazy in the commentary box here," reckons Rob Hayles. "One of the big favourites is in trouble."

  42. Gesink makes his move

    Dutchman Robert Gesink launches an attack, tries his luck.

  43. 11.4km to go

    Hmm, and another big name goes, this time Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, who has not been having the greatest of races, is off the back.

    And Jean-Christophe Peraud. Not proving to be such a good Bastille Day.

  44. 11.7km to go

    Dan Martin of Cannondale-Garmin has gone as well. Martin, of course, was disappointed to finish second in stage eight. He will be disappointed all over again today.

    Fedrigo is still out in front but by less than 30 seconds.

    Pierrick Fedrigo
  45. 12km to go

    Yup, riders disappearing off the back all the time, including Romain Bardet. Team Movistar still forcing the pace, Alejandro Valverde to the fore. Team Sky tucked in behind them.

  46. Post update

    There is less than 14km left and the cyclists are currently hauling themselves up an 11% gradient.

    The final section of the mountain stage

    Nairo Quintana has yet to make his move. Whatever happens he is likely to take the white jersey as the Tour's best young rider off Peter Sagan.

  47. Field splitting

    You'll not be surprised to hear that some riders are disappearing out of the back of the main bunch. Ferocious out there.

    Riders head up the mountain in the Tour De France
  48. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is the first of the big climbs on this year's Tour. Team Sky are now on the front."

  49. Post update

    Hmm, a few technical problems at a very bad time.

    The breakaway duo are just two minutes clear. There is 15km left. Very soon we will know who is hot - and who is not.

  50. Post update

    Some excellent insight here from Matt Slater on what we've got coming up (soon).

    Quote Message: We joined the course at Aramits - home of Aramis, the musketeer, not the aftershave - and drove the final 25km to the finish ie today's business end. It is a tough climb because the gradient never really settles. Hard, then really hard, hard again, then very hard etc. The gradient does slacken with 5km to go but the road is very exposed there and the road surface deteriorates, too, having been brand new at the bottom. The ability to cope with heat will be a big issue and Froome does well in that regard. Sports scientists tell me his tall frame actually helps him regulate his temperature better than guys with less surface area. It's all about sweat, you see. from Matt Slater BBC Sport at the Tour de France
    Matt SlaterBBC Sport at the Tour de France
  51. Predictions time

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Some predictions from the guys in France - and don't forget commentary is now on 5 live sports extra and this website.

    Simon Brotherton, Rob Hayles and Matt Slater all reckon Chris Froome will stay in yellow. Simon reckons he will take the stage as well. Rob is going for MTN-Qhubeka's Merhawi Kudus and Matt Thibaut Pinot for the stage win.

  52. Get Involved

    Gotta say, I'm absolutely loving all your photos from mountains conquered (one way or another). Struggling to get them all in, but panic not because we've got days and days of mountain stages and we can do it all over again tomorrow. 

  53. Omens, omens

    Thibaut Pinot
  54. Post update

    It's hot, the lead of the breakaway is coming down all the time and we are getting closer and closer to the bottom of the climb, which is officially listed as starting 15km before the finish, but the incline starts in Arette, 23km from the end.

    The Movistar train is on the front. 

    Kenneth Vanbilsen collected the point when he became the first rider over the day's third category four climb.

  55. All the best Basso

    We must mention Ivan Basso.

    There was some very sad news on Monday's rest day as Tinkoff-Saxo rider Ivan Basso announced that he was pulling out of the race because he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

    One of the most popular riders in the peloton, there was no shortage of support.

  56. Get Involved

    Mountain memories

  57. Post update

    Quote Message: It's Bastille Day, the press centre staff have just opened up our big tent to let in a breeze and give us a view of the Pyrenees stretching to the west. I'm having an OK day. As are Pierrick Fedrigo and Ken Vanbilsen, today's two swashbucklers out on their own with just a 15km climb with a 7.4% gradient between them and glory. Fedrigo has previous in that regard, winning four Tour stages already in a career spent in mountain-stage breaks. I have a feeling, though, that he will not bag a fifth today. Team Sky's Chris Froome looked and sounded like a man on a mission at the rest-day hotel yesterday, and we are all expecting Movistar's Nairo Quintana to emerge from the sanctuary of the peloton at last. It should be an epic final 30 minutes. from Matt Slater BBC Sport at the Tour de France
    Matt SlaterBBC Sport at the Tour de France
  58. Post update

    Peter Sagan started today with 213 pts but he has now been leapfrogged by Andre Greipel, who will end the day in green. Nobody expects Daniel Teklehaimanot to hold on to the polka dot jersey.

    The big question is whether Chris Froome will stay in yellow.

    The lead is now six minutes to the two-man breakaway.

    Andre Greipel
  59. Get Involved

    Mountain memories

    Really entering the spirit of the discussion Tom. Great to see.

  60. Greipel takes green

    We've just gone through the intermediate sprint. Points on offer in terms of the green jersey standing.

    The two breakaway riders obviously crossed through first and second - but who comes third could have implications for the green jersey.

    And Andre Greipel - with two stages wins already - comes third (15pts) with Mark Cavendish in fourth. Peter Sagan came seventh - and that means that German Greipel, who is having quite some Tour, takes green off Sagan.

  61. Post update

    Feels a bit like waiting for a trip to the dentist, waiting for the riders to get to the bottom of the climb. Pain is coming.

    25km till the super serious business starts.

  62. Data control

    Fascinating to read that  Team Sky believe their computers have been hacked by critics convinced Tour de France leader Chris Froome is using performance-enhancing drugs.

    Froome has been subjected to sustained scrutiny since his  Tour win in 2013,  with some sceptics using power data to justify their case against him.

    The 30-year-old Briton has always insisted he is a clean rider.

    "We think someone has hacked into training data and got Chris's files," said Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford.

    "We've got some legal guys on the case."

    Not sure we've heard the last of this one. Froome, by the way, is tucked in nicely in the main bunch, surrounded by team-mates.

  63. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Join Simon and Rob Hayles from 15:00 BST on 5 live sports extra.

  64. Post update

    We are now in the Basque country, close to Spain. About 45km left, Movistar joined by FDJ at the front of the main bunch, who are nine minutes behind the breakaway.

  65. Do the math(s)

    Thanks to those of you who pointed out that earlier in the live I was just 1,000km or so out with my estimation of how far the race has gone so far.

    My son got his school report yesterday. I wasn't surprised when maths was not listed as his core strength. 

  66. When my race begins...

    Before the riders left Tarbes, the BBC's Mark Ansell caught up with Orica-Greenedge's Adam Yates, who is riding the Tour alongside his brother Simon.

    "The first week we climbers just get through and survive without any damage, it never really suited me," said Yates. "This is where my race begins. The aim is a stage win in the mountains."

    I don't know about you, but everyone seems supercharged for the stage today

    Adam Yates
  67. Get Involved

    Mountain memories

  68. Listen up

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Don't forget you'll be able to listen to live coverage of the latter stages of today's action on both Radio 5 live sports extra and the website from 15:00 BST.

    Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles are out in France and will be taking you through what should be a fascinating climax.

  69. Post update

    A puncture for Lotto NL-Jumbo's Tom Leezer. Mark Cavendish had a mechanical problem a short while ago but was soon back on his bike.

    Good news for Warren Barguil, who has rejoined the main group.

  70. Movistar on the front

    The lead for the two-man breakaway of Kenneth Vanbilsen and Pierrick Fedrigo is now 11 minutes. Movistar - the team of revered Colombian climber Nairo Quintana - are doing a lot of the work at the front.

    Nairo fancy his chances today?

  71. Where we stand

    Daniel Teklehaimanot

    Just a quick reminder of how things stand in the race after the rest day.

    Team Sky's Chris Froome leads the yellow jersey classification, 12 seconds clear of BMC's Tejay van Garderen. Alberto Contador is more than a minute behind Froome, Nairo Quintana is just shy of two minutes behind and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali two minutes 22 seconds adrift.

    There is an intermediate sprint at Trois-Villes. Peter Sagan is currently in green with 213 points, although Andre Greipel has 210.

    Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot is still in the King of the Mountain's jersey. He has four points. There are 50 - yes 50 - available for today's stage winner.  

  72. Get Involved

    Mountain memories

    Loving these images of the mountains you've climbed. If only I could say I'd done the same.

  73. Post update

    Less than 70km left. Which means we have about 55km to the start of the final climb.

    The two-man breakaway have a lead of 12km. Warren Barguil is still trying to rejoin the main group after his crash in the feed zone.

  74. Geraint Thomas's guide to stage 10

    Stage 10 outline

    With it being Bastille Day, Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas was expecting French fireworks as well as our first look at who is really in form.

    You can read Geraint Thomas's stage-by-stage guide on the BBC Sport website - here is his take on today's action: "Froome rode this stage after the Criterium du Dauphine and said it's pretty tough.

    "Sometimes after a rest day your legs can feel pretty weird - after racing full gas for nine days and then having a day without that high intensity you can feel pretty lethargic.

    "There's a flat start so a good chance for a breakaway to stay away on Bastille Day, but on the final climb we'll see the first real showdown between all the contenders for the yellow jersey."

  75. Polka dot jersey

    And indeed, Kenneth Vanbilsen was first over the Cote de Viellesegure. Another point in the bag.

    Not sure they will be first up the last climb of the day, which is already looking pretty spectacular. 

    The final climb on stage 10
  76. Polka dot jersey

    There are three category four climbs today - with one point for the first rider over the top of each (this, of course, is dwarfed by the 50 points for the stage winner). Kenneth Vanbilsen was the first over the Côte de Bougarber.  

  77. Get Involved

    Mountain memories

    The first mountain stage of the Tour today. Have you ever struggled up a mountain? Got any photos to share with us?

  78. Problems for Barguil

    Warren Barguil

    There has been a crash (I think) and Giant-Alpecin's French rider Warren Barguil, who has been in decent form, is struggling. He gets off his bike just past the feed zone and heads to the side of the road. He looks a little bashed up but after catching his breath is back on his bike.

  79. Out on their own

    So, with a touch more than 80 km completed, Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo and Belgian Kenneth Vanbilsen have a lead fast approaching 15 minutes.

    It looks like very hard work in the heat for those two.

  80. How to spend your rest day

    Some riders like to sleep, others are more upbeat in their approach to their day off.

    If you had just cycled well over 1,000 km in a little over a week - what would you do with a day off? 

  81. Taking some time out

    After more than a thousand kilometres of cycling covering nine stages and involving numerous crashes that saw two race leaders forced out through injury, the remaining riders in the Tour de France (there were 183 this morning) finally had a day off on Monday.

    I say a day off, lots of them did press conferences and all will have kept those legs turning to some extent or another.

    The race paused in Pau, where temperatures were pushing 30C, but given that race leader Chris Froome, for example, has already spent 31 hours, 34 minutes and 12 seconds on his bike in the race, nobody would have begrudged the peloton if they found some time to relax and take in some rays. 

    That ends today, with the first of five summit finishes in this year's race at the top of the Col de Soudet.

  82. Who will make a move?

    Speaking before today's stage started, Tinkoff-Saxo leader Alberto Contador predicted that Team Sky would attack from the bottom of the climb up the Col de Soudet in order to try to gain some more time for race leader Chris Froome.

    Personally speaking, I'm very interested to see how Colombian climber Nairo Quintana does today. I think he has looked pretty good so far.

  83. Get Involved

    Your mountain memories

    Today is the start of the next phase of the race, when we will really start to see who is strong, with climbing legs to carry them to the top of the general classification.

    These riders are the best of the best and often make cycling up a mountain look ridiculously easy. I, on the other hand, do not.

    Not far from my house is a hill known as Brickworks that I often climb so slowly I feel as though I'm sliding down it. Yet every time I get to the top the satisfaction outweighs any thought of imminent cardiac.

    What mountains have you climbed? Ever been to the top of the Col de Soudet? I'd love to hear from you - and see those photos.  

    Text 81111 or use #bbccycling

  84. Sting in the tail

    Today's stage ends with the hors categorie climb - the steepest category of climb and the first of the Tour - up to La Pierre-Saint-Martin. The weak or the out of form could be exposed here.

    Race leader Chris Froome, a man very much in the headlines at the moment (more on that in a bit), is in no doubt that today's stage will be on the tough side.

  85. Race as it stands

    Before we get round to discussing various issues, a quick update on how the stage is shaping up at the moment.

    We are nearly 60km through the stage and there is a two-man breakaway almost 13 minutes clear.

    They are - surprise, surprise - Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo of Bretagne Seche Environment and Belgian Cofidis rider Kenneth Vanbilsen. 

  86. Scene at the start

    Today's stage started a tad after 11.30 BST (12:30 local time) with the riders rolling out of Tarbes. As you can see from these photos, it is a pretty nice day to be entering the Pyrenees, although whether the peloton (or what remains of it) will be feeling like that at the end of the stage remains to be seen.

    The scene in Tarbes ahead of the start of stage 10
    Chris Froome warms up before the stage
  87. Battle on Bastille Day

    Bastille Day celebrations

    It's Bastille Day. We're in the Pyrenees. We've got a mountain-top finish.

    What more could you possibly want?