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Summary

  1. Stage 15: Mende to Valence, 183km
  2. Andre Greipel wins sprint finish
  3. Mark Cavendish in group of stragglers
  4. Chris Froome maintains three mins, 10 secs lead
  5. Movistar's Nairo Quintana second in GC

Live Reporting

By Paul Fletcher

All times stated are UK

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  1. Join us tomorrow

    So, no real alarms for the guys chasing the yellow jersey. One suspects that battle will reignite after Tuesday's rest day.

    Pure joy for Andre Greipel. What a Tour he is having.

    Monday takes us 201km from Bourg-de-Peage to Gap. It is a hilly stage that doesn't really suit the sprinters. 

    Makes sure that you join me for that one.

  2. Stragglers comes home

    So as Andre Greipel heads to the podium, the 23-man group involving Mark Cavendish rolls in 15 minutes behind. Five minutes later and they would've been eliminated from the race.

  3. Today's top 10

    1. Andre Greipel (Germany / Lotto) 3:56:35"

    2. John Degenkolb (Germany / Giant) ST

    3. Alexander Kristoff (Norway / Katusha)

    4. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Tinkoff - Saxo)

    5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway / Team MTN)

    6. Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania / Cannondale)

    7. Christophe Laporte (France / Cofidis)

    8. Michael Matthews (Australia / Orica)

    9. Davide Cimolai (Italy / Lampre)

    10. Florian Vachon (France / Bretagne)

  4. Yellow jersey

    As you were....

    1. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 59:58:54"

    2. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +3:10"

    3. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +3:32"

    4. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +4:02"

    5. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +4:23"

    6. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) +4:54"

    7. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / LottoNL) +6:23"

    8. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Astana) +8:17"

    9. Tony Gallopin (France / Lotto) +8:23"

    10. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek) +8:53"

  5. What success looks like

    Nobody, but nobody, could say that Andre Greipel does not have a smile of pure delight.

    Andre Greipel
  6. Post update

    Andre Greipel was understandably pleased with his work today.

    "The team supported me from kilometre zero, they kept me out of the wind and in the front group. At the end we made it perfectly to keep in a good position for the sprint and I went full gas and kept it to the line."

  7. Post update

    The group of 23 including Mark Cavendish has yet to finish but there are no real concerns they will miss the time cut.

  8. Bouncing back

    Andre Greipel was involved in a crash yesterday and had three stitches last night. Not that the Lotto-Soudal rider looked to be struggling as he surged for the line.

  9. Post update

  10. Post update

    Sadly not Theo. Merely our respect.

  11. Incredible!

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist

    Quote Message: What an amazing finish! We wondered if Andre Greipel would be able to deliver, he's been struggling with a knee injury but it didn't slow him up. Incredible.
  12. Yellow jersey

    Safely does it

    A very quiet day as far as the yellow jersey standings are concerned - so Chris Froome remains ahead of Nairo Quintana, with Tejay van Garderen third.

  13. Post update

    Greipel's compatriot John Degenkolb came second with Alexander Kristoff third.

  14. Post update

    That is the third stage win for the German known as the Gorilla. Super sprinting.

  15. Greipel wins stage 15

    Andre Greipel celebrates

    Andre Greipel takes it on the line.

  16. Post update

    Sprinters race to the line

    Into the finishing straight....

  17. Post update

    We're going to have a big sprint....minus Cav

  18. 1km to go

    The group swallow up Stybar. Peter Sagan is not far off the pace.

  19. 2km to go

    Stybar still out in front. ALOT of bikes charging after him. Pain etched on his race

  20. 3km to go

    Zdenek Stybar of Etixx - Quick-Step flies off the front and opens up a little gap. Has he caught the peloton napping?

  21. 4km to go

    Degenkolb? Greipel? Kristoff? Coquard?

  22. Post update

  23. 5.5km to go

    World road race champion Michal Kwiatkowski has a go off the front but he won't stay away.

  24. 7km to go

    Always terrifies me watching the peloton hurtle around a roundabout. BMC still driving the pace, with Rohan Dennis on the front. Protecting Tejay van Garderen. Team Sky aren't too far behind them.

    Soon the team with sprinters will start to move forward.

    The temperature is 33C. Yup

  25. Fast...

    There are less than 10km left for the main group. Double that for the Cav group.

  26. A big Cav clue...

  27. Post update

    So, we've not had a sprint finish since Mark Cavendish won in Fougeres on 10 July. That is a lot of miles ago - and that is about to change.

    We are just 12km away from an almighty thrash to the line.

  28. Cav under the weather?

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist

    Quote Message: I'm very surprised that Mark Cavendish is not up there today, he was a favourite to win this stage. I wonder if he is feeling OK as there has been illness in some teams and once one rider gets ill it can sweep through in no time.
  29. Post update

    The 23 riders in the group that includes Mark Cavendish are 12 minutes behind. He must be well fed up, knowing that he will not be part of the sprint finish. Still, at least they will not be timed out.

    BMC currently driving the pace on the front of the peloton with 15km to go.  

  30. Yellow jersey

    Chris Froome on stage 15

    It has been a very steady and unspectacular day for the yellow jersey contenders so far today. Their key tussles, one suspects, lie on the other side of Tuesday's rest day.

    Chris Froome, after the events of yesterday, probably wants a day without any headlines.

  31. Get Involved

    What was Pierre Rolland doing (15:25)? Mark has the answer...

  32. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist

    Quote Message: I think that Andre Greipel must be the favourite for this stage now. Alex Kristoff has not looked at his best this Tour but I'm sure he will want to make the most of this opportunity.
  33. 23km to go

    A general view of the main peloton
    Quote Message: Everything is about to speed up now as the peloton hurtles towards Valence. Overall speed, decision-making, gaps forming and closing, positioning into corners...the slightest thing could make the difference. There are two roundabouts about 5km out and then a sharp left-hand turn. It is completely flat but there is a slight turn to the right about 400m from the finish. The last 300m is straight and pretty wide. It is going to be blisteringly fast. from Matt Slater BBC Sport at the Tour de France
    Matt SlaterBBC Sport at the Tour de France
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  35. Not over yet...

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist

    Quote Message: Chris Froome has a nice buffer going into the final week but as we have seen before in the Alpine stages, you can easily lose that in one day. Some of the yellow jersey contenders have said they are just waiting for the final week.
  36. All back together (sort of)

    The riders come back together

    Matteo Trentin and Ryder Hesjedal are swallowed up. I was about to write that the peloton is all back together - but of course the 23 riders including Mark Cavendish are a good 12 minutes back.

    There are 27.5km remaining.

  37. Who will win the sprint?

    Who do we fancy for a sprint finish? Andre Greipel? Bryan Coquard (we've seen Eurostar driving the pace a lot today)? John Degenkolb? Alexander Kristoff?

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  38. Ready for a rest day?

    The second rest day of the Tour is on Tuesday. I for one think the riders deserve a day off.

    I think Team Europcar's Pierre Rolland is looking forward to his day off - although I'm not sure what he was doing in the team coach this morning.

    Answers on a postcard. Hmm, scratch that, text 81111 or #bbccycling

  39. Listen up

    Don't forget you can listen to the remainder of the stage by clicking on the play icon on this page.

    Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles will be talking you through the drama to come.

    You can also listen to their latest podcast.

  40. Breakaway swallowed up

    The pack on stage 15

    The main group has swallowed up the bulk of the breakaway. Only Matteo Trentin and, behind him, Ryder Hesjedal remain clear. There are still 38km to go.

  41. 42km to go

    Etixx - Quick-Step's Matteo Trentin has a dig off the front of the lead group. The 25-year-old, who won stages in 2013 and 2014, is positively hurtling along.

    Meanwhile, the group of 23 stragglers including Mark Cavendish is 12 minutes back.   

  42. Stephen Roche backs Froome

    Stephen Roche, who won the race in 1987, has had his say on the abuse being aimed at yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome and speculation that he might be doping.

    "With Chris there's no foundation," said Roche. "It's pure jealousy and speculation.

    "I'm very disappointed in the reaction of the media. There's no reason whatsoever to make a scandal out of so little information.

    "There's never (before) been anybody so transparent."

    Froome, by the way, has had a quiet, steady day so far tucked in the main bunch. 

  43. Five points for Pinot

    Just for the record Thibaut Pinot was first over the Col de l'Escrinet. Not that the sprint was in any way contested.

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    Trips to the Tour

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  45. Post update

    Chris Froome in the main pack

    The main group have now gone over the day's final climb. They are less than 90 seconds behind the breakaway. Surely they cannot stay away?

  46. 55km to go

    The Cavendish group are 10 minutes behind the lead group, who have just gone over the summit of the category two Col de l'Escrinet.

    I wonder if there is any danger of them being timed out? There are 23 riders in the Cav group and they would have to double their deficit for that to be an issue.

  47. Look away now

    I don't know. You work for it all your life, you train all year, you get selected for your team, you slog your way around France and the cows do not even give you the courtesy of watching you ride past.

    Just rude.

    Of course, it was different in the Pyrenees, when the cows wandered on to the road during one descent.

    The peloton pass a field of cows on stage 15
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  49. A blistering chase in store

    Quote Message: They call Valence, a decent-sized town on banks of the Rhone, the gateway to the Midi, or south, and there was certainly a Mediterranean feel as I walked to the press centre this morning: 32C before noon and the cicadas chirping loudly. The Col de l'Escrinet is a 7.9km, 2nd category climb, so will be quite an obstacle for the pure speedsters, but with this being the last hope of a bunch sprint until Paris, there will be a blistering chase over the other side and along the Rhone valley to the finish. from Matt Slater BBC Sport at the Tour de France
    Matt SlaterBBC Sport at the Tour de France
  50. Taking in the Tour

    Spectators cheer on riders during stage 15

    Any views a good view. Blink and you'll miss it mind.

  51. Thirsty work

    Drinks being taken on board. It is another hot day, humid today rather than outright baking hot. The lead group are 8km from the top of Col de l'Escrinet. 

    TV pictures showing the Ardeche river. I once went on a two-week holiday with my school down that way. It was the coach journey without end, starting as we did in Preston. I thought we'd cracked it once we rolled into Calais. Not so.... 

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  53. 70km to go

    Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde

    The breakaway of nine are hurtling towards the category two climb up Col de l'Escrinet. Once over there they will look to rattle along the flat 55km or so to the finish, trying to stave off the chasing pack.

    The main group is less than two minutes behind, with the Cavendish group a further six minutes back. 

  54. Vroom Froome

    The finish in Valence
    Quote Message: Here at the finish in Valence the first sight of Chris Froome from Gemma Sterba BBC Sport at the Tour de France
    Gemma SterbaBBC Sport at the Tour de France
  55. Green jersey

    Michael Rogers had a flat trye but recovered in time to lead out Tinkoff-Saxo team-mate Peter Sagan as they approached the day's intermediate sprint in Aubenas.

    No surprise to see Sagan cross first and claim more points for the green jersey. He is like pacman, hoovering up dots all over the place.

  56. Post update

  57. Post update

    So, if the pure sprinters do not come to the fore today we can forget all about them until the race ends in Paris next Sunday.

    The Cavendish group is more than eight minutes behind the breakaway.

    I'd imagine there are a few sprinters in the main bunch (five minutes ahead of the Cav group) who will be dead-set on catching the breakaway. Perhaps Alexander Kristoff of Team Katusha? His team were working hard before to put time between them and Cavendish before.

  58. Geraint Thomas's guide to stage 15

    The route from Mende to Valence

    Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas has been taking us through the Tour stage by stage - here are his thoughts on today's action.

    "This will be another stage where teams like Sagan's Tinkoff-Saxo and Matthews' Orica-GreenEdge will look to distance the pure sprinters to set up the stage win for themselves."

    You'd have to say that the pure sprinters are not looking a good bet for the stage right now - or at least Mark Cavendish isn't

  59. 80km to go

  60. Spoiling the beautiful race?

    I've heard it suggested that Team Sky are suffering the long-term consequences of the dopers of the past, that there is now almost an automatic suspicion around any Tour success story.

    Are what the fans doing spoiling the beautiful race, as Mark Cavendish suggests below?

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  61. Super Sagan

    Wonder who this lot want to win?

    Peter Sagan fans
  62. Critical phase in the stage

    Quote Message: I think we are into a critical phase in today's stage. The leaders have covered half the day's distance and been over three of the categorised climbs on the menu. They have a decent lead on the peloton and certainly have the firepower to stay away if they fully commit. But the hardest climb of the day is still ahead and it is hot and humid out there. The situation for Mark Cavendish is getting beyond critical: he is in a group of stragglers that is now eight minutes behind the leaders. They must start to close that gap right now or he can forget having a bunch sprint until Paris. from Matt Slater BBC Sport at the Tour de France
    Matt SlaterBBC Sport at the Tour de France
  63. Post update

    The nine-men breakaway briefly split on the slippery descent but the roads are now dry and they are now back together. Two minutes to the main bunch, eight to the Cavendish group. We won't be seeing the Etixx - Quick-Step man contesting a spring later.   

  64. Chapeau, Cummings

    Stephen Cummiings crosses the line to win stage 14

    MTN-Qhuebeka's British rider Steve Cummings won the stage on Saturday.

    It was the 34-year-old's first stage win at the Tour and I thought it was a terrible shame that it was quickly overshadowed by the day's more unsavoury events.

    Still, Cumming's fellow cyclists were quick with their praise. 

  65. Post update

    Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh is in the 23-man group at the back. The big man has put in some huge turns on the front over recent days - not surprised to see him where he is.

    The front group are on a long descent from Col de la Croix - the roads looks wet, it has obviously been raining.

  66. A massive wake-up call

    Shane Sutton (left) and Bradley Wiggins at the 2010 Tour

    British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton used to work with Team Sky and has had a long relationship with their boss Sir Dave Brailsford.

    On Radio 5 live's Sportsweek this morning he was not mincing his words.

    "I think it is appalling," said Sutton on the incident involving Chris Froome on Saturday. "A few mindless individuals are trying to upset things.

    "From my point of view Team Sky have changed face of cycling with a zero tolerance attitude to doping – the team are totally clean and performing fantastically.

    "Team Sky took the principles from track success and applied them – they have enhanced the word professional.

    "It has been a wake-up call to the rest of the world – get your house in order, this is the real business and you can make massive gains if you look at detail of everything that needs to be done."

  67. Post update

  68. Post update

    There are a few riders in the ever-growing group of stragglers (it is now up to 23 riders) who have had some very busy days recently - Simon Yates and Michal Golas, for example, who were both in Saturday's long breakaway.

    Jean-Christophe Peraud has been in the wars recently and he is with them, Cyclists in need of a rest day perhaps....

    The Cav group is now seven minutes behind the breakaway.

    Michael Rogers, by the way, was the first over the category four Col de la Croix de Bauzon.  

  69. A minimum of respect

    Christian Prudhomme

    Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has now had his say about the events on Saturday and his views are quite clear.

    "The behaviour of certain spectators, a minority obviously, is evidently intolerable," said Prudhomme before the start of today's stage.

    "Insulting the integrity of the yellow jersey is unacceptable

    "The top racer has never been liked in the history of the Tour de France. It was true with Jacques Anquetil, it was true with Eddy Merckx, and it's being repeated now. But there must be a minimum of respect."

  70. Trouble for Cav

    Mark Cavendish struggles

    Thibaut Pinot is first over the category four Col du Bez.

    It has been a tough couple of weeks and I wonder if Mark Cavendish's chances today are pretty much over already? His group of stragglers - now 20 strong - are more than four minutes behind the main group and six behind the breakaway with 72km completed.

  71. "It's just crazy"

    Chris Froome was understandably miffed about what happened to him yesterday. 

    Team-mate Geraint Thomas sounded unusually and understandably hacked off when he discussed the abuse coming Team Sky's way.

    "It's everywhere," he said. "It's just crazy. They can boo me when they start hitting, that's wrong.

    "Commentators have so much power, whatever they say people back home take it as gospel." 

    Geraint Thomas (right) during the Tour
  72. Keeping it clean

    Chris Froome

    At first Saturday seemed to be a good day for Team Sky, with Chris Froome taking my time off his rivals up the steep climb to Mende.

    And then Froome revealed that something had been thrown at him earlier in the stage. Something you don't really want to be on the receiving end of - a cup of urine.

  73. Post update

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    Dutch corner? Alpe d'Huez? Aren't they a little early. That stage is next Saturday.

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  75. Post update

    Today's intermediate sprint comes 108km into the stage and do not be surprised if Peter Sagan's breakaway group of nine hold out over the two category four climbs and arrive their first. The Slovak has been hoovering up points to bolster his grip on the green jersey.

    The breakaway is almost two minutes clear of the main group - but four minutes clear of 11 stragglers - stragglers that include Mark Cavendish. The uphill 18km at the start was obviously not to Cav's liking.

    120km to go.     

  76. Get Involved

    Following the Tour

    Chris Froome rides through the crowd

    There have been reports of fans booing Chris Froome, others cheering him.

    Froome revealed he had a cup of urine thrown at him on Saturday (more on that later), while team-mate Richie Porte was punched on Friday.

    I heard Sunday Times journalist David Walsh speculating on 5 live the other day that crowds are down this year and that maybe the French are falling out of love with their own race.

    Have you been out in France this year and what did you think? Or have you any particularly vivid memories from following the Tour in previous years?

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  77. It's sunny

    Hot again today - it was 25C at the start. It is 32C at the finish. Sure hoping France holds it form until I head there on holiday in a few weeks.

  78. Pop on the podcast

    There will be live commentary of the closing phase of this stage, with Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles on air from 15:00 BST.

    If you cannot wait until then, be sure to check out the latest podcast as Simon, Rob and Matt Slater discuss Saturday's stage. It is well worth checking out.

  79. Farewell Langeveld

    Sebastian Langeveld has withdrawn because of sickness. He is the first to go today.  

  80. Post update

    Mark Cavendish is currently in a group of stragglers almost two minutes behind the main bunch.

    The composition of the breakaway has changed. It was 27 riders but there are just nine now, with a one-minute advantage.

    Orica-GreenEdge's Adam Yates is among them, as are Peter Sagan and Thibaut Pinot, who seems hell-bent on winning a stage now his GC ambitions are well and truly cooked.

  81. Set up for a sprint finish?

    Mark Cavendish

    Today could well be a day for the sprinters - the first since Mark Cavendish won stage 7 on 10 July. That feels like an awful long time ago.

    That, of course, depends on whether any breakaways are reeled in, yesterday Steve Cummings emerged from a break of 20 to claim his victory.

  82. Post update

    Today's stage comprises a category two climb, one category three and two category four.

    The category three at Cote de Badaroux came after 9.5km and Serge Pauwels of MTN-Qhuebeka was first over the top.

    The wildcard team really are having a Tour to remember, with Steve Cummings taking a stage yesterday and Daniel Teklehaimanot wearing the polka dot jersey earlier in the race.

  83. Latest standings

    Peter Sagan

    So Chris Froome extended his lead yesterday to three minutes 10 seconds. Nairo Quintana is now second with Tejay van Garderen dropping to third.

    Second-placed specialist Peter Sagan remains in the green jersey as the Tour's best sprinter and Quintana wears white as the best young rider.

    Team Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez is wearing the polka dot jersey but he is not top of the King of the Mountains standings. No, Froome is topping that list but because he is in yellow, the Spaniard wears the shirt.

  84. So far today

    Chris Froome is currently safely tucked away in the main bunch as today's stage takes us 183km from Mende to Valence.

    There are 27 riders 30 seconds up the road - they include some of the usual suspects such as Peter Sagan (four second places so far this Tour), Thibaut Pinot (who rather blew it at the end yesterday), Joaquim Rodriguez (two stage wins this year) and Rigoberto Uran Uran.

    Adam Yates, whose brother Simon was in Saturday's breakaway, also figures. 

    Team Katusha are working hard to reel them in. We have had 33km of this stage.

  85. Hot legs

    Chris Froome's legs (centre)

    Take a good, hard look at them. The ones in the centre I mean. They are leading the Tour de France. By some distance.