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Summary

  1. Chris Froome seals second title in French capital
  2. Briton was unchallenged on final stage
  3. Anna van der Breggen wins La Course by Le Tour de France
  4. Stage 21 from Ville-d'Avray to Paris

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Au revior

    So there it is. 21 stages, 3,360.3km, 81 hours 56 minutes 33 seconds and a second yellow jersey.

    Chris Froome is on top of the cycling world.

    Thanks for joning us for the last three weeks. It's been emotional. There will be plenty of reaction on the BBC Sport website, so make sure you stay tuned throughout the night.

    Bonne nuit mes amis.

  2. Post update

    The chancelllor George Osborne snuck his way on to the stage there somehow. Not sure where he came from.

  3. 'The mailot jaune is special'

    An emotional Chris Froome takes the microphone, his voice shaking slightly, he reads from a slip of paper.

    Quote Message: I want to start by thanking my team-mates, without you I would not be standing here. I give you my utmost respect and gratitude. This is your yellow jersey as much as it is mine. Thank you to the support team at Team Sky - your support has got me through the tough times. Thank you to my wife Michelle - your love and support are my motivation. The maillot jaune is special, very special. I will always respect it and never dishonour it and I will always be proud to have won it. from Chris Froome, 2015 Tour de France winner
    Chris Froome, 2015 Tour de France winner
  4. Post update

    Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde stand on the podium as the British national anthem plays out. Now he'll speak... 

  5. Yellow jersey

    Just as soon as Chris Froome is off the stage, he's back up the steps again and is having the yellow jersey put on his shoulders. The arms go in the air and that smile could stretch across the English Channel. A few British flags flutter in the gathered crowd.

  6. Polka dot jersey

    Chris Froome is on the podium, but not to pick up yellow. He's also won the king of the mountains classification. So he wears the spots - but he won't have them on for long, as he's about to get something slightly better.

  7. Team award

    The Movistar riders are on the podium, accepting the award for the highest placed team. I don't spy him there, but Britain's Alex Dowsett, who dropped out midway through the Tour, is part of their number.

  8. 'I had fun this year'

    Quote Message: I'm very happy because this year was very hard. My role in the team was different. I'm happy I've not crashed. I'm very satisfied. I had a lot of fun this year. from Green jersey winner Peter Sagan on EuroSport
    Green jersey winner Peter Sagan on EuroSport
  9. Post update

  10. Bardet takes most combative jersey

    Frenchman Roman Bardet takes the jersey for being the most combative rider. There's quite a few grumbles that Peter Sagan did not collect that award.

  11. White jersey

    Here's a man who deserves a ton of credit.

    Nairo Quintana, for the second time a runner-up to Chris Froome, is now a two-time youth jersey winner. What odds on the little Colombian being a future Tour champion? One minute 12 seconds is so close.

  12. Green jersey

    Andre Greipel is up on the podium to receive the plaudits for that finish. He's closely followed by Peter Sagan, who takes the green jersey for a fourth consecutive Tour. No stage wins for the Slovakian though.

  13. Post update

    No shortage of ambition there from Adam Yates after his Tour debut. But Adam, and his brother Simon, have been superb, and could regularly be spotted in breaks up the hills. Adam finished 50th overall.

  14. Post update

    Quote Message: It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be - I had two flat tyres. But I got through. It's the first Tour finished with and hopefully I'll be back in the coming years and maybe do what Froome has done and win the yellow jersey. from Britain's Adam Yates on ITV4
    Britain's Adam Yates on ITV4
  15. The greatness of the Gorilla

    That's four stage wins for Andre Greipel on this Tour alone. 

  16. Post update

    Quote Message: It's indescribable. I don't really want to share this feeling -it's a bit selfish. It was stressful with the rain this morning - we saw how dangerous it was in the women's race. It was amazing to be able to celebrate in the last 500m. from Team Sky's Nicolas Roche on ITV4
    Team Sky's Nicolas Roche on ITV4
  17. Post update

    Quote Message: Geraint Thomas has been the star of the race. No-one expected him to be sitting fourth going into the Alps. He has emerged a grand tour contender. from Nick Bull Cycling Weekly
    Nick BullCycling Weekly
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    Greg Coull:  Cav suffered there without his lead out train. Tough tour for him, sure he'll be back winning more stages next year

    Ben Witz: Team Sky dominated another Tour, great to see Froome win again

    Tracey Gorham:  So the alien abduction didn't happen, although they may be behind the bag. TDF#2 for Chris Froome.

  19. 'I'd like to thank my parents'

    An emotional Andre Greipel has spoken to Eurosport

    Quote Message: It's amazing. It's what I've always dreamed of. My team got me in the right position. I'd like to thank my parents and trainers.
  20. Post update

    Quote Message: It was great to see Chris Froome cross the line there. Five years ago, if someone said Britain would have had one winner, we would have laughed. After Bradley Wiggins' win, I can't believe how much the sport has changed. from Nick Bull Cycling Weekly
    Nick BullCycling Weekly
  21. Stage 21 result

    It ended up being a shootout between Greipel, Bryan Coquard and Alexander Kristoff. This is how they finished:

    1. Andre Greipel

    2. Bryan Coquard

    3. Alexander Kristoff

    4. Edvald Boasson Hagen

    5. Arnaud Demare

  22. Post update

    Mark Cavendish was down in sixth in that sprint. We'll get the official standings shortly.

  23. Post update

    Quote Message: It is about the team, that was quite special. It is not about individuals, Chris Froome could not have done that without the rest of them. from Rob Hayles BBC Radio 5 live
    Rob HaylesBBC Radio 5 live
  24. Yellow jersey

    Chris Froome wins the Tour de France

    Slowly, very slowly, behind them, come another bunch. Right at the back Team Sky link arms, a yellow jersey in the middle. Chris Froome smiles with delight and out of nowhere comes the sunshine. Chris Froome is officially a two-time Tour de France winner.

    Chris Froome
  25. Post update

    Quote Message: Team Sky have had so much thrown at them literally and figuratively but they come out smiling. from Simon Brotherton BBC Radio 5 live
    Simon BrothertonBBC Radio 5 live
  26. Greipel wins the stage

    And it's Andre Greipel who wins the stage.

    Andre Greipel
  27. Post update

    Andre Greipel makes a move...

  28. Post update

    Kristoff looking good...

  29. Post update

    Sagan, Degenkolb. Shoulder against shoulder...

  30. Post update

    Quote Message: They are all fighting and battling for position. They are clattering over the cobbles but there is a lot of damp. The green jersey is alongside Mark Cavendish. Four of the biggest sprinters are all together. from Rob Hayles BBC Radio 5 live
    Rob HaylesBBC Radio 5 live
  31. 1.4km to go

    Buckle in. This is the biggest and best sprint of the year. It's about to happen...

  32. 1.8km to go

    Chris Froome is at the back and has to dart around a plonker in the middle of the road.

  33. 2.5km to go

    Heads are flicking over shoulders, space is at a premium on the cobbles. The green jersey of Peter Sagan is there. So are Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel.

  34. 3.6km to go

    Lotto-Soudal have the most prominent position on the peloton, creating a sea of red. The battle begins.

  35. 5.5km to go

    Kenneth Velbisen is a lone man up front. Rohan Denis is trying to join him. Sprinters are gathering towards the front of the peloton.

  36. The bell rings

    That means we are on the final lap and the front three are getting pulled back.

    Three jets fly over the top spurting out the French tricolor. Lovely stuff.

  37. 7.4km to go

    Froome is back in the pack with a bit of help from his team-mates.

    Meanwhile, we are approaching the final lap...

  38. A bag tries to sabotage Froome

    Panic! Panic!

    There is a paper bag caught in Chris Froome's back wheel. Alberto Lasada tries to be a kind soul and kick it out. Instead, Froome has to pull over and take a new bike. So the yellow jersey is having to scamper back on to the peloton.

  39. 13.2km to go

    Another spin down the Champs-Elysees and the front three are 17 seconds ahead. The peloton is long and narrow and Chris Froome is right at the back of it. 

  40. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist

    Quote Message: After 81 hours 56 mins and 33 seconds of racing, it has come down to one minute and 12 seconds. After all the talk about Team Sky it comes down to that.
  41. Paris selfies

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  42. 20.1km to go

    Nelson Oliveira, Florian Vachon and Kenneth Valbisen have now pulled 32 seconds in front of the peloton. Thomas Voeckler is at the top of the peloton, lapping up the adulation of his home French crowd.  

  43. Your top three British cyclists

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    Alex Butler:  Wiggo, Cav & Tommy Simpson. First two are obvious. Latter as he was the first British cycling icon.

    Hans Pinkard:  Top three? Wiggo on the track, Wiggo on the road and in the classics, Wiggo in the Tour. Simples.

    Jack Degge:  Anyone saying Wiggins above Froome didn’t actually watch the 2012 TdF. Froome gave the win to Wiggins by not attacking him.  

  44. 25.4km to go

    Nelson Oliveira, Florian Vachon and Kenneth Valbisen are still out front - they have a 20-second cushion over the peloton.

  45. Allez Cav?

    I'm pretty sure it says Cav. Or perhaps Allez Cat... which would make no sense at all.

    Allez Cav
  46. Paris selfies

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    This is probably the happiest I have ever seen a child to be on shoulders.

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  47. 30.4km to go

    Thibaut Pinot, yesterday's stage winner is back on his bike after suffering a puncture. He's getting plenty of support from the French crowd.

  48. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist

    Rob Hayles on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra is discussing Alberto Contador, who won the Giro this year but then struggled on this Tour.

    "Chris Froome doesn't try to win a lot of races throughout the year. Riders will pick their Grand Tours. To do the Giro and then try and recover for the Tour is very difficult."

  49. 32.9km to go

    Lap five of 10

    Chris Froome is still right at the back of the peloton, he may even have been hanging around the medical car. It's not a massive issue, but if everyone fell like dominoes, he'd be in a spot of bother.

  50. Post update

    Chris Froome unveiled this bad boy earlier. Coincidentally I painted my Mondeo bright yellow last night in honour of the great man. My wife was delighted.

  51. Paris selfies

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    It's stopped raining, but you're still sending your Paris pictures. Keep them coming at #bbccycling

  52. 39.7km to go

    Chavanel is caught and now Nelson Oliveira, Florian Vachon and Kenneth Vsnbilsen take up the lead.

  53. 44.6km to go

    A quick loop around the Arch du Triomphe and it slingshots a few into action. Five are off the front tracking down Sylvain Chavanel.

    Chris Froome is right at the back - he's rubbish really.

    Tour de France
  54. 46.5km to go

    Sylvain is 12 seconds out in front. Behind him the teams will be working out how to get their sprinters in place - the likes of Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Andre Greipel and John Degenkolb.

  55. 51.8km to go

    Sylvain Chavanel of IAM Cycling shows the first spell of aggression of the day and has moved off the front. It gives the home support something to cheer.

  56. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist

    Former British cyclist Rob Hayles has been speaking on BBC Radio 5 live about Chris Froome having to defend himself against drug accusations.

    "I've seen people talk about his weight by going off a photo of his arm. If any of it was based in fact that would be one thing - it's based on hearsay and good results."

  57. 60.5km to go

    One of my colleagues in the office is furious that some are stating that Chris Froome has won the Tour de France.

    Those people have obviously not considered the possibility of mid-race alien abduction. 

    Actually, maybe the aliens could determine whether Froome is in fact human.

  58. Post update

    Just finish the stage Chris. Don't do anything stupid now.

  59. Your top three British cyclists

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    Santiago:  Don't forget the ladies, Vicky Pendleton and Sarah Storey  

    Alan Farrelly:  Top 3. Wiggins - most Olympic medals & TdF winner Cav - 3rd highest stage winner R. Millar - KoM jersey b4 TdF popular in UK

    James Gill:  Wiggins for what he has done on track and road. No-one is close. Multi disciplined. Froome and hoy either or for 2ND and 3rd

  60. 64.5km to go

    First lap of 10

    Team Sky are still leading out the peloton. It's a lap of honour if you will. It should be 10 laps of central Paris - that could be reduced on a race organisers' whim.

    Tour de France
  61. Paris selfies

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  62. Yellow jersey

    Plenty of cheering and clapping as the bright yellow jersey of Chris Froome comes through the Place du Concord, down on to the Champs-Elysees. 

    Team Sky cross the line first, Geraint Thomas leading the way, and the clock stops, meaning Froome is Tour de France champion (assuming he does not fall down a hole or get sucked into another dimension).

    Now that race is over, a new one starts...

    Tour de France
  63. Clock about to be neutralised

    We're approaching the beginning of the laps. Team Sky are at the front of the peloton and as soon as they cross the line to start the laps, that will be the finishing time and Chris Froome will be Tour de France champion, as long as he gets over the line.

  64. Paris selfies

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    You guys look like you're at Norwegian corner. I could be wrong - it wouldn't be the first time.

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  65. Shortened route?

    Former cyclist Sean Kelly has just mooted that the 10 laps in Paris that lead to the sprint finish cut be could down because of the wet conditions and the late arrival of the peloton. No news yet though.

  66. 74.7km to go

    Chris Froome has spent the last few minutes having a chinwag with Mark Cavendish. The TV cameras tried to pick up on what they were saying until they realised that Cav has an absolute potty mouth.

  67. Yellow jersey

    This tweet confirms that Chris Froome only needs to get home today. So it would take something very horrific to take the yellow jersey away from him.

  68. Paris selfies

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    Keep them coming. Loads of photos of you waiting in the rain in Paris. Use #bbccycling

  69. Your top three British cyclists

    #bbcycling

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater has selected his top 10 British cyclists of all time. We want your top three using #bbccycling

    Edu:  Wiggins considered Britains best cyclist? he was one of the most boring #tdf winners ever, froome on the other hand

    freckleface97:  1) froome 2) hoy 3) wiggo for track but nothing to do with the tour. Froome dragged him round and could have won 2012

    Mark Wavish:  Robert Millar- should have been the first British GT Winner; Chris Boardman-all of modern British cycling was built on his Gold of 1992. Chris Froome with 2xTDF & KOM must now have just eclipsed Wiggins, Simpson, and Hoy.

  70. 83.5km to go

    We're nudging our way into the centre of Paris now. Slowly. Painfully slowly. We'll be at the Eiffel Tower in about 8km, so get your GoPros pointing upwards boys.

  71. Paris selfies

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    You're in Paris. It's wet. You're waiting for a load of blokes to whizz past. Why not pass the time by sending us a photo?

  72. 'Not much luck'

    EuroSport spoke to yesterday's stage winner and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali before today's racing.

    Quote Message: A week ago it was a tricky Tour - I didn't feel I had much luck. But I've had to make compromises over what I wanted to achieve - the stage win was the best day for me. Even though it's raining today it's the last day and you go out to enjoy it.
  73. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 Live

  74. Cheers from the beard

    90.6km to go

    Chris Froome receives a pat on the back from Simon Geschke and Simon Gechske's beard.

    Geschke's wonderfully manicured facial hair has been one of my highlights of the Tour.

  75. 92.9km to go

    You can't beat a relaxing Sunday afternoon cycle can you? If you were strolling through the south-west suburbs of Paris at the moment, you might be forgiven for thinking the Tour de France was a family fun ride. The pace is snailesque.

  76. Your top three British cyclists

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    Jamlin:  no.3 is definitely Chris Boardman for starting the trend, no.2 is Chris Hoy for unequaled success on the track and Wiggo no.1

    Small man peaky:  Wiggins, Cav and Hoy. Wiggins in first and too close to call between the other two.

    Ollie:  Froome, Cav and Hoy..... Why? Just look at the achievements!

  77. Paris selfies

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  78. Positive reception for Froome

    It's nice to see, after plenty of talk of abuse aimed at Chris Froome, that spectators are giving a warm reception to the yellow jersey wearer.

    Chris Froome Tour de France
  79. Drink cycling

    Here's something you should definitely not do at home kids. Drinking champagne while cycling.

    Chris Froome is handed a (plastic) glass of bubbly from the window of the Team Sky support car. It doesn't look like he actually takes a sip though - probably for the best, just in case there is a French police car waiting to arrest him for drink cycling.

    Chris Froome Tour de France
  80. Almost a disastrous photo opportunity

    Chris Froome catches up with the Team Sky boys after his clothing dilemma, and all of them ride alongside each other, draping arms over each other's shoulders.

    But Richie Porte is terrible at riding no-handed and almost knocks Froomey off his bike.

  81. Post update

    This tweet suggests that as long as Chris Froome is part of the main bunch when the sprint starts, he will not lose any time. So he won't have to risk getting involved in a bun fight on the cobbles, which Geraint Thomas fittingly described as a 'proper bonkers' prospect.

  82. Bertie to rethink

    Alberto Contador, who will finish fifth on the Tour after winning a grueling Giro d'Italia earlier this year, has been speaking to EuroSport.

    Quote Message: My goal was a different one. My goal was victory, not just the podium and I haven't been able to do it. Some riders were stronger than me. Next year I may rethink my schedule.
  83. Chris Froome has stopped!

    Don't worry. It's only because of a wardrobe malfunction. That jacket he put on is blue. The race organisers want him in yellow. So he is handed another jersey to wear over the top. He's actually some way off the peoloton. Don't get any ideas Nairo Quintana...

  84. 103.3km to go

    Oh the weather is miserable. The peloton are taking no risks as they roll out on to the 109.5km route at a very steady speed. Chris Froome is wrestling with a jacket, which he expertly gets on.

    Chris Froome Tour de France
  85. Yellow jersey

    So. Just to be completely clear. Chris Froome is not expected to lose any time today, as tradition states the yellow jersey is not challenged going into Paris.

    The main racing action will take place between the sprinters, who will jockey for position right at the end of the stage on the Champs-Elysees.

    The riders who do not compete the sprint will be given the same time, as long as they are in contact with the main bunch behind the sprint.

    So Chris Froome's only concern today is if he were to fall off, get injured, and could not finish the race. And none of us want that.

  86. No decision

    The official word from Le Tour is that no decision has been made yet. "Judges will consider the situation when the riders will approach the circuit in Paris," they say. Needles to say though, Chris Froome will be a happier man if he doesn't have the stress of avoiding a pile up on the Parisian cobbles.

    Chris Froome arrives for stage 21 of the Tour de France
  87. 'Proper bonkers'

    BBC Sport's Patrick Jennings has spoken to Team Sky's Geraint Thomas today, who said this:

    "The organisers are talking about neutralising the race when we reach the cobbles because of the heavy rain in Paris today, that’s what we’ve been told. It would be really good because riding on the Champs-Elysees in the wet is going to be proper bonkers. They’re pretty dicy at the best of times but in the middle of Paris, with all the oil on the road, it’s a bit of nightmare to be honest."

  88. Yellow jersey

    So, you may be aware that it's a tad moist in Paris. It could prove problematic for when a huge peloton of riders embark on the French capital later today. In fact Hannah Barnes, who raced La Course earlier, admitted she was worried what might happen when the men come in.

    What would happen if Chris Froome were to fall in Paris and lose time? Well, it might not be a problem...

  89. And we're back...

    They're a little late starting in Ville-d'Avray, the riders are sat in the neutral zone. But soon enough we will be under way.

    Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Romain Bardet and Peter Sagan Tour de France
  90. Take a break

    Like a cyclist on the the downhill, I'm going to be using the next 30 minutes to rest up for the slog that's ahead.

    The final stage of the Tour gets under way at 15:35 BST - join us then when we'll have text commentary, your Paris pics and your top three British cyclists.

  91. Get Involved

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  92. 'I'm hurt on both bum cheeks'

    Quote Message: I went down in the first crash. If you touched your brakes you were down, which I did twice. I'm hurt on both bum cheeks. I don't think I want to watch the men's race to be honest, it's pretty crazy. I've got an uncomfortable eight-hour flight tomorrow. from Britain's Hannah Barnes on ITV4
    Britain's Hannah Barnes on ITV4
  93. Race result

    1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) 2hrs 5mins 1sec

    2. Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) +1sec

    3. Amy Pieters (Ned) same time

    4. Lizzie Armitstead (GB) same time

    5. Lotta Lepisto (Fin) same time

  94. 'Hard and beautiful

    Quote Message: "I can't believe it we had a good plan. We said we would attack in the last lap. I managed to keep it to the finish. We had more options and it was a hectic race. It's hard when you have the peloton chasing you. This is one of the biggest races I have won with so many people here. It was a hard and beautiful race. from Anna van der Breggen speaking to ITV4
    Anna van der Breggen speaking to ITV4
    Anna Van Der Breggen
  95. 'I'm pretty jealous'

    Quote Message: I'm disappointed for my team-mates. We did such a good race. In the end I just wasn't fast enough. I didn't have the jump, that happens but it will come back. I'm pretty jealous of that move from Anna, it was the perfect time to go and I wish I could've done the same thing. Our team was marked out of it, we would have been shut down. from Lizzie Armitstead speaking to ITV4
    Lizzie Armitstead speaking to ITV4
  96. Post update

    ITV4 have Marianne Vos working with them today. The Dutch legend was yelling her head off like a good un to cheer through her compatriot. She can shout as well as she can cycle.

  97. Armitstead fourth

    Britain's Lizzie Armitstead was right in the mix there at the end and was in the pack breathing down Van Der Breggen's neck. She comes in fourth.

  98. Breggen rights

    The 25-year-old is having a good year. That's the women's Giro, the Dutch time trial title and also the Flèche Wallonne in 2015. Not bad, that.

    Anna Van Der Breggen
  99. Post update

    Anna van der Breggen even had time for a small glance over her shoulder and the Dutch woman, who has been out in front for pretty much a whole lap, punches the air in delight.  

    Her compatriot Amy Pieters was in pursuit, but it was too little too late.

  100. Anna van der Breggen wins La Course

    Incredible, she holds on.

    Anna Van Der Breggen
  101. Post update

    Anna van der Breggen from Rabo Liv is still 6secs clear as she takes the final turn. The rest are coming...

  102. 1km to go

    Seven seconds now. It looks enough. There's been another crash meanwhile.

  103. 1.5km to go

    Saying that, she's steadied it again. The gap is hovering at 6secs and they're running out of road...

  104. 2.4km to go

    Now everything goes up a notch. Van Der Breggen will probably be caught. The lead is six seconds now.

    La Course
  105. 3.3km to go

    To be specific it is a 13-second gap. Acres of space in behind Anna van der Breggen. Can she hold on?

    Here we go, the gap is dropping...

  106. 4.3km to go

    Blimey - it's a huge gap she's got there. The peloton caught sleeping and they have just a few km to wake up.

  107. 5.3km to go

    Uphill to the Arc de Triomphe now, through the puddles and the slippy tarmac. Rablo Liv pick up the pace with Anna van der Breggen attempting to go clear.

  108. One lap to go

    7km remaining

    There's the bell. Last lap ladies.

    It really is horribly soggy. But the pace goes up a notch and there's no break away yet. It's all set up for a very crowded sprint finish.

    La Course
  109. Your top three British cyclists

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    Mark Turner:  Difficult. Boardman, started the whole ball rolling. Wiggins, for success on track & road. Cavendish, greatest sprinter ever?

    Vanessa Winters:  Robert Millar - unsung KoM, @rachelatherton - inspiring women's MTB, Brad Wiggins - first British #MaillotJaune.

  110. 9.9km to go

    It's been a quiet race for Lizzie Armitstead so far, which is good news. The Brit crashed out last year and has managed to avoid trouble so far. She sits just off the front, where Belgium's Jolien D'Hoore looks well set too. Kirsten Wild is on her way back.

    Lizzie Armitstead
  111. 12.5km to go

    Netherland's scratch world champion Kirsten Wild is trying to get herself back among the lead group, she's weaving between the support cars.

  112. Back at base

    The BBC's Sharon Fuller is with the British-based Matrix team today.

    "It's a race of attrition out there as Kim Le Court retires and is very pleased to be getting in the warm."

    Le Court
  113. 15.9km to go

    Emma Johannson, the Swedish national champion and Olympic silver medallist, is seeing what the peloton is made of as stretches forward.

    There's a response as the rain picks up again.

    La Course
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  115. Your top three British cyclists

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    Conor McGrane:  Nicole Cooke, Beryl Burton and Bradley Wiggins all for their versatility and multiple wins in different major races

    Steohen Betley:  Beryl Burton, Barry Hoban, Tom Simpson. #bbccycling It's not all about the tour. These were trailblazers.

    Matt Taggart:  Cav - In stage wins, third only to the Badger & the Cannibal. Froome - Because my wife made me & he seems like the sort of guy I'd have a beer (or suitable sports drink) with. Boardman - for memories of the '92 Olympics

  116. Post update

    It's been a while since I've been to Paris. Is there always a log flume there?

  117. Ouch!

    22.2km to go

    Make that five crashes. This might be the worst yet. At least half a dozen riders go down from the thick of the peloton and a few more practically jump off the bike to avoid hitting the carnage.

    La Course
  118. 25.5km to go

    Lizzie Williams is at the front of the peloton again but can't create a gap of tarmac behind her. Lizzie Armitstead is in there too with compatriot Hannah Barnes hiding in the midst too.

    Lizzie Armistead
  119. 28.6km to go

    The peloton is back together and whizzes around Norwegian corner - it's a bit like Dutch corner but less drunk.

  120. Live from Paris

    Join Simon Brotherton, Rob Hayles and Caroline Barker for updates from Paris on BBC Radio 5 live and then live commentary from 16:30 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  121. 33.8km to go

    Shelley Olds must have broken a mirror under a ladder while looking at a black cat this morning. A few moments after falling, her chain is hanging off.

    The American looks around for her Ale Cipoolini team for a new bike - they are nowhere to be seen.

  122. 34.8km to go

    As soon as Elvin drops in, her Orica AIS team-mate Lizzie Williams takes up the impetus. Team Liv's Floortje Mackaij goes with her.

  123. 37.4km to go

    Meanwhile, Gracie Elvin, who had been 20 seconds clear at one point, is about to get sucked back into the peloton.

    Gracie Elvin
  124. Ouch!

    38.2km to go

    That's the fourth crash of the day by my count. USA's Shelley Olds, who is expected to challenge for her Ale Cipollini team, has clipped a wheel and gone down. She's straight back up though and moving again.

  125. Froome feared losing Tour

    Froome

    We'll focus on La Course for now, but it would be remiss of me not to mention this guy early doors.

    It was thrilling stuff in the end, but Chris Froome will become Britain's first multiple Tour winner today.

    There is plenty of reaction on the BBC Sport website, but why not start here and read about how the Team Sky rider feared the yellow jersey was slipping away on that arduous climb up Alpe d'Huez.

  126. 42km to go

    The peloton comes past the Arc de Triomphe with Orica-AIS rider Gracie Elvin mounting a break. She's pulled away somewhat. The Australian could well be launching a platform for her Swedish team-mate Emma Johansson later in the race.

  127. 47.5km to go

    Lizzie Armitstead is safely placed at the front of the peloton, which is definitely the place to be at the moment. She has Australia's Tiffany Cromwell alongside her.

  128. Ouch!

    48.6km to go

    Another crash. It shows you how treacherous it is on these Parisian roads.

    USA rider Maura Kinsella's wheel just comes out from under her on the wet surface and she takes one other don with her.

  129. Your top three Brits

    #bbccycling

    With Chris Froome's latest achievement in mind, BBC Sport's Matt Slater has given a countdown of his own top 10 British cyclists of all time.

    It's all opinion of course, and we're sure you'll have your own ideas.

    So why not tell us your top three British cyclists? Use #bbccycling and explain your thinking.

    British cyclists
  130. The Welsh wing

    Welsh fans

    If you bagsied your place early in Paris today, you will have earned yourself double the fun. These Welsh fans are there to see Geraint Thomas come through with the Tour later - but in the mean time they're being treated to a chaotic women's race.

  131. 56.2km to go

    The bunches are all over the place, although we're starting to get a bit more order, with stragglers filing on to the back of what I guess could be called a peloton.

  132. 58.1km to go

    Most riders are back on their bikes after that crash, but it has held quite a few up. Britain's Lucy Garner was caught up in it and is trying to get back up to the pack - her team Liv-Plantur will be trying to slow down the pace.

    Last year's runner-up Kirsten Wild was also affected.

  133. Police fire at car in Paris

    You're probably aware that there has been a bit of commotion in Paris this morning.

    At around 08:00 local time a car tried to crash through a security barrier in the Place de la Concorde.

    Police opened fire and car sped off. There is no suggestion of terrorism as a motive.

    In fact, our BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield suggests it might have been a reveler on the way home after a night out.

    It should't impact racing.  Read the latest here.

  134. Brollies in Paris

    61.4km to go

    The BBC's Sharon Fuller is at the race with the British-based Matrix team, and she has a good view of the crowds, as well as the cyclist's nemesis - the cobbles.

    To make matters worse, it's raining pretty heavily, which might have caused the crash. The Parisian streets look as slippy as soap.

    Paris
  135. Post update

    Here was Lizzie beforehand. She will be looking for better luck this year, after being knocked off her bike in 2014.

  136. Ouch!

    And there's been drama already. A few minutes ago this happened at the back of the bunch. We'll try and get a few more details.

  137. La Course by Le Tour

    Lizzie Armitstead

    Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of events in and around Paris today.

    There is action already afoot as the second running of La Course by Le Tour is under way.

    It's 89km of 13 intense laps around the centre of Paris with a finish on the Champs-Elysees.

    Defending champion Marianne Vos is not competing in the French capital, but Britain's Lizzie Armitstead is among the favourites