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Summary

  1. Mark Cavendish wins stage and first yellow jersey
  2. Britain's Chris Froome finishes alongside rivals in peloton
  3. Eight British riders in the three-week race

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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  1. And it's goodbye from us

    And that seems like a good place to leave today's stage. I'll be back for stage two, which has a little uphill kick to the finish, on Sunday.

    Please join me from 12:00 BST and the two Robs, Hatch and Hayles who will have radio commentary from 15:00 BST.

      Thanks for your contributions.  

    Tour de France stage 2 map
  2. Post update

    And as I typed that last message, Team Sky were tweeting

  3. Geraint Thomas caught up in crash

    Word reaching me from Team Sky towers that Geraint Thomas was caught up in a crash on the finish straight. It appears as though he jumped off his bike to avoid the spill and is fine.

    The crash happened a few metres behind the main dash for the line and looked to be set off by a Katusha rider clipping a barrier.  

  4. Cavendish gets yellow jersey

    Here's Cavendish on the podium with a smile as wide as the English Channel behind him. He's got his lion, he's got his flowers (for his daughter) and he's got the yellow jersey.

    Chapeau Mark Cavendish. Chapeau.

  5. Post update

  6. Cavendish claims 27th Tour stage win

    The win is Mark Cavendish's 27th at the Tour de France and moves him just one behind French legend Bernard Hinault, who won 28 while claiming a joint record five Tour titles.

    Cav is now just seven behind the all-time leader Eddy Merckx of Belgium.

    Mark Cavendish
  7. A word from the winner

    A couple of days ago, Mark Cavendish said wearing the yellow jersey was "never a career target". Here's what he's just told ITV 4:

    "It's phenomenal. It's a big goal. We came here with the hope of doing it. We wanted this. There is no bigger icon in cycling than the yellow jersey.I do this for my Dimension Data team, the continent of Africa and to try and get 5,000 kids on bicycles.

    "To win a stage is incredible and to pull on the yellow jersey is an honour I've not had before. It's going to be a special day tomorrow. I'm quite emotional."

  8. Top five

    1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Dimension Data) 4hrs 14mins 05secs 

     2. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Etixx - Quick-Step) Same time

     3. Peter Sagan (Svk/Tinkoff) 

     4. Andre Greipel (Ger/Lotto)

     5. Edward Theuns (Bel/Trek)     

    Mark Cavendish wins the first stage
  9. Get Involved

    Matt Taggart: Cav has been a sneaky little sniper in the past, and he knows how to make use of Greipel as a lead-out man.

  10. Cavendish in yellow for first time

    Before the start of the race Mark Cavendish said getting hold of the yellow jersey was "not a career target". 

    Two years ago the only talk in town was whether he would win the first stage and get to wear the race leader's yellow jersey for the first time.

    We all know what happened in Harrogate.

    Today, he was written off by many.But he has responded in the only way Cav knows how and he will be donning the yellow jersey for the first time in his illustrious career. 

    I reckon there may be tears on the podium in a few minutes.

  11. Marvellous Manx Missile

    Sensational from the Manx Missile. It looked for all the world that Peter Sagan was going to lead that and then Marcel Kittel came but Mark Cavendish did not give up.

  12. CAV WINS! CAV WINS! CAV WINS!

    MARK CAVENDISH WINS STAGE ONE

    Mark Cavendish wins the first stage
  13. Flamme Rouge

    Lotto-Soudal leading this out at more than 60km/h. Mark Cavendish is about 10th wheel as they go under the 1km to go barrier. Peter Sagan is on Marcel Kittel's wheel, five back

  14. Inside the final 2km

    Ian Stannard is leading Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas is behind. A good experienced double-act to bring the defending champion home safely, one would hope.

    Etixx-QuickStep and Lotto-Soudal have six men each to help their sprinters. Mark Cavendish's Dimension Data team-mates are bringng him forward...2km remaining

  15. Time to sprint

    Peter Sagan, the man who has won the last four green points jerseys comes to the front of the peloton. He is in the same Tinkoff team as Alberto Contador so will have no lead-out train. He's not a pure sprinter but is still no slouch on the flat.He'll be hitching a lift on other rider's tails.

    But here comes the Etixx and Lotto-Soudal boys and the break is swallowed up with 4.7km to go. How are your legs boys?

  16. Break holding firm

    Still no panic in the peloton. The pace is high but nobody appears to be pushing. The lead is still 20 seconds and they have a helping tailwind.

    Alex Howes has his head down and flicks his elbow to signal Anthony Delaplace to come through and take a turn. 

    Vasil Kiryienka is leading the Team Sky train. He has Movistar's train right next to him. Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana are sheltering. Safe for now. 6.5km remaining

    Chris Froome
  17. Just 10km remaining

    The peloton is buzzing along at a touch over 50km/h, or 30mph in English money as they head towards the coastal finish.

    Dylan Groenewegen of the LottoNL-Jumbo team is also to the fore. He won the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire a couple of months back. He was a surprise winner that day, and took me completely by surprise on my debut radio commentary stint for BBC Radio York. Thanks for that Dylan!

  18. Inside the last 15km

    Howes attacks Delaplace but the Frenchman is equal to the move as they pass under the 15km to go banner.

    The peloton is ignoring all that nonsense. It's as you were with everyone working hard to keep their men safe.

    Mark Cavendish has been reunited with his lead-out men Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw but he is not troubling the front of the peloton just yet.

    First sight of Alexander Kristoff. The Katusha rider could be a good outside shout for the stage win if the big boys are too busy looking at each other.

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    Jack Peyton:@marcelkittel is going to win today.   

  20. Delaplace and Howes battle on

    Anthony Delaplace and Alex Howes are still working hard up front, sharing the leading duties. And as I type that, local boy Delaplace decides to have another dig. Howes is not prepared to let his comrade for the day race clear though.

    Howes is American and maybe has a bit of national pride given Utah Beach is where the Americans came ashore to help the Allies liberate France.