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Summary

  1. Froome extends yellow jersey lead to 2mins 27secs
  2. Rival Quintana struggles
  3. Zakarin wins the stage with late break
  4. Stage 17: 184km from Berne to Finhaut-Emosson

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Well. It was lively.

Congratulations to Ilnur Zakarin on his first Tour stage victory - the Russian looked like he was one pedal rotation away from expiring. Gritty stuff.

As for Chris Froome - I need to go and find a way to write about his dominance without repeating everything I've said so many times before.

Stay across the BBC Sport website for reaction and the BeSpoke podcast. We'll be back for live coverage tomorrow.

'I was overheating'

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas on ITV4: "It was a hot day. It was a fast start. When Nibali raised it towards the top of the penultimate climb I felt like I was overheating. I don't really know what happened up front. The strength in depth is massive for us - if someone is having a bad day there are three other guys feeling good."

'We are happy'

Team Sky's Mikel Nieve on ITV4: "It was a pretty good day, no? At the beginning it felt good. Chris has take out more of an advantage. We are happy."

How about that ride by Adam Yates? Hands up who thought they'd see him drop Quintana at the end of a big Alpine stage. #hat

Adam Yates, in third, is 2mins 53secs behind Froome and Nairo Quintana is 3mins 27secs behind the yellow jersey.

Froome's lead extended to 2'27''

I'm doing some quick maths here folks - never my strong point, but I make Chris Froome's lead over Bauke Mollema 2mins 27secs.

So, Chris Froome gained:

8secs on Adam Yates

28secs on Quintana.

40secs on Bauke Mollema.

Game, set and match?

Bauke Mollema, second in the rankings, is the big loser of the stage as he finally crosses. He may not have lost enough time to allow Adam Yates into second, though.

We'll get an update on that.

Adam Yates has put in a monster performance and loses just four seconds to Chris Froome.

The gap from Froome to Quintana is around 15 seconds.

Froome finishes

Chris Froome is happy to follow Richie Porte and the pair cross the line - how big will the gaps be?

Quintana out of it

Adam Yates has dropped Nairo Quintana - unbelievable. The Colombian sees four riders leave him for dead. He's gone. He's absolutely gone.

As it stands, Chris Froome will extend his lead over the three men behind him.

Adam Yates is keeping with Nairo Quintana. But they are quite a bit behind Froome.

Chris Froome leaves team-mate Mikel Nieve and catches Richie Porte.

Incredible - does this man have no limits?

Quintana dropping

Chris Froome
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Richie Porte is still out ahead, Chris Froome has a team-mate with him and Nairo Quintana just can't keep up.

This is the hammer hitting the nail.

Froome attacks

Bauke Mollema is struggling to hold on. He's dropped

But at the front Fabio Aru attacks - and now Chris Froome goes!

Porte attacks

Richie Porte, seventh in the yellow jersey rankings, attacks off the front.

Nairo Quintana is the man to follow.

Chris Froome is 2km from the finish and has rivals Bauke Mollema and Nairo Quintana with him.

Now. How about the yellow jersey?

Zakarin wins stage 17

Ilnur Zakarin celebrates
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Zakarin is wobbling. This is painful to watch. His jersey is unzipped. He looks like a forlorn individual.

His team car is behind him, almost willing him on.

Now he tries to zip up the jersey. It's tricky, but he manages it and wins the stage for Katusha.

He wobbles over the line and two blokes run out to stop him falling.

Pantano follows a few moments behind - a Colombian on Colombian Independence Day

500m to go

Chris Froome now has two team-mates around him, with Mikel Nieve leading the peloton.

They're 10mins behind the leader.

675m to go

Pantano is about 300m behind the leader - Zakarin should have this in the bag.

1km to go

Ilnur Zakarin
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Ilnur Zakarin has 1km to survive to win the stage.

The bad news? It's the steepest part of the route - grit your teeth my friend.

1.1km to go

Alejandro Valverde is a team player. He's set the pace for team-mate Nairo Quintana and now has to drop off the peloton.

But Quintana has no Movistar buddies around him - if he wants to attack, he'll have to do it himself.

Dan Martin is now caught by the group after that attack.

1.4km to go

Dan Martin attacks off the front of the peloton. Dilemma for Chris Froome - Martin is ninth in the yellow jersey rankings. Surely not a big enough threat to chase?

Froome, dare I say it, looks a little heavy on the wheels.

But doesn't he always?

Movistar move

2.2km to go

Movistar. Finally?

With Astana gone, Alejandro Valverde moves to the front and Sergio Henao of Team Sky drops off the back of the peloton. He has one team-mate with him.

Valverde seems happy with that and drops off to chat with team-mate Quintana

It's attritional.

2.5km to go

Ilnur Zakarin is starting to show signs of cracking at the front of the race - he's still holding off Pantano.

Astana muck it up

2.8km to go

Oh this is a shambles.

Astana do all that work to increase the pace, Nibali handed over to Rosa and now Rosa hands over to Fabio Aru, a if to say, "off you go son".

Instead, Aru looks across, confused, like a dog that's been shown a card trick, and allows Team Sky to take the initiative.

3.4km to go

Riders in the peloton
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Astana's aim is to force riders to drop off the peloton with this increase in pace - but most are staying strong.

3.7km to go

Vincenzo Nibali has done his job at the front of the peloton and drops off the pace, handing over responsibility to Astana team-mate Diego Rosa.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

This was the view the peloton saw a few moments ago, before they began the epic climb up to Finhaut-Emosson.

Don't forget, Rob Hatch is live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with commentary right now - or use the audio button on this page to listen.

A 'welcome' from organisers to final climb to Finhaut-Emosson #TDF2016 #bbccycling

A 'welcome' from organisers to final climb to Finhaut-Emosson #TDF2016 #bbccycling

Landa dropped

4.8km to go

The peloton are in single file, with Vicenzo Nibali at the front and his Astana team-mates following behind.

Then it's Team Sky queueing behind them, but they lose another rider as Mikel Landa is dropped. I make that three Team Sky team-mates with Chris Froome.

What is Nairo Quintana thinking? Will this Astana move help him? Is there an Astana-Movistar allegiance?

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Tom Oxley: My favourite teams are all now defunct, Euskaltel Euskadi (all Basque), Raleigh Banana and Banesto (home of Indurain)

Chris Brown: All about entertainment. Fan of Quintana, Tommy V great, Sagan superb. Cheered them all up #Ventoux. Wouldnt do same at footy

Wittering: Now Cav is out I can get on with some guilt-free supporting of my main man, Sagan. Swoon..thud..

It's the hair, isn't it? All that lovely, shiny hair.

Zakarin zooming, again

5.6km to go

Zakarin and Pantano are now having a chat after that burst - I wonder if they're considering if that was worth it.

Oh, hold on, Zakarin has gone again and Pantano doesn't have the puff to stick with the Russian.

It's a move that could win the stage, or finish him off.

Zakarin zooming

6.2km to go

Not only has Ilnur Zakarin caught the front two, he's decided to leave them for dead. Rafal Majka can't keep up, Jarlinson Pantano recovers and clings on.

7.2km to go

So, the peloton, with Chris Froome and his rivals, are 10mins behind the breakaway.

The winner will almost definitely come from that breakaway, which now has Ilnur ZAkarin alongside Jarlinson Pantano and Rafal Majka.

There are plenty of riders dotted between the two groups.

Get Involved - Who do you support and why?

#bbccycling

I love @TeamSky because they let me on there bus #bbccycling #bestdayofmylife

I love @TeamSky because they let me on there bus #bbccycling #bestdayofmylife

Did they let you on, John? Do they even know you were ever on the bus?

9km to go

Astana fancy it. The light blue jerseys get to the front of the peloton and they're going quickly. There's daylight between them and the group momentarily - Team Sky respond.

9.3km to go

Rafal Majka
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Our new stage leaders are Jarlinson Pantano and polka dot wearer Rafal Majka. They've made a move - will they be followed?

Geraint goes backwards

10.2km to go

He may be made of granite, but even Geraint Thomas cracks sometimes.

He's off the back of the peloton.

Get Involved - Who do you support and why?

#bbccycling

Felipe Iglesias: I used to support Euskaltel Euskadi as a team. But I've always supported cyclists individually.

Mark Gardner: I support @TeamSky for how they have changed face of cycling in UK and they are tactical masters at #TDF2016 as with other tours

Stagnant: No. Why support a team? Sky are the #Chelsea of cycling aka boring. Better to support the individual. @MarkCavendish @petosagan