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Summary

  1. Romain Bardet wins France's first stage of 2016
  2. Chris Froome safely finishes after crashing in rain
  3. Froome retains yellow jersey
  4. Several more crashes, including Bauke Mollema
  5. Get involved: #bbccycling

Live Reporting

By Alistair Magowan

All times stated are UK

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Au weekend

Chris Froome
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Let's leave it there. Another monumental day on Tour, but Chris Froome survives again. This is a man who is not only a talented cyclist, but as tough as they come.

See our developing report for more reaction, I'll see you again soon. 

'Tour never over until end'

Chris Froome on ITV4: "Today showed exactly why I thought the Tour was not over. I was really grateful nothing is seriously injured but it could have gone either way. There is never a quiet day on the Tour. 

On using Geraint Thomas' bike, he added: "I know the car was quite a while back and my bike wasn't ridable, so thanks a lot to Geraint for his bike. It was alright. 

"Tomorrow will be hard, I'm sure I will be sore and stiff from today but hopefully I can rely on my team-mates again to get through tomorrow." 

Froome feels 'lucky' to come through crash

Chris Froome on ITV4: "Ironically, I was trying to stay safe but I hit one of the white lines and lost my front wheel. I'm OK, I'm lucky nothing is seriously injured. I lost some skin and banged my knee a little bit but today I'm grateful to have that four minute advantage to fall on  a little bit. It was great to have team-mates around me, Wout Poels in particular. It feels good to be one day closer to the finish." 

Thanks bud

Just seeing replays of Chris Froome crossing the line with a bloodied shoulder. He patted Wout Poels as he finished, and owes the Dutchman a huge vote of thanks. Poels helped drag Froome back from the brink. 

Froome quotes coming up.....

Chris Froome
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Froome has knee patched-up

A patched-up Chris Froome is still in yellow. 

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after his performance in #LeTourDeFrance this year, i have become a huge non-fan of Quintana, what a disappointment! #bbccycling

Porte rules out podium finish

BMC Richie Porte on ITV4: "As soon as it started raining, you started sliding down the road. It's a bit disappointing but tomorrow's another day I suppose.

"It's going to be hard reaching the podium now."  

Porte is 40 seconds behind third-placed Nairo Quintana after suffering a crash, although I previously reported that the Aussie had a mechanical problem. My apologies. 

General classification

1. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 82:10:37" 

2. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) +4:11" 

3. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +4:27" 

4. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +4:36"

5. Richie Porte (Australia / BMC Racing) +5:17" 

6. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana) +6:00" 

7. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +6:20" 

8. Louis Meintjes (South Africa / Lampre) +7:02" 

9. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Etixx - Quick-Step) +7:10" 

10. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek) +7:42"

Froome extends lead

So amazingly, Chris Froome has actually extended his lead by 19 seconds despite riding up a 10km climb at the finish on Geraint Thomas' bike! 

Better than running, I suppose.

GC standings

Here's a first look at the general classifications.

Stage 19 result

Here's how Adam Yates slipped down the overall standings. Nairo Quintana gained 10 seconds on Chris Froome. 

1. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) 4:14:09" 

2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha) +22" 

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar)

4. Louis Meintjes (South Africa / Lampre) 

5. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +25" 

6. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana) +27" 

7. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Etixx - Quick-Step) 

8. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Team Sky) +35" 

9. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 

10. Richie Porte (Australia / BMC Racing) +52" 

11. Jon Izagirre (Spain / Movistar) 

12. Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky) 

13. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +55"   

Yates slips off podium

Bauke Mollema finished more than four minutes behind the leaders, he will slip right down the overall standings. 

Just seeing the GC standings now and Romain Bardet moves into second, Nairo Quintana is now third and Adam Yates is now off the podium and in fourth. 

Agony for some riders today. 

Bardet wins first stage for France

Froome shows his grit

@BBCSport I remember Froome barely flinching when he slashed his foot open with a machete. He doesn't feel pain like we do! #bbccycling

@chrisfroome 🚴🏿froomey 🔥never say die!🙌🏿 #team sky #TDF2016 #bbccycling

Bardet the big winner

So Romain Bardet is the big winner today, in both senses. He takes the stage victory and gains time in the general classification.

We'll bring you the updated general classifications as soon as we get them. 

Romain Bardet
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Yates clings onto podium

Adam Yates loses time too, but we will have to see if he's still on the podium. It looks like he might be.

Romain Bardet wins stage 19

Chris Froome makes his way over the line behind the likes of Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte but given that he's not on his own bike, he's done amazingly well. 

The losses will be minimal. 

Romain Bardet wins stage 19

Romain Bardet wins a first stage for France this year. Bien joue. 

Romain Bardet
AP

250m to go

Romain Bardet is going to win this. He looks behind him and laps up the applause from the home fans. 

500m to go

Under the flamme rouge and Fabio Aru pushes further ahead. Nairo Quintana is eking out a gap on Chris Froome. The Colombian could end on the podium today. 

But Froome is not giving this up. Even on Geraint Thomas' bike on a hell of a gradient. 

Chris Froome
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1km to go

Rob Hatch

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

As it stands Adam Yates could finish this stage second in the Tour. If he hangs on. 

1km to go

Fabio Aru, whose Astana team have been grafting all day, now punches out to the front. Romain Bardet still 40 seconds in front. Adam Yates is hanging on to the yellow jersey group. Just. 

1.5km to go

Romain Bardet's gap to the peloton is about 40 seconds now. A first French win this year is in touch. Chris Froome is still battling on Geraint Thomas' bike and appears to be slowing the pace. 

Richie Porte takes that as his cue to attack and he's followed by Nairo Quintanta. 

This is proper racing. 

2km to go

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

This race is all over the side of this mountain. We are seeing fireworks. 

2.5km to go

Adam Yates is struggling now. He's being dropped off the back of the peloton and his podium place looks under threat. 

3km to go

Following his previous mechanical problem, Richie Porte is back in contention and he's the next man to lead an attack. Team Sky stay in touch. 

Up ahead Rui Costa looks like he letting Romain Bardet go, but Dan Martin has broken free of the peloton and is chasing them hard.  

4km to go

Rui Costa and Romain Bardet are still up ahead. Bardet is cheered on by supporters as he searches for a first home win of this year's Tour. 

Chris Froome is at the front of the peloton after some serious work from Sky team-mate Wout Poels. But here's Dan Martin leading an attack. 

This has been lively. 

5km to go

Rob Hatch

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

No-one is really taking advantage of an opportunity to attack Chris Froome. We've hardly seen Nairo Quintana all day. 

Froome injured and on Thomas's bike

.@chrisfroome semble bien touché / seems to be wounded #TDF2016

.@chrisfroome semble bien touché / seems to be wounded #TDF2016

Advantage Bardet

7km to go

So Romain Bardet has struck at an opportune moment. The Frenchman, Adam Yates and Nairo Quintana are the only man general classification riders not to have suffered problems. 

Chris Froome and Bauke Mollema have both crashed, while Richie Porte had a mechanical. 

Bardet is 40 seconds ahead of the peloton. 

8km to go

Rob Hatch

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Romain Bardet is riding really well and looking like he could finish the day on the GC podium. 

8km to go

So Rui Costa is 25 seconds ahead of Romain Bardet and one minute 16 seconds ahead of the peloton, which includes Chris Froome, who is riding Geraint Thomas' bike.

Not ideal by any means for the yellow jersey holder. At least he's not running this time. 

Yet.

Bardet breaks

9km to go

The chaos ensuing has allowed Romain Bardet a chance to make a break to try and catch Rui Costa. Can French rider Bardet earn a first home win of this year's Tour and close in on Nairo Quintana and Adam Yates in the general classification?

He started the day fifth overall. 

Froome on Thomas' bike

10km to go

In some senses that was a good time to crash, if any, for Chris Froome given that Bauke Mollema also came down earlier. 

Froome has a big scrape down his bike and I think that the yellow jersey holder took Geraint Thomas' bike as the Team Sky was well behind the riders. 

That decent has been a real punisher. Riders falling everywhere. The good news is that they are about to start the final ascent of the stage. 

Froome crashes

11km to go

Chris Froome is in trouble now. He breaks hard, skids on a white line and is on the tarmac. Vincenzo Nibali has to take evasive action but Froome is back on his bike. 

Another crash

12km to go

Rui Costa is gliding around some of these corners, they look really hard to negotiate. And we have another crash, this time Dani Navarro is off the bike. Bauke Mollema has to avoid the incident. 

Dani Navarro
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Mollema crashes

13km to go

Dutch rider Bauke Mollema is the next rider to have gone down following a crash. That's a huge blow given he's second in the general classification.

Rui Costa still a minute in the lead. 

Bauke Mollema
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#bbccycling Katie and maya sheltering from the rain on the final climb!

#bbccycling Katie and maya sheltering from the rain on the final climb!

Looks wet up there. 

17km to go

As the rain falls down, Team Astana are still leading the chase, with Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) up ahead. 

The Kazakh team have certainly put in a shift today and will hope that leads to a stage win.

Don't forget we have a 10km category one climb to today's finish at Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc. 

20km to go

The breakaway riders are being swallowed up by the peloton. Race leader Rui Costa is over a minute ahead but that gap is dropping. Dani Navarro is about to be caught by the main pack.

Look like the breakaway will come to an end before we reach the finish. 

Rui Alberto Faria da Costa
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