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Paul Fletcher and Jack Skelton

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  1. Farewell

    That's a wrap for this live text on the day that Chris Froome effectively sealed his fourth Tour de France title and third in a row.

    It was perhaps less straightforward at times than his previous three but the Briton staved off everything his rivals threw at him.

    The report of all the action on stage 20 is here.

    And we'll have a full live text and plenty more reaction to Froome's feat tomorrow on the final stage into Paris.

    Join us then. But, for now, farewell.

  2. Post update

    Just noticed that Simon Yates and Louis Meintjes finished with the same rounded time on today's stage, meaning the Briton exactly retained his 2'06'' advantage in the white jersey.

    A tremendous ride from the 24-year-old, emulating his twin brother Adam, who won the best young rider classification last year.

    Will Adam be tempted to point out that he finished fourth overall, while Simon is set to finish seventh?

  3. The jerseys

    All four jersey classifications have now been sewn up, the riders in question just have to finish in Paris to pull those jersey on on the final podium.

    Yellow (overall): Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

    Green (points): Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb)

    Polka dot (mountains): Warren Barguil (Fra/Team Sunweb)

    White (best young rider): Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott)

  4. Post update

    Geraint Thomas - who crashed out of this year's race after wearing yellow himself - jumps on Twitter to pay tribute to Chris Froome, his Sky team-mate and virtual white jersey winner Simon Yates.

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  5. Post update

    Provided Rigoberto Uran does not finish tomorrow's final stage too far behind Chris Froome, then this will be the Briton's smallest margin of victory.

    He beat Nairo Quintana by 4'20'' and 1'12'' in 2013 and 2015 respectively, and finished 4'05'' ahead of Romain Bardet last year.

    He leads Uran by 54 seconds going into the final stage.

    His rivals may be getting closer but Froome still finds a way.

  6. 'Shy but steely'

    Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford, speaking to ITV4: "From a personality point of view, Chris is very polite and comes across very quiet when you first meet him.

    "But then you see this steel inside him and it takes you aback - he's a never say die kind of guy and it conflicts a bit with what you see on the outside.

    "That's what makes him good - his ability to fight with his back against the wall. He's one of the few guys who can turn himself inside out to get back in the race on a bad day.

    "The moment of the race was when he had his mechanical, had to change his wheel and then had to get back on, otherwise he was going to lose the race.

    "He might not have won a stage this year but when you watch that, that was some performance."

  7. 'An amazing feeling'

    The Tour champion elect Chris Froome, speaking to ITV4: "It just was just an amazing feeling to finish in this atmosphere in this stadium.

    "Three weeks of racing are almost at an end - we've still got to get to Paris but this is an amazing feeling.

    "It was tough - there were a thousand what ifs and things that could go wrong so it was not an easy one coming into today with it being so close.

    "But it feels incredible to finish this one off."

  8. Post update

    Maciej Bodnar takes the podium in Marseille to mark the biggest victory of his career.

    The Pole was agonisingly swallowed up in the final 250m of stage 11 after his lone attack from a breakaway looked to have caught out the chasing peloton.

    That day he said he was riding for his father, who died two months ago.

    A fitting way to pay tribute in Marseille.

    Maciej Bodnar celebrates on the podium
  9. Stage 20 result

    1. Maciej Bodnar (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) 28mins 15secs
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Team Sky) +1sec
    3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +6secs
    4. Tony Martin (Ger/Katusha-Alpecin) +14secs
    5. Daryl Impey (SA/Orica-Scott) +20secs
    6. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +21secs
    7. Nikias Arndt (Ger/Team Sunweb) +28secs
    8. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +31secs
    9. Stefan Kung (Swi/BMC) +34secs
    10. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/Direct Energie) +37secs
  10. Post update

    Romain Bardet is still slumped against a wall in the Stade Velodrome, looking absolutely distraught.

    The Frenchman lost second place today but perhaps one day will look back on this as a podium place saved.

    Romain Bardet
  11. Top 10 on GC

    1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 83hrs 55mins 16secs
    2. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +54secs
    3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +2mins 20secs
    4. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +2mins 21secs
    5. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +3mins 05secs
    6. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors) +4mins 42secs
    7. Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +6mins 14secs
    8. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team UAE Emirates) +8mins 20secs
    9. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +8mins 49secs
    10. Warren Barguil (Fra/Team Sunweb) +9mins 25secs
  12. Post update

    Barring one of the most unlikely results in sporting history on tomorrow's final stage, Chris Froome will become only the seventh rider to win the yellow jersey without winning a stage of that year's Tour.

    I'd suggest he won't care all that much, having won stages in each of his previous three wins.

  13. Froome set to win fourth Tour title

    Chris Froome will win his fourth Tour de France title and his third in succession, as long as he completes tomorrow's final stage in Paris.

    That's because the final stage is processional in terms of GC and tradition dictates that rivals will not attack the yellow jersey.

    The stage win is up for grabs, though.

    And will Mikel Landa be tempted to grab that second he needs for the podium? Surely not. It's doubtful he'd be allowed to set foot in France ever again.

  14. Post update

    Confirmation also that Romain Bardet has held onto his podium place by a solitary second ahead of Mikel Landa.

    What a relief for the Frenchman, who was flagging badly on a time trial bike up that climb.

    His second place was taken away by Rigoberto Uran early on but he's showed some guts there to hang on desperately for third.

  15. BreakingBODNAR WINS STAGE 20

    So confirmation that Poland's Maciej Bodnar wins stage 20 of the Tour de France.

    The Bora rider set a fearsome time early on that was never bettered.

    Compatriot Michal Kwiatkowski came close - finishing just a second behind, with Froome in third.

    Maciej Bodnar

    Chris Froome effectively wins the Tour de France.

    The Briton could not claim the stage - coming home in third, six seconds down on Maciej Bodnar.

    But he put more time into all his rivals with a dominant TT ride and leads Rigoberto Uran by 54 seconds on GC now.


  17. Post update

    Oh my word, it looks like Bardet has held off Landa for third overall by a second.

    Froome is metres behind - what's the time?

    It's not enough for the stage I don't think...

  18. Post update

    Here comes Bardet - the crowd roar!

    Can he hang on for third?

  19. Post update

    Froome into the last km now too...

  20. Post update

    Bardet has 1km to and needs to do it in about 1'16'' to hold onto his podium place.

    Froome on his tail.

    Romain Bardet