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By Mike Henson

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  1. Bye for now

    Right, that is all for now. Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome have headed back into the Sky team bus for an interesting debrief and forward plan.

    I'll see you back here tomorrow for more thrills, spills and aching legs.

  2. Post update

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    And you thought today's stage was hard.

    Here is Mark Cavendish on tomorrow's from our stage-by-stage guide:

    "For me this is the hardest stage of this year's Tour de France with 5,000m of altitude gain. It's going to be savage. The Col de la Madeleine takes two hours to climb. It goes up, there's a flat bit in the middle and then it just seems to go on forever. You start this knowing you've got two further HC climbs to come - it's very daunting."

    Whether Cavendish and a host of other sprinters will take part is another matter.

    They seem destined to fall outside the time cut-off. But the commissaires might chose to relax the rules...

  3. Thomas in yellow

    Geraint Thomas

    Geraint Thomas pecks cheeks and thrusts his bouquet aloft as he he is anointed as the stage winner.

    The yellow jersey is about to be peeled out the packet and thrown over his head.

  4. 'Unreal'

    Thomas in yellow

    Geraint Thomas: "It is unreal I didn't expect it. We were low on numbers so it was instinct when I went, I committed got across to Dumoulin and then sat on, it was a shame because Mikel Nieve is a nice guy but I had to go for the win.

    "It is always an honour to be in yelllow. I knew it was a good chance but I didn't know what everyone else would ride like. We were expecting attacks. It is never nice to see them ride away but we had confidence in each other."

  5. General classification

    This is some view for Team Sky in general, and Geraint Thomas in particular.

    1. Geraint Thomas 44 hours six minutes and 16 seconds

    2. Chris Froome +1'25"

    3. Tom Dumoulin +1'44"

    4. Vincenzo Nibali +2'14"

    5. Primoz Roglic +2' 23"

  6. Provisional stage result

    1. G Thomas 3 hours 29 minutes and 36 seconds

    2. T Dumoulin + 20 seconds

    3. C Froome same time

    4. D Caruso +22 seconds

    5. M Nieve same time

  7. Thomas lays down marker

    Geraint Thomas has slapped down a marker to the rest of the field, including team-mate Chris Froome.

    He could have held tight and crossed the line alongside Chris Froome to bag yellow.

    He didn't do that.

    Instead he blasted all the way to the finish, hoovering up every second he could for the overall standings.

  8. Yellow jersey and stage victory for Thomas

    Geraint Thomas with the greatest day of his career!

    The Welshman takes the stage and yellow in one fell swoop!

    Geraint Thomas
  9. Froome drops Martin, Thomas away!

    1km to go

    Chris Froome kicks away from Guy Martin!

    And Geraint Thomas isn't waiting! The Welshman blasts away from Tom Dumoulin in response.

    And he is past Mikel Nieve!

  10. Thomas to kick again?

    1km to go

    Geraint Thomas is sitting in behind Tom Dumoulin and taking a bit of rest.

    Is he planning to kick again when Chris Froome and Dan Martin arrive on his rear wheel?

    There is the chance to land some significant psychological blows if only minor time gains.

  11. Gaps

    1.8km to go

    There are twenty seconds between Geraint Thomas and Tom Dumoulin and Dan Martin and Chris Froome behind.

    The Quintana-Bardet-Nibali group, which also includes Primoz Roglic, are another 20 seconds back.

    The intrigue.

  12. Froome working with Martin

    3.4km to go

    Dan Martin powers past the chasing pack and Chris Froome takes the chance to hitch a lift.

    The Quintana-Bardet-Nibali group behind are still trying to decide how to plot their bid.

    They need to come up with something quickly.

  13. Thomas working with Dumoulin

    4.3km to go

    Geraint Thomas and Tom Dumoulin are working alongside each other.

    Can they keep clear of the rest of the GC contenders?

  14. Thomas goes past Dumoulin

    4.5km to go

    Geraint Thomas breezes past Tom Dumoulin and keeps going.

  15. Thomas goes!

    5km to go

    Well, well!

    Geraint Thomas, with about six kilometres to go, darts off the front of the peloton, taking the fight to the rest of the GC contenders.

    Who is going to to go with him?

    Roman Bardet, Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome have reacted after a few seconds hesitation.

    Could that stutter be crucial?

    Geraint Thomas
  16. Up for grabs

    6km to go

    Solo leader Mikel Nieve has 20 seconds on Damiano Caruso and Jesus Herrada with Tom Dumoulin another 37 seconds back.

    The peloton are 35 seconds behind Dumoulin.

    Who have you got?

  17. Valverde slips behind Dumoulin

    7km to go

    Alejandro Valverde's big gamble backfires.

    The Spaniard slips off the wheel of Tom Dumoulin and is now scrapes for the peloton who are 25 seconds behind.

    Alejandro Valverde
  18. Thomas in virtual yellow

    7km to go

    Geraint Thomas remains as virtual yellow jersey with Greg van Avermaet a long way back and their own efforts paying off.

    There are still a huddle of white shirts around Thomas and Chris Froome at the front of the peloton.

    They are one minute and 45 seconds off the front.

  19. Nieve off the front

    8km to go

    As that news of Adam Yates' woes spreads up the grapevine, team-mate Mikel Nieve goes off the front of the leading group.

    Damiano Caruso, Warren Barguil, Daniel Navarro and Jesus Herrada are five seconds away as they hit the steepest gradients.