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By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Adieu!

    Never a boring day in the Tour, even if the GC battle didn't get going today.

    It should do tomorrow though - a potentially thrilling 65km stage with three brutal climbs awaits. That's it for this live text but do join us then.

    For now, the report of stage 16 is here.

    The story of the protest and pepper spray that ended up stopping the race today is here.

    Mark Cavendish's stage-by-stage guide is here.

    And look out for the Bespoke podcast available here later.

    Adieu!

  2. 'Alaphilippe put pressure on Yates'

    Mitchelton-Scott sporting director Matt White on Adam Yates' crash to ITV4: "No we didn't think it was in the bag.

    "Julian Alaphilippe was coming fast and he's one of the world's fastest descenders - it put Adam under a lot of pressure to take some risks.

    "We knew he was coming and everyone is going as fast as they can down there. But we were right behind Alaphilippe in the team car and some of the positions he got in down that descent, I've never seen before in my life.

    "Adam is pretty disappointed, his lost some skin in that crash. He's gutted. The race is not over but that was a big chance."

  3. Top 10 on GC

    No change here...

    1. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) 68hrs 12mins 01secs
    2. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +1min 39secs
    3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) +1min 50secs
    4. Primoz Roglic (Slo/LottoNL-Jumbo) +2mins 38secs
    5. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +3mins 21secs
    6. Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar) +3mins 42secs
    7. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo) +3mins 57secs
    8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +4mins 23secs
    9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) +6mins 14secs
    10. Dan Martin (Ire/UAE Team Emirates) +6mins 54secs
  4. Post update

    Ireland's Dan Martin, speaking on ITV4: "Was it mace? That's a new experience. I'm always open to new experiences but pepper spray in a race?

    "You could feel it in your lungs, it wasn't pleasant but they dealt with it pretty well and the medics got everyone going again. But bizarre - what an eventful day.

    "Obviously it's a dangerous downhill on the Col de Portet-d'Aspet. I've been to visit the memorial of Fabio Casartelli [who died after a crash there in the 1995 Tour]. Thankfully Philippe Gilbert was OK after crashing.

    "Tomorrow is going to be a decisive stage and one that's very open for attacking. The last climb is one of the most brutal climbs I've ever done."

  5. Post update

    Julian Alaphilippe now has 122 points in the king of the mountains classification.

    Warren Barguil is second on 73 after a tough day in which he crashed.

    Can he come back later in the Pyrenees to close the gap?

    Julian Alaphilippe
  6. Top 10 on stage 16

    1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) 5hrs 13mins 22secs
    2. Gorka Izagirre (Spa/Bahrain-Merida) +15secs
    3. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) same time
    4. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo)
    5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +18secs
    6. Robert Gesink (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo) +37secs
    7. Michael Valgren (Den/Astana) +56secs
    8. Gregor Muhlberger (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) same time
    9. Marc Soler (Spa/Movistar) +1min 10secs
    10. Pierre Latour (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +1min 18secs
  7. Post update

    Geraint Thomas retains the yellow jersey with ease today.

    Just five stages remain...

  8. Post update

    Team Sky lead the peloton across the finish line, over eight minutes down on stage winner Julian Alaphilippe.

    But all the top 10 on general classification are in the lead group - no changes there today after no real attacks.

  9. Post update

    Tom Dumoulin has not really been on the TV pictures all day but the Dutchman is duly up near the front as team Sky lead it home.

  10. 3km to go for the peloton

    Mikel Landa is seen off and Michal Kwiatkowski now hits the front.

    The Pole should lead the peloton through to the finish with no time changes.

    Geraint Thomas will hold a lead of one minute 39 seconds over Chris Froome into tomorrow's brutal 65km stage.

  11. Post update

    Mikel Landa is still trying this attack down the descent but the Team Sky train are on his tail.

    Short of any crashes over the last 5km, it looks like a GC stalemate today.

  12. Post update

    Gorka Izagirre has too much of a kick for Adam Yates and takes second.

    The Briton does at least hold off the chasers to claim third.

    A gutting finish to the stage for him, crashing with just 6.7km to go.

  13. BreakingJulian Alaphilippe wins stage 16

    Quelle panache.

    France's Julian Alaphilippe claims his second stage win of this year's Tour de France - one in the Alps, now one in the Pyrenees.

    He obviously capitalised on Adam Yates' crash but it was his descending skills that put the pressure on the Briton.

    A brilliant day for Alaphilippe, also extending his lead in the polka dot jersey in fine style.

    Julian Alaphilippe
  14. 1km to go

    Alaphilippe swings through the flamme rouge all alone.

    The French crowds roar him home.

  15. Landa attacks

    Back down the road, Mikel Landa has tried an attack. It looks like Team Sky have it covered though.

  16. 2km to go

    Alaphilippe motors on and allow himself a brief celebration as he enters the final 2km.

  17. 3km to go

    Gorka Izagirre has now caught Adam Yates and more riders are coming across.

    If Julian Alaphilippe stays upright, he'll have a second Tour stage win this year.

  18. 4km to go

    Yates takes a wet corner understandably very gingerly.

    Alaphilippe is 10 seconds up the road.

  19. 5km to go

    Yates looks a beaten man. He's shaking his head - the gap is too big to Alaphilippe, who would beat him in the sprint anyway.

    Alaphilippe looks behind him and gets on race radio to check the gap before kicking again.

  20. Post update

    Yates is back up and racing quickly.

    Alaphilippe swings past him though.

    Can the Briton now chase back on?