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Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

  1. Farewell

    That's it for this live text.

    The report of Caleb Ewan's victory on stage 16 is here.

    Adam Yates' stage-by-stage guide is here.

    You can download the latest BeSpoke podcast here.

    Join us tomorrow for live coverage of stage 17 - should be one for the breakaway but the GC contenders will have to be wary too.

    Au revoir!

  2. Post update

    So just one change to the general classification top 10.

    Jakob Fuglsang started the day in ninth but was sadly forced to abandon the race after crashing with 27km to go.

  3. GC top 10 after stage 16

    1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck Quick-Step) 64hrs 57mins 30secs
    2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Ineos) +1min 35secs
    3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +1min 47secs
    4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +1min 50secs
    5. Egan Bernal (Col/Team Ineos) +2mins 2secs
    6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +2mins 14secs
    7. Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar) +4mins 54secs
    8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +5mins
    9. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +5mins 33secs
    10. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +6mins 30secs
  4. Post update

    The Welshman looked fine at the finish, just a few cuts and grazes. He'll be hoping for no latent effects of the crash in this tight GC race.

  5. Post update

    Defending champion Geraint Thomas on his crash today: "I just took off an old scar so it was new skin bleeding.

    "I just had one hand on the bars and the gears jumped and jammed and I got thrown off my bike on a corner.

    "I knew the race wasn't on so I just got back into the group, it's just frustrating. It was such a freak thing."

  6. Post update

    Geraint Thomas took a spill earlier and has just been speaking to ITV4 after the stage...

  7. Top 10 on stage 16

    1. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto Soudal) 3hrs 57mins 8secs
    2. Elia Viviani (Ita/Deceuninck Quick-Step) Same time
    3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/Jumbo-Visma)
    4. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora Hansgrohe)
    5. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita/Total Direct Energie)
    6. Michael Matthews (Aus/Sunweb)
    7. Matteo Trentin (Ita/Mitchelton-Scott)
    8. Jasper Stuyven (Bel/Trek-Segafredo)
    9. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/UAE Team Emirates)
    10. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita/Wanty-Gobert)
  8. Post update

    Stage winner Caleb Ewan: "I felt so bad today during the day - the heat really got to me and I was suffering so much I was going to tell Maxime Monfort to get off the front of the peloton.

    "But I had extra motivation today - my daughter and wife are here and I'm so happy I could win for them.

    "I thought we were too far forward and not in an ideal situation with 1km to go. But I'd played all the scenarios in my head, including if I was too far back - I would lay off the wheel and take a run at it, starting my sprint before the rest and it worked.

    "I said before it's a dream just to be here. It was such a big thing to win one stage and now I've won two I can't believe it."

  9. Post update

    So Caleb Ewan becomes the first sprinter to win two stages of this year's Tour.

    He must be the favourite for the final stage in Paris now, provided he can get through the Alps.

  10. Post update

    Viviani was the only sprinter with a lead-out man in the final 300m but the Italian just didn't have the speed to hold off Ewan.

    Richeze should perhaps have launched Viviani earlier, Ewan had so much momentum having used the slipstreams coming up from behind.

  11. BreakingEwan wins stage 16

    Caleb Ewan takes his second stage win of the 2019 Tour de France!

    And it's a stunning finish from the diminutive Australian, who comes from so far back to reel in and pass his rivals.

    Ewan lost his lead-out train in the finale but free-styled brilliantly, surging up the left-hand side and coming round Elia Viviani's lead-out man Max Richeze to pip Viviani on the line.

    Dylan Gronewegen claimed third, with Peter Sagan fourth.

  12. 500m to go

    Elia Viviani is in pole position.

    Peter Sagan, Caleb Ewan and Dylan Groenewegen fighting to get back into it.

  13. Post update

    Lotto Soudal on the front, Jumbo-Visma and Quick-Step up there too.

    Peter Sagan is riding the wheels.

  14. 1km to go

    Arkea Samsic are trying to bring Andre Greipel up approaching the flamme rouge.

  15. 2km to go

    The sprinters' trains will try to get organised now.

    Jumbo-Visma, Katusha, Lotto Soudal, Bora and Quick-Step all up near the front.

  16. Break caught

    Daniel Oss hits the front and reels the break with one massive turn.

    A brave ride from the break but this will be a bunch sprint in Nimes.

  17. 3km to go

    Still the break stay clear as they take the last major right-hand turn of the race.

    They are also tackling a headwind now, which is working to the peloton's advantage.

  18. 4km to go

    Through the twists and turns in the town, the breakaway can hold their advantage at 10 seconds.

    They turn onto a straight road and the peloton can see them now.

  19. 5km to go

    Bak, Gougeard and Wisniowski are especially strong riders in the break and have actually gained a second or two on the peloton now.

    The road will flatten out soon though.