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Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Geraint Thomas & Egan Bernal

    Right that's me done for the day.

    Any early fears over the weather were soon allayed and what another great, albeit short day of racing we've had.

    Vincenzo Nibali was superb, Geraint Thomas steadfast, but the upshot after going up another monstrous climb to Val Thorens is that Egan Bernal is poised to become the third-youngest Tour de France winner in history in Paris on Sunday.

    You can read our report about all that here.

    If you fancy something a little more lyrical Gareth Rhys Owen, Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles will be back with the BeSpoke at the Tour podcast here later.

    I'll be back on Sunday at 16:00 BST as the peloton and Bernal head towards Paris and the conclusion of this cycling extravaganza.

    Thanks for joining me.

  2. The first of many?

    Is this the start of a new Tour de France champion's reign? Geraint Thomas seems to think so...?

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  3. Bardet raises the polka stakes

    Romain Bardet may be out of the top 10 on this Tour for the first time since 2013, but he looks pretty happy chewing the fat with his AG2R La Mondiale colleague Oliver Naesen.

    And why shouldn't he, not to be outdone by Ineos the polka-dot jersey, is trying to raise the fashion stakes with his attire and bike frame today.

    Romain Bardet & Oliver Naesen
  4. 'It's incredible'

    Egan Bernal

    Tour de France winner elect Egan Bernal: "We still have to make it to Paris [to win].

    "I can't understand what's happening, I will need a few days, it's incredible. I felt good in the climbs, I took it kilometre by kilometre."

  5. Post update

    What a showman three-time world road race champion Peter Sagan is.

  6. Sagan wins points jersey

    Perhaps no surprises here but Peter Sagan has won the points classification (again).

    Which means he will stand alone with a record seven green jersey successes, after being tied on six with former German sprinter Erik Zabel.

    The Slovakian had picked up the green jersey in six of the last seven editions of the Tour before this one.

    And he celebrated in typical Sagan style.

    Peter Sagan
  7. Post update

    For all the talk of rain and landslides earlier I didn't have to once punch in an apocalyptic entry!

  8. Bardet - King of the Mountains

    Romain Bardet

    Some good news for France at least via Romain Bardet. The 28-year-old has won the King of the Mountains contest.

    1. Romain Bardet (Fra/Ag2r-La Mondiale) - 86 points
    2. Egan Bernal(Col/Ineos) - 78pts
    3. Tim Wellens (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) - 74pts
    4. Damiano Caruso (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) - 67pts
    5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) - 59 pts
    6. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) - 59pts
  9. Post update

    Agree wholeheartedly with The Daily Telegraph's Tom Cary.

    Julian Alaphilippe illuminated much of this race. Where does he go from here?

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  10. 'I hadn’t won since last year'

    Vincenzo Nibali

    Stage winner and 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali: "It’s been a feeling of liberation when I crossed the line because the last few hundred metres felt like never ending.

    "My only way to make it was to attack from far out. With the advantage we had at the bottom of the climb, I believed I could make it. I hadn’t won since last year. It’s a nice revenge."

  11. GC standings

    Overall GC standings after stage 20:

    1. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos) 79hrs 52mins 52secs
    2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos) +1min 11secs
    3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +1min 31secs
    4. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +1min 56secs
    5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/ Deceuninck-Quick Step) +3mins 45secs
    6. Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar) +4mins 23secs
    7. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +5mins 15secs
    8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +5mins 30secs
    9. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +6mins 12secs
    10. Warren Barguil (Fra/Arkea-Samsic) +7mins 32secs
  12. Handing over the baton

    One champion handing over to another.....

    Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas
  13. Alaphilippe drops to fifth

    Julian Alaphilippe rolled over the finish line 3mins 17 seconds down on stage winner Vincenzo Nibali.

    That means the Frenchman should finish fifth in the overall standings on Sunday.

  14. Stage 20 results

    1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) 1hrs 51mins 53secs
    2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +10secs
    3. Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar) +14secs
    4. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos) +17secs
    5. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos) Same time
    6. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +23secs
    7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) Same time
    8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +25secs
    9. Wout Poels (Ned/Ineos) +30secs
    10. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) Same time
  15. Post update

    Egan Bernal still has to finish in Paris on Sunday but the 22-year-old is now set to make history and become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France.

  16. Post update

    Now here come Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas. The Ineos team-mates are crossing the line hand-in-hand with huge grins.

    Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas cross the line on stage 20
  17. Valverde second

    Alejandro Valverde has come through and pipped his Movistar teammate Mikel Landa for second. That means the time bonuses are neutralised.