Tour de France: Stage 20 as it happened

Britain's Chris Froome all-but seals victory in the 100th edition of the race after maintaining his lead in Saturday's penultimate stage.

20 July 2013 Last updated at 17:28

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As it happened

  1. 1714: 

    Right, time for me to call it a day. Today's report is taking shape and will include reaction and analysis when we get it. Thanks for keeping me company over the last few hours and I hope will you will be back for more on Sunday night - let's hope the 100th Tour signs off in style. See you from around 1600 BST.

  2. 1710: 
    Sunday's stage 21

    So, there is just one stage left of the 100th Tour de France, and we now know that Britain's Chris Froome will ride into Paris on Sunday night as the winner. It is a special nocturnal finish to the race, with the stage starting at 1645 BST and finishing at around 2035. Will a remarkable race end with Manxman Mark Cavendish taking his fifth-straight finish on the Champs Elysees. Join me from around 1600 BST to find out.

  3. 1703: 
    Married to Le Tour
    Michelle Cound and Chris Froome

    Over the past three weeks, Michelle Cound has proudly watched her British fiance Chris Froome ride towards glory in the world's toughest and most famous cycling race - the Tour de France. On Sunday, he is all but certain to be crowned the winner.

    I spoke to Cound last week about life with the Tour de France leader, coping with doping questions and the "War of the WAGs"

    "There were times when he was a bit frustrated last year but in the end it was all part of the process" Cound told BBC Sport. "You cannot just join a team and assume leadership because you are doing well, but he knew he would get his chance - and he has taken it."

  4. 1659: 
    The Eiffel Tower

    A reminder that the climax of the 2013 Tour de France will be a nocturnal affair on Sunday night, to mark the race's 100th edition. We are still waiting to find out if Chris Froome will be wearing a sequinned yellow jersey and will shimmer in the light!

    If you are heading out to Paris to cheer Froome home then Tweet us your pictures from France on Twitter using the hashtag #bbctdf or let us what the atmosphere is like via text on 81111.


    Tour fan in Paris: Looking forward to seeing Quintana's KoM outfit for tomorrows procession into Paris to see if he can possibly outdo Pierre Rolland and set a tour record for the greatest number of dots on kit and bike.


    Jordan Trundle: What a great 20 stages of racing! Well done @chrisfroome ! Fantastic win in the 100th Tour and second straight for GB after Wiggo.

    Ian Henry Simmonds: getting ready for the overnight bus from Amsterdam to Paris...leaving in 5 hours!! #VaVaFroome #TeamSky #Allez #BritishCycling

    Graeme Robertson: Excellent Froomey! A much more stylish victory that Wiggos. Will salute you (and future winner Quintana) on the Champs tomorrow.

  7. 1648:  
    Yellow Jersey, ClassificationFroome: "This is amazing"
    Chris Froome

    Here's the man who is going to win the 2013 Tour de France, Chris Froome, talking about his triumph: "I can't quite believe that I am in this position. This really is amazing. I am a bit lost for words. I still have to roll into Paris on Sunday but this is it, the general classification is sorted out now, and to finish it off like this is really special.

    "It was quite hard to stay on top of it with 3km to go, when it sank it that I had achieved what I needed to. I couldn't follow the wheels of the others because I was so overwhelmed by the feeling that I had done it."

  8. 1643:  
    Yellow Jersey, ClassificationThumbs up by Froome
    Chris Froome

    We saw Nairo Quintana flash a huge smile as he crossed the line to win the stage but the biggest grin of the day came from Chris Froome as he finished.

    The British rider gave everyone a thumbs up too - he knows his first Tour de France victory is in the bag now.


    Hugo Brundle: Is it just me or is everyone glad KoM goes to a great climber not just some serial breakaway climber? #BBCTdF Kudos Quintana.

  10. 1638:  
    Green Jersey, Classification

    There are riders still coming over the finish line at the top of Mont Semnoz, more than 20 minutes after Nairo Quintana - who is already on the podium.

    Peter Sagan, the Slovakian winner of the points category, popped a trademark wheelie as he finished the stage. Nice work.

  11. 1637:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    It has been a very good day for Nairo Quintana, who moved up to second overall after clinching his first Tour stage win at the very end of his debut Tour. He already owned the white jersey for the best-placed rider under the age of 25... now he has the polka dot jersey for the King of the Mountains category too. There are no mountains in Paris, so it is his to keep.

    1. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) 147

    2. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 136

    3. Pierre Rolland (France / Europcar) 119

    4. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha) 99

    5. Christophe Riblon (France / AG2R) 98


    Efuwape Ramjannee O: So painful for Contador, out of the top 3.. Great ride by Quintana and Joachim Rodriguez.

    Lawrence Itela: Re. 1537: No credit for calling the final TdF podium? And that was at the foot of the climb, before all the attacks by the way!

    Well done Lawrence!

  13. 1632:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    And this is how we are looking with only the ceremonial final stage of the 100th Tour de France to go. Yes, it means that Chris Froome will ride into Paris on Sunday night in the yellow sequinned jersey of the winner!

    1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 80:49:33"

    2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +5:03"

    3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha +5:47"

    4. Alberto Contador (Spai) Saxo - Tinkoff +7:10"

    5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo - Tinkoff +8:10"

  14. 1629: 
    Results of Stage 20

    1. Nairo Quintana (Col Movistar 3:39:03"

    2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha +16"

    3. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky +28"

    4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar +1:42"

    5. Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky +2:17"

    6. Andrew Talansky (US) Garmin +2:27"

    7. Alberto Contador (Spain) Saxo - Tinkoff +2:28"

  15. 1627: 
    Quintana smiles!
    Nairo Quintana

    Just in case you didn't believe me at 1617, here is the moment that Colombia's Nairo Quintana won his first Tour de France stage.

  16. 1625: 

    So, just a victory parade left for Britain's Chris Froome now before he crosses the line as the winner of the 100th Tour de France. Who is heading to Paris on Sunday to cheer him home?


    Mr. Emberton: Nairo Quintana is a future winner of TDF if anyone has ever seen one. what a machine!

    Pat Creely: You wouldn't fancy playing poker with Quintana! Doesn't give much away the fella!!

    Hugo Jennings: YES FROOME! Makes it even better that Contador's off the podium. Fantastic ride by Quintana, yellow jersey winner in waiting!

  18. 1620: 

    Alberto Contador finally appears at the top of this mountain, dripping in sweat. He lost more than two minutes to Nairo Quintana, Joaquim Rodriguez and Chris Froome overall, and he will drop from second to fourth overall.

  19. 1618: 

    And here comes Chris Froome. The man in the yellow jersey crosses the line and, providing he stays on his bike, he will win the Tour de France tomorrow.

  20. 1618: 

    Joachim Rodriquez takes second place today... and will probably be third overall tonight.

  21. 1617: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Nairo Quintana wins stage 20 of the Tour de France

    And he does smile too. Finally.

  22. 1617: 

    This will be Quintana's first Tour stage win too. He's not cracked a smile all week - surely that will change now?

  23. 1616: 

    Quintana is going to win this stage, take second place and the king of the mountains category and the white jersey for best under-25 rider too. Not a bad day's work.

  24. 1616: 

    Froome looks down at his handlebars. He has got nothing left to respond here.

  25. 1615: 

    Nairo Quintana attacks. Froome cannot stay with him. Neither can Joachim Rodriquez.

  26. 1614: 

    That was amazing. Hang on, though...

  27. 1614: 

    Nairo Quintana follows him, with 1km to go.

  28. 1614: 

    Chris Froome attacks!

  29. 1613: 

    Alberto Contador is losing more and more time. He is one minute and 53 seconds behind the front three. He will leave his hopes of a podium finish on this mountain.

  30. 1612: 

    Joachim Rodriquez leads this trio up the mountain, followed by Nairo Quintana and the nodding figure of Chris Froome. 1.5km to go.

  31. 1611: 

    Before then, there is a stage win up for grabs. There are 2km left. This one is between Froome, Quintana and Rodriquez. Can Froome crown a famous triumph in style?

  32. 1610:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    If Britain's Chris Froome finishes this stage without being shoved off his bike by a fan, he will only have to stay upright in Sunday's ceremonial stage to be crowned the 2013 Tour de France winner. The final day is traditionally a procession into Paris for the winner.

  33. 1609: 

    That was a reminder that Chris Froome has not won this Tour de France yet. He is getting close now, mind... 2.6km of today's stage to go.

  34. 1608: 

    Chris Froome just had to punch a spectator to move him out of the way.

  35. 1606: 

    So, who is going to win this Tour's final mountain stage out of Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Joaquim Rodriquez? There are only 3.5km to go and I am still backing Quintana to get his first stage win of the race.

    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    "The wheels have fallen off for Saxo-Tinkoff. They have risked everything in the last couple of days and it looks like they have lost it all. They won't have anyone on the podium."

  37. 1605: 

    Hang on, make that 81 seconds adrift for Contador and co. He is going backwards...

  38. 1604:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger are still losing time on the front three, who could be the top three by tonight and on the podium tomorrow. With 5km to go, they are 47 seconds adrift, with Team Sky's Richie Porte hanging on their wheel.

    This was the state of play at the top of the general classification at the start of the stage:

    1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 77:10:00"

    2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff +5:11"

    3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +5:32"

    4. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff +5:44"

    5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha +5:58"

  39. 1600: 

    Rob Butler: What a contrast to Wiggins' dull win last year. This is amazing.

    Hugh Smith: This is going to be a great finish!

  40. 1559: 

    Roman Kreuziger has caught Alberto Contador and the two Saxo-Tinkoff men will work together to limit their losses. Contador looks shattered, though. Not sure he has much left in the tank. They are 38 seconds behind Froome, Quintana and Rodriquez, with 6km remaining.

  41. 1557: 

    Alberto Contador started the day 21 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana in second place, and 47 seconds ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez.

    He is 25 seconds behind them on the road now, though. Contador could be off the podium by tonight if he is not careful.

  42. 1555: 

    Nairo Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez are with Froome. They are 25 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador, with 7.5km to go.

  43. 1554: 

    Alberto Contador has cracked!

  44. 1554: 

    And Bang! Froome is gone. He is surging up this mountain!

  45. 1554: 

    Chris Froome attacks!

  46. 1553: 

    Joaquim Rodriguez attacks! Nairo Quintana responds... and so does Chris Froome.

  47. 1552: 

    Jens Voigt looks round as the yellow jersey group catches and quickly passes him. There is 8.5km of climbing to go to the finish.

  48. 1551: 

    First of the big hitters to crack is fourth-placed Roman Kreuziger. The Saxo-Tinkoff man is being dropped by the small group containing Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador. Joaquim Rodriguez, who is fifth overall, is also struggling.

  49. 1550: 

    Jens Voigt has not given up the ghost but he must know he is doomed. The chasing pack are just 20 seconds behind him, with 8.9km to go.

  50. 1549: 

    The yellow jersey group is starting to thin out but it includes the top five in the general classification, and Richie Porte too, of course.

  51. 1548: 

    Chris Froome and co are hoovering up Tejay van Garderen and Pierre Rolland too. That just leaves Jens Voigt at the front of the race, but he looks absolutely shattered. Still 10km of climbing to go for him, and the yellow jersey bunch is 45 seconds behind him.

  52. 1546: 

    Here we go. Jens Voigt is on his way up Mont Semnoz. Less than a minute later, so are Chris Froome and co. Team Sky look in the mood for something special here.

  53. 1546: 

    Jens Voigt is still at the front of the race with 11km to go and will soon be on his way up Mont Semnoz. Just 47 seconds behind him in the nearest chase group, Tejay van Garderen has launched a couple of quickfire attacks to try and drop Pierre Rolland. Van Garderen missed out on victory at the top of L'Alpe d'Huez - can he put that right today?

  54. 1543: 

    Team Sky have put the hammer down, and it took Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador a while to react. They are hoovering up the stragglers from the early break.

  55. 1541: 
    Cadel Evans

    Cadel Evans, the 2011 winner, has had a Tour to forget. It is not getting any better - he has just been dropped by the peloton, again.

  56. 1539: 

    Nairo Quintana's Movistar team have been driving the peloton along for most of the day but Team Sky have taken over now. Ian Stannard is on the front, with Chris Froome third. The main bunch is only two minutes and seven seconds behind Jens Voigt now, with 13km to go. The climb up Mont Semnoz start 10.7km from the finish.

  57. 1537:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    Chris Froome apparently said before today's stage he had little interest in the polka-dot jersey, despite having the opportunity to be the first man since Eddy Merckx in 1970 to win both yellow and polka-dot in the same Tour, and to become the first Brit to be crowned King of the Mountains since Robert Millar in 1984.

    I don't think he will be complaining if he does end up winning it, though.


    Lawrence Itela: Overall tonight... 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Rodriguez, just edging out Contador... book it!

    Michael Grainger: Come on @thejensie - showing the young uns how it's done today!

    William Bolitho: Froome to highlight his superiority by taking the stage, polka dot and yellow jersey, Quintana to snatch second from Contador.

  59. 1531: 

    Jens Voigt is still plugging away and fighting hard, with about 7km to go until the bottom of Mont Semnoz and then another 10.7km to go until the summit. He has a lead of one minute and 50 seconds on a nine-man chase group behind him (which contains Pierre Rolland and Tejay van Garderern) and the peloton are another minute further back... but they are upping the tempo.


    Andrew Harvey: Rodrigeuz can smell the podium and if Contador implodes on the climb he'll have it: 1. Froome 2.Quintana 3.Rodriguez, Froome win.

    Ethen Cruise: Going for Froome to win today stage and overall GC classification of 1) Froome 2) Quintana 3) Contador

    Timothy Hughes: 1 Rodriguez, 2 Froome and 3 Quintana. Rodriguez looks hungry for it!!

  61. 1525: 
    Chris Froome: A winner in sequins?
    The sequineed yellow jersey

    Here's something to look forward to. I haven't seen a proper picture yet but (all being well) Chris Froome will be modelling a special sequinned yellow jersey for the nocturnal ride into Paris that brings this year's 100th Tour to a climax.

    It is officially called 'la Tunique d'Or, the brightest star of the Tour'.

    I'm not sure I'm reading this right but it sounds like they will be shining a spotlight on Froome for the entire stage. Sounds a bit annoying to me...


    And now seems a good time to ask again for your pick as today's stage winner and/or your top three overall tonight.

    I'm still going for a Quintana win and an overall 1-2-3 tonight of 1. Froome 2. Quintana and 3. Contador.

    Tweet me using the hashtag #bbctdf or text me on 81111 - but please put your name on all texts, otherwise you won't make it to Paris. Thanks.

  63. 1522:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Here's a reminder of how things looked at the top of the general classification before the start of today's stage.

    1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 77:10:00"

    2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff +5:11"

    3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +5:32"

    4. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff +5:44"

    5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha +5:58"

  64. 1519: 
    Stage 20: The story so far

    Jens Voigt is showing us again what a hero he is by taking this stage by the scruff of the neck but, realistically, he will not stay away on the way up Mont Semnoz.

    That means we are going to get the showdown we wanted on the final climb of this year's Tour. The yellow jersey of Chris Froome looks safe but there are only 47 seconds separating the riders in second and fifth place, so there are podium places (and the king of the mountains jersey) up for grabs as well as the stage win.

  65. 1515: 

    Jens Voigt has now got 30km to go to the finish line - and 20km or so until he hits the bottom of Mont Semnoz.

    Next on the road is Igor Anton, a minute back, with a nine-man group containing Pierre Rolland another 50 seconds adrift.

    The peloton, which is again being led by Movistar, is about three minutes behind Voigt. Chris Froome is still in there, and probably quite pleased that Team Sky are not having to do any work. All his team-mates are all around him and Froome is looking very relaxed.

    Movistar are setting the tempo because they want to set up Nairo Quintana for the stage win and king of the mountain victory.


    Paul in St. Ives: Would be annoyed if Froome didn't show his rivals why he's leading GC on that final climb.


    Grant Wilkinson: Jens Voigt you are a true legend of the sport! Hats off to you sir! Let the legs scream on your way in!!

    Phil M: Really hope Voigt gets the stage win today. Trooper.

  68. 1507:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    Jens Voigt is flying down this mountain now, crouching on the crossbar of his bike to get as low as he can and minimalise any wind resistance. Behind him, Pierre Rolland was third to the summit of Revard, and picked up six more points to increase his virtual lead in the King of the Mountains after five of today's six climbs.

    The first man to the finish line at the top of Mont Semnoz picks up 50 points, though, and it is unlikely to be Rolland. Chris Froome or Nairo Quintana could still leapfrog him if they do the business there.

    As things stand:

    1. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar 119

    2. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 104

    3. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel 98

    4. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R 98

    5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 97

  69. 1501: 
    Chris Froome

    Chris Froome and co are also weaving their way up this mountain in the bright sunshine. The Tour de France leader has had a drama-free day so far. He might choose to get involved in the race for the stage win up Mont Semnoz later, but he doesn't have to.

  70. 1459:  
    Polkadot Jersey, ClassificationIN THE BREAK

    About 90 seconds behind Igor Anton is a group of nine riders, most of which were in that original break. Pierre Rolland is among them, and he will be looking for more mountain points at the top of Mont Revard. Jens Voigt is going to be first to the summit, though.

    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    "Jens has been a brilliant team-mate to so many riders down the years and he is a brilliant character too."

  72. 1456: 

    Jens Voigt is still charging up this hill, being roared on by the crowd. He has got 1km to go to the summit. Igor Anton is about 15 seconds back.


    Hugh Smith: Go on Jens!


    Matt Taggart: Two more days then Jens Voigt's legs will finally shut up. Hero.

    The Lone Marmot: Allez Jens! The greatest icon of the modern-day Tour de France!

  75. 1445: 

    Jens Voigt has still got another 5km or so of climbing to get to the top of Mont Revard but he is still motoring away. With 52km of today's stage left, his lead is three minutes and 17 seconds over the peloton. The remnants of that breakaway group are still chasing the German too, though.

    Voigt has spawned a tribute website - modelled on one for American actor and martial artist Chuck Norris - that lists supposed 'facts' testifying to his strength and courage, such as: "You are what you eat. Jens Voigt eats spring steel for breakfast, fire for lunch and a mixture of titanium and carbon fibre for dinner."

    Today's 'fact' is: Jens Voigt doesn't get road rash, the road gets Jens Rash.

  76. 1441: 
    Jens Voigt - the old man and hardman - of the Tour
    Jens Voigt

    I spoke to Jens Voigt before the start of what is his 16th and probably final Tour (he picked Chris Froome to win it by the way) and he was hoping to go out with a bang.

    This his strategy for getting to the top of a climb when his legs are in agony: "I tell my legs 'just one more hairpin and then we will slow down' but then I reach the next one and tell them the same again. Sometimes I am done - I would not be able to pull the skin off a custard - but my motto is to never give up."

  77. 1437: 

    Jens Voigt has gone on the attack on the way up the category one climb that is Mont Revard and blown what was a nine-man escape group apart. He has got a lead of about 30 seconds on his nearest rival, Igor Anton.

    The peloton, containing Chris Froome and all his major rivals for the overall lead, cannot keep up with the 41-year-old German either and has fallen two minutes and 50 seconds behind the front of the race, where Voigt is no doubt yelling 'shut up legs' at his pins as they scream in agony on the way up this hill. He's a bit crazy like that.

  78. 1435:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Web-only commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Tour de France team is now under way.

    If you haven't seen it already, the link is on the right-hand side of this page or on the cycling index.

  79. 1434: 

    Mind you, I bet Dave Brailsford is feeling pretty smug right now. People laughed in 2010 when he formed Team Sky and said he would give us a British winner by 2015.

    After three years, he is going to have produced two... and smashed the opposition to smithereens on the track at the London Olympics too, after people said that Team Sky would be a distraction from Britain's success in the velodrome.

    He knows what he is doing, doesn't he...

  80. 1428: 
    No champagne yet
    Dave Brailsford

    Britain's Chris Froome has a commanding lead of more than five minutes with only two stages (well, one-and-a-half now) but there have been no premature celebrations from the rest of the Team Sky camp either.

    "It's like being 2-0 up in football and thinking you've got it sewn up," said Sky's team principal Sir Dave Brailsford. "It's the worst score to have. You are lulled into a sense of confidence."

  81. 1428:  
    Yellow Jersey, ClassificationThe finish on Mont Semnoz
    Chris Froome

    Mont Semnoz will be Chris Froome's final challenge of this year's Tour. If he gets up to the top today without losing his lead over his nearest rivals, then only a crash will stop him reaching Paris and the top of the podium in the race leader's yellow jersey tomorrow, because Sunday's final stage is traditionally a procession for the winner.

    Not that Froome is taking anything for granted. Speaking ahead of today's stage, he said: "It's going to be very hard for someone to make up more than five minutes on the general classification. But having said that, this is a day where the whole team has to stay alert, control that last stage with one final big effort, and then we can start relaxing on the ride into Paris."

  82. 1423: 
    The finish on Mont Semnoz

    It is the climb up Mont Semnoz that will settle the outcome of today's stage - and the podium places for this year's Tour de France as well as the King of the Mountains category.

    Most mountains on the Tour are graded from one to four depending on their difficulty in terms of steepness and height - Semnoz is 'hors categorie' ('beyond categorisation' or, in other words, 'ridiculously hard').

    Why so bad? It is 1,666m high and the riders will have to climb for 10.7km from bottom to top at an average gradient of 8.5%.

  83. 1420: 
    The view from the finish (almost)
    The finish of stage 20 on Mont Semnoz

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Simon Brotherton on Twitter: So little room at today's summit finish, all TV & Radio comms are 2km from the top. Nice view of the race.

  84. 1417:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Web-only commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Tour de France team will get under way at 1430 BST with Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles.

    The link will appear on the right-hand side of this page or on the cycling index, and I will give you a nudge when it does.


    Andrew Harvey: The amount of effort Rolland has put into the KoM I really want him to win it outright, only see a Froome win today though.

    Hugo B: Froome to win and get the KoM. Good for the tour when the Maillot Jaune is aggressive. Quintana and Rodriguez are the danger men.

    harry morris: Stage winner will be Quintana. Overnight GC 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Rodriguez

  86. 1410:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification
    Pierre Rolland

    Incidentally, Pierre Rolland is only wearing a polka dot jersey today. His polka-dot shorts, socks, and gloves (and helmet, sunglasses and bike) must be in the wash.

  87. 1409:  
    Polkadot Jersey, ClassificationIN THE BREAK

    Up the road, the break is now one minute and 17 seconds ahead with 76km remaining and has just gone over the top of another third category climb, the Col des Pres. That means more mountain points are up for grabs and Pierre Rolland shows how much he wants them, almost running Mikel Nieve's Euskaltel team-mate Igor Anton off the road as they near the line.

    That means Rolland extends his lead, with four of today's six climbs completed. Two much bigger ones to come, though...

    1. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar 113

    2. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 104

    3. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel 98

    4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 97

    5. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R 94

  88. 1405: 
    Chris Froome

    The peloton are still being led along by Nairo Quintana's Movistar team, with Chris Froome still in the main pack with all of his Team Sky team-mates and all of his major rivals.

    Will Froome, pictured here shaking hands with Movistar's Alejandro Valverde before today's stage, be bothered about going for a fourth stage win of this year's race later? We shall see...

  89. 1401:  
    Green Jersey, Classification

    And this is the how things look in the points category after today's intermediate sprint - and confirmation that Peter Sagan has it all wrapped up.

    Even if Mark Cavendish wins today's stage (which is not going to happen), comes first in Sunday's intermediate sprint (it might have been possible but won't happen now) and first again at the finish line on the Champs Elysees (still highly likely), he would not be able to collect enough points to beat Sagan.

    No luck for Cav again this year then, but he will hope to have the consolation of a fifth-straight win in Paris. Fingers crossed...

    1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 380

    2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 278

    3. Andre Greipel (Ger) / Lotto 227

    4. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos 177

    5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 157

  90. 1355:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    Speaking of the King of the Mountains, Pierre Rolland has just picked up two more points on the third-category Cote d'Aillon-le-Vieux, after beating Christophe Riblon to the line. Here is how that leaves us in that category after three of today's six climbs.

    1. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar 111

    2. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 104

    3. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel 98

    4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 97

    5. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R 94

  91. 1350:  
    Green Jersey, Classification
    Peter Sagan

    The King of the Mountains jersey for best climber is still up for grabs but the green jersey for the leader of the points category has been 'The Peter Sagan Show' for most of the Tour.

    It's just become official that the Slovakian rider will wear it in Paris for the second-straight year too - he picked up three points at today's intermediate sprint and can no longer be caught by second-placed Mark Cavendish. All Sagan has to do now is get through the next two stages.

  92. 1345: 
    Pierre Rolland

    There are nine men in this break but the presence of Pierre Rolland (the man in the polka dot pants above) means they are not being allowed to stay clear. With 83km to go, the gap remains at 55 seconds, with Movistar still doing all the work at the front of the main bunch.

    In the break: Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC, Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Trek, Pierre Rolland (Fra) and Cyril Gautier (Fra) both Europcar, Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R, Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha, Igor Anton (Spa) and Mikel Astarloza (Spa) both Euskaltel and Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge.


    Jason from High Wycombe: Froomey to break away on final climb and take the polka dot jersey by just a few points and win stage to stamp his authority on the maillot jaune.

    Agon from London: I'd go for Quintana to win his first stage.

  94. 1338: 
    Svein Tuft

    After pedalling more than 3,000km in the last three weeks, there are a lot of weary legs in the peloton and some of them have already fallen off the back of the main pack because of this fierce pace being set by the Movistar men.

    The Tour's 'Lanterne Rouge' (or last-placed man) Canadian rider Svein Tuft, who crashed yesterday but carried on, was one of the first riders to fall behind

    There are plenty of men who will be desperate not to finish outside the time limit to complete today's stage, because to be eliminated this close to Paris would be heartbreaking.

    Tuft, competing in his first Tour at the grand old age of 36, is 170th overall, three hours and 58 minutes behind race leader Chris Froome, but every second could count for him today. Keep on pushing!

  95. 1332: 

    The gap to the front 10 riders is coming down all the time - Movistar are still driving the peloton on and do not want the escapees to stay away. With 91km to go, the gap is 52 seconds, and falling fast.


    James Benson: On long trip to Paris for tomorrow's grand finale. Wi-fi on bus gives me BBC live text for latest Froome exploits. Viva les rosbifs!

  97. 1331: 
    Paris calling
    The Eiffel Tower

    A reminder that the climax of the 2013 Tour de France will be a nocturnal affair on Sunday, to mark the race's 100th edition.

    If you are heading out to Paris to (hopefully) cheer Chris Froome home then drop me a line on Twitter using the hashtag #bbctdf or via text on 81111.


    What will the top three overall look like tonight? I went for 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Contador

    Martin Jubb: I'd like Froome/Quintana/Rodriguez but I can't see it some how! I think your top 3 is right with Rolland or Quintana for the stage.

    Tom Edwards: I cant disagree with you. Froome, Quintana & Contador. Think Quintana will win stage after attacking with Froome.

    Chris Rolland: Hoping for GC to be 1.Froome,2.Quintana,3.Rodriguez and the man who shares my surname for the maillot à pois rouge.

  99. 1318:  
    Polkadot Jersey, ClassificationIN THE PELOTON
    Nairo Quintana and fans

    The outcome of the King of the Mountains category is dictating the pace of the peloton too, with the Movistar team of Nairo Quintana setting the tempo and ensuring the escapees do not get so far ahead that they cannot be caught on that decisive final climb - Quintana (pictured here with an army of Colombian fans before the stage started), already has the white jersey (for best young rider under 25) and wants a stage win and the polka dot jersey too to crown what has been a magnificent debut Tour.

    With 103km to go, the lead group of 10 riders has a lead of one minute and 18 seconds on the main pack. Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Quintana are all sitting pretty but a few men have already been dropped off the back.

  100. 1313:  
    Polkadot Jersey, ClassificationIN THE BREAK

    Pierre Rolland has a problem. He was hoping to hoover up all the mountain points on the smaller climbs early in today's stage but his escape group of four men has been caught by another five men, including Euskaltel's Igor Anton.

    Anton is looking to help his team-mate Mikel Nieve, who is third in the King of the Mountains category, and did that by beating Rolland to the top of the third category Col de Leschaux, denying him a point (there were two for the winner and one for the second-placed man).

    So, this is how that category looks after the second climb of the day (there are six in total)

    1. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar 109

    2. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 104

    3. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel 98

    4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 97

    5. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R 93

  101. 1307: 

    Right, I want to know two things from you today: Your stage winner and/or your top three overall tonight.

    I'm going for 1. Froome 2. Quintana and 3. Contador... but feel free to disagree.

    Tweet me using the hashtag #bbctdf or text me on 81111 - but please put your name on all texts, otherwise you won't make it to Paris. Thanks.

  102. 1303:  
    Polkadot Jersey, ClassificationIN THE BREAK

    Pierre Rolland does indeed take the five points that are up for grabs on Cote du Puget, and moves into the virtual lead of that category.

    To be honest, Rolland needs every point he can get if he wants to make the polka dot jersey his own - there are double points up for grabs for the first man up to the top of the 'Hors Categorie' (beyond categorisation) Mont Semnoz at the finish - 50 instead of 25. Rolland is unlikely to figure in that contest, but Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana might.

    Here's how the King of the Mountains category looks after that first climb of the day:

    1. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar 108

    2. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 104

    3. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel 98

    4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 97

    5. Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R 93

  103. 1255: 

    It's another hot day in the Alps but the racing is already fast and furious. There two splinter groups behind Rolland/Voigt/Flecha/Burghardt and Movistar are setting the pace at the front of the peloton, who are one minute and 32 seconds behind the leaders, after 13km of today's 125km stage.

    Roland wants the mountain points that are up for grabs on the first climb of the day, at the second category Cote du Puget.

  104. 1252: 
    Juan Antonio Flecha

    More and more riders have tried to escape off the front of the main bunch and Juan Antonio Flecha and Marcus Burghardt have joined Jens Voigt and Pierre Rolland at the front of the race. Like Voigt, Flecha (pictured) is a veteran crowd-pleaser known for his tendency to go out on breaks a long way from home.

    They usually fail, but as Voigt told me when he explained the 'art of the breakaway': "you have to try 10 times to win once."

  105. 1247:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Here are how things are looking at the top of the general classification after 19 stages and 3,161km of the Tour de France's total distance of 3,404km. The steep final climb up to the finish line Mont Semnoz today will decide how it looks tonight. With only 47 seconds separating the riders in second and fifth place, there are podium places up for grabs.

    1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 77:10:00"

    2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff +5:11"

    3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +5:32"

    4. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff +5:44"

    5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha +5:58"

  106. 1243: 
    Stage 20 profile
    Profile of stage 20

    Le Tour de France official on Twitter: Stage 20 - Annecy / Annecy Semnoz - 125 km The shortest stage but not the easiest!

  107. 1240: 

    Jens Voigt is going on the attack too. If this is the 41-year-old's final Tour, then he clearly wants to go out in style. He has just caught up with Rolland, and they are 18 seconds ahead of the peloton. We are still inside the first 4km of today's 125km stage.

  108. 1238:  
    Polkadot Jersey, ClassificationWelcome to stage 20

    Yes, even if you believe Chris Froome's lead of more than five minutes means the race for the yellow jersey is done and dusted, there is still an awful lot to be decided in the final day in the mountains.

    The white flag has just been waved to start the day, and Pierre Rolland - wearing the polka dot jersey as the King of the Mountains leader even though Froome is ahead of him in that category - has already bombed off the front. It is going to be that kind of day.

  109. 1234: 
    Paris calling
    The Eiffel Tower, Paris

    Paris, and the top of the podium, is in sight for race leader Chris Froome and a second successive British Tour de France victory.

    But let's not count our 'poulets' just yet folks. There is one more day of racing in the high mountains to go before Sunday's largely ceremonial procession into Paris for the winner... and it promises to be a cracker.

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