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Summary

  1. Boasson Hagen wins stage with late break
  2. GB's Froome maintains 23-second lead over Bardet
  3. Stage 19: Embrun to Salon-de-Provence
  4. Longest stage of the race at 222.5 km
  5. Only two stages remaining in race

Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    And of course there will be a full live text and report on Saturday's stage 20 time trial in Marseille.

    The report of today's action is building here.

    Look out for the BeSpoke podcast, available later tonight, too.

    But from me, for now, farewell.

    Catch you tomorrow.

  2. La Course - stage two

    A reminder that before stage 20 gets under way tomorrow, the second and final stage of La Course by Le Tour will take place - a 22.5km 'chase' in Marseille.

    The top 19 riders from Thursday's first stage will set out according to the time gaps from that stage.

    Stage one winner Annemiek van Vleuten will be out first on course, followed 43 seconds later by Britain's Lizzie Deignan.

    We'll have a full report of the action tomorrow.

  3. General classification after stage 19

    Quick confirmation of no changes in the top 10 on general classification and these are the time gaps they will take into Saturday's 22.5km time trial in Marseille:

    1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)
    2. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +23secs
    3. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +29secs
    4. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +1min 36secs
    5. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +1min 55secs
    6. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors) 2mins 56secs
    7. Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) 4mins 46secs
    8. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team UAE Emirates) +6mins 52secs
    9. Warren Barguil (Fra/Team Sunweb) +8mins 22secs
    10. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +8mins 34secs
  4. Get Involved

    #bbccycling

    I'll be off shortly but just a reminder that we're seeking your nomination for our end of Tour awards - The Pelotony's.

    The categories so far:

    • Best rider (doesn't have to be the yellow jersey)
    • Biggest disappointment
    • Best stage
    • Worst stage
    • The futility jersey (for most attacks in vain)
    • The rider not in his own team's WhatsApp group

    Send your nominations in using #bbccycling or text us on 81111 and we'll pick them up over the next couple of days. Any cracking suggestions for other categories will also be considered.

    The winners and losers will be revealed during BeSpoke's final show in Paris on Sunday.

  5. Post update

    No drama whatsoever as Team Sky and Chris Froome roll across the line in Salon-de-Provence, over 12 mintues behind stage-winner Edvald Boasson Hagen.

    Froome retains the yellow jersey and will take a 23-second lead over Romain Bardet into Saturday's time trial in Marseille, with Rigoberto Uran six seconds further adrift.

    Barring a major upset, expect the Briton to build on that advantage over the 22.5km stage, after which he will just have to stay upright into Paris to win his fourth Tour title.

  6. Post update

    1km to go for the peloton now.

    Team Sky will lead Froome all the way to the line.

  7. Post update

    The Team Sky-led peloton have 3km to go to the finish.

    A proper day off for Chris Froome. Well, relatively. He's still had to ride 222.5km but it's been stress-free.

  8. Stage 19 result

    1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Dimension Data)
    2. Nikias Arndt (Ger/Team Sunweb)
    3. Jens Keukeleire (Bel/Orica-Scott)
    4. Daniele Bennati (Ita/Movistar)
    5. Thomas de Gendt (Bel/Lotto Soudal)
    6. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/Direct Energie)
    7. Elie Gesbert (Fra/Fortuneo-Oscaro)
    8. Jan Bakelants (Bel/AG2R La Mondiale)
    9. Michael Albasini (Swi/Orica-Scott)
    10. Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra/Fortuneo-Oscaro)
  9. Post update

    The peloton, including yellow jersey Chris Froome, are still not quite onto the streets of Salon-de-Provence, just rolling home on a quiet day.

  10. Post update

    Edvald Boasson Hagen celebrates

    That's Edvald Boasson Hagen's third Tour stage win, but first since he won two in a breakout performance in 2011.

    A long wait, made longer by all those near misses in sprint finishes earlier in this year's race.

    No sprint needed for him today as the Norwegian provides a perfect example of his vast talents.

    A huge day for Team Dimension Data, too. They lost Mark Cavendish early, it never quite came off for Steve Cummings but they have their stage now. And in some style.

  11. Post update

    Nikias Arndt did hang on for second, while Jens Keukeleire won the sprint behind for third.

  12. BreakingBOASSON HAGEN WINS STAGE 19

    Edvald Boasson Hagen celebrates

    What a ride from the Norwegian.

    Rightly identified as the favourite to win from the breakaway but he did it unexpected fashion, not just content to wait for the sprint but riding the others off his wheel instead.

  13. 400m to go

    He's round both.

    This is going to Boasson Hagen.

  14. 700m to go

    Two sharps turns in this finale.

    Boasson Hagen just needs to negotiate them safely.

  15. 1km to go

    Boasson Hagen is inside the final km. Arndt still chasing but running out of road.

  16. Boasson Hagen goes

    2km to go

    Why wait for the sprint when you're this strong?

    The Norwegian has just ridden Arndt off his wheel and has 2km to the finish.

  17. Arndt and Boasson Hagen attack

    Arndt goes and Boasson Hagen is strong enough to go up to him.

    The Dimension Data rider picked the right way round a roundabout and caught everyone, except Arndt, out.

  18. 3km to go

    Panic now.

    This group just can't get rid of Boasson Hagen.

    No one seems confident of beating him in the sprint.

  19. 4km to go

    Thomas de Gendt hits the front to bring back Jens Keukeleire.

    Orica pair Keukeleire and Albasini will just keep going 1-2 1-2 1-2 until the finish now.

    If they have the legs.

  20. Albasini goes, Boasson Hagen counters

    The Orica duo are working together to rid themselves of Boasson Hagen but the Norwegian looks strong, countering a move and putting in a dig of his own.