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Live Reporting

Mike Henson

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  1. Team Sky safe in the pack

    Team Sky were safely among the pack with Geraint Thomas finishing 12th and Chris Froome back in 14th.

    They, along with fellow Briton Adam Yates, finished on the same time as winner Peter Sagan.

    However Greg van Avermaet's two second time bonus - secured earlier in the stage - sees Froome drop back to 57 seconds off yellow.

  2. The top five

    Provisional stage result:

    1. Peter Sagan

    2. Sonny Colbrelli

    3. Philippe Gilbert

    4. Alejandro Valverde

    5. Julian Alaphilippe

  3. Greg van Avermaet stays in yellow

    Peter Sagan surged past Sonny Colbrelli to take it with a trademark late surge.

    It was a wonderfully well plotted route to the line.

    Philippe Gilbert takes third.

    Greg van Avermaet - who finished down in seventh - will retain the yellow jersey.

  4. Sagan wins!

    It's that man again!

    Peter Sagan takes it!

  5. Post update

    300m to go

    Gilbert is swallowed up. Greg van Avermaet in yellow is right in the picture...

  6. Gilbert attacks

    700m to go

    Here we go.

    Philippe Gilbert attacks from 700m from home.

    Can he hold on? There are plenty in pursuit...

  7. Team Sky look good

    1.8km to go

    Team Sky have Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski in place as bodyguards from Chris Froome.

    They are looking good.

    QuiksStep's Fernando Gaviria is taking a seat at the back

  8. Pace hots up

    3.5km to go

    A whole lot of jostling and hustling as the teams compete for road space on these narrow funneling roads.

    Team Sky are well represented with Michal Kwiatkowski driving the train.

  9. Taaramae reined in

    5km to go

    It is really heating up now.

    A lot of the GC contenders show up the front of the peloton with Greg van Avermaet appearing with BMC lieutenant Richie Porte on his shoulder.

    Tom Dumoulin pokes his noses in as well.

    Rein Taaramae has been swallowed up.

  10. Taaramae off the front

    7km to go

    Direct Energie's Rein Taaramae gives it a poke and goes off the front.

    He is solo though. Seventeen seconds on the pack.

    And Team Sky are packing out the front of the peloton in preparation for the stage finish. Prime position on the road will be as keenly fought over as a Costa del Sol sunlounger.

  11. Alaphilippe takes time-bonus sprint

    9km to go

    That smoked out those who are still feeling fresh.

    The lure of the bonus sprint - which offers a three, two and one second bonus to the first three home - brings the peloton surging past the leaders.

    QuikStep's Julian Alaphilippe looks very spry as he bursts clear for the three-second prize. Yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet is second with a lagging Lilian Calmejane taking third.

    Watch out for Alaphilippe in the stage shake-down.

  12. Peloton looms

    12km to go

    Toms Skujins takes a peek over his shoulder and doesn't like what is looming.

    The peloton, like an orca after a seal, is close enough to breath down the leaders' neck.

  13. At the back

    13km to go

    At the other end of things, the peloton are shedding riders from the rear of the pack.

    There is quite a collection of riders keeping the lanterne rouge burning.

    Andre Griepel, Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw are all in a sizeable group off the back, working together to get home.

  14. The peloton within 40 seconds

    17km to go

    The peloton have nibbled slowly but surely away at the lead.

    Toms Skujins and Lilian Calmejane's advantage is down to 40 seconds.

  15. Skujins in polka dot

    22km to go

    Latvian Toms Skujins will inherit the polka dot jersey from Dion Smith at the end of today with Sylvain Chavanel back in the pack and tired.

  16. Skujins claims final climbing points

    23km to go

    Lilian Calmejane knows that if he can keep Toms Skujins from claiming the lion's share of climbing points over this final climb then the polka dot will head to his own team-mate and the animateur of the stage Sylvain Chavanel.

    He can't though.

    Skujins, who has looked very strong, rides clear to take four points at the top of the Cote de la Montagne de Locronan

  17. Gap down to a minute

    26km to go

    The gig is nearly up for the breakaway.

    And there are some creative difference between Lilian Calmejane, Toms Skujins and Nicolas Edet as the end looms.

    A real go-slow as the trio approach the category three Cote de la Montagne de Locronan and argue whose turn it is on the front.

    The gap is down to just under a minute as the peloton start to line up their big guns behind.

  18. Peloton close the gap

    31km to go

    Feel that tug on the line?

    That is a tiddling three-strong breakaway being reeled in.

    The peloton imperceptibly press the pace and reduce the gap to one minute 45 seconds.

    Lilian Calmejane, Toms Skujins and Nicolas Edet - mind the gap. It is closing on you fast.

  19. 35km to go

    The leading trio are two minutes clear of the rest.

    There are 35kms to go through.

    Can they make it to the finishline alone?

    Well, the peloton normally work on the equation that they can bite back a minute over 10km on the breakaway.

    Still plenty of time for the pack then. No need to panic yet.