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Live Reporting

Jack Skelton

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  1. Adieu

    That's it for this live text - thanks for reading.

    The report of Dylan Groenewegen's stage eight victory is here.

    It was more frustration for Mark Cavendish today - but you can read his stage-by-stage guide for BBC Sport here.

    And head here later to download our Bespoke at the Tour de France daily podcast, which will be available shortly.

    We'll be back tomorrow for the crucial cobbled stage. It should be a cracker - see you then!

  2. Top 10 on GC

    1. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing) 32hrs 43mins 00secs
    2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +7secs
    3. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing) +9secs
    4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step Floors) +16secs
    5. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step Floors) +22secs
    6. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +49secs
    7. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +55secs
    8. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +56secs
    9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) +57secs
    10. Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing) same time
  3. Post update

    Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe was caught out in that late crash involving Dan Martin, which will mean a shake-up on the top 10 in GC.

    Greg van Avermaet grabbed a bonus second to extend his lead in the yellow jersey to seven seconds over Geraint Thomas.

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    Marc Selby: What else can you say for Cav? Lead out shambles and another fault near the end!

  5. Top 10 on stage eight

    1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo)
    2. Andre Greipel (Ger/Lotto-Soudal)
    3. Fernando Gaviria (Col/Quick-Step Floors)
    4. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora-Hansgrohe)
    5. John Degenkolb (Ger/Trek-Segafredo)
    6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Team UAE Emirates)
    7. Arnaud Demare (Fra/Groupama-FDJ)
    8. Thomas Boudat (Fra/Direct Energie)
    9. Nikias Arndt (Ger/Sunweb)
    10. Mark Cavendish (GB/Team Dimension Data)
  6. Post update

    Dan Martin climbs onto the team bus to tend to his wounds after that late crash.

    The UAE Team Emirates leader lost one minute 15 seconds in the end despite a brave chase.

  7. Post update

    Andre Greipel and Fernando Gaviria had a right tussle there in the home straight. The big German might've risked a relegation had he won the stage and Gaviria finished second.

    As it was, Groenewegen blasted past both of them.

  8. Post update

    Mark Cavendish again finished 10th on the stage. His Dimension Data team have a horrible knack of leading into the final 3km and then getting completely swamped by the others.

    Again Cavendish also has a brief clash of wheels, this time with Groenewegen. But again he wasn't in a strong position before it happened.

  9. BreakingGroenewegen wins stage eight


    Dylan Groenewegen takes his second stage win in as many days with another majestic sprint.

    Peter Sagan went early, Fernando Gaviria and Andre Greipel got themselves in a bit of a tangle before setting off in pursuit.

    But Groenewegen found a clear line, reeled in that leading trio and blitzed past them to take another emphatic victory.

    Power. To. Burn.

  10. 300m to go

    Peter Sagan goes for it.

    Mark Cavendish is boxed in yet again.

    Fernando Gaviria and Andre Greipel battle for position.

    Dylan Groenewegen kicks from deep.

  11. 700m to go

    Mark Cavendish is having to just pick his wheels again - he opts for Peter Sagan.

  12. 1.5km to go

    Mark Cavendish is in the front group on the road.

    FDJ try to bring Arnaud Demare up.

    Andre Greipel has plenty of team-mates there.

  13. 2km to go

    Fernando Gaviria is up there on the wheel of lead-out man Max Richeze.

    Dimension Data hit the front to reel Philippe Gilbert in.

    Lotto-Soudal up there for Andre Greipel.

  14. Gilbert attacks

    Gilbert is actually going to have a go with 3km still to go!

    Is this just to string things out for Fernando Gaviria and burn out the lead-out trains?

  15. 3km to go

    Another sweeping bend, this time to the right. Philippe Gilbert leads the peloton round it.

  16. 4km to go

    Team Sky, FDJ, Lotto-Soudal and one lone Quick-Step rider swing the peloton round a tight left-hand bend.

    Dan Martin's group slip to 42 seconds back as the pace increases.

  17. 5km to go

    Dylan Groenewegen's LottoNL-Jumbo squad look out of position. The Dutchman didn't really need a lead-out man to win yesterday, mind.

    FDJ are up there, seeking Bastille Day glory for Arnaud Demare.

  18. 6km to go

    Grelllier is caught and Team Sky lead the race - not looking for the sprint but just to make sure Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas get into the final 3km safely, after which they will not lose time for any crashes or punctures.

    Dimension Data fight to keep Mark Cavendish up the front.

    Dan Martin's group are now just 38 seconds down.

  19. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Ex-GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live, in France

    It's about to get very tricky and technical.

  20. 7km to go

    From left to right: Team Sky, Dimension Data, FDJ, Bora and BMC head the race.

    Quick-Step, with no Julian Alaphilippe, are tucked in behind for now but should come to the fore soon.

    Fabien Grellier is about to be swept up. Chapeau.