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Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Simon Yates drifts back briefly but comes forward again to do his turn.

  2. Post update

    They are into the barrier section now.

    Muhlberger perhaps has the power - do Yates or Bilbao have the cunning?

  3. 2km to go

    Yates, Muhlberger and Bilbao still taking turns. No cat and mouse yet.

  4. Post update

    They negotiate the first 90 degree turn smoothly enough. No pressure on them from behind.

  5. 3km to go

    Simon Yates, Gregor Muhlberger and Pello Bilbao roll on, now leading the chasers by over two minutes.

  6. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Ex-GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, in France

    There is an almost 90 degree turn with just under 200m to go. You can afford to come out of that bend in second but if you're in third you'll have to make up a lot of room.

    If you come through first, you'll have to lead out the sprint. You don't want to go too early.

  7. Post update

    There are a couple of sharp left-hand turns in the run-in to the finish line.

    Whoever gets the best line through those should win this stage.

  8. 6km to go

    These leading three still working well together, not getting complacent about the gap.

    How does Simon Yates play this? Get it right and it will be a maiden Tour de France stage victory.

  9. Post update

    Simon Brotherton

    Commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    It will definitely be one of Yates, Muhlberger or Bilbao now.

  10. 8km to go

    Simon Yates, Gregor Muhlberger and Pello Bilbao are increasing their advantage over the chasers, it's now out to 1:43.

    The winner will come from this front three today, unless they start playing cat and mouse from way too far out.

  11. Post update

    The peloton are now nine minutes down on the leading trio. Highly doubtful there will be any telling GC shake-up today.

  12. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Ex-GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, in France

    It's been a stress-free day for Team Ineos so far.

  13. Post update

    Gregor Muhlberger pushed Julian Alaphilippe all the way on stage six of the Dauphine last month, only missing out in the sprint on a photo finish.

    The Austrian may well be the fastest finisher of this leading trio. Never easy to call such a select sprint at the end of over 200km in the saddle though.

    Will Pello Bilbao and Simon Yates try to drop him before the end?

  14. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Ex-GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, in France

    It's difficult to call who would win in a three-up sprint between this leading trio. I'd say Pello Bilbao is the weakest in the sprint though.

  15. 14km to go

    Simon Yates, Gregor Mulhberger and Pello Bilbao continue to roll through, taking turns as they drive down the descent towards the finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre.

    They lead the eight chasers by 1:18.

  16. Post update

    Andrey Amador of Movistar comes to the front of the peloton in service of Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa.

    It's been Ineos and Quick-Step on the front all day until now.

    A sign there is a GC truce today?

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  18. 20km to go

    The advantage of leading trio Simon Yates, Gregor Muhlberger and Pello Bilbao has gone out to 1:16 over the eight chasing riders.

    Of those eight, Mitchelton-Scott's Matteo Trentin and Bora-Hansgrohe's Max Schachmann won't be doing any work to bring back team-mates Yates and Muhlberger though.

    Tough work for Frank, Gallopin, Teuns, Roche, Felline and Pauwels.

  19. 25km to go

    Simon Yates, Gregor Muhlberger and Pello Bilbao lead a chase group by 1:08 with 25km to go.

    The peloton, including Geraint Thomas and Julian Alaphilippe, are eight minutes down the road and have just crested La Hourquette d'Ancizan.

    So no attacks from the GC favourites on the climbs today.

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