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Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Ireland's Dan Martin won the last time a Tour de France stage finished in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, holding off Jakob Fuglsang in a thrilling finish in 2013.

    Martin is ninth on GC as it stands so hasn't been allowed up the road and, barring the break completely falling apart, won't be winning this one.

    He drifts to the back of the pack for a while before making his way through the bunch again.

  2. Adam Yates' stage guide

    Adam Yates' twin brother Simon is in the break today but Adam has not picked him for glory today in his stage-by-stage guide...

    "We ride through the valley for most of the day before we hit the two climbs but there's not as many climbing metres as say, on stage six. We should see a breakaway go to the line, but there will be two races - one will be to get in the break and that could take a long time. Once that's formed, it'll be a race for the win and a race for the GC riders."

    Rider to watch? "Pello Bilbao. The Spaniard is known as the 'Puppy of Guernica' and won two stages at this year's Giro d'Italia."

    You can read more of Adam's thoughts on the 2019 Tour route here.

  3. Post update

    I said no dramas but Romain Bardet isn't happy with something on his bike now and slides back to the team car again for a bit of mechanical assistance.

    As long as he gets it sorted now, he's fine. He doesn't want the problem resurfacing when the race hits the lower slopes of the Peyresourde.

  4. Stage 12 profile

    Here is the route as the break goes through the 100km to go mark.

    The next landmark is the intermediate sprint point at Bagneres-de-Luchon.

    After that the race takes on the famed Col de Peyresourde before a descent that leads into another category one climb, Hourquette d'Ancizan.

    Then it's another descent into the finish at Bagneres-de-Bigorre.

    Stage 12 profile
  5. Bardet puncture

    France's Romain Bardet finished second in 2016 and third in 2017 but doesn't look to be in peak form so far, sitting back in 14th, 3:20 down on Julian Alaphilippe.

    The AG2R La Mondiale has just sustained a puncture and is being paced back to the peloton. No dramas with the racing not really on yet.

  6. GC after stage 11

    1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 47hrs 18mins 41secs
    2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Ineos) +1min 12secs
    3. Egan Bernal (Col/Team Ineos) +1min 16secs
    4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Team Jumbo-Visma) +1min 27secs
    5. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) + 1min 45secs
    6. Enric Mas (Spa/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 1min 46secs
    7. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 1min 47secs
    8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Team) +2mins 4secs
    9. Daniel Martin (Ire/UAE Team Emirates) +2mins 9secs
    10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +2mins 33 secs
  7. Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta

    It turns out you can win Grand Tours from bed...

    Chris Froome has officially been named winner of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana after Juan Jose Cobo was stripped of the title over doping irregularities.

    It retrospectively makes him Britain's first Grand Tour winner - Sir Bradley Wiggins had held the honour after his 2012 Tour de France victory.

    Froome has now won seven Grand Tours, fourth equal on the all-time list.

    He is not riding in the ongoing Tour de France after a serious crash at last month's Criterium du Dauphine.

    More here.

    Bradley Wiggins (left), Juan Jose Cobo (centre) and Chris Froome (right) on the 2011 Vuelta podium
  8. 110km to go

    That gap is holding steady - the 40-man break lead the peloton by 4:12.

  9. Philipsen DNS

    Jasper Philipsen of UAE Team Emirates withdrew from the race before the start of stage 12 today.

    That means Team Ineos' Egan Bernal is now the youngest rider in the Tour de France.

  10. Post update

    Perhaps in some cases Marc - Dylan Groenewegen for example is one of the weaker climbers among the sprinters and going up the road gives him greater security against the time limit.

    But there will be other motivations. Peter Sagan might even be thinking about winning the stage and at the very least has gone on the attack to protect or extend his already imposing lead in the green jersey at the intermediate sprint.

    Michael Matthews and Sonny Colbrelli may well have got in the break to try and chip away at Sagan's lead and put themselves in a good position if the Slovakian was forced to withdraw for whatever reason.

  11. Get Involved

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    Marc Selby: Have we got some of these fast men in this breakaway in the hope of avoiding the cutoff?

  12. 120km to go

    With 120km remaining in stage 12, the 40-man break have a lead of 4:10 over the peloton.

    Deceuninck Quick-Step are currently on the front of the peloton in service of yellow jersey Julian Alaphilippe.

  13. The breakaway

    Ready for some light reading? Here are the 40 riders in the break...

    Peter Sagan, Gregor Mühlberger, Daniel Oss and Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michael Morkov (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Oliver Naesen, Tony Gallopin and Matthias Fränk (Ag2r La Mondiale), Sonny Colbrelli, Ivan Garcia Cortina and Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team), Pello Bilbao (Astana), Dylan Groenewegen and Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), Alberto Bettiol, Simon Clarke and Tom Scully (EF Education First), Matteo Trentin and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg van Avermaet and Serge Pauwels (CCC Team), Rui Costa and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Fabio Felline and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Michael Matthews, Nikias Arndt, Cees Bol and Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), Pierre-Luc Périchon and Julien Simon (Cofidis), Tiesj Benoot, Roger Kluge and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie), Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Valgren (Dimension Data) and Kevin Ledanois (Arkéa-Samsic).

  14. Post update

    And because the route is so ideal for the break, there was a lot of competition to get into it today.

    The first hour and a half of racing was very frantic, with near constant attacks and counter-attacks off the front and teams working to bring early breaks back if one of their riders had failed to make it across.

    A lot of big names were on the attack, including Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet and three-time world champion Peter Sagan.

    Finally, just after 40km of racing, a huge breakaway of 40 riders was allowed to stay clear, with Team Ineos getting on the front of the peloton and slowing down the pace to prevent any more counter-attacks.

  15. Post update

    The riders are tackling a lumpy 209.5km course from Toulouse to Bagneres-de-Bigorre, taking in the famous Col de Peyresourde and the Hourquette d'Ancizan.

    It's made for the breakaway - a largely flat first 130km until the lower slopes of the Peyresourde before it goes up and down, up and down to the finish.

    If those that go clear can hang on over the two mountains and away to the finish, potential stage glory awaits.

    There will be another race behind as the GC contenders try to claw back or gain more time on each other.

  16. Bonjour

    Welcome to live coverage of stage 12 of the 2019 Tour de France.

    The first day in the Pyrenees - a sense that the Tour, at least in terms of the general classification battle, really starts today.

    Of course, for defending champion Geraint Thomas, he's already made expert use of the first 11 stages despite there having been only one major climb of La Planche des Belles Filles.

    He's put time into most of his GC rivals already - can he extend his advantage over them or will he have to counter attacks today?

    And can Julian Alaphilippe hang on with the pure climbers to retain his yellow jersey?