Miguel Angel Lopez: The 26-year-old Colombian rides himself into third place on General Classification as he turns into the ninth rider on this 12 months’s race to win his first Tour de France stage.
Also rans (and one Uran) Richie Porte, Adam Yates, Mikel Landa and Rigoberto Uran all cross the road.
Miguel Angel Lopez wins the stage!
The Astana rider wins by 11 seconds from Primoz Roglic. Pogacar is third and loses about 18 seconds on Roglic.
200m to go: Pogacar does brilliantly to get again on Roglic’s wheel.
400m to go: Lopez might go second on GC with a stage win at the moment, relying on time bonuses. He’s out of the saddle tackling a gradient of 18%.
500m to go: Lopez kicks on with Roglic behind him. Pogacar is about 10 seconds behind his compatriot.
1km to go: Lopez leads from Roglic with Pogacar in third. All three riders can see one another on the straight and slender highway.
2km to go: Behind Lopez, Primoz Roglic has gone away from his compatriot Pogacar, his primary rival for this 12 months’s Tour de France. Can he win the stage as effectively?
2km to go: Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez pulls away from Sepp Kuss and appears certain to win the stage.
2.5km to go: Sep Kuss pulls away from the yellow jersey group as Carapaz is caught after one other heroic effort. He’s after some bonus seconds, to forestall Tadej Pogacar from getting them.
3km to go: Sepp Kuss takes up the working within the yellow jersey group, with Roglic on his wheel. Pogacar is behind him.
3.6km to go: The yellow jersey group has been whittled right down to lower than 10 riders, being led by Tadej Pogacar, with Primoz Roglic and his team-mate Sepp Kuss on his wheel. Richie Porte cracks and is dropped.
4km to go: Carapaz holds the hole at 44 seconds with a gradient of over 20% nonetheless to deal with. Damiano Caruso has dropped off the yellow jersey group having arrange Mikel Landa for an assault. None is forthcoming – the Spaniard’s goose appears to be like cooked.
4.5km to go: Carapaz hits the toughest a part of the climb, with some fool on the aspect of the very slender highway getting a bit of too shut and waving a flag in his face. On Eurosport, commentator Carlton Kirby is satisfied the Ecuadorian can win the stage. On co-comms, Sean Kelly appears sure he received’t.
5km to go: Carapaz powers on with a 40-second lead. He appears to be benefitting from indecision within the group behind him.
6km to go: Interesting. In entrance, Richard Carapaz has prolonged his result in 32 seconds. After his close to miss yesterday, a stage win at the moment can be not more than he deserves. It can be an astonishing efficiency if he can pull it out of the bag. He’s at the moment on a gradient of over 10%.
6km to go: his work performed, Pello Bilbao drops from the entrance of the yellow jersey group and Damiano Caruso takes over the pace-making duties. Richie Porte and Miguel Angel Lopez are transferring by the sector, keen to maintain tabs on Mikel Landa. The hole stays at 19 seconds.
7km to go: Carapaz ploughs on, the hole at 15 seconds. He received’t even win his second successive combativity award, as that’s gone to Julian Alaphilippe. Jumbo Visma’s Wout van Aert is struggling in the back of the yellow jersey group.
8km to go: Gorka Izagirre has lit the final of his matches, leaving Richard Carapaz on his personal in entrance. His lead is barely 19 seconds, which received’t be sufficient. Pello Bilbao is placing in a mighty shift on the entrance of the yellow jersey group for Bahrain-McLaren.
9km to go: Richie Porte’s Trek-Segafredo team-mate Kenny Elissonde is dropped.
10km to go: Carapaz and Izagirre go the 10km To Go banner, simply 30 seconds away from the chasing pack which loses a person as Jumbo-Vizma’s George Bennett is dropped.
10.5km to go: Alaphilippe is now on the again of the yellow jersey group as they tackle a hairpin. At the ront, now we have three Bahrain-McLaren riders adopted by 5 from Jumbo-Vizma. The hole is 40 seconds.
11km to go: Chapeau to Alaphilippe, who was very entertaining at the moment … notably on the day’s massive downhill.
12.km to go: And then there have been two. Julian Alaphilippe drops out of the lead trio, Carapaz is in entrance with Izagirre on his wheel. The hole is 47 seconds.
12.5km to go: Mikel Landa takes a bidon from a soigneur on the aspect of the highway. There’s quite a lot of strain on him after all of the laborious work his team-mates have performed at the moment. Can he ship? Judging by a few of the faces he’s making you’d need to say the reply is a tentative “no”.
14km to go: Warren Barguil is dropped from the yellow jersey group.
14km to go: The hole is closing slowly however absolutely and is now 1min 40sec. Bahrain McLaren nonetheless have 4 riders on the entrance of the yellow jersey group.
16km to go: Spare a thought for B&B Hotels-Vital Concept rider Bryan Coquard, who alongside together with his team-mate Jens Debusschere, is sort of 21 minutes off the tempo.
16km to go: The main trio proceed to carry their two-minute lead, whereas again within the 27-strong yellow jersey group, Adam Yates, Rigoberto Uran, Mikel Landa, Tadej Pogacar, Richie Porte and Primoz Roglic are among the many big-hitters who will fancy their possibilities of a stage win.
17km to go: Carapaz continues to steer the three amigos up the climb. On Eurosport, Sean Kelly explains how bodily and psychologically daunting the ultimate two kilometres of this stage are, what with them being ridiculously steep and nearly gun-barrel straight. “They’ll be going at a strolling tempo,” he says.
19km to go: Julian Alaphilippe and Gorka Izagirre trade phrases as Richard Carapaz takes over on the entrance of the main trio. There are 5 Bahrain-McLaren riders on the entrance of the yellow jersey group, with six from Jumbo-Visma fortunately tucked in behind them taking a tow.
20km to go: Carapaz, Alaphilippe and Izagirre hit a stretch of 10% gradient. The hole is 2min 12sec.
20km to go: They’re on the ultimate ascent, with Bahrain-McLaren persevering with to tow the yellow jersey alongside. The hole is 2min 02sec.
24km to go: The three amigos in entrance have lower than two kilometres to go earlier than they start the lengthy, steep ascent to the end.
An e mail: “The solely factor extra terrifying to me as a layman is watching the riders go one-handed throughout a high-speed descent so as to trade tools/bottles with a automotive driving alongside them,” writes Daniel Barnett. “I hope they’re all on medicine; they need to be.”
27km to go: The hole is simply 2min 22sec because the lead trio head in the direction of the start of the ultimate ascent. They haven’t a snowball’s likelihood in hell of staying in entrance after the sterling work of Bahrain-McLaren, who’re towing the yellow jersey group alongside within the hope of organising a stage win for Mikel Landa.