Tour de France - *Bagnères-de-Luchon - Pau


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  1. - - Thor Hushovd leads the peloton over the line, 6:45 back, which means he reclaims the green jersey and that the top 10 on GC remains unchanged. General Classification

  2. 16:15 - VICTORY FOR FEDRIGO!! Another win for France as the Bbox rider bursts through on the inside and he outsprints compatriot Casar with Plaza third. No fairytale for Armstrong who is sixth behind Cunego and Horner. Barredo trailed home in ninth after seeing his brave effort thwarted. Stage Result

  3. 1km - Under the Flamme Rouge and Barredo has been caught!

  4. 2km - Horner and Moreau driving on - NINE SECONDS!

  5. 2.5km - 14 seconds - the gap is now coming down.

  6. 4km - Moreau now on the front but the gap is out to 24 seconds.

  7. 5km - Who is your money on? Barredo to stay away, Lance, a second win for Casar? What about Damiano Cunego, who has never won a Tour stage but who did win two mountain stages in last year’s Vuelta, while in 2004 he won four stages and the overall classification of the Giro. And Pierrick Fédrigo has déjà vu as he won a Pyrenees stage in last year’s Tour. Just like today the riders crossed the Aspin and the Tourmalet in that stage.

  8. 6km - Horner doing most of the work at the front but the gap is still 21 seconds.

  9. 7km - Dangerous ground now for the eight-man chase group whose chase is not entirely co-ordinated.

  10. 8km - The hard work of David Zabriskie has cut the deficit of the peloton to eight minutes.

  11. 10km - Carlos Barredo Llamazales hangs on - the 29-year-old from Oviedo holds a 20 second lead as he goes under the kite.

  12. 12km - Barredo from Moreau and Van De Walle at the second intermediate sprint in Gan - he continues to dangle out in front.

  13. 15km - Barredo is looking to become the third Spanish winner in a row in Pau but his gap has been cut to 17 seconds. In 2005 Oscar Pereiro won here and in 2006 Juan Miguel Mercado took the stage win in Pau.

  14. 20km - Barredo's lead is under 30 seconds. Is Lance's dream still on? If Armstrong wins this stage he will become the second oldest stage winner in Tour history at 38 years and 305 days. Pino Cerami is the oldest ever stage winner, the Belgian rider was 41 years and 95 days when he won the stage in Pau in 1963.

  15. 25km - Barredo's advantage remains constant. With the peloton trailing the Plaza group by 8:30, Garmin have come to the front to protect Ryder Hesjedal's top 10 place on GC. The Canadian was 6:56 ahead of the Caisse d'Epargne rider this morning.

  16. 30km - Barredo’s advantage is now 47 seconds. His best finish in a Tour stage was second in stage 18 in 2008. He was in an escape group but Markus Burghardt went on to win the stage in Saint-Etienne.

  17. 35km - Barredo still leading by 40 seconds at the intermediate sprint in Bielle. Moreau and Armstrong on the front of the chase group.

  18. 38km - Barredo has opened his advantage out to 40 seconds. He won the Clasica San Sebastian last August and later that month he slipped off the start ramp at the prologue of the Vuelta at the motor circuit in Assen.

  19. 40km - Carlos Barredo attacks at the foot of the descent and has opened up a 20 second lead.

  20. 45km - Casar has bridged the gap to the leaders so three home riders in the nine-man front group.

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  22. 55km - Sandy Casar was 1:35 behind at the summit. He is strong downhill and will look to bridge the gap to the eight leaders.

  23. 60km - As the leaders go down the steep descent, just time to remind you that during the Tour de France we are giving away a Specialized bike worth £3,500. British Eurosport offer: Win a Specialized bike (only open to residents of UK and Ireland)

  24. 61km - At the summit of the Col d'Aubisque, the 40 points in the KOM classification goes to Moreau ahead of Fedrigo. 143 to Charteau, 128 to Moreau in the race for the polka dot jersey with 70 points on offer on Thursday.

  25. 62km - The last two stages have been won by French riders. It is 16 years ago that France celebrated three successive stage wins. In 1994 Jacky Durand, Luc Leblanc and Richard Virenque won stage 10, 11 and 12 respectively.

  26. 63km - RadioShack and Caisse d'Epargne double handed in this escape with Armstrong and Horner and Moreau and Plaza respectively. Six teams and five countries represented - USA, Spain, Belgium, France and Italy.

  27. 64km - Armstrong won a stage in 2004 on this day, July 20. His favourite day was July 21, a date on which he won five stages, the most of any rider on a single date.

  28. 65km - As it stands with the gap at nine minutes, Plaza and Horner are jumping from 20th and 21st to ninth and 10th on GC.

  29. 66km - Beware! Race leader Wim van Est fell 70 metres deep into a ravine on the Col d'Aubisque in stage 13 from Dax to Tarbes in 1951.

  30. 67km - A re-grouping on the mini descent in the middle of this climb with Horner, Van De Walle and Moreau swelling the lead group to eight.

  31. 68km - Now the leaders have 7km of committed seven per cent climbing to the summit where the road clings to the rock face. Their lead is nearly nine minutes to a large peloton.

  32. 69km - The name Aubisque comes from a local dialect word for a kind of sedge that grows on its slopes.

  33. 70km - The summit of the Aubisque is the boundary between the wetter climate of the western Pyrenees, influenced by the Atlantic, and the drier east.

  34. 71km - The character of the climb changes drastically after the 3km descent off the Soulor and Barredo and Fedrigo have opened up a small gap.

  35. 72km - Plaza and Fedrigo bridge the gap and then Armstrong and Cunego. Still 11km to the summit.

  36. 73km - Barredo counter-attacks and the Spaniard has a gap.

  37. 75km - The first action on the climb with Armstrong, Barredo, Plaza, Fedrigo and Cunego going away.

  38. 76km - Moreau, Armstrong and Horner are three of the four oldest riders in this year’s peloton. They have helped the escape group stretch their lead to 7:20.

  39. 79km - The gradient increases to 10 per cent at Arrens.

  40. 82km - The climb is a regular and has been in 42 editions of the Tour since 1947; 27 from the east and 15 from the west. No action so far with the gap still 6:20.

  41. 85km - The riders go up via the Col du Soulor which apart from one early kick starts very steadily.

  42. 90km - The leaders have been allowed to stretch their lead out to six minutes on the flat roads on the run-in to the bottom of the Col d'Aubisque, a mammoth 29.2km hors category climb with an average gradient of 4.2% that goes up to a height of 1709m with an altitude gain of 306m.

  43. 95km - The final word on the Contador-Schleck row in today's Blazin' Saddles blog. Chain reaction

  44. 100km - 30km of downhill off the top of the Tourmalet and no changes with the 10 escapees still leading the main group, which swelled considerably on the last climb, by 3:30.

  45. 105km - And listen to LIVE commentary from David Harmon and Sean Kelly Audio Player

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  47. 115km - Such has been the drama so far we've not even had time to mention yesterday's stage when Alberto Contador snatched the Tour de France yellow jersey after benefiting from rival Andy Schleck's mechanical problem in the 15th stage. "There is a problem with the circumstances," the Spanish defending champion said in a statement earlier today. "The race was on and maybe I made a mistake. I'm sorry. I'm disappointed in the sense that for me fair play is very important, as I did in the stage of Spa." Video: Stage 15 Highlights

  48. 120km - BREAKING NEWS: Alessandro Petacchi, the leading sprinter on the Tour de France, will co-operate fully with a doping investigation after the race finishes this weekend, his lawyer said. Full Story

  49. 125km - As the riders go down the descent, we look back at this famous climb. Video: The magic of the Tourmalet

  50. 128km - At the summit of the Tourmalet it is Moreau who outsprints Fedrigo and Cunego to take the 20 points and the French veteran is set to go second in the KOM standings tonight. The 10 leaders are 3:22 ahead of the peloton with the current polka dot jersey wearer, Charteau, sandwiched between the two groups.

  51. 129km - 1990: Miguel Martinez-Torres (Spn), 1991: Claudio Chiappucci (Ita), 1993: Tony Rominger (Sui), 1994: Richard Virenque (Fra), 1995: Richard Virenque (Fra), 1997: Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spn), 1998 and 1999: Alberto Elli (Ita), 2001: Sven Montgomery (Sui), 2003: Sylvain Chavanel (Fra), 2006: David de la Fuente (Spn), 2008: Rémy di Gregorio (Fra), 2009: Franco Pellizotti (Ita).

  52. 130km - First at the Tourmalet: 1971: Lucien Van Impe (Bel), 1972: Roger Swerts (Bel), 1973: Bernard Thévenet (Fra), 1974: Gonzalo Aja (Spn), 1975: Lucien Van Impe (Bel), 1976: Francisco Galdos (Spn), 1977: Lucien Van Impe (Bel), 1978: Michel Pollentier (Bel), 198 : Raymond Martin (Fra), 1983: Patrocinio Jimenez (Col), 1985: Pello Ruiz-Cabestany (Spn), 1986: Dominique Arnaud (Fra), 1988: Laudelino Cubino (Spn), 1989: Robert Millar (Sco).

  53. 131km - Hushovd and Kuchynski are dragged back by the main bunch who trail the breakaway by 3:45. Plaza, 20th at 14:47, is the best placed on GC of the escapees.

  54. 132km - The lead group swells to 10 as they hit the hairpins through bare and rocky pastures to the top of the climb. Armstrong's team-mate Chris Horner, Carlos Barredo and Ruben Plaza as well as Konovalovas have come across.

  55. 133km - Aleksandr Kuchynski has joined Hushovd, they have a 38 second lead on the peloton with Ignatas Konovalovas and Anthony Chartaeu sandwiched between that pair and the leaders.

  56. 134km - Armstrong has won five previous stages in the Pyrenees. He won at Saint-Lary-Soulan (2001), La Mongie (2002), Plateau de Beille, (2002), Luz Ardiden (2003) and Plateau de Beille (2004).

  57. 135km - Thor Hushovd has jumped out of the peloton! He just needs to get over the Tourmalet then the Aubisque and catch the leaders to pick up the vital sprint points in his quest to reclaim the green jersey. OVERALL POINTS STANDINGS

  58. 136km - The final 12km of the Tourmalet average 8.2% - as steep as anything in the entire Tour de France and Casar, Moreau and Van De Walle have come across to form a six-man lead group.

  59. 137km - Cunego and Fedrigo catch Armstrong. They lead the peloton by 2:30 with 10km to the summit.

  60. 138km - Cunego and Fedrigo are chasing Armstrong, they are 18 seconds behind. None of the men up the road are a threat to the top 10 on GC and the pace has dropped considerably in the main bunch. The peloton trail the Texan legend by two minutes.

  61. 139km - Armstrong drops Casar!

  62. 140km - Christophe Moreau, Damiano Cunego, Pierrick Fedrigo and Jurgen Van De Walle are chasing the two leaders.

  63. 141km - The seven-time champion has caught Casar! They lead the stage.

  64. 142km - Immediately Pierrick Fedrigo and ARMSTRONG attack again.

  65. 143km - That is it. After 55km of havoc, the Armstrong-Wiggins-Sastre-Hesjedal-Kreuziger group has been caught by the Contador group.

  66. 145km - Gesink needs a front wheel change and loses vital time just before the bottom of the Col du Tourmalet, a 17.1km hors category climb with an average gradient of 7.3% that goes up to a height of 2115m with an altitude gain of 1286m.

  67. 147km - Casar is pressing on with his solo move and leads the other escapees by 20 seconds.

  68. 150km - Sanchez is superb on the descent and the two chase groups have merged.

  69. 155km - Casar is pushing hard on the descent.

  70. 157km - Charteau comes to the front to pick up another 15 points ahead of Casar and Kreuziger. The gap back to the Contador-Schleck group is still around 20 seconds.

  71. 158km - 1km to the summit and Damiano Cunego jumps out of the elite peloton.

  72. 159km - Joaquim Reodriguez, eighth on GC, and 12th placed Luis Leon Sanchez is with the Samuel Sanchez and Gesink group, the third on the road.

  73. 160km - Matthew Lloyd has also gone from the front group so it is 10 men with still that 20 second lead over an elite peloton of 14 men that features Contador, Schleck, Menchov, Van Den Broeck and Leipheimer.

  74. 161km - Verdugo has also dropped out of the lead group. A lovely sunny day in the Pyrenees today. Weather Forecast

  75. 162km - Sanchez-Gesink have lost 25 seconds and there is still 5km to the summit.

  76. 163km - The pace of Aerts has caused a split in the peloton - Samuel Sanchez and Robert Gesink, third and sixth on GC, have lost contact.

  77. 164km - Szmyd, who has done a lot of the pace setting, has returned to the main bunch along with Horner with Sastre now upping the tempo at the front.

  78. 165km - Juan Manuel Garate has peeled off the front and now Mario Aerts takes over the pace setting for Omega Pharma Lotto to protect Van Den Broeck's position. The leaders continue to dangle 20 seconds ahead of the peloton which has dropped the two big Aussies, Cadel Evans and Michael Rogers.

  79. 167km - Rabobank have two men in the top six on GC and are driving the front of the peloton in pursuit of the leaders which has four big threats to their ranking - Vinokourov (9th), Hesjedal (10th), Kreuziger (11th) and. Sastre (13th). 20 seconds is the gap.

  80. 169km - The Aspin is aesthetically one of the most pleasant climbs in the Pyrenees.

  81. 170km - The 14 leaders are at the bottom of the Col d'Aspin, a 12.3km category one climb with an average gradient of 6.3% that goes up to a height of 1490m with an altitude gain of 786m, with a lead of 42 seconds.

  82. 175km - Van Den Broeck has sat up. Armstrong, Horner (RadioShack), Kreuziger, Szmyd (Liquigas), Lloyd (Omega Pharma Lotto), Da Costa (Caisse d'Epargne), Hesjedal (Garmin Transitions), Wiggins (Sky), Charteau (BBox), Vinokourov (Astana), Casar (FDJ), Sastre (Cervelo), Verdugo (Euskaltel), Capecchi (Footon) lead by 50 seconds from the Raboank-led peloton as the Tour joins the D918 in Arreau.

  83. 180km - A long twisty descent and Van Den Broeck, 3:39 back on GC, has a lead of 20 seconds on Contador's group. His Astana team-mate Alexandre Vinokourov came over to the lead towards the end of the ascent of the Peyresourde to marshal the move of Kreuziger. Vino is ninth overall at 7:12.

  84. 185km - 13 points for Charteau takes his lead over Jerome Pineau to 36 points in the race for the polka dot jersey. 75 points on offer for the first man over the next three climbs. KOM Standings

  85. 189km - At the summit of the Peyresourde it is 15 points for Szmyd who goes over ahead of the polka dot jersey of Anthony Charteau who came over to the lead group to pick up precious points. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, fifth on GC, has jumped out of the peloton and crosses 28 seconds behind with the peloton a few seconds further back.

  86. 190km - The group: Armstrong (RadioShack), Kreuziger, Szmyd (Liquigas), Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Lloyd (Omega Pharma Lotto), Morabito (BMC), Barredo (Quick Step), Costa (Caisse d'Epargne), Martinez (Euskatel), Hesjedal (Garmin Transitions), Wiggins (Sky) and Capecchi (Fotoon Servetto).

  87. 191km - Spaniard Iban Mayoz (Footon), who broke three ribs in a fall yesterday, also did not start this morning.

  88. 192km - Sylvester Szmyd is on the front of the escape group, setting the pace for his Liquigas team-mate Kreuziger. The Czech is within eight minutes of the yellow jersey of defending champion Alberto Contador.

  89. 193km - The gap for the 17 man front group is 30 seconds with Astana already driving a strong pace on the front of the group and that is causing carnage. The presence of Roman Kreuziger, 11th on GC, in the escape is forcing the men in turquoise to be alert.

  90. 194km - Yesterday's hero Thomas Voeckler has already been dropped as has Ivan Basso! Bradley Wiggins joins the front group that is now up to 16.

  91. 195km - Lance Armstrong is one of the attackers on the first climb! Nicolas Roche and Roman Kreuziger are also in the escape group that is still growing.

  92. 196km - This is a climb of three sections, a steep winding ascent out of the Pique valley, a long straight drag along the plateau then a series of very steep hairpins.

  93. 197km - Just under 70km of climbing today but the route is tailor made for a long breakaway featuring some decent climbers who are no threat to the yellow jersey. A number of riders have already jumped out of the peloton.

  94. 198km - We are straight into the Peyresourde, an 11km category one climb with an average gradient of 7.4% that goes up to a height of 1569m with an altitude gain of 809m.

  95. 199km - Bram Tankink has not started today due to illness. he is the first rider from Rabobank to leave the Tour. There are now eight teams that still have all their riders in the peloton.

  96. 10:45 - Since the day in 1910 when Octave Lapize was the first at the top of the Tourmalet, the Pyrenees have become a tradition of the Tour. The Peyresourde (summit with 188.5km left), Aspin (157km to go), Tourmalet (127.5km remaining) and Aubisque (61km from the finish) are mountain passes which remain as tough as they were a century ago and the celebration will be a painful one for the 173 riders who have just set off. Start List

  97. 10:00 - Today's 16th stage is seen by many as the hardest of this year's Tour de France, a 199.5km trek to Pau that includes four massive mountain climbs. The stage is due to start at 10:40.