After all that, Chris Froome extends his lead in the overall standings to 18 seconds over Fabio Aru, with Romain Bardet up to third place at 51 seconds. Stage winner Rigoberto Uran is now fourth at 55 seconds, with Jakob Fuglsang fifth at 1:37. Nairo Quintana is now 2:13 down in ninth place.
Nantua - Chambéry
Tour de France - 9 July 2017
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And here's the photo finish - that's how close it was for Uran and Barguil...
Here's that sprint finish...
Alberto Contador came home more than four minutes down: the Spaniard's chances of yellow are well and truly over.
Confirmation of the top ten, with Froome taking the final bonus seconds for third place - and the chasing Martin-Quintana-Yates group coming home 1:15 down to limit their losses.
Barguil, who thought he'd won it, will have to settle for second place and the polka dot jersey...
Yes, it's Uran - and not Barguil - who has been announced as the winner.
CORRECTION: It's Rigoberto Uran! Astonishing scenes on the Tour... Barguil was told he had won... but the photo finish shows the Colombian has won...
Amazing scenes on the Tour de France after Warren Barguil learns that he has won the stage - the Frenchman is in tears.
PHOTO FINISH! Uran and Barguil outfox the rest - and one of them has won this stage...
The pace slows ahead of the final bend... cat and mouse now ahead of the sprint.
Under the flamme rouge and it's Froome leading it out ahead of Uran, Fuglsang, Bardet, Aru and Barguil.
Fuglsang and Uran are doing the lion's share of the work here, with Bardet and Barguil rooted on the back.
Bardet has been caught - so we'll have a six-way sprint for the win, and the all-important time bonuses.
They have Bardet in their sights - just 10 seconds now. Further back, Martin drives the pace in the chasing group - they're about 1:10 down.
They're all taking it in turns pulling - with the exception of Barguil, who is being dragged along after his titanic effort earlier.
Bardet's lead down to 15 seconds...
We're hearing that Martin is riding with Yates after being knocked down by that crash involving Porte. They're 1:30 down, with Quintana somewhere further ahead. No, they've caught Quintana, apparently. The Contador group is three mins back.
It's far from in the bag for Bardet: the gap drops to below 20 seconds and the momentum is with the chasers.
So, we have Uran, Aru, Froome, Fuglsang and Barguil in a train in pursuit of lone leader Bardet, who has 27 seconds to play with. Tense, nail-biting finish.
Barguil has been caught by the others. Uran is there, but the Colombian is stuck in a huge gear and had to really struggle up that uphill rise, dancing out of the saddle. Now they're on the flat, it should be ok.
On a slight uphill rise, Bardet has dropped Barguil. He rides with his neckless in his mouth - and he knows that the finish today at Chambery is right by the Ag2R-La Mondiale headquarters. What a win this will be for the Frenchman.
Terrible luck for Uran - he's got a problem with his rear derailleur and needs mechanical assistance from the Mavic neutral car.
Barguil has been caught by Bardet - so we have two Frenchman out ahead today. They have 24 seconds.
Despite what I said earlier, Romain Bardet has used his knowledge of these roads to pull out an advantage over the other favourites. He has about 10 seconds over the Froome group, with the yellow jersey imploring both Aru and Uran to help out in the chase. They also have Fuglsang with him.
Richie Porte is being put in an ambulance. Heal up fast, mate.
The upshot is that the yellow jersey group - after a huge scare - slowed considerably, which means Warren Barguil has a good chance of winning today. he's still 25 seconds clear.
Dan Martin, who wouldn't have known what hit him, managed to get back on his bike, but it remains to be seen if he can complete the stage - or even continue the Tour.
Porte is being attended by medics. He's talking, but clearly in pain. He's been put in a neck brace. That is his Tour over.
That was a horrific accident. Replays are just terrible to watch. Porte went off the road into the rough in the inside of the bend - he was thrown off his bike and into Martin, and then both riders went into a wall on the side of the road...
CRASH: Richie Porte rides off the road, hits the deck at speed, and smashes into Dan Martin.
It's scary just watching these riders do this descent. The road has been relaid - and it's largely dry after the earlier rainfall. But it's very narrow and twisting - and I'd be surprised if there aren't any crashes on this decisive point of the race.
The yellow jersey group comes over about 13 seconds down. Quintana is 50 seconds down, but Contador is 2:40 down.
Barguil crests the summit with a smile - he knows that he's taken a huge step to winning the polka dot jersey today. That's 20pts so he'll be up to 60pts now.
Froome, Porte, Bardet, Aru, Fuglsang, Uran and Martin are in this chasing group of favourites. Quintana and Contador have been distanced - the Spaniard much further back than the Colombian. Contador has Mollema pacing him.
Warren Barguil is closing in on the summit and the 20pts he will pocket - but his gap is just 35 seconds back to the Froome group now.
Bardet has been struggling to hold on, and he's on the back of this group of favourites now. Aru is back, however, and Martin not far behind. Quintana can see them, but he's losing time, while Contador is much further back.
Froome rides on the front of this group of favourites with Porte, Bardet and Uran in his wheel. They catch Fuglsang, and have both Aru and Martin chasing back.
There's a flurry of attacks - from Porte, again, and then Froome - and that brings about a real shake out. Quintana has been dropped, and Aru and Martin.
The upshot of that attack is that Froome no longer has any team-mates with him after both Landa and Nieve dropped back. Yates couldn't keep up with the attack, so he's been dropped too, as well as Contador and Meintjes.
ATTACK: Porte has a dig and takes Froome, Quintana, Bardet, Martin, Aru and Uran with him. Contador has cracked - that could have been the reason why Porte made his attack in the first place.
Warren Barguil is riding his way into the polka dot jersey - but is he going to win a maiden stage of the Tour? There's still a long descent before the finish - and Barguil is not the best descender...
Having passed Mollema and Bakelants, Benoot is 1:05 down on Barguil but has Fuglsang closing in on him.
Henao has blown so it's just Nieve and Landa now for Froome, who looks in control after that earlier wobble. Martin, Aru, Quintana, Porte, Yates, Meintjes, Contador, Bardety, Uran, Latour...
Lone leader Barguil has two minutes over the main pack. Behind, Gallopin has had a second wind and caught Mollema and Bakelants. Hang on, it's not Gallopin - he really did hit the wall; it's his Lotto Soudal team-mate Tiesj Benoot, who was also in that earlier break which has blown apart.
Froome is back again - and he still has Nieve, Henao and Landa. He gave Aru a frosty look as he returned - but not before Jakob Fuglsang, the winner of the Dauphine, rides clear of this main pack. Well, if Aru has too take his foot off the gas, then Astana want to get something from this little flashpoint, don't they?
Ooo, talking point! Did Aru break the unwritten rules of cycling, there? For Porte and Martin managed to reel him and have a word with the Sicialian, forcing a go-slow on the front of the pack. They're going to wait for Froome, after all.
With Aru dancing clear with Quintana, Froome is struggling with an issue with his bike, frantically trying to wave for assistance. He eventually gets a new bike from his mechanic - but he'll have a lot of ground to make up...
ATTACK BY ARU! The Italian powers clear of the main favourites... JUST AS FROOME PUTS HIS HANDS UP FOR A MECHANICAL!
Gallopin has hit the wall. The Lotto Soudal rider is passed by Mollema and Bakelants.
Barguil has dropped Mollema and is drawing level with Bakelants. Just one more rider ahead of him now: Gallopin. And that's true no longer: there's a French changing of the guard.
Barguil, his jersey undone and flapping in the wind, catches Mollema. Roglic is further back with Navarro trying to latch on to the Slovenian. The break has, in short, blown apart. Back with the pack, and Team Sky still control things. Dan Martin is right in Froome's wheels, and it looks like the Irishman has a Quick-Step colleague there - probably Gianluca Brambilla.
Tony Gallopin has dropped Jan Bakelants on the front of the race. The Frenchman hurt his ankle in a crash in the opening time trial in Dusseldorf, but he's been back to his best today.
Bauke Mollema attacks from the chase group. The Dutchmen rides clear of Vuillermoz, Barguil, Navarro, Benoot and Roglic.
CORRECTION: I actually jumped the gun a little: the Mont du Chat proper has only just started. Given the uphill terrain, it seemed like it had already started ages ago - but Bakelants and Gallopin have only just passed the official 8.7km start.
It's worth mentioning that the Dauphine used the Mont du Chat in a stage last month and it was that man Fabio Aru - the Stage 5 winner who is now up to second place on the virtual standings - who climbed it fastest from the big GC riders present here at the Tour.
Froome down to Nieve, Landa and Henao now after Kwiatkowski peels off and hits the wall. It's the same for the break, who are losing numbers fast. After Betancur, Pantano pedals squares. Just seven in pursuit of the two leaders now.
Right, time for fireworks: we're heading near to the Cat.HC Mont du Chat (8.7km at 10.3%) which is being used for the first time since the 1974 Tour, when Raymond Poulidor put Eddy Merckx under serious pressure. There are segments of 14% and 15% in the middle which could prove decisive in the battle for the stage and the yellow jersey.
The advantage of Bakelants and Gallopin is down to 50 seconds ahead of the climb. Matthews dropped back after the intermediate sprint and has been caught - and passed - by the peloton. Meanwhile, Betancur looks to have lost contact with the break - perhaps he's feeling the pinch, or saving himself to work for an isolated Quintana behind.
It's almost Mont du Chat time, with the gap down to 3:15 for the leaders over the main pack. Even though the road is already going up, the climb proper doesn't start for a few kilometres.
A reminder that Geraint Thomas crashed out earlier today on the descent of the Col de la Biche. The Welshman withdrew with an expected broken collarbone. It wasn't caught on camera, but here's a video of the aftermath...
The gap is up to 1:05 for the two leaders now as they continue this fast descent before the final climb. The peloton is 3:20 back, so neither Vuillermoz nor Betancur are in the virtual yellow jersey anymore.
No contest at the top of the climb as Bakelants leads Gallopin over the summit to pick up the solitary point. No change in the KOM standings: Barguil is still the man in the hot seat there, but all could change on the next HC climb.
Jan Bakelants and Tony Gallopin continued to push following the intermediate sprint and the leading duo have ridden onto the Cat.4 Cote de Jongieux with a gap of 40 seconds on the other escapees.
Michael Matthews takes maximum points in the intermediate sprint on a day that none of the other sprinters will take any points - and one of them, Demare, may even find himself disqualified for finishing outside the cut. Matthews is now on 160 points in the green jersey standings, with Marcel Kittel leading on 212, the question mark that is Arnaud Demare on 182 points, and Andre Greipel back on 130.
Geshcke is leading Matthews out for the sprint, with Gallopin and one of the Ag2R riders behind.
Sunweb and Lotto Soudel are battling it out for the intermediate sprint points: Gallopin and Benoot don't want to let Matthews get maximum points because the Australian is a threat to Andre Greipel in the green jersey competition. He and Geschke put in a dig to react to their rivals - and the four ride clear for a bit, before being pedded back.
We're heading that Arnaud Demare, who has been suffering from illness, is more than 40 minutes down and is no longer with his FDJ team-mates, who have ridden clear lest they, too, finish outside the time cut. This could be the last day on the race for the Stage 4 winner, Demare.
The gap is down to 3:35 as Team Sky continue this TTT along the valley. This peloton is about 40-strong, with Cannondale-Drapac represented by Rolland, who was in the break, and Rigoberto Uran. Intermediate sprint coming up.
Lots of riders are taking on bottles and musettes from the team cars while they have the chance. Nairo Quintana has changed his bike. He's isolated, with Betancur up the road but no Movistar rider with him for now following that crash involving Herrada. Aru, the Italian national champion, is also isolated - I can't see any other Astana riders here. Yates, as well, with no Orica-Scott riders to be seen. Froome and Bardet and, to a lesser extent, Porte, have team-mates. Actually, Aru has two. Dan Martin is there for Quick-Step Floors, but he's on his own as well.
With Rafal Majka crashing in the same incident as Thomas, Bora-Hansgrohe will be relying on young German Emanuel Buchmann for a decent finish. He was in the break yesterday and is in the Froome peloton today. Buchmann is currently fourth in the white jersey youth standings, 46 seconds behind SImon Yates, who has 24 seconds on Pierre Latour and 41 on Louis Meintjes.
Richie Porte has three BMC team-mates: De Marchi and Moinard from the initial break, and Caruso. The final climb and descent will be a real test for him and his yellow jersey credentials. Before that, we have the small matter of the intermediate sprint and the smallest of today's climb, a Cat.4 leg-stretcher ahead of the Mont du Chat.
This flat drag in the valley offers the riders - and us commentators - some much-needed respite from what has been a frenetic stage. The gap for the leaders is down to 4:50 after that slowing as they came together, with Team Sky setting the tempo in the pack. Froome has Landa, Kwiakowski, Nieve and Henao with him - but if you're only just joining us, Geraint Thomas has crashed out of the race with an expected broken collar bone after a spill on the descent of the Col de la Biche.
Mollema and Roglic weren't too happy with Barguil as the pace in the break dropped dramatically - but they must appreciate the situation. And, right on cue, the chasing group has made contact, so we have 12 leaders now: Betancur (who is once again the virtual yellow jersey), Vuillermoz, Bakelants, Barguil, Navarro, Pantano, Benoot, Gallopin, Mollema, Roglic, Matthews and Geschke.
With Michael Matthews in that chasing group behind, Warren BArguil has taken his foot off the gas. The rest of the leading break ask him what's up - and he effectively says that he's under team orders: you see, if these groups come back together, Matthews is near-guaranteed 20pts in the up-coming intermediate sprint. That could be a real coup for the Australian - the kind of tactic Peter Sagan would have tried. And Sagan won green for five years in succession before being disqualified last week...
Yes, Betancur has joined that chasing group - which is now six-strong and trails the leading quintet by 45 seconds.
Alberto Contador has two men ahead in Mollema and Pantano, but he's been down twice today, and may look to limit his losses and stay in touch rather than make any advantages today - especially with that technical and dangerous descent off the final climb to the finish.
It's worth not forgetting Nario Quintana: the Colombian has won both the Giro and Vuelta in the past, and he's ghosted his way though the Tour so far. He's 54 seconds down on GC, but he has Betancur further up the road in one of those chasing groups, and on his day he's a very solid climber.
This situation means that Sky have to ride because Vuillermoz once again has become a threat to the yellow jersey of Froome. The Frenchman was 3:33 down this morning, and Ag2R-La Mondiale have him and Bakelants up ahead, and the likes of Domont, Gastauer, Latour and perhaps Frank all working hard in support of Bardet in the pack.
Five riders on the front now after the leaders regroup on the descent: Benoot, Barguil, Mollema, Vuillermoz and Roglic. They have five in pursuit about 1:10 back: Bakelants, Dani Navarro, Pantano, Gallopin and Matthews.
The peloton comes over the summit of the Grand Colombier 5:50 down on the break, with the likes of Froome, Bardet, Aru and Porte all on the front ahead of this descent. It's no longer raining - in fact, the sun is out - but there will be patches of wet on the road, so they will have to be careful.
Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) takes the 20pts over the summit ahead of Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) so he will move into the virtual polka dot jersey. Vuillermoz rallies to take third place, while Roglic fades for fourth. So Roglic is on 30pts now with Barguil up to 40pts.
Roglic and Mollema have caught Vuillermoz, so they're closing on the two leaders. Just 40 seconds now.
Meanwhile, Roglic and Mollema ride in pursuit of the two leaders, Barguil and Benoot. They have caught and passed Pantano, and have just Vuillermoz ahead before they reach the leaders. Roglic knows that he can wear the polka dot jersey is things go right for him - although Barguil is the favourite for that, given his position on the road.
Vuillermoz has been dropped by Barguil and Benoot on the front of the race - the Frenchman is prehaps dropping back to act as a relay for team-mate Romain Bardet later on.
Contador apparently went down earlier, too, perhaps in that Majka-Thomas incident. So, the Spaniard is not having the best day. He has some scratches on his elbow. There are riders all over the place on this climb - the gradient is really taking it's toll, and the narrow roads means it's hard for them to weave their way up.
CRASH: Alberto Contador hits the deck on the climb after a touch of wheels, it seems. The Spaniard was perhaps rammed by someone behind - speculation that it was Quintana... The Spaniard is back on his bike. We should add that Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) crashed badly in the same incident that took down Thomas, and while he's back on his bike, he's really struggling.
Pantano in trouble: the Colombian has been distanced by Vuillermoz, Barguil and Benoot. Vuillermoz is the virtual leader now - this morning he was 3:33 down on Froome on GC.
We have four leaders now: Frenchmen Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) have ridden clear with Colombia's Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo) and Belgian Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal). They have 2:30 on a group of around 17 riders from that initial early break.
Geraint Thomas has been forced to withdraw from the race following that crash on the treacherous descent of the Col de la Biche. The Welshman has a broken collarbone.
CORRECTION: Despite the news filtering through race radio, Jesus Herrada has not withdrawn from the race following that crash - according to the Movistar twitter feed.
Froome was distanced by Bardet and Aru on that descent following the Thomas incident, but they have come back together now near the foot of the climb. Froome now has four Sky riders with him - the same as Bardet, who has four Ag2R-La Mondiale riders, including Cyril Gautier, who is setting the tempo now. The break - which has fragmenented, with seven or eight riders out ahead - is 6:15 ahead.
The break is onto the Cat.HC Grand Colombier (8.5km at 9.9%). It is the steepest climb in Tour history, peaking at 22% near the middle.
This is chaos! An Ag2R-La Mondiale rider leading the descent in the pack overcooks a bend and has to skid to come to a standstill to avoid a crash. The local boys are really pushing it on this descent. Froome is ok, but he's down to one team-mate following that Thomas crash. He's on Porte's wheel on this descent.
CRASH: Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) is one of numerous riders to hit the deck on this narrow, wet descent. The Welshman is on the road with his jersey all torn and his number almost ripped off from his jersey.
CORRECTION: So, we're hearing that Barguil was third over the top of that last climb, ahead of Pinot, so it's Barguil who has 20pts in the KOM standings, and Pinot with 17.
Spain's Jesus Herrada has withdrawn from the race - so Quintana has now lost two of his key mountain lieutenants in Alejandro Valverde and Herrada. No luck for Movistar in this year's Tour.
Meanwhile, it's the Ag2R-La Mondiale trio of Bakelents, Domont and Vuillermoz who lead the break on this descent; echoing this back in the peloton, Romain Bardet and Pierre Latour pile the pressure on Sky. Great riding from the French team, who are based in Chambery, where the finish is today.
CRASH: Astana duo Alexey Lutsenko and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev have left the road on this wet descent, as has Movistar's Jesus Herrada.
The peloton comes over the top 6:50 down and so Betancur's virtual hold on the yellow jersey gets even better. There's a sharp rise just a kilometre into this descent before the road drops down properly to the foot of the Grand Colombier. The peloton will have to tackle that soon, ahead of a potentially dangerous wet game of downhill roulette.
LottoNL-Jumbo's Roglic crests the summit of the Col de la Biche to take 20pts and move into the lead of the polka dot KOM standings in one fell swoop. Vuillermoz takes second place and 15pts ahead of Pinot, who settles for 12pts. That puts the FDJ rider onto 20pts - so he's level with Roglic, but behind him by virtue of the Slovenian having won that HC climb.
Roglic, the Slovenian former ski jumper, has dropped everyone else and soloes clear towards the summit. Her's crashed a fair bit in this Tour - including during the opening ITT for which he was one of the favourites.
There's a response by Primoz Roglic and Thibaut Pinot, who bound clear in pursuit of Rolland, who is caught and passed.
One kilometre until the summit and Ten Dam is still setting the pace - just as Pierre Rolland spices things up with an attack!
Nicolas Edet of Cofidis has been dropped by the break. The Frenchman looks to be really suffering out there. The gap is up to 5:15 so Betancur is very much in yellow for now - although this race will explode once the GC riders go faster than the pace being set by non-climber Luke Rowe, which is what we're seeing for now in the pack.
Problem for Jakob Fuglsang of Astana, who has a front flat. The Dane changes a wheel with team-mate Grivko and is overtaken by German sprinters Greipel and Kittel just as he gets on his way again. That shows that the pace in the pack is not too fast - because the back of the peloton isn't too far away for Fuglsang, and those sprinters are not as far back as you'd expect.
The rain is now coming down like cats and dogs, as Pantano has a problem and drops back to see his mechanic, hanging out the side of the Trek car.
Stybar, who rallied back, has now been dropped by the break. Ten Dam still sets the tempo with the Ag2R-La Mondiale and Cannondale boys just behind. The summit is in 4km and the gap is up to 4:50.
One former yellow/polka dot jersey / disgraced former cyclist / would-be Mexican holiday maker is not so happy with the lack of action on this climb, with regards to the big GC favourites...
The gap stretches out to 4:20 for the break, but numerous riders are already being shelled out the back - including Lotto Soudal's Belgian duo Tim Wellens and Thomas De Gendt.
We should add that "Biche" means female deer in French, while the "Colombe" that inspires "Colombier" is a dove, and "Chat" is a cat. Not that these three HC climbs will feel cute, cuddly of feathery for any of the riders out there today... especially not that man Demare.
If it's been hard for Demare already, then it's going to get even worse with these back-to-back HC climbs. Remember - the Frenchman is already 10+ minutes behind.
Ten Dam sets the tempo on the climb with Ag2R-La Mondiale trio Bakelants, Domont and Vuillermoz right behind. The gap is 3:25 as Team Sky lead the pack onto the start of the climb back in the pack.
The leaders are onto the Cat.HC Col de la Biche (10.5km at 9%). It's being used for the first time in the history of the race, and starts with a brutal kicker of 15%.
This is what we have coming up: the Col de la Biche and Grand Colombier double...
The Voeckler group has made contact once again, so we have 39 riders out ahead now, with a gap of 3:30 over the pack. Arnaud Demare is already 10:40 down on the leaders, the French national champion having another shocking day in the saddle.
You can always rely on the local farmers to sculpt the odd masterpiece out of hay on the Tour...
It's an interesting break, with Romain Bardet having three useful team-mates up the road in Bakelants, Vuillermoz and Domont, who is one of those four chasers. Nairo Quintana has Herrada and Betancur, Alberto Contador has Mollema and Pantano, and Richie Porte has De Marchi and Moinard. So all the GC big guns have riders in play, except Team Sky, who prefer to keep their powder dry and place their riders around Chris Froome in the peloton. A different tactic from yesterday, when Sky has Landa, Henao and Knees in the large 50-man break...
The peloton crests the summit of that climb 3:30 down on the break, which means that man Betancur is in the virtual yellow jersey. Meanwhile, four riders - including Voeckler - try to fight back into the break after being distanced earlier.
Composition of this 35-man break: Jan Bakelants and Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jesus Herrada and Carlos Betancur (Movistar), Bauke Mollema and Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Alessandro De Marchi and Amaël Moinard (BMC), Bakhtiar Kozhatayev and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Kristjian Durasek (UAE), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott), Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors), Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Robert Kiserlovski and Tiago Machado (Katusha-Alpecin), Tiejs Benoot, Thomas De Gendt, Tony Gallopin and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews, Nikias Arndt, Warren Barguil, Simon Geschke and Laurens ten Dam (Sunweb), Nicolas Edet and Dani Navarro (Cofidis), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Pierre Rolland and Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac), Tsgabu Grmay and Javier Moreno (Bahrain-Merida), Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Oscaro).
Pinot edged up for the sprint near the summit, but it was De Gendt who took the 2pts over the top, with Alexey Lutsenko of Astana just behind for the remaining point. Pinot, who clearly has bigger fish to fry, is happy to let them nuke it out for scraps.
Right, it's the third climb of the day, the Cat.3 Cote de Francleans, which is a mere blip in comparison to what else is on the menu. De Gendt still drives the pace in this 35-man break.
Rear puncture for Sergio Henao, who takes a stricken age to get a new wheel. The Team Sky rider will have a long fight to get back onto the peloton. He's passed by a Fortuneo-Oscaro rider covered in bandages - it could well have been Sepulveda after his earlier crash.
The best placed rider in this break is the Colombian Carlos Betancur, one of Nairo Quintana's key Movistar team-mates. Betancur started today's stage 3:17 down on Froome, so he's not the virtual yellow jersey yet.
Thomas De Gendt drives the pace of the break, which is down to around 33 riders after numerous riders - including Thomas Voeckler, Brice Feillu and Zdenek Stybar - were dropped, along with those riders who crashed.
The gap is up to 2:20 as the break hits a small plateau ahead of the final part of this descent. Team Sky are still on the front of the pack for Chris Froome with Luke Rowe, who was in the gruppetto yesterday, setting the tempo.
The break has all strung out on the descent - and we've had a crash: Eduardo Sepulveda of Fortuneo-Oscaro has crashed out on a wet bend. The Argentine is trying to chase back on. Vegard Stake Laengen also hit the deck, the Norwegian from UAE Team Emirates. They used to be house mates a few years ago while riding for Bretagne-Seche, incidentally...
Confirmation that Robert Gesink withdrew owing to a back problem.
The riders are currently on one of the four long descents on the menu today, at the foot of which they will find the next climb. With the roads quite wet from earlier rainfall, they will have to be careful around the corners. Even in the dry yesterday, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas came a cropper...
Team Sunweb clearly mean business: they have five riders in this large leading group. Perhaps they're hoping to keep Matthews ahead in time for the intermediate sprint? Although that's unlikely, for it comes after the first two HC climbs. It could simply be all-in for the stage and, perhaps, the polka dot jersey for Barguil. The gap is currently 1:45.
Right, here are our leaders: Jan Bakelants, Axel Domont and Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jesus Herrada and Carlos Betancur (Movistar), Bauke Mollema and Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Alessandro De Marchi and Amaël Moinard (BMC), Bakhtiar Kozhatayev and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Kristjian Durasek and Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott), Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors), Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Robert Kiserlovski and Tiago Machado (Katusha-Alpecin), Thomas De Gendt, Tony Gallopin and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews, Nikias Arndt, Warren Barguil, Simon Geschke and Laurens ten Dam (Sunweb), Nicolas Edet and Dani Navarro (Cofidis), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie), Pierre Rolland and Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac), Javier Moreno (Bahrain-Merida), Brice Feillu, Pierre-Luc Périchon and Eduardo Sepulveda (Fortuneo-Oscaro).
Pinot is on a polka dot mission: the Frenchman takes the 2pts over the top of the Col de Berentin to move on to 7pts in the KOM standings - that's one point behind Dan Martin and Warren Barguil, who took a single point for fourth place over the summit of the previous climb. Thomas De Gendt took the second point over the top, right behind Pinot and ahead of Geschke, who was clearly trying to protect team-mate Barguil's interests - albeit half-heartedly.
Even bigger news is that Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) has also withdrawn from the race. He didn't look too bad after that crash, but he must have done his collar bone or something.
Confirmation that Manuele Mori of UAE Team Emirates has withdrawn from the race - so we're down to 192 riders. The Italian was clearly in considerable pain after his fall after the summit of the first climb.
There are 40-odd riders in this break, which is being driven by Laurens ten Dam of Team Sunweb, who has team-mate Simon Geschke just behind. Thomas Voeckler, with his tongue largely out, is also here, as is Pinot and Wellens, another Sunweb rider in Warren Barguil, Pantano and Bauke Mollema of Trek, Eduardo Sepulveda of Fortuneo-Oscaro, Thomas De Gendt of Lotto Soudal. Full breakdown coming up. They're 1:30 ahead.
Team Sky have no one in this break and instead have amassed on the front of the peloton to set the tempo and marshal things there, as the gap increases to about a minute. A reminder that Chris Froome leads compatriot and team-mate Geraint Thomas by 12 seconds in the overall standings, with Fabio Aru third at 14 seconds, Dan Martin fourth at 25 seconds and Richie Porte fifth at 39 seconds. The likes of Simon Yates, Romain Bardet, Alberto Contador and Naito Quintana are all within 54 seconds of Froome, so it's nicely poised in the battle for yellow.
Straight onto the second climb of the day, the Cat.3 Col de Berentin (4.1km at 6.1%). There's a large break that has formed now, including some interesting names such as Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) and Carlos Betancur (Movistar).
CRASH: Three of four riders hit the deck near the back of the peloton - including yesterday's winner up, Robert Gesink, and a Direct Energie rider - Angelo Tulik. But it's Italian veteran Manuele Mori of UAE Team Emirates, who has come off worse - he's screaming in pain, and looks to have a serious shoulder problem.
Pinot has caught Wellens just ahead of the summit of this climb, to take the 5pts over the top. There are 70pts available today in the King of the Mountains competition and so it's a potential bonanza for whoever wants to take - and keep hold - of the polka dot jersey. Pinot is one of those men - and with that move he's almost halved the lead held by yesterday's winner, Lilian Calmejane of Direct Energie, who moved about Fabio Aru in the KOM standings with his win.
For all his effort, Wellens is failing to open up much of a gap. He looks over his shoulder just in time to see Thibault Pinot of FDJ dart clear of the pack in pursuit.
Alessandro De Marchi of BMC is riding in pursuit of Wellens. The Italian is one of Richie Porte's mountain domestiques so he will hope to act as a relay for the Australian later in the day, perhaps.
Difficulties already for Arnaud Demare, the French national champion. He's been suffering from illness and finished 37 minutes down yesterday. The Stage 4 winner is already off the back with two FDJ team-mates - Ignatas Konovalovas and Olivier Le Gac.
Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) attacked from the gun and the Belgian is currently leading the race with a number of riders - including Warren Barguil of Team Sunweb - in pursuit.
We're straight onto the first climb, the Cat.2 Cote de Neyrolles - which is only 3km long but it's very steep. In total today there is 4,700m of vertical gain today.
Christian Prudhomme waves his flag - and this stage is under way, with attacks coming in from the outset as the road heads uphill from the gun.
To make matters worse, thunder, lightening and rain is on the cards...
The remaining 193 riders are rolling through the neutral zone, the calm before the storm. This is what they have in store today: three of the 2017 Tour's six HC climbs, plus four others, and a fast - and potentially wet - descent down to the finish. There's more climbing than any other stage in this race, and it's a real brute.
Yesterday, French debutant Lilian Calmejane won an enthralling Stage 8 of the Tour de France, holding off the chasing Robert Gesink in a tense finale to a topsy-turvy day of racing in the Jura mountains, which also saw Chris Froome leave the road but retain the yellow jersey.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage 9 of the Tour de France - and it's the big one: the queen stage of this year's race (at least, for many) is this seven-climb 181.5km schlep through the Jura mountains from Nantua to Chambery.