No change at the top

So, Primoz Roglic retains his 40-second lead over compatriot Tadej Pogacar after that late flurry. The big guns of the Tour came home around 17 minutes down on the today's stage winner, Lennard Kamna.

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'Phenomenal Pogacar has changed cycling' - Wiggins
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Pogacar attacks! Then Lopez!

The white jersey puts in a dig with 500m remaining. Roglic has it covered before Lopez puts in an attack and the Colombian opens up a small gap... He comes to the line and he may have taken a single second...

Just 15 riders

The yellow jersey group has been whittled down to around 15 riders and it looks like Jumbo have control again after that blitz from De la Cruz. The likes of Uran, Yates, Valverde, Landa, Caruso and Dumoulin are all here, Mas and Martin too.

UAE Team Emirates pressure

David de la Cruz comes to the front with teammate Tadej Pogcar on his wheel - and they're putting Primoz Roglic under a bit of pressure here. The yellow jersey is fending for himself with Richie Porte and Miguel Angel Lopez on his wheel. Nairo Quintana one of many to be distanced. And Wout van Aert comes to the front on his birthday to keep a lid on things. Remarkable.

Today's top 10

Here's today's stage result... It's worth adding that the stage is still being played out with the peloton only just approaching that final climb to the line - so stay tuned because there may be an attack, you never know.

Second place for Richard Carapaz

The Ecuadorian from Ineos Grenadiers takes second place at 1'28" while it's third for Sebastian Reichenbach at 1'56".

A late attack sees Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) take fourth at 2'35" ahead of Geschke and the rest of the chasers... the last of whom is Alaphilippe, who suddenly cracked on that penultimate climb.

Victory for Lennard Kamna

Exactly a month after his first pro win - on the Criterium du Dauphine - and four days after missing out in the Massif Central, Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins Stage 16 of the Tour with a fine solo effort.

Final kilometre

Under the banner goes our lone leader - and he could easily walk this one in. It was a job well done for Bora, who started the stage working for Peter Sagan and green jersey points but then managed to get both Kamna and Oss into the break.

3km to go - Final climb

Kamna is approaching the final 2.2km Cote 2000 climb to Villard-de-Lans (which has an average gradient of 6.5%). He's not going to lose this now.

6km to go - Carapaz one minute back

Perhaps the Ecuadorian will regret putting in all those attacks on the last climb because it has played into Kamna's hands. The Bora rider has a minute to play with now, with Reichenbach another 20 seconds back and the Barguil-Alaphilippe group at 2'15". He's approaching the final climb.

10km to go - Collapse for Alaphilippe?

The Frenchman has either had a complete crack or another mechanical because he's back with the Barguil chase group two minutes behind. Judging by the look on his face, he's had a complete bonk. Kamna still leads with a 800m gap on Carapaz with Reichenbach behind. They're on this long false flat ahead of the final climb and it looks like the young German is going to get his Tour de France win.

15km to go - Kamna on a mission

The German kept his attack going over the summit and has opened up a decent 30-second gap over Carapaz on the descent. The Ineos rider has almost been caught by Alaphilippe, with the Barguil group about 1'40" back. Kamna came so close to winning Stage 13 on the Puy Mary - perhaps today he'll do a Hirschi and bounce back from that near-miss.

20km to go - Kamna takes 10pts

Just as Pacher manages to fight back after being dropped, Richard Carapaz puts in a big surge to drop him definitely and to distance Alaphilippe. Reichenbach and Kamna stick with him but, after another acceleration, the Swiss rolls over. As the summit approaches, Lennard Kamna kicks clear to pass the Ecuadorian and take maximum points over the top.

Further back, that move by Cofidis duo Martin and Edet comes to nought. The gap back to the pack is still 13'35". Bernal, meanwhile, is a further five minutes back in the gruppetto... He's basically going to go all-in for tomorrow's stage on the Col de la Loze.

23km to go - Kuss scare

Back with the pack, Sepp Kuss proves once again he's so much more than a term of fancy mushroom abuse by narrowly avoiding a tumble when he inadvertently unclips and loses balance on the back of the Jumbo train. As he sinks back through the splitting peloton, it's a marvel that no one else ploughs into him.

25km to go - Pacher caught, Cofidis attack

Quentin Pacher, the previous lone leader, is caught by a quartet of Carapaz, Reichenbech, Alaphilippe and Kamna. They have 22 seconds on a chase group that includes Barguil, Geschke, Roche, Benoot and Sivakov.

Meanwhile, some 14 minutes behind, Cofidis duo Guillaume Martin and Nicolas Edet have skipped clear of the Jumbo-led peloton. An interesting move there - Martin dropped out of the top 10 last week but is clearly eyeing a return.

27km to go - Carapaz attacks

The next Ineos rider to accelerate is the Ecuadorian, who splits the group up even further. Sivakov is still there, as is Alaphilippe, Barguil, Geschke, Kamna and Reichenbach. Rolland has been dropped so perhaps he won't take the polka dot jersey after all...

Bernal off the back?

We're seeing Egan Bernal, the defending champion, riding in a small group off the back of the peloton alongside the green jersey of Sam Bennett. It's not quite clear what he's doing. He's picked up a musette and is now chatting to his directeur sportif with a smile. But he's a long way back so the Colombian is clearly happy to sit up today and drop further down the standings.

28km to go - Amador presses

Andrey Amador is putting on a big shift on the front and it has whittled down this break. The Costa Rican is clearly working for his teammates Sivakov and Carapaz. Sicard, Powless, Juul Jensen, Trentin, Anacona, Erviti and Pedersen are the riders who have been dropped. Pacher is still ahead with a gap of 40 seconds.

35km to go - Cat.1 climb with a long name

We're approaching the major test of the day, the Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte (11.1km at 6.5%). Immediately there's an attack from Quentin Pacher as B&B Hotels look to use their wildcard in a softening move for Pierre Rolland. Behind, Matteo Trentin toyed with the idea of joining him but thought the better of it. Sunweb now lead the chase with their match to burn, Casper Pedersen.

Wiggo riding professionally today

He may have cited Richard Carapaz as a Giro winner from Paraguay, but Bradley Wiggins just enjoyed a very informative half-hour or so in the Eurosport commentary box looking back over his career and at the current state of the sport.

45km to go - Peloton takes it easy

The gap is growing towards 13 minutes now with many smiley faces in the pack as the domestiques pick up musettes for their teammates. Trek-Segafredo are riding in formation behind the Jumbo-Visma train - their man Richie Porte is on course for his best Tour finish, which will make up for the withdrawal of Bauke Mollema last week.

55km to go - Who's going to win?

We have five former Tour stage winners in this leading group of 23 riders: Alaphilippe, Barguil, Geschke, Trentin and Rolland. All five of those guys are in with a shout today, although you'd think the two climbs will make it hard for the Italian Trentin.

Ineos, of course, have three climbers here with Amador, Carapaz and Sivakov, EF's Powless has looked very strong in the hills, Arkea's Anacona's got the right name for the job, Nieve from Mitchelton-Scott has done it many times before (and needs a Tour stage to complete his Grand Tour grand slam), while Sunweb have two cards in Benoot and Roche. Reichenbach and Erviti are tidy climbers as well, plus Kamna came close in the Massif Central and has unfinished buisness for Bora.

Wiggins on birthday boy van Aert

The 2012 Tour champion has praised the man machine that is Wout van Aert on the Jumbo-Visma rider's 26th birthday...

67km to go - Rolland draws level

Those five points puts the Frenchman level with compatriot Benoit Cosnefroy on 36pts in the KOM standings. He sits up and waits for his fellow escapees so we're back to 23 riders out ahead. Their gap is 11'40" as they pass through the feed zone on a plateau atop the last climb. Things are calm now but expect a bit of activity on the penultimate climb - from both the break and the peloton.

72km to go - Man on a mission

Pierre Rolland doesn't leave it late and kicks clear with still 2km to go till the summit. The points over the top here will put him in the polka dot jersey today. So expect to see a bit of this tomorrow...

75km to go - Cote de Revel

We're onto the third climb of the day, the Cat.2 Cote de Revel (6km at 8%). That man Oss is back on the front for the 18 leaders and the chasers will soon make contact. Alaphilippe did change his bike and fought back on before the climb. That said, the Frenchman has just changed his bike again! And he's now with those five riders a few metres back. The Frenchman does not look happy - and, to be fair, he's cut a rather disgruntled figure throughout this Tour, with the exception of his Stage 2 win and brief stint in yellow.

80km to go - Mechanical for Alaphilippe

The Frenchman needs some attention to his bike - perhaps even a change - but he'll have to wait because the team cars have been called out from between the two groups on the front of this race, so his QuickStep DS will have to get permission to pass that Sivakov quintet before finding his man. This could well mean Alaphilippe joins that second group before the inevitable coming together or both factions.

85km to go - Over 10 minutes

The lead of this break grows to above the 10-minute mark as Rolland and Roche are caught on the descent. The quintet behind are now just 45 seconds from making contact so we will have 23 riders including three from Ineos Grenadiers, who have had to refocus following Bernal's implosion on the Grand Colombier on Sunday.

Happy birthday, Wout!

It's the 26th birthday of double stage winner Wout van Aert today, a teammate of the yellow jersey Primoz Roglic.

95km to go - Rolland bags 5pts

And it was Rolland who indeed took the five KOM points over the top ahead of Roche (3pts) and then, a bit further back, Kamna (2pts) and Carapaz (1pt). So, the Frenchman is up to 31pts in the polka dot jersey battle - level with Hirschi, 5pts behind Cosnefroy, 3pts behind Pogacar, 2pts behind Roglic and 1pt behind Peters. Tight at the top!

98km to go - Rolland on the move

Pierre Rolland, who trails the polka dot summit by 10pts, zips clear of the break in seach of the points which will half that deficit. He sparks a counter from Nico Roche, his demi-countryman.

105km to go - Col du Porte

The break has now started the Cat.2 Col du Porte (7.4km at 6.8%). The pace in the break is quite high thanks to Daniel Oss, who knows he can't win today but is doing his best to tire out the chasing quintet to help play into the hands of his Bora teammate Lennard Kamna. The German came close in the Massif Central last week, finishing second to Dani Martinez on the Puy Mary after teammate Max Schachmann led onto the final climb.

The peloton is now 7'25" back and the easing up of the pace has allowed for the return of green jersey Sam Bennett and some of the other struggling sprinters such as Caleb Ewan and Andre Greipel.

108km to go - Jumbo keep control

We now have 18 riders in the break after the three chasers bridge over - make that 17 because Casper Pedersen, his work in delivering teammate Benoot into the fold done, is going out the back door.

Scrap that - after a leg-sapping uphill grind, the road flattens out then goes downhill for a bit, and that has opened the door for Pedersen to return. So we do have 18 riders after all. That second five-man move is 1'35" down and the peloton - with all eight Jumbo-Visma riders on the front and the landlubbing basking shark Tony Martin tapping out tempo - is 6'35" down.

112km to go - Sivakov and four others in pursuit

The Rolland-Pedersen-Benoot trio is making good progress as the road continues uphill towards the start of the Col du Porte proper. They're 1'05" behind the break with another five-man move behind at 1'55" and the peloton, which has now ease up after the hectic opening hour or so, at 4'15". The five riders in pursuit are Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), Neilson Powless (EF Pro Cycling), Simon Geschke (CCC Team), Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) and Romain Sicard (Total-Direct Energie). That's quite a tidy quintet of decent climbing legs, to be fair.

Gaudu abandons

Frenchman David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) has been struggling since the start and we're hearing that he's now withdrawn from the race. Groupama at least have Reichenbach, their Swiss champion, in the break, so it's not all doom and gloom.

118km to go - Trentin wins intermediate sprint

Another 20 points for the intermediate sprint king Matteo Trentin and that takes the Italian onto 209pts in the green jersey standings. Sam Bennett still leads with 269pts with Sagan on 224pts but that keeps the pressure up from the CCC rider, who will look to benefit if any of those ahead of him fall foul of the savage gradients of the Alps...

120km to go - Rolland in pursuit

French veteran Pierre Rolland, who is wearing the red number as most competitive rider from Stage 15, zips clear of the pack. His move ahead of the beautiful Gorges de Crossey sparks a lot of movement from behind, and when the dust settles he's joined by Sunweb duo Casper Pedersen and Tiesj Benoot. So we have a three-man group in pursuit of the 15 leaders.

125km to go - Still very unsettled

The break is only one minute ahead now on a long uphill drag towards the intermediate sprint. Nans Peters was once again very active but his accelerations did for his teammate Cosnefroy who has now been dropped by the peloton... With the Bauer-Soupe-EBH chase group being brought to heel, Marc Hirschi and Jonathan Castroviejo bridge over. But it's no-can-do for this move and the Jumbo-led peloton gobble them up. Things should calm down, perhaps, after the intermediate sprint with the arrival of the next categorised climb.

130km to go - Break builds up lead

The break now has 1'45" over the peloton with a chase group in between and other riders also trying to bridge over - most notably a duo from Israel Start-Up Nation, who missed out on the fun. Geoffrey Souple, Jack Bauer and Edvald Boasson-Hagen are the riders in the chase group.

135km to go - The craziness continues

This move builts up a lead of 25 seconds but there are many teams and riders who are not happy. Cosnefroy keeps on attacking to defend his polka dot jersey - like a spurned lover who won't take no for an answer. When his efforts fade, he sends his teammate Peters in for some sloppy seconds (best keep it in the family, eh?) but that comes to nothing too after some pegging back from Hirschi and Herrada, both of whom have teammates ahead. The likes of Castroviejo and Chaves also look motivated to join the leaders.

15-man break

Here's the composition of the break: Andrey Amador and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Lennard Kämna and Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Sébastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling), Winner Anacona and Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), Imanol Erviti and Carlos Verona (Movistar), Matteo Trentin (CCC Team), Chris Juul Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott), Nicholas Roche (Team Sunweb) and Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept).

140km to go - Sagan & Ineos motivated

Peter Sagan puts in another big dig to bridge over to a small group which has gone clear but Sam Bennett is attentive to the move. It's been an enthralling start to the stage - and incredibly fast. The current group of around 15 riders formed when bridging over to Carapaz and Roche. Some interesting riders here including Warren Barguil, Andrey Amador, Alberto Bettiol, Julian Alaphilippe, Matteo Trentin...

145km to go - Van Aert kills the break

What a rider he is... The Belgian double stage winner and Grand Colombier pacer de luxe leads the Jumbo-Visma chase which snuffles out the breakaway threat. The team of the yellow jersey were not happy with so many strong climbers out ahead - especially those four Ineos riders. The last thing they want is to let Egan Bernal back into the fold. Van Baarle and Jesus Herrada try to press on but their effort doesn't last long. It's then Richard Carapaz (Ineos) and Nicolas Roche (Sunweb) who open up a small gap...

150km to go - Peters takes 1pt

It's an Ag2R-La Mondiale rider who protects Cosnefroy's lead by taking the point over the summit. It looks to be Nans Peters, the Stage 8 winner, who himself now moves onto 32pts in the KOM standings - four behind his teammate, two behind Tadej Pogacar and one behind Primoz Roglic. Pierre Rolland then takes it up with a couple of B&B teammates. The Frenchman is in sixth place in the KOM standings, 10pts behind Cosnefroy.

But it looks like this large break are not going to get any leeway from the peloton as Jumbo-Visma lead the chase behind to close the gap. There are already numerous riders off the back, incidentally, including Caleb Ewan...

153km to go - Cote de Virieu

We're onto the Cat.4 Cote de Virieu (2.3km at 6.8%). The aforementioned Cosnefroy missed the move and is trying to chase on in a doomed bid to defend his doomed polka dot jersey. Surely today is the day the Frenchman relinquishes this garment? Bora-Hansgrohe aren't happy because the break is big and Sagan isn't in it - that means he'll miss out on intermediate sprint points which is detrimental to his bid to win an eighth green jersey.

155km to go - Big group forms

Around 25 riders have gone clear including Van Avermaet, Alaphilippe, Richard Carapaz, Esteban Chaves and Thibaut Pinot. It looks like Ineos have a second rider here in Dylan van Baarle. Actually, they seem to have four riders! And it's already split up after a little descent - and the Olympic champion GVA is actually in the second group trying to bridge over ahead of the first climb of the day.

160km to go - Van Avermaet & Alaphilippe

It's all over for Pacher after his brief cameo off the front. Greg van Avermaet and Julian Alaphilippe are then involved in some hefty pushing on the front, but it comes to nothing. Sunweb are on the hunt - when are they not? - and David Gaudu is struggling off the back for Groupama-FDJ.

164km to go - They're off!

As usual, there's a flurry of activity from the outset and Frenchman Quentin Pacher of B&B Hotels-Vital Concept has managed to ride clear with his day-glow orange beard. Behind, Sagan is typically sprightly, with Bennett on his wheel.

Riders in the neutral zone

Not long to go now till this all-important stage gets going. First stages after rest days deep into a Grand Tour can often be unpredictable as some riders blow up and others fire on all cylinders. There's still a lot to play for - not least the leadership in three of the four classification jerseys (Tadej Pogacar looks to have the white jersey all sewn up).

With the intermediate sprint coming up after the first of six categorised climbs today, expect some pressure from Peter Sagan as he bids to reel in green jersey Sam Bennett's 45-point lead. Then there are the mountain points available - 23 in total - which should, finally, see the end of Benoit Cosnefroy's reign in polka dots. Finally, there's the small matter of the yellow jersey, with 40 seconds separating our two Slovenian stallions in this intriguing two-horse race.

And look who's back...

Tour director Christian Prudhomme has done his one-week isolation following his Covid positive test last Monday. There were no positive tests yesterday and so it looks like we're going to see Paris...

Bonjour le Tour!

We're back after the second rest day with the first of three stages in the Alps - and here's what's on mouth-watering menu:

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Top 5 on GC

1. Primoz Roglic
2. Tadej Pogacar +40
3. Rigoberto Uran +1'34"
4. Migiuel Angel Lopez +1'45"
5. Adam Yates +2'05"

Wiggins analysis

Speaking on the Bradley Wiggins Show podcast, Wiggins said that if cycling was as ruthless as football, Ineos Grenadiers chief Dave Brailsford would be axed.

“It’s hard to stay on the top every year and this year they’ve just not got it right,” said Wiggins.

“I don’t know what’s happened. For a team that is so performance-orientated, and how much planning goes into their season, it’s just not worked for them.

“Had it been football, Dave would have been out. But that’s how football works. Dave’s been here before, they’ll re-plan, restructure, and they’ll come back next year with a full line-up.”

Stage 15 recap - Pogacar chips away at Roglic's lead

Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar pipped compatriot Primoz Roglic to the summit of the Grand Colombier to win Stage 15 and keep the pressure on the yellow jersey on a day Egan Bernal crashed out of the top 10.

For the second time in this year's race, 21-year-old Pogacar denied his friend and countryman a win by outkicking Roglic in the final moments of the Tour's first ever summit finish on the mythical Giant of the Jura.

Four extra bonus seconds means Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) reduced the lead of Jumbo-Visma's Roglic to 40 seconds in what is fast becoming a two-horse race for yellow between the two Slovenian stallions.

How to watch on TV and livestream details

Stage 13 will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1 from 10:50 and you can also watch an uninterrupted feed on Eurosport Player and right here on eurosport.co.uk.

Dan Lloyd, Bradley Wiggins, Orla Chennaoui and the team will bring you all the best post-race analysis and reaction on The Breakaway, which will be available to watch on Eurosport Player before 7pm.

And don't forget, we are bringing you daily podcasts from the Bradley Wiggins Show - check in with your podcast platform of choice this evening...

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