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143km - 38.7km/h is the average speed over the first hour.

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143km - 1st Climb: - Côte-des-grandes-châteleines (Km 39.5) Chavanel (FRA/Cofidis) 3 pts; 2 Gilbert BEL/FdJ (2 pts); 3 Bonnet (FRA/Credit Agricole) 1 pt. Chavanel now leads the King of the Mountain classification with 10 points, one ahead of Augé.

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142km - Cheula continues to pull clear of the peloton, though he's losing ground on the trio up the road, who have an 8'40" lead on the pack and a 2'35" lead on Cheula.

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138km - The peloton crossed the first climb a full 10'40" behind the three leaders. Giampaolo Cheula continues to persevere with his attempt to catch the lead trio. He's 2'25" behind.

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132km - The next climb on the agenda is the côte de Domécy-sur-Cure (cat 4, 1.3km @ 6.2%)

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130km - 2nd Climb - Côte de Domecy-sur-Cure (Km 52.5): 1 Chavanel (3 pts); 2 Gilbert (2 pts); 3 Bonnet (1 pt).

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128km - The lead is absolutely spiralling! the trio have 14'30" ahead of the peloton and 1'25" ahead of Cheula, who looks like he may well catch them.

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126km - The Rabobank and Caisse d'Epargne teams are at the front of the peloton at the moment while the leaders prepare to take on the third climb, the third-category Champignolles-le-Bas.

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124km - 3rd Climb - Côte de Champignolles-le-bas (cat 3). 1 Chavanel (4 pts); 2 Gilbert (3 pts); 1 Bonnet (2pts).

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123km - Sylvain Chavanel continues to surge ahead in the King of the Mountains classification. Barring any huge surprises, he will be in the polkadot jersey tomorrow. By my calculations, he now has 17 points, 8 more than Augé.

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121km - The peloton are beginning to react. The gap reached a maximum of 14'45" after 56 kilometres, though have now fallen to 12'50".

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117km - Cheula has caught up with the lead three! A sterling effort. The Barloworld team will be thrilled with that.

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111km - The gap continues to fall. It's down to just over ten minutes now. The peloton are taking no chances, it seems.

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108km - In terms of the breakaway riders' positions in the general classification, Sylvain Chavanel is seventh at 44", William Bonnet is 22nd at 56", Philippe Gilbert 45th at 1'06" and Giampaolo Cheula 154th at 1'40".

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105km - The quartet have now seen their lead cut to 8'43". Their hopes of staying out until the finish have taken a bit of a blow over the last 20 kilometres.

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96km - Oops, a small crash in the peloton. Saunier Duval's Iban Mayo is down. He's being helped back by David de la Fuente. One of the Predictor-Lotto boys is down too, though immediately back up on his bike.

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91km - The gap continues to fall. It's now down to 7'10. Meanwhile, Christophe Moreau has suffered a puncture, and is being towed back to the peloton by a domestique.

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88km - Sprint 2 - Montreuillon (Km 94.5): 1 Bonnet (6 pts/6 secs); 2 Gilbert (4pts/4 secs); 3 Chavanel (2 pts/2 secs).

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87km - Maxim Iglinsky of the Astana has a puncture now, and drifts back to his team car..

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85km - The peloton have reduced the gap to six minutes now.




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