This is a tough Tour for the stage-hunters. Not many opportunities for the breakaways in the transition stages at all in this Tour. The sprinters will control tomorrow's stage as well. Best, and perhaps last chance, might be in Saturday's stage to Lyon.
Flecha has just 100m or so now.
Flecha has the best victory salute in the bunch. Haven't seen it in the Tour for a long time.
6.5km to go. The race will cut left at a roundabout at 5k, then there's the nasty right just before 4k to go.
Saxo is on the front, they really want to keep Contador up front for the upcoming roundabouts.
Also a very tricky final kilometer. Two right-handers in the final 750m. Position will be key.
Orica sits right behind them.
Flecha is caught, while Sky brings Froome up the left side.
Froome also sliding toward the front. Froome said the final kilometers of a sprint stage are terrifying for the GC men.
Not enough speed from Saxo, the group is packing up a bit.
Here's the left hander at 5k, no issues.
Across a bridge now, then the nasty right.
Orica rider goes down! He was on the front.
Svein Tuft ... wheel slips out
Svein Tuft slid out, didn't take out anyone else.
Orica is still on the front. It's mostly straight until they get inside the final kilometer now.
OPQS on the front now, lined up behind Chavanel.
Cannondale pushing Sagan into position
Even if Sagan cannot win, he wants to finish within top-5 to not lose too many points to Greipel and Cav
Froome is in the nervous part of the bunch, 20 wheels back, with one teammate.
Argos moving up on the right - Kittel looking for his third win
Kwiatkowski hits the front for OPQS, and there's a big crash right behind Froome.
Looks like a Lotto rider has gone down
Kwiatkowski driving the pace
Gilbert, Boasson Hagen both down
Froome was about 2 bikes ahead of that crash
About 15 riders from the front
A Garmin rider was in there, he's still stuck under a pile of bikes.
OPQS and Argos still up front.
Greipel's train derailed by crash
Argos and OPQS dueling at the front
Froome is still there ... impressive riding
Froome is sticking to the outside of the group, leaving an escape route. Flamme rouge.