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  • Movistar, Lampre-Merida, Europcar and Trek all lined up on the front of the peloton. Bit of a collective effort from the bunch today.
    5/15/2014 2:47:05 PM
  • We're just about to take our stage winner poll down, so this is your last chance to vote if you haven't done so already...
    5/15/2014 2:48:29 PM
  • The result of the poll was that you guys think Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen will take the win today. The Norwegian accounted for 28 per cent of the vote, while Joaquim Rodriguez took 26 per cent.
    5/15/2014 2:52:39 PM
  • Heavy rain coming down now at the finish line. Visibility not that great and lots of umbrellas up. All that said, it's dry where the riders are now.
    5/15/2014 2:56:04 PM
  • Still several teams represented on the front of the peloton. Orica-GreenEdge have pretty much afforded a day off, despite their rider Michael Matthews being in the pink jersey.
    5/15/2014 3:00:20 PM
  • Now the rain starts to fall on the riders and we're back on wet roads. There are no descents, though, so with a bit of luck, there shouldn't be any crashes.
    5/15/2014 3:01:21 PM
  • The gap to the breakaway is now under a minute. We're about 7km from the start of the climb to the finish.
    5/15/2014 3:02:36 PM
  • The breakaway riders are shaking each other's hands now. They've been out in front for over 200km, so they deserve a pat on the back.
    5/15/2014 3:04:30 PM
  • Last chance to get a brew in before the fireworks start. It's been a fairly mundane day, but the action will begin in about 5km or so.
    5/15/2014 3:05:55 PM
  • Here's what the front of the peloton looks like (Pic: @Movistar_Team)

    5/15/2014 3:07:45 PM
  • The breakaway will be caught any time now. Their gap is down to 15 seconds. Rain gradually starting to get heavier.
    5/15/2014 3:08:54 PM
  • And that's it, the breakaway is caught. An immediately the peloton lines out, with Omega Pharma - Quick-Step setting the pace on the front. Instant upping in the tempo there.
    5/15/2014 3:10:01 PM
  • MASSIVE CRASH! Sky, Astana, Cannondale riders involved.
    5/15/2014 3:10:35 PM
  • AND ANOTHER! 75% of the peloton involved. LOTS of riders down.
    5/15/2014 3:10:56 PM
  • Katusha's Giampaolo Caruso is down and looks very badly injured. Not moving.
    5/15/2014 3:11:41 PM
  • Wow - there are only about 15 riders still at the head of the race now. Michael Matthews is there.
    5/15/2014 3:12:19 PM
  • Caruso still not moving and grimacing badly. Very worrying scenes.
    5/15/2014 3:12:41 PM
  • One of the Astana riders who fell skidded into the barrier at the side of the road. It was Janez Brajkovic and it was a sickening incident.
    5/15/2014 3:13:23 PM
  • Still only around 15 riders up at the head of the race. A second, much larger group is chasing. The riders are on to the final climb now.
    5/15/2014 3:14:15 PM
  • Meanwhile, Caruso is still down. His race is over, surely.
    5/15/2014 3:14:33 PM
  • The front group of 15 is 40 seconds ahead of the chase group. BMC and OPQS are in the lead group, while Movistar are in the second group.
    5/15/2014 3:15:48 PM
  • Caruso is now on a stretcher and is being prepared to be put in an ambulance.
    5/15/2014 3:16:16 PM
  • Only eight men in the lead group. Evans, Matthews, Santaromita, Durbridge are some of the names in there and they are driving hard.
    5/15/2014 3:17:08 PM
  • Oss, Morabito, Wellens and Rabottini also in the front group. Movistar driving the chase group on...
    5/15/2014 3:18:33 PM
  • 37 seconds to the chase group now. That's surely too much for Movistar to close.
    5/15/2014 3:19:27 PM
  • Joaquim Rodriguez was involved in the crash and he is not in the first chase group. He looks like he is a long way down.
    5/15/2014 3:19:49 PM
  • 35-second gap now with 4.7km to go.
    5/15/2014 3:20:39 PM
  • Michael Matthews is downing an energy gel - he's surely favourite for the stage now.
    5/15/2014 3:21:13 PM
  • Svein Tuft was also involved in the crash and there's hardly anything left of his jersey. Blood all down his body.
    5/15/2014 3:21:44 PM
  • Just confirmation of the names in the front group: Evans, Oss, Morabito, Matthews, Durbridge, Santaromita, Weelens, Rabottini.
    5/15/2014 3:22:27 PM
  • 3.5km to go and now it's Ag2r leading the chased. Movistar have burnt themselves out.
    5/15/2014 3:23:03 PM
  • The front group of eight are riding hard. Big debate here whether they should be drilling it given the scale of the crash.
    5/15/2014 3:24:30 PM
  • The gap is now 33 seconds. 2.6km to go.
    5/15/2014 3:25:14 PM
  • OPQS and Ag2r working together in the chase group but it's simply not happening. Front group now down to six men - a couple of riders dropped, which shows how hard they're riding/
    5/15/2014 3:26:19 PM
  • Now Belkin take up the chase but it's simply not happening. No catching the leaders. 1.6km to go.
    5/15/2014 3:26:53 PM
  • Robert Kiserlovski (Trek) attacks out of the chase group.
    5/15/2014 3:27:07 PM
  • Kiserlovski chasing solo now, but he's only got 1.8km to go so I can't see him making it. 33-second gap.
    5/15/2014 3:28:02 PM
  • The rest of the chase group is now 37 seconds down.
    5/15/2014 3:28:14 PM
  • Kiserlovski about to re-caught by the main chase group.
    5/15/2014 3:28:34 PM
  • Now Diego Ulissi attacks out of the chase group. Up ahead, the leaders are into the last 1km.
    5/15/2014 3:28:54 PM
  • Just four riders left in lead now: Evans, Matthews, Wellens, Rabottini.
    5/15/2014 3:29:27 PM
  • Michael Matthews wins ahead of Wellens in second and Evans in third.
    5/15/2014 3:30:55 PM
  • The chase group crosses the line 48 seconds down.
    5/15/2014 3:31:11 PM
  • Some massive losses for riders here. Joaquim Rodriguez still nowhere to be seen as the clock ticks past two minutes.
    5/15/2014 3:32:18 PM
  • Michele Scarponi has lost 1min 45sec. Not sure about Rodriguez yet but his losses will be huge - and potentially race-ending.
    5/15/2014 3:35:47 PM
  • That's all we've got time for I'm afraid. We'll bring you the full GC, plus news of Rodriguez, Quintana, everyone else caught up in the crash - and also Team Sky's riders - in our stage reports, which will be online at www.skysports.com/cycling and www.teamsky.com imminently. See you tomorrow for live coverage of stage seven.
    5/15/2014 3:39:59 PM
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