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Welcome to Friday's live blog, with Jack Sexty, Alex Bowden and the rest of the team.

Live blog: 

26/07/2019, 20:19

Tomorrow's route is going to be altered due to weather conditions

26/07/2019, 18:33

Alaphilippe finally relinquishes Yellow Jersey - but what a 14 days that was

26/07/2019, 18:23

Yep. That is exactly how we felt.

26/07/2019, 18:09

"I fully support him (Bernal) now... we all said last year he'll win the tour one day, maybe we didn't quite expect it to be this year..."

26/07/2019, 17:45

Bernal becomes the third Colombian to wear the Yellow Jersey - can he be the first to win it?

26/07/2019, 17:14

First look at provisional GC standings after chaotic stage

26/07/2019, 16:52

Was the cancellation a blessing in disguise for Julian Alaphilippe?

26/07/2019, 16:44

No stage winner as Egan Bernal is announced as the new race leader

26/07/2019, 16:31

Sean Kelly ignores everyone else and pushes on to the finish line

26/07/2019, 16:25

Live scenes from the Tour...

Luckily they called it off before it ended up like this... 

26/07/2019, 16:24

26/07/2019, 16:19

"These things happen and they happen so quickly in the mountains you have to react to the conditions" - Bradley Wiggins

26/07/2019, 16:15

More pictures coming out from spectators on the road

26/07/2019, 16:12

Confusion as to what happens next for this years Tour

26/07/2019, 16:00

Fair to say the riders are not happy...

26/07/2019, 15:57

Landslide and flood block the road causing stage cancellation

26/07/2019, 15:51

Pictures of the state of the road on the descent

26/07/2019, 15:44

The stage has been cancelled! Descent of Iseran not rideable due to ice!

26/07/2019, 15:40

Bernal solo in the lead as he begins the descent of the Iseran

What a race. What a day not to be french. Alaphilippe has two minutes to make up to Egan Bernal on this descent.

 

Oh and its hailing. This should be good.

 

Jonathan Vaughters sums this up best; 

26/07/2019, 15:35

London cyclist in traffic (picture copyright Simon MacMichael).PNG

Number of people killed on London’s roads falls to lowest level on record

But the number of serious injuries rose.

Full story here.

26/07/2019, 15:29

Bernal attacks on the back of Thomas attack - he is now the virtual yellow jersey

26/07/2019, 15:22

Alaphilippe dropped as Ineos attack

26/07/2019, 15:02

The Col d'Iseran is here, is this where the Tour will be decided?

26/07/2019, 14:53

Dr Hutch makes his prediction; Bernal for the stage?

26/07/2019, 14:33

At least Pinot's support team are looking out for him...

26/07/2019, 14:30

Groupama-FDJ give statement on Pinot abandon

26/07/2019, 14:02

Pinot has abandoned the Tour!

For the riders left, a long hard day is only just beginning as a strong breakaway has finally formed. 

26/07/2019, 14:05

Thibaut Pinot's knee goes

26/07/2019, 13:50

Pinot looks to be out of the race after receiving medical attention

26/07/2019, 13:25

There's only one Bradley Wiggins

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oi muppet! #TourDeFrance

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26/07/2019, 13:05

Stage 19 is underway, will there be a frenchman in yellow at the end of the day?

The peloton is twitching as the short stage kicks off with lots of riders trying to get into the breakaway 

26/07/2019, 13:04

26/07/2019, 12:32

Nextbike West Midlands launch (Nextbike)

West Midlands seeking new bike-share supplier after only 25 out of 5,000 bikes were delivered

Nextbike struggled to find a corporate sponsor for the scheme.

Full story here.

26/07/2019, 12:14

Alaphilippe hands over the yellow jersey...sort of

By now you have probably all seen this video of Julian Alaphilippe being the gentlemen his moustache implies him to be and handing the yellow jersey to a kid who was a bit cold at the end of yesterdays stage. 

But there's always one person who has to make the inevitable joke... 

26/07/2019, 11:16

This is what's in store for them today

26/07/2019, 11:13

A day for the sprinters?

No, it is not a day for the sprinters.

26/07/2019, 10:58

Riders to boycott national 25-mile time trial, urging move away from dual carriageway courses

Team Ribble riders Dan Bigham, John Archibald and Si Wilson will boycott this weekend’s RTTC National 25 mile time trial.

The event is due to be held on the A25/11 course near Derby which runs along the A50.

The riders say that the A50 is unsafe for cyclists and have urged governing body Cycling Time Trials to move away from using dual carriageways.

26/07/2019, 10:19

How to apply suncream to a giant

Israel Cycling Academy is taking teamwork to a new level here...

26/07/2019, 09:20

'Tour de Plastic': more must be done about 15 million plastic freebies handed out to spectators, say environmentalists

Plastic bottles (CC licensed by Samuel A Love via Flickr).jpg

Reuters report that environmentalists are urging Tour de France organisers to rethink the handing out of freebies to spectators from corporate trucks on route, due to the amount of plastic waste it generates. 

The crowd are thrown essentials like bottles of water, but also keyrings, t-shirts and various other objects that amounts to over 15 million plastic-wrapped objects over the Tour. A few years ago, that number was as high as 18 million. 

Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France director, responded to the demand for action with a letter in L’Equipe saying that sponsors now had to pledge to reduce plastic, and that items such as caps and t-shirts were no longer distributed in plastic wrapping.

The Tour's main caterer is now handing out cutlery made out of bamboo instead of plastic, ahead of the EU's ban on many single-use plastic items in 2021. 

26/07/2019, 09:14

The other Nairo...

This one is apparently a professional Super Smash Bros player, not a Colombian bike racer...

26/07/2019, 08:50

Just another day at the Tour de France

It's Friday, so here are some Beefeaters, a banana, a T-Rex and various others dancing to really bad europop. 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017 having previously being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.