Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage from stage 17 of the Tour de France. We're just a few days away from Paris but today is the crucial stage from Pau to the Col du Tourmalet and everything is still to play for.
13:14 BST (109km remaining from 174km)
The bunch crest the first major climb of the. No risks for these guys either on the descent.
Some better news for Euskatel: Peter Cossins spoke to Euskaltel foundation president Miguel Madariaga this morning and he said that the team is likely to remain in the ProTour next season even though their budget is being cut back over the next two seasons. He says staying the ProTour is less about money and more about fulfilling all of the UCI's administrative requirements.
The riders will have a feed zone after 87km of racing and then they'll tackle the Col du Soulor.
The rain starting to come down a little bit heavier now as riders start to put on their capes.
Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), Remi Pauriol (Cofidis), Kristjan Koren (Liquigas-Doimo ), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky), Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha) and Ruben Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Carlos Sastre (Cervelo TestTeam) at 1:20
Peloton at 8:05