Stage 21: Versailles to Paris, 133.5km, flat
This stage is always special but this year’s final stage is even more so. Going through the courtyard of the Louvre, past its famous glass pyramid, then down the Champs and around the Arc de Triomphe ten times, this short stage will be held at dusk for a floodlit finish.
Mark Cavendish owns the Champs-Elysees and if he wins tonight, he’ll have won five years in a row. Amazing. But he’ll have to contend with charges by Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel. This stage is so special, they’re going to ride out of their skins to be first over the line.
Bit of trivia: You’d be forgiven for thinking that the sprinters always reel in a break before the final lap on the Champs, but in 2005 Alexandre Vinokourov went on what looked like a doomed lone break. It wasn’t doomed. He won solo.
Link: Official website
Header: Paris at night