Andre Greipel saved his best for last. Perfectly launched by his team, he crossed the line to take once more the blue riband sprint stage in this year’s Tour de France just ahead of Peter Sagan, winner of the green jersey and adjudged Most Combative du Tour, and Alexander Kristoff. Our own mystic Meg, Miss Kitty Fondue had picked him for today’s stage victory. Chris Froome could afford to lose a bit of time as he wrapped up his second consecutive and third Tour de France title before falling into the waiting arms of his wife Michelle, holding their young son who now has more lion plushies than Toys’R’Us.
A lot can happen in the final week of the Tour. There are career defining stage wins and jerseys up for grabs. GC ambitions to be improved or jealously guarded, and for sure suitcases of courage to be dipped into. It’s been a wild and emotional ride so let’s take a look back on the final week of Tour de France 2016.