The Tour Take | Tour de France Stage 21

 Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

The Steps

1st – Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

2nd – John Degenkolb (Trek - Segafredo

3rd – Arnaud Demare (Groupama - FDJ)

 

The Parcours

The final stage of the Tour de France followed the usual format of a casual roll through the suburbs of Paris, and then seven laps of a circuit in the city centre. The 6.8km starts and finishes on the Champs Elysees, and the sprint finish is one of the biggest prizes in cycling if you’re a sprinter. A final corner is rounded with 350m to go, and the peloton races up a false flat cobbled road, making for a difficult sprint.

 

The Jerseys

Yellow – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Green – Peter Sagan (Bora – hansgrohe)

Polka Dot – Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors

White – Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)

 

The Final GC

1st – Geraint Thomas

2nd – Tom Dumoulin @ 1:51

3rd – Chris Froome @ 2:24

4th – Primoz Roglic @ 3:22

5th – Steven Kruiswijk @ 6:08

6th – Romain Bardet @ 6:57

7th – Mikel Landa @ 7:37

8th – Daniel Martin @ 9:05

9th – Ilnur Zakarin @ 12:37

10th – Nairo Quintana @ 14:18

The Break

When the peloton turned onto the circuit, the champagne flutes went away as everyone’s focus narrowed. A six-man break established itself early, with Taylor Phinney, Damien Gaudin, Silvain Diller, Nils Politt, Michael Schar and Guillaume van Kiersbulck all sneaking away. They were only given 45-second lead though, as Bora – Hansgrohe, Groupama-FDJ and UAE Team Emirates all patrolled the front.

 

The Finish

The break was pulled back with 6.5km to go, with the sprinters’ teams making no mistake in the chase. Yves Lampaert launched a late attack, going clear with 1.5km to go. He quickly gained a 150m gap and looked like he might threaten for the win, coming onto the final straight still alone. He was pulled back with 250m to go, as the Trek-Segafredo train was leading John Degenkolb out.

Degenkolb was in a good position but had to jump from slightly too far out. Alexander Kristoff was on his wheel and came around the outside to jump ahead in the final metres. Arnaud Demare made a late run to finish third, with Edvald Boasson Hagen in fourth.

Geraint Thomas and the entire Top 10 made it through the stage unscathed to hold their GC positions.

 

See you back at the social club,

Josh

 


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