Sunday July 21st, 2013

Stage 21Versailles / Paris Champs-Élysées

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Stage summary21.07.2013 in 22:53Froome: champion of the 100th Tour!

He was the dominant force in the 100th Tour de France and even though Christopher Froome lost 53 seconds to the winner of the final stage and 43 seconds to his nearest rival in the general classification, the Sky team sealed its second successive victory in the Tour de France at the end of the evening spectacle on the streets of Paris. The finish was around 9.40pm in the city of lights and the stars came out to shine: the four at the top of the sprinters classification had a drag race to the...

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interview21.07.2013 in 23:13Nairo Quintana: What I achieved is the result of lots of work

In his first Tour de France, Nairo Quintana was the second-best in general classification, the winner of the youth classification and the King of the Mountains...

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interview21.07.2013 in 23:07Peter Sagan: "We will see what happens in the future..."

After another successful campaign for the green jersey, Peter Sagan is satisfied even if he rates the 2012 Tours a «a little bit better»...

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interview21.07.2013 in 23:01Marcel Kittel: We had way more than we expected...

Marcel Kittel won four stages in his second Tour de France. The German was lost for words at the finish but then he managed to find some and describe how it was that he and Argos-Shimano achieved such success in 2013.

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interview21.07.2013 in 22:52Chris Froome: "This is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time"

The winner of the 100th Tour de France is generally a very articulate but he stepped onto the podium with a prepared speech in which he dedicated the win to his late mother and thanked his friends and family. Here are some comments from the champion...

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Sporting stakes20.07.2013 in 19:06Froome waits for his crown on a night for the sprinters

The 100th Tour de France requires a fitting finale and the city of lights will be lit up for an evening showdown for the sprinters for a stage that begins at 5.45pm and is expected to conclude at around 9.30pm. The race from Versailles to Paris is 133.5km long and features 10 laps of a circuit up and down the Champs-Elysées. The traditional circuit features an innovation never before done since the race first concluded on this famous avenue in 1975: instead of turning in front of the Arc de...

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21:43The final top 10 of the general classification

Chris Froome last a big chunk of time to Nairo Quintana in the rush to the finish in Paris but the Sky leader is the winner of the 100th Tour de France. The top 10 after 21 stages of the 2013 race is:

1. Chris Froome (GBR) SKY

2. Nairo Quintana (COL) MOV at 4'20"

3. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP) KAT at 5'04"

4. Alberto Contador (ESP) TST at 6'27"

5. Roman Kreuziger (CZE) TST at 7'27"

6. Bauke Mollema (NED) BEL at 11'42"

7. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) AST...

21:39Froome 114th in stage: 1st in the 100th Tour de France!

Froome has finished the stage in 114th place... he lost 53" in the final kilometres but he's won the 100th Tour de France by 4'20" from Nairo Quintana.

21:36The top five for stage 21: Kittel ahead of Cavendish and Greipel

The provisional top five of the final stage of the 2013 Tour de France is:

1. Marcel Kittel (GER) ARG

2. André Greipel (GER) LTB

3. Mark Cavendish (GBR) OPQ

4. Peter Sagan (SLO) CAN

5. Roberto Ferrari (ITA) LAM

21:33Kittel takes first: the 100th Tour ends as it began!

Voila! The winner of the final stage is the same as the winner of the first stage. Marcel Kittel has won in Paris.

21:32Kwiatkowski ahead of Trentin for the lead-out...

Omega Pharma-Quickstep's Polish rider has led stage winner Trentin to the 'Flamme Rouge'. Now we see Steegmans ahead of Cavendish...

21:31One team ahead of all others

Omega Pharma-Quickstep is now fully committed to the lead out. There is about 1.5km to go in the 100th Tour de France. Can Cavendish win in Paris for the fifth time? We'll know in a little over a minute.

21:30Five teams at the front... OPQ, CAN, TST, LTB and ARG

We see four teams at the front of the bunch each with their respective sprinters on their wheels.

Omega Pharma-Quickstep for Cavendish

Argos-Shimano for either Kittel or Degenkolb

Lotto-Belisol for Greipel

Saxo-Tinkoff for Bennati...

21:28Saxo-Tinkoff get in the mix: lead-out for Bennati

The Saxo-Tinkoff team has not yet won a stage but it is going to win the team classification. We now see the yellow helmets the front and Contador is part of a lead-out train for Mr Bennati, the winner in Paris in 2007.

21:27Sky at the front again...

Thomas (SKY) is at the front of the peloton as it makes its way up to the Arc de Triomphe for the last time.

21:26Escape over with one lap to go

Over the Place de la Concorde for the second last time goes the peloton. The escape is over and the sprinters are going to have it their way... bunch kick time!

21:23Omega Pharma-Quickstep back in charge...

Okay, it's time fellas: let's get this train on the rails! Mark Cavendish is chasing a fifth victory on the Champs-Elysées and his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team-mates are now at the front of the bunch in force. They are 7" behind the Valverde trio.

21:22Here comes Cannondale

The green jerseys of the Cannondale team can now be seen moving forward en masse.

21:2110km to go: three lead by 17"

The trio up front are holding on to their advantage. With just 10km to go in the 100th Tour, they are 17" ahead of the peloton.

21:2011km to go: no one team comitted to chase

Omega Pharma-Quickstep had numbers at the front of the peloton but there are now riders from Sky, Lotto-Belisol, Argos-Shimano and others gathered at the front.

Valverde, Tankink and Quinziato remain in the lead with an advantage of 14".

21:18Second puncture in two laps for Vichot

The French champion had only just returned to the peloton after a puncture but he has flatted again. New rear wheel. Merci... off you go mate.

21:17Two more laps to go...

We can now see Lotto-Belisol moving up behing Omega Pharma-Quickstep at the front of the peloton that is 20" behind the Valverde's trio. The peloton is on the Place de la Concorde and there are just two laps to go.

21:15Omega Pharma-Quickstep in place for Cavendish

With 15km to go Valverde, Quinziato and Tankink are 15" ahead of the peloton that's led by Omega Pharma-Quickstep.

21:14Three lead by just 12"

Valverde, Tanking and Quinziato are 12" ahead of the peloton with 16km to go.

21:12Three in the lead

Quinziato has a Movistar rider, Valverde, and Tankink (BEL) with him at the front of the stage.

21:11Quinziato leads a new move...

There is a group of four that has caught Roy and it's led by Quinziato (BMC).

21:10Two in the lead: Roy catches Millar

Roy has raced into the lead of the stage. He caught Millar with 19km to go.

21:09Roy at 8"; Millar leads by 15"

Millar is finally running out of steam. He has been at the front of the stage for 30km and he is now just 15" ahead of the peloton.

21:08Roy on the attack

With 21km to go, Roy (FDJ) has attacked the peloton. He is 20" behind and the peloton is at 24".

21:07Millar: man or machine?

There is a chase taking place but you wouldn't know it going on the way Millar is holding his place at the front of the stage. The TT specialist has been at the front of the stage since the 48km to go mark and he is still 25" ahead with 21km to go...

21:05Omega Pharma-Quickstep not closing in on Millar

Millar continues to hold his advantage. He is speeding along at the front of the stage with a lead of 27" over the peloton that is led by two committed lead-out trains: Omega Pharma-Quickstep and Argos-Shimano.

21:01Millar increases his advantage...

Millar is now 30" ahead of the peloton with just 26km to go.

21:01Argos-Shimano and Omega Pharma-Quickstep at the front

The peloton is still in pursuit of Millar who is holding on to his advantage. The teams responsible for the chase are Omega Pharma-Quickstep and Argos-Shimano.

20:59Seven OPQ riders at the front

We can now see seven riders from Cavendish's team at the front of the peloton. Flecha and Muravyev have been caught and now only Millar remains in the lead. He is 24" ahead with 28km to go.

20:5730km to go: Millar leads by 20"

Millar (GRS) is in time trial mode and he has less than 30km to go. He has a lead of 8" on Flecha and Muravyev while the peloton is at 20".

20:55Millar drops Flecha

Millar is speeding ahead of Flecha who is about to be caught by Muravyev.

20:54Muravyev in counter-attack

Muravyev (AST) is now in between the two stage leaders and the peloton. They leading pair are 10" ahead of the Kazakhstani and 15" ahead of the bunch.

20:52169 riders in the peloton

With the abandon of Westra, there are now 169 left in the Tour. The 2010 Tour remains the race that boasted the most finishers: 170.

20:50Omega Pharma-Quickstep puts the lead-out train on the rails...

The Omega Pharma-Quickstep team is now at the front of the peloton that is 15" behind Millar and Flecha. There are just 35km to go in the stage.

20:46Westra quits the Tour with 38km to go

Westra (VCD) has abandoned the Tour de France only 38km from the finish.

20:46Danielson: rear puncture

Tom Danielson (GRS) has had a flat rear tyre.

20:4540km to go: two still in the lead

The peloton is doing its fifth lap of the finishing circuit. Which means there are just 40km to go in the 2013 Tour. Millar and Flecha continue to lead the stage. They are 15" ahead.

20:43Millar and Flecha lead by 17"

Millar (GRS) is about to finish his 12th Tour de France and Flecha (VCD) his 10th. This pair is 17" ahead of the peloton with 41km to go.

20:40Results of the intermediate sprint

The points for the final intermediate sprint of the 2013 Tour were won by:

1. Flecha (VCD) 20pts

2. Millar (GRS) 17pts

3. El Fares (SOJ) 15pts

4. Meyer (OGE) 13pts

5. Morabito (BMC) 11pts

6. Cousin (EUC) 10pts

7. Gesink (BEL) 9pts

8. Evans (BMC) 8pts

9. Thomas (SKY) 7pts

10. Stannard (SKY) 6pts

11. Pineau (OPQ) 5pts

12. Velits (OPQ) 4pts

13. Lopez (SKY) 3pts

14. Chavanel (OPQ) 2pts

15....

20:37Millar and Flecha lead by 35"

Millar and Flecha are now at the front of the stage with a lead of 35". They are pursued by Meyer (OGE) and El Fares (SOJ).

20:36Four lead by 15"

The four stage leaders have an advantage of 15" on the peloton.

20:35Flecha: not Kuchynski

The riders in the lead of the stage are: Meyer, Millar, El Fares and Flecha... they are 7" ahead of Morabito and 12" ahead of the peloton.

20:34The four stage leaders...

Kuchynski (KAT), Meyer (OGE), Millar (GRS) and El Fares (SOJ) are the four men in the lead of the stage.

20:33Four in the lead... Meyer leads the charge

Cameron Meyer is now at the front of the stage with three others who have snapped the grip of the peloton.

20:32Cavendish almost back with the peloton

Cavendish has had a quick wheel change and is now about to rejoin the peloton after an impressively fast chase following a puncture.

20:30Cavendish: flat front tyre

The winner of the last four stages to Paris, Cavendish (OPQ) has a flat front tyre.

20:29Peloton together again

There had been a brief break involving Albasini (OGE), Danielson (GRS) and two others but the peloton is all together again as it makes its way around the Arc de Triomphe for the third time.

20:28Eight laps to go

The peloton has crossed the line to be used for the finish for a third time. There are now eight 6.5km laps to go. There are three men with a small advantage on the peloton...

20:27Tuft dropped by peloton

One of the riders who crashed on the descent of the col du Glandon, Svein Tuft (OGE) - the 'Lanterne Rouge' of the 2013 Tour - is struggling to keep contact with the peloton.

20:25Taaramae and Curvers with punctures

Taaramae (COF) and Curvers (ARG) are the two latest riders to cop punctures on the closing laps.

20:24Boom ahead of the peloton

Boom (BEL) is the first rider to gain any ground on the peloton. He is on his own at the front of the stage.

20:22Sky retreat: it's time to race...!

The Sky team is off the front of the peloton and the speed is high as riders strive to establish an break as they round the Arc de Triomphe for the second time.

20:18Anyone dare to attack?

The 'blue line' is still at the head of the peloton with Geraint Thomas leading his six team-mates to the tunnel that aims towards the Rue de Rivoli. There hasn't yet been an attack in the 21st stage of the 100th Tour de France.

20:15Dumoulin punctures

AG2R's Samuel Dumoulin has had to stop to get a new rear wheel after a puncture before the first loop around the Arc de Triomphe.

20:14Let the race begin! Who'll be the first to attack?

After a fly-over by nine jets, the peloton is all grouped together as it makes its way around the Arc de Triomphe for the first time. This loop is a special innovation for the 100th Tour.

20:11Porte to lead over the line of the finish for the first time

Froome has just led his mate Richie Porte to the front of the peloton so that the Tasmanian can cross the line that will be used for the finish first...

20:0970km to go in the 100th Tour

The peloton is led by the Sky team and it will soon arrive on the finishing circuit. There are less than 70km to go in the 2013 race.

20:07Prudhomme's favourite Tour finishes...

Before the 100th edition, LeTour.fr asked race director Christian Prudhomme what arrival in Paris is the one that stands out the most.

“Ah, that's easy for me to answer: the first finish on the Champs-Elysées! I was there with my mother and my sister and we saw two guys coming towards us ahead of the bunch. Eddy Merckx with the world champion's jersey and Bernard Thévenét on his wheel with the yellow jersey. It was like a dream. We were at the Tuileries just near the Place de la...

20:06Van Garderen punctures

Last year's winner of the white jersey, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) has had to stop to get a new rear wheel after a puncture around the 72km mark.

20:03Froome on the future: "I??d love to keep contending for the Tour..."

“I'm just thinking about the here and now right now," said Froome in reaction to a question yesterday about how many Tours he thought he might be able to win. "I'm 28 now and, if you think a bit like that, most cyclists come into their prime in their early-30s.

"I'd love to come back and keep contending for the Tour de France as long as I can and as long as I've got the motivation.”

20:01Sky at the front of the peloton, alongside the Seine

The official entry to Paris is at the 78km mark. The peloton is currently led by all seven riders from the Sky team who are expected to be at the front as the race arrives on the circuit to be used for the finale.

19:4785km to go: 30km from the streets of Paris

The peloton continues to roll along as one group. No, there haven't been any early attacks; yes, there have been photo ops seized...

The bunch is inside the final 85km of the 100th Tour and in 30km it will be on the streets of Paris.

19:41Valverde leading the peloton

One of the five men to be in second place to Froome on GC since the Brit took the yellow jerseys is Valverde (MOV). He lost over 12 minutes in stage 13 and dropped out of second overall. The Spaniard is currently at the front of the peloton. He will finish the 2013 Tour in eighth place.

19:27Average speed for first hour

The average speed for the opening hour of stage 21 is a surprisingly fast 35.6km/h.

19:25Lagutin calls the medical car...

One of the riders caught up in a fall around the 24km mark, Lagutin (VCD) has just consulted the race doctor at the back of the peloton.

19:24Rojas first over second climb

Rojas (MOV) has taken the final climbing point of the 2013 Tour de France. The Spanish sprinter was first at the top of the cote de Chateaufort.

19:23Froome toasts his success: Champagne for the yellow jersey

As the leader of the stage reach the top of the second climb, we see Chris Froome on a yellow-framed Pinarello bike raising a glass of Champagne to toast his success with race director Christian Prudhomme.

19:17Steegmans grabs a climbing points...

The lead-out specialist, Geert Steegmans (OPQ) has claimed the second last climbing point of the 100th Tour de France. He led the peloton over the Cote de Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse at the 29.5km mark.

19:12Lagutin caught up in a crash

Sergey Lagutin (VCD) has crashed at the back of the peloton but he's back on his bike after the minor altercation as the road narrowed.

19:1110 laps of the Champs-Elysées circuit today...

Since 1975, the final stage of the Tour de France has been on the Champs-Elysées. In recent years, there have been eight laps of the 6.5km circuit on the streets of Paris. Today there are 10 laps.

19:09No feeding allowed on the Champs-Elysees...

The race jury has just announced that feeding will not be allowed from team cars on the Champs-Elysées or the round-about around the Arc de Triomphe.

19:04Froome on the runner-up, Quintana: "I've got a lot of respect for him."

“From the beginning Nairo has been really strong in the mountains and today he had a lot to ride for in the final,” said Froome after stage 20 about the runner-up who made his Tour debut this year. “His second place, the King of the Mountains jersey, the white jersey... I really did expect him to go all out today [stage 20] and I've got a lot of respect for him. For someone so young, he really has achieved a lot in this year's Tour de France.”

19:00Contador no longer on a white frame...

Two riders from the Saxo-Tinkoff squad are drifting behind the peloton. Kreuziger waits for Contador who has just swapped a white-framed bike for the usual team colours.

18:55Riblon wins 'Super Combative' prize in 100th Tour de France!

The winner of the stage to Alpe d'Huez, Christophe Riblon (ALM) has just been announced as winner of the 'Super Combative' prize of 2013. He was a regular attacker and is the only Frenchman to win a stage of the 100th Tour.

18:47Porte and Stannard at the front of the bunch...

Two riders from the Sky team are now at the front of the peloton. Richie Porte (second in stage seven) and Ian Stannard at setting the pace of the bunch that had been strolling along early today. The bunch is at the 10km mark and it seems the Sky pair are keen to get to Paris so that they can enjoy the celebrations as soon as they can.

18:43AGR2 La Mondiale gather for photos behind the peloton

One of the teams with a stage winner in its midst is AG2R La Mondiale. The seven remaining members of the French are at the back of the peloton having photos taken of them as they line across the road.

Christophe Riblon was the only Frenchman to win a stage of the 100th Tour de France, a race that was contested entirely in France.

18:36Martin and Terpstra lead the peloton

The peloton is at the 4.5km mark with two riders from the Omega Pharma-Quickstep team at the front of the bunch. Tony Martin is one of 13 riders to have won a stage of the 100th Tour de France. The German was fastest in the time trial of stage 11, beating Froome by 11".

18:28Equal record number of finishers...

There are 170 riders still in the race. This is equal to the most number of finishers of the Tour de France (which first happened in 2010).

18:27Racing in stage 21...

The peloton is at the site of the official start. Racing began at 6.26pm... well, sort of. The peloton increased their tempo only marginally and they are now going to continue to cruise to the streets of the French capital.

18:23Out of the gardens, on to the road

The peloton has finished his journey around the gardens of the palace of Versailles and the riders are now on bitumen and making their way to the end of the neurtral zone. Siutsou and Lopez from the Sky team are at the front on one side of the road and the green jersey is just behind this pair from Froome's squad.

18:17Froome receiving acknowledgement from all in the peloton

The riders are still in the neutral zone and as they ride along taking photos or, in the case of the rider in third overall 'Purito' Rodriguez, posing for photos with a cigar (a purito, of course)...

Froome has been passed by a number of riders who all offered a nod of respect or a handshake or general recognition of what the soon-to-be winner of the 2013 Tour de France has been able to achieve.

18:11Two Colombians lead the peloton

José Serpa (LAM) and Nairo Quintana (MOV) are together at the front of the peloton, no doubt discussing the great coup of the King of the Mountains who won his first stage in his first Tour de France yesterday. The victory coincided with the national holiday in Colombia.

18:01High temperatures at the start of the stage

For the first time in a while the temperature for the final stage of the Tour de France will actually decrease as the peloton edges ever closer to the finish. It was around 33 degrees Celsius earlier today and there are bright blue skies above the peloton even though the riders are weaving through the gorgeous gardens in Versailles often under the shade of trees.

The finish of the stage is expected to be at around 9.45pm on this history night-time arrival in Paris.

17:58Neutral zone in the gardens of Chateau Versailles

The peloton is currently helping to showcase one of France's most popular tourist attractions as the riders pedal along in the neutral zone that is actually part of the gardens of the palace of Versailles.

We see Sagan and a host of others at the front enjoying themselves as they slowly make their way to the site of the official start of stage 21. Considering their current pace, this isn't expected to happen any time soon but the organisers have suggested that the race will begin at...

17:52Prize classification review: part 04 ?? white jersey

Andrew Talansky (GRS) wears a prize jersey for the first time in his Tour career but it surely won't be the last. The American is clad in white for the final stage even though he is ranked second in the youth classification 13'19” behind Nairo Quintana (MOV).

Garmin-Sharp's young star moved up from third to second thanks to his sixth place in stage 20. The former leader of this category – open to riders born after 1 January 1988 – Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQ) will finish his first...

17:48Prize classification review: part 03 ?? polka-dot jersey

The winner of stage 20 is also the new King of the Mountains. Nairo Quintana (MOV) has a collection of 147 points in the climbing classification, 11 more than the race leader Chris Froome (SKY). The Colombian will also win the white jersey of best young rider in the 100th Tour de France.

There have been five riders in the led of this category in 2013: Juan Lobato (EUS) for one day, Blel Kadri (ALM) for one day, Pierre Rolland (EUC) for 11 days, Chris Froome (SKY) for six days, and...

17:45Prize classification review: part 02 ?? green jersey

For the second successive year, Peter Sagan (CAN) will win the green jersey. He took the lead of the points classification after stage two in the 100th Tour de France and only he has worn green from Calvi all the way to Paris. Last year, he took the lead after winning stage one and no other rider wore green from that moment on. The Slovakian 23-year-old has thus led this category for 38 days out of the 41 that he's been in the Tour de France.

The only rider other than Sagan to wear...

17:45Four prize jersey wearers pose for photos...

Chris Froome has been joined at the front of the peloton by Peter Sagan (CAN), Nairo Quintana (MOV) and Andrew Talansky (GRS) to pose for photos before the 21st stage begins. These are the riders wearing the yellow, green, polka-dot and white jerseys for the final day. Three of them will stand on the podium tonight to be crowned winners of their respective classifications.

Froome is first on general classification, Sagan first in the points classification, and Quintana first in both...

17:39Prize classification review: part 01 ?? yellow jersey

“For me, what this represents – the journey I've taken to get here from where I started, riding on a little mountain bike back on dirt roads in Kenya – to be right here the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, the biggest event on our cycling calendar… it's difficult for me to put into words.”

Chris Froome (SKY) explained his emotions after stage 20 of the 100th Tour de France. He will be the first Kenyan-born rider to win the world's biggest bike race. The 28-year-old is...

17:37Welcome to the live coverage of stage 21

Paris is on the horizon for the peloton. The finish is almost in sight. There are only 133.5km to go in the 100th Tour de France and then the party in the city of lights begins for the thousands of fans on hand to see the end of what has been an epic edition of the world's biggest race.

The start of the final stage of the 2013 Tour is in Versailles and the peloton will take off in a southerly direction for 20-odd kilometres before aiming north before reaching the city limits at the...

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These five riders have won sprint stages of the 100th Tour de France. Of these five, who do you think will win in Paris?

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