Chantilly Paris Champs-Élysées
stage 21 113KM
|19:46||André Greipel doubles up on the Champs-Elysées|
Like last year, André Greipel won the prestigious conclusive stage on the Champs-Elysées as he outsprinted Peter Sagan and Alexander Kristoff. This is the first win of the German national champion at the Tour de France this year and his eleventh in total. Chris Froome won his third Tour de France after 2013 and 2015 to rejoin Philippe Thys, Louison Bobet and Greg LeMond in the record books one line below five-time winners Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.
Good bye “Purito”
175 riders started stage 21 in Chantilly. Chris Froome celebrated his third Tour de France victory. Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez, 7th on GC at the age of 37, was given the green light to enter the Champs-Elysées alone in the lead to salute the crowd before retiring at the end of this year. French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ) gave the go to the real race and an eight-man breakaway was formed with 50km to go: Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Lawson Craddock (Cannondale-Drapac), Markus Burghardt (BMC), Daniel Teklehaimanot (DiData), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Jan Barta (Bora), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) and Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Vital Concept).
Kittel and Coquard in trouble
Burghardt was ejected from the leading group due to a mechanical. Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) also had a mechanical with 35km to go. The German who had won the Champs-Elysées in 2013 and 2014 was forced to a solo chase whereas his team-mate Tony Martin pulled out due to a left knee injury. The seven escapees had a maximum of 25 seconds lead. Luke Rowe and Wout Poels (Sky) showed off and joined them at the front with 18km to go. As the breakaway got reined in, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) counter attacked. He was caught by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) with 12km to go. It was all together again 6.5km before the end. Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) had a flat tyre with 2.5km to go. Lotto-Soudal did the most impressive work at the front of the peloton and André Greipel was smart enough to mark Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and pass him right on time while Peter Sagan was coming fast from behind. Riders representing 12 different teams and 10 nations have won the 21 stages of the 103rd Tour de France.
|21:09||Nairo Quintana: "I've had physical problems"|
“I've done the Tour three times and the podium three times. I can only be happy. After so many kilometers, so much work, to be on the podium is gratifying and always a success. Froome was untouchable and much superior on this Tour. Team Sky has always raced at a high level. They have riders of a big potential and they know how to race as a team. I'm disappointed to not have been able to create more of spectacle. Some of my physique has gone missing. I've suffered from allergies. It takes many years to reach the pinnacle but if I keep trying and working, I'll make it. I'll keep chasing my yellow dream. My family is my support. They make me stronger. Without them, I wouldn't do a thing. I won't take part in the Olympic Games. I want to recover and be ready for the Vuelta a España to give emotions and animate the race.”
|20:57||Romain Bardet: "No frustration, I only have to enjoy"|
"It's a big moment. My joy is enormous, for me and for the team but I'm yet to realize what happened. I had mixed feelings after the Dauphiné and everything went well here. I've changed a few things. In previous years, I left the Tour with some frustrations but there's nothing like that today. I only have to enjoy the moment. I found the podium ceremony very impressive in 2014 for the teams' classification and also for the super combative prize last year. This result is above the others. I take it as an encouragement.”
|20:52||Adam Yates: «I'm the same»|
“It's a big honour to be here. On TV it might look like an easy stage but it wasn't. After three week, nothing has changed. I'm the same. I live it day by day. I'm not thinking of the future.”