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...read more
“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...read more
"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...read more
“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.”read more
“After five years, it's hard to say goodbye to the team but we have done our best: the top 10 with Roman [Kreuziger], Peter's jersey and mine. That's my second one but not my last one. We've done a great team work. It's like if it was my first time. I'm happy, especially after the back luck we had at the beginning. Cycling is a very hard sport, particularly mentally. You have to be very strong.”read more
“My best memories of this Tour? There are too many: the three stage wins, the great work of the team and tonight's party in Paris. We're all very happy. The Olympic Games are next for me. I'll go back to the roots [mountain biking].”read more
Chris Froome said in this speech to the public: “My son Kellan: this victory is for you. My thoughts go again to those who lost their lives in the tragedy in Nice. The values of sport are so important to a free society. We all love the Tour de France. We love the Tour because it's unpredictable. But we love the more for what stays the same: the passion of the fans from every nation along the road side, the beauty of the French countryside and the bonds of friendship created through a true...read more
“I can't describe it. I'm just super proud of what we've achieved today. I've raced for three weeks for that. The team kept believing in me. We've tried many times and we walk away from the Tour with two stage wins, with Thomas De Gendt and myself. This morning, we had a good plan. There was a head wind at the end. I just tried to stay calm. Once we hit the finale, we were one guy too short so I chose to follow Alexander Kristoff who was the strongest. But this is another stage win at the...read more
There's one last stage remaining. It's a prestigious one with the Arc de Triomphe as a backdrop and the Champs-Elysées to welcome the 175 finishers of the Tour de France. This is a record – the previous highest number was 170 in 2010. The grand finale is a parade but also the sprinters' queen stage, as Mark Cavendish likes to describe it. But the most successful of them all this year (3 victories) has pulled out in order to gear up for the Olympic Games on the track. Therefore, only Peter...read more
Newsflashes (Local time)
|19:53||Top 5 final|
1. Chris Froome
2. Romain Bardet, at 2.52
3. Nairo Quintana, at 3.08
4. Adam Yates, at 3.29
5. Richie Porte, at 4.04
1. André Greipel
2. Peter Sagan
3. Alexander Kristoff
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen
5. Michael Matthews
|19:33||Greipel wins stage 21|
1st Greipel, like last year
|19:32||Mollema off the back|
Mollema is dropped
|19:31||Bryan Coquard has a flat!|
Puncture for Coquard with 2km to go
Reto Hollenstein (IAM) crashes with 3.5km to go.
All together with 6.5km to go. Sondre Holst Enger (IAM) has a flat tyre.
|19:27||1 lap to go|
Greg Van Avermaet alone with one lap to go. Peloton very close
|19:23||10km to go|
Lutsenko and Van Avermaet are only 5 seconds ahead of the peloton.
|19:21||Froome at the back of the pack|
Chris Froome takes it easy at the back of the pack
|19:21||Van Avermaet with Lutsenko|
12km to go, Van Avermaet rejoins Lutsenko at the front
|19:19||Lustenko alone in the lead|
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) is alone in the lead. The last - and only - Kazakh winner on the Champs-Elysées was Alexandre Vinokourov in 2005.
|19:18||Three in the lead|
Teklehaimanot, Gougeard and Lustenko pass ahead of the peloton with two laps to go (14km).
|19:16||15km to go|
Daniel Teklehaimanot has gone solo with 15km to go. He's alone in the lead.
|19:14||Poels and Rowe at the front|
Poels and Rowe rejoin the seven leaders.
|19:12||A Sky attack|
Two Team Sky riders attack on the Champs-Elysées: Luke Rowe and Wout Poels.
|19:10||Direct Energie chases hard|
With 20km to go, the advantage of the leading 7 is down to ten seconds as Direct Energie leads the charge for Bryan Coquard who was second to André Greipel on the Champ-Elysées yesterday.
|19:08||Gautier, Vachon, Henderson back in the pack|
Gautier, Vachon, Henderson back in the pack after mechanical problems
Peloton chasing hard, 15 seconds behind the leading 7 riders. Marcel Kittel is back in the pack.
|19:01||At km 73.5|
Result of the intermediate sprint:
1. Markus Burghardt
2. Jan Barta
3. Daniel Teklehaimanot
4. Jérémy Roy
5. Lawson Craddock
6. Alexis Gougeard
7. Brice Feillu
8. Rui Costa
9. Romain Sicard
10. Fabrice Jeandesbosz
11. Petr Vakoc
12. Thomas De Gendt
13. Thomas Voeckler
14. Sylvain Chavanel
15. Antoine Duchesne
|18:57||Burghardt with a mechanical|
Markus Burghardt is no longer in the leading group due to a mechanical. He can't change his gear any more. Seven riders remain in the lead with 25 seconds advantage 32km before the end.
|18:55||Mechanical for Kittel|
Just after Tony Martin pulled out, another Etixx-Quick Step star is in trouble. Marcel Kittel has had a wheel change. He's furious after being fixed. No team-mate waits for him. He's in the slpistream of his team car.
|18:53||Tony Martin: injured knee|
Questioned by letour.com, Etixx-Quick Step press officer informed that Tony Martin had a pain in his left knee in the past few days but it became a problem yesterday. He finished dead last in Morzine. He tried to race today but the team decided to make him stop in order to not compromise his chances at the Olympic Games.
|18:44||20 Grand Tours for Valverde|
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) completes his 20th Grand Tour today in 6th place. He made the top 10 on 16 occasions: 9 times at the Vuelta, 6 at the Tour, 1 at the Giro (this year, 3rd).
|18:42||Tony Martin quits|
Tony Martin (Etixx) pulls out of the Tour de France during the last stage.
|18:39||The eight escapees are:|
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)
|18:35||8 riders in the lead with 50km to go|
Eight riders have gone clear.
|18:34||Louis Meintjes, first African in the top 10|
Eighth on GC, South Africa's Louis Meintjes is the first African national to make the top ten. He's not the first rider born in Africa to perform this well as Chris Froome, a Kenyan native from Nairobi, has won the Tour de France twice and probably three times soon. Richard Virenque, second in 1997, was born in Morocco.
|18:33||Four new best performance in the top 10|
Four riders of the top ten had never done so well in a Grand Tour: Romain Bardet (2nd), Adam Yates (4th), Richie Porte (5th) and Louis Meintjes (8th).
|18:32||French champion on the attack|
Arthur Vichot is first to attack today. The real race is on!
|18:31||Purito alone on the Champs-Elysées|
Soon-to-be-retired Joaquim Rodriguez, 7th of his last Tour de France at the age of 37, has had the green light from the peloton to enter the Champs-Elysées alone in the lead. A well deserve honor!
|18:28||A record number of riders with 4 hours deficit|
52 riders have a deficit of more than four hours in the overall ranking. It's a record. The closest number was in 2014: 48 riders did so (from the 117th to 164th).
|18:26||Seven teams still entire in Paris|
Seven teams have reached Paris with their entire line up: Sky, Astana, AG2R-La Mondiale, LottoNL-Jumbo, Lampre-Merida, Etixx-Quick Step and Fortuneo-Vital Concept. In 2010 and 2013, there were also seven entire teams on the Champs-Elysées.
|18:22||Nicolas Portal: «Our mentality is all about winning»|
“Interviewed by Francetélévisions, Team Sky's sport director Nicolas Portal declared: “Every year it's harder to win the Tour. But our team has stepped up. All our riders have performed greatly. It's been hard every day. It's a real pleasure to be part of this mission. There weren't any big gaps between in the mountains but Chris caught the first opportunities, downhill and in the echelons to Montpellier. It's one year of work that paid off. We're proud of that. It shows our mentality:...
|18:15||Sky to enter Paris first|
Team Sky has taken the lead of the peloton to enter Paris in the first positions. But the speed is not high enough to prevent André Greipel from coming back to the peloton after a puncture. Greipel is the defending champion of the Champs-Elysées.
|18:13||Big names among the few non finishers|
175 finishers is a record number. It means only 23 riders pulled out but it includes some of the biggest names: Alberto Contador, Fabian Cancellara, Mark Cavendish, Thibaut Pinot, Rohan Dennis, Tom Dumoulin, Dani Navarro and Simon Gerrans, for various reasons, injury, sickness and preparation of the Olympic Games.
|18:06||Rafal Majka the number 1 breakaway man|
French daily newspaper L'Equipe has counted the number of kilometers in a breakaway covered by each rider since the start at Mont-Saint-Michel. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) tops the list with 637km, ahead of Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), 555, and Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling), 501.
|17:54||Roman Kreuziger first at côte de l'Ermitage|
The last KOM point has been taken by Roman Kreuziger at côte de l'Ermitage, which used to be the hill of the Trophée des Grimpeurs (climbers' trophy), a legendary one-day race that doesn't exist anymore.
|17:49||Tinkoff and Etixx the most often in the top 10|
In terms of top 10 in stages, Tinkoff shares the top of the tally with Etixx-Quick Step with 16 places, followed by Dimension Data, IAM Cycling, Movistar and Katusha (13), BMC (12), Sky (11), Cofidis, Lotto-Soudal and Orica-BikeExchange (10), AG2R-La Mondiale and LottoNL-Jumbo (9), Trek-Segafredo (8), Direct Energie (7), Astana, Fortuneo-Vital Concept and Lampre-Merida (6), Giant-Alpecin (5), FDJ (3), Bora-Argon 18 and Cannondale-Drapac (2).
The peloton has covered 30km. Côte de l'Hermitage ahead.
|17:41||Tinkoff has the biggest number of top 3|
In terms of top 3 in stages, Tinkoff tops the tally with 12 places, followed by Dimension Data (7), Etixx-Quick Step and Katusha (5), IAM Cycling, Movistar and Sky (4), Lotto-Soudal and Giant-Alpecin (3), AG2R-La Mondiale, Cofidis, Direct Energie and Orica-BikeExchange (2), BMC, Fortuneo-Vital Concept and Lampre-Merida.
5 teams haven't made the top 3 at all during those twenty stages: FDJ, Cannondale-Drapac, Bora-Argon 18, Trek-Segafredo and LottoNL-Jumbo.
|17:34||Dimension Data the number 1 in stage victories|
12 teams out of 22 have won at least one stage so far: Dimension Data, 5 (4 with Mark Cavendish, 1 with Stephen Cummings), Tinkoff, 3 (by Peter Sagan), Team Sky, 2 (by Chris Froome), Giant-Alpecin, 2 (by Tom Dumoulin), Etixx-Quick Step, 1 (Marcel Kittel), BMC, 1 (Greg Van Avermaet), Orica-BikeExchange, 1 (Michael Matthews), Lotto-Soudal, 1 (Thomas De Gendt), IAM Cycling (Jarlinson Pantano), Katusha (Ilnur Zakarin), AG2R-La Mondiale (Romain Bardet), Movistar (Ion Izagirre).
|17:30||Six Frenchmen and Peter Sagan|
Exactly like last year, six – including Julian Alaphilippe who shared the distinction with Tony Martin on stae 16 – of the 18 most aggressive riders of the day were French. Two riders have won the daily price twice: Thomas De Gendt (stages 5 and 12) and Jarlinson Pantano (stages 17 and 20). Like last year (Romain Bardet), another rider was designated super combative of the Tour de France: Peter Sagan.
|17:23||Pantano with the red bib... again|
Jarlinson Pantano has the red bib of the most aggressive rider yesterday. It's his second such award after stage 17.
|17:12||Movistar's fourth collective victory|
This is Movistar's fourth victory in the teams' competition. They did it as Banesto in 1991 and 1999 and last year as well. It is the only team to retain the title since T-Mobile in 2006.
|17:05||Movistar with the yellow bibs... again|
Movistar has drastically increased their lead in the teams' classification yesterday with Ion Izagirre's solo victory in Morzine. Team Sky is 8.14 down and BMC RacingTeam 48.11 down.
|17:00||Flag off by Bernard Hinault|
Bernard Hinault flagged the race off. 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali sets a moderated but steady tempo at the head of the peloton. It's not the usual super slow start as the bubbly celebrations have already taken place in the long neutral zone.
|16:51||The race is on... officially|
The start proper has been given to 175 riders at 16.50.
|16:50||Adam Yates the first Brit in white in Paris|
Adam Yates is the first British rider to win the best young rider competition of the Tour de France. The award has been existing since 1975. Francesco Moser was the first winner.
|16:45||Champagne for Chris Froome|
After the beer ceremony with his team-mates, Chris Froome is having a cup of champagne to celebrate his third Tour de France victory.
|16:43||Adam Yates can come back for the white jersey next year|
Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) is in the white jersey. Louis Meintjes is second and Emanuel Buchmann third. The three of them are born in 1992. They'll remain eligible in the u26 category next year.
|16:40||Team Sky go for a beer|
Chris Froome has gone to the team car to collect beer bottles for each of his team-mates.
|16:32||Team Sky, men in black|
Team Sky is in the race with yellow cars and unusual black jerseys with a yellow stripe.
|16:29||Chris Froome in talks with Bernard Hinault|
This is Bernard Hinault's last day as an ambassadeur for the Tour de France. He's exceptionnally in the car of event director Christian Prudhomme. It gives him the opportunity to chat with Chris Froome in the neutral zone. Congratulations between champions.
|16:25||Rafal Majka, second time King of the Mountains|
Rafal Majka will arrive in Paris with the polka dot jersey for the second time after he was the King of the Mountains on his Tour de France debut in 2014. Thomas De Gendt is second with 130 points and Jarlinson Pantano third with 121. Only one point remains up for grabs at côte de l'Hermitage at km 32.5. Last year, Romain Bardet wore the polka dot jersey on the Champs-Elysées but he was second to Chris Froome who was busy with the yellow jersey.
|16:24||Peter Sagan the recordman|
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) has clinched the green jersey for the fifth consecutive time – providing that he completes the last stage within the time cut. He has 440 points. Runner up Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) has 228. It's Sagan's biggest margin since he started his points competition campaign. Here are the different gaps in the past ten years although the points scale has not always been the same:
2016: Sagan > 212 > Kittel (before the last stage)
|16:21||Chris Froome in the yellow jersey|
Chris Froome (Team Sky) will enter the Champs-Elysées with the yellow jersey for the third time in his career after 2013 and 2015. In the overall classification, he precedes Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) by 4.05, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) by 4.21, Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) and Richie Porte (BMC) by 5.17.
|16:19||15km neutral zone|
The neutral zone is 15km long so the 175 riders will be able to enjoy the ride before racing.
|16:05||Riders on the start line|
Riders on the move with distinctive jersey holders Chris Froome, Peter Sagan, Rafal Majka and Adam Yates on the front line
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 21 of the 103rd Tour de France, from Chantilly to Paris-Champs-Elysées, 113km. Starting time: 16.05.
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