Sunday July 24th, 2016

Stage 21Chantilly / Paris Champs-Élysées

Start 16h35 (Local time)

Last chance for the defeated sprinters

Sporting stakes23.07.2016Stage 21- Chantilly / Paris Champs-Élysées

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 Sagan can reach the number of four stage wins like André Greipel and Marcel Kittel (twice) in the past three years. The two Germans have the Champs-Elysées in sight. Kittel is hungry for more after having won only once this year (stage 4 in Limoges). Greipel is still at zero, like Alexander Kristoff and Bryan Coquard who have already experienced finishing second in Paris but not first. Stage 10 winner Michael Matthews is a worthy challenger. He has showed good form in going into breakaways in the Alps. Rookies Dan McLay and Dylan Groenewegen might have some ideas at the back of their mind too. But according to recent statistics, every eleven years it's not a bunch sprint finish in Paris. In 1994, Eddy Seigneur rode away from a 5-man breakaway to precede Frankie Andreu by three seconds. In 2005, Alexandre Vinokourov overtook Bradley McGee who had escaped the peloton before the flamme rouge. We're in 2016…

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