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Stage 21: Mantes-la-Jolie - Paris Champs-Élysées 122 km

Well, this stage thread signifies one thing: against all the odds we have made it to Paris and the crowning of a new champion!

Emotions run high on the final stage of the Tour. Light hearted in the first part of the race when time has come to celebrate and congratulate one another with sometimes a sip of champagne. Then comes the pleasure of re-discovering every year the Île-de-France area and Paris of course. Finally there are the shivers, the flower bouquet on the Champs-Ẻlysées indeed remains one of the most coveted on the sprinting planet. Unless… – Christian Prudhomme



At 122 kilometres, the final stage of the Tour de France is the traditional parade race to the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The start is in Mantes-la-Jolie.
A glass of champagne, a photo shoot, and an occasional cigar – those are the ingredients of the parade stage. But once the riders hit the cobbles in the centre of France the bunch accelerates. The stage ends with eight fast laps of almost 7 kilometres.



Champs-Élysées is French for Elysium, the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous in Greek mythology. What a place to end the world’s biggest annual sporting event!



t has been 15 years since Aleksandr Vinokourov was the last attacker to snatch a stage win on the Champ-Élysées. Since then the riders who’ll give it a shot in Paris seldom reach a lead of more than 1 minute. What they have in common is that they never really stand a chance to win.

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    Drummer Boy

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    Well, this stage thread signifies one thing: against all the odds we have made it to Paris and the crowning of a new champion!

    Against all odds, indeed! :win

    I never thought I'd see this in 2020. And what an edition in turned out to be!
    The organizers must be, deservedly, quite proud of themselves.

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    A glass of champagne...
    Is young Tadej even old enough?  :o

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    All eyes on Le Coq :lol

    Yesterday got me excited about cycling again. Still quiet amazing we got to here from there in 1 ITT
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     Just updating the results:



     :D
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    What Sagan never accomplished: winning on the Champs-Elysées in the green jersey.
    Class completion of the results by #green #quickstep Bennett.



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    Indeed. A most fitting win by a most fitting winner.

    What could be more perfect than to not only stamp your authority on the Green Jersey by winning on one of the most iconic sprint finishes in all of cycling, but do so by beating Mr. Green Jersey himself, Peter Sagan, along with the current World Champion of Mads Pedersen?!



    That will make for quite the podium picture to hang on one's wall.

    History in the making. :cool



    Speaking of...

    I hadn't realized that this is how they actually displayed the final outcome.  :D

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    Jeez!  Paris (and the Place de la Concorde)  is infamous for treating people like that, but what did the guys on the left do to deserve it?  :S


    #LaGuiliotine 

     :)
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    Jeez!...what did the guys on the left do to deserve it?

    Sock-height infraction.   :s
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