'Tis done, the 96th Grande Boucle is over. The final stage into Paris has always meant success for some - as well as relief for many others - and the champagne will once again flow for all. There is one more treasure at stake today: the highly-valued stage win on the Champs-Élysées. With its false-flat uphill cobbles between the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe, the 'world’s most beautiful avenue' is always a spectacular finish of the Tour, whether a sprinter or a puncher wins.
- Race Home
- Stage 115.5km Monaco - Monaco (ITT)
- Stage 2187km Monaco - Brignoles
- Stage 3196.5km Marseille - La Grande-Motte
- Stage 439km Montpellier - Montpellier (TTT)
- Stage 5196.5km Le Cap d'Agde - Perpignan
- Stage 6181.5km Gérone - Barcelone
- Stage 7224km Barcelone - Andorre Arcalis
- Stage 8176.5km Andorre-la-Vieille - Saint-Girons
- Stage 9160.5km Saint-Gaudens - Tarbes
- Rest dayLimoges
- Stage 10194.5km Limoges - Issoudun
- Stage 11192km Vatan - Saint-Fargeau
- Stage 12211.5km Tonnerre - Vittel
- Stage 13200km Vittel - Colmar
- Stage 14199km Colmar - Besançon
- Stage 15207.5km Pontarlier - Verbier
- Rest dayVerbier
- Stage 16159km Martigny - Bourg-Saint-Maurice
- Stage 17169.5km Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Le Grand-Bornand
- Stage 1840.5km Annecy - Annecy (ITT)
- Stage 19178km Bourgoin-Jallieu - Aubenas
- Stage 20167km Montélimar - Mont Ventoux
- Stage 21164km Montereau-Fault-Yonne - Paris Champs-Élysées
- Race history
Cavendish will have to win here if he wants to take the green back from the sprinter that survived the close-to-finish climbs in the middle of the race.
Cav does well under pressure, so I’m sure he can manage this feat.
Of course, I’m hoping for a little beginner’s luck for Tyler Farrar.