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Tour de France 2013

Date range:
June 29 - July 21, 2013
  • Tour de France, France
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      213km
      Start location:
      Porto-Vecchio
      End location:
      Bastia
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Bastia
      End location:
      Ajaccio
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Ajaccio
      End location:
      Calvi
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      25km
      Location
      Nice (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Cagnes-sur-mer
      End location:
      Marseille
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Aix-en-Provence
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Albi
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Castres
      End location:
      Ax 3 Domaines
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Girons
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Bigorre
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      St-Gildas-des-Bois
      End location:
      Saint Malo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Avranches
      End location:
      Mont-Saint-Michel (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Fougères
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Saint-Amand-Montrond
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
      End location:
      Lyon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      242.5km
      Start location:
      Givors
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Rest day 2

      Location
      Vaucluse province (Avignon, Orange)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      168km
      Start location:
      Vaison-la-Romaine
      End location:
      Gap
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      32km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      Chorges (ITT)
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Gap
      End location:
      l'Alpe d'Huez
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg d'Oisans
      End location:
      Le Grand Bornand
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      125km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy-Semnoz
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      133.5km
      Start location:
      Versailles
      End location:
      Paris - Champs-Elysées
  • Race history

July 21, Stage 21: Versailles - Paris - Champs-Elysées 133.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 5:28 BST,
Updated:
June 18, 2013, 3:23 BST

Versailles - Paris - Champs-Elysées 133.5 km

Showdown after sunset

Wanting to end this 100th edition of the Tour de France in style, Christian Prudhomme and his route organisers have thrown everything they can into this stage, which will leave the winner with some unique memories. Starting in the shadow of the palace at Versailles, the parcours rolls into Paris through the Chevreuse hills, where the King of the Mountains will have one final chance to show off his colours. By the time the peloton reaches Paris, it will be the early evening. Convention dictates the team of the yellow jersey leads the race onto the Champs-Elysées finishing circuit, which, for the first time will circle the Arc de Triomphe rather than turning in front of it. The peloton will complete 10 laps of the circuit and its speed will only increase over the course. Coming out onto the Champs-Elysées for the final time, everyone will be expecting Mark Cavendish to bullet away from the pack and romp to a fifth successive victory in the highest profile bunch sprint of the year.

Stephen Roche: "It'll be huge to see the Tour going round the Arc de Triomphe – one of the world's great monuments. I'm looking forward to watching this stage from the special grandstand with other Tour finishers. It's great ASO to see remembering those who've made the Tour's history."

Local history

You have to go back to 2008 to find the last time the Tour de France didn't end with Mark Cavendish taking victory on the Champs Elysées. His four wins have all been impressive but the pick of them was arguably his first, when he was so far ahead of his rivals it was almost embarrassing.

 

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Tour de France 2013: Stage 21 map

 

Tour de France 2013: Stage 21 profile