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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 27, Stage 21: Évry - Paris Champs-Élysées 137.5km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the 21st and final stage of the 2014 Tour de France.

  1. 16:24:59 CEST

    After three weeks of racing the riders of the Tour de France are in Paris for the final stage of this year's race.

  2. 16:26:21 CEST

    The riders have rolled out of Evry and in the long neutralised sector of the race.

  3. 16:27:42 CEST

    The riders will pass kilometre zero at 3:45 local time and begin the 137.5km stage that ends with laps of the Champs Elysees.

  4. 16:28:24 CEST

    The four jersey wearers are currently leading the peloton and posing for photographs.

  5. 16:30:33 CEST

    For the first time Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) has matching yellow shorts to go with his leader's yellow jersey.

  6. 16:35:52 CEST

    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wears the green points jersey, Thibaut Pinot (Fdj.fr) wears the best young riders white jersey and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) wears the polka-dot mountains jersey.

  7. 16:38:18 CEST

    All the Astana team has yellow bar tape for the final stage and is riding together to celebrate Nibali's victory.

  8. 16:39:26 CEST

    The team is about to toast Nibali's success with plastic glasses of champagne.

  9. 16:40:56 CEST

    The Astana line out with Nibali and down their champagne. They deserve it after working so hard. 

  10. 16:44:27 CEST

    Nibali celebrates with the Astana team cars and the Tour de France race officials before heading back to the front of the peloton.

  11. 16:45:05 CEST

    The other riders are rolling along, laughing, smiling and enjoying the satisfaction of having finished the Tour de France.

  12. 16:48:37 CEST

    We will have a high-speed sprint at the end of the stage, with Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) the big favourite to win again.

  13. 17:02:22 CEST

    The stage is officially underway but the speed remains slow as the riders enjoy the moment. The speed will increase as the riders see the Tour Eiffel and then race on the Champs Elysees.

  14. 17:02:54 CEST

    At the moment Kittel seems more worried about putting on some sun screen than racing.

  15. 17:14:00 CEST

    The riders have upped the speed and are riding through the fields on the outskirts of Paris. The face the last small climb of the race after 30km of racing.

  16. 17:19:09 CEST

    The Italian riders who have finished the Tour are now celebrating with Nibali.

  17. 17:20:45 CEST

    The French are also celebrating today, with Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut on the podium with Nibali.

  18. 17:22:04 CEST

    Peraud is 37 and so perhaps past his best but Pinot is only 24 and will surely go onto challenge for success at the Tour for years to come.

  19. 17:24:50 CEST

    Ag2r-La Mondiale is also celebrating winning the team classification by posing together for photos.

  20. 17:32:05 CEST

    The stage includes nine full laps of the Champs Elysees circuit.

  21. 17:33:43 CEST

    Another contender for today's expected sprint finish is French national champion Arnaud Demare (Fdj.fr). He's failed to make an impact in the sprints, with Kittel and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) dominating the sprints.

  22. 17:42:24 CEST

    The riders are being applauded as they head to the centre of Paris.

  23. 107.5km remaining from 137.5km

    17:48:17 CEST

    The riders are still rolling slowly to wards Paris. The speed is below 30km/h but will touch 60km/h in the final lap of the race.

  24. 17:53:14 CEST

    As so often in the past, the Astana is leading the peloton, setting the tempo for the peloton.

  25. 17:57:26 CEST

    The Lotto Belisol riders are also celebrating after the team announced that Soudal will step as the team's new second title sponsor.

  26. 100km remaining from 137.5km

    18:02:22 CEST

    The crowds are gathering in the centre of Paris as the kilometres tick down.

  27. 18:04:34 CEST

    Nibali is about to be crowned the winner of the 2014 Tour.

    He has faced a series of doping questions but has always replied. Read what he said in his final press conference by clicking here.

  28. 18:11:57 CEST

    The average speed for the first hour of racing was 32.2km/h. It's going to get much faster very soon.

  29. 18:20:19 CEST

    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) has dominated the green points jersey for a third year but has yet to win a stage this race. Can he finish on a high in Paris?

     

  30. 18:34:20 CEST

    Before the men's stage the women raced on the Champs Elysees in the historic first edition of the La Course.

    Read the full race report and check out the first race photos here.

  31. 18:40:51 CEST

    Team Sky had a difficult Tour de France after dominating the last two editions of the race.

    The British team has already begun to study what went wrong and plan for 2015, when they will no-doubt be back with Froome.

    Read out interview with Performance coach Tim Kerrison here.

     

  32. 75km remaining from 137.5km

    18:43:11 CEST

    Astana is still leading the peloton, setting a steady pace.

  33. 18:55:22 CEST

    What was your favourite moment of the 2014 Tour de France?

    We selected the stage on the cobbles and stage 18 when Nibali won alone at Haustacam.

    Let us know via our Facebook page here.

  34. 19:01:17 CEST

    We can see the Tour Eiffel from the Cyclingnews blimp and so the riders will see it soon too.

  35. 56km remaining from 137.5km

    19:07:48 CEST

    Here we go. the riders are in the centre of Paris and heading to the Champs Elysees.

  36. 19:08:33 CEST

    The skies are overcast but the racing is about to heat up.

  37. 19:11:20 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) is the first to go off the front of the peloton on the Champs Elysees.

  38. 50km remaining from 137.5km

    19:13:51 CEST

    The speed is up! Here we go.

  39. 19:15:50 CEST

    And there goes Jens Voigt!

  40. 19:16:32 CEST

    The German veteran makes one last attack at the Tour de France.

  41. 19:17:16 CEST

    The peloton lets him go a little but others riders are also trying to attack.

  42. 19:20:00 CEST

    Daniel here taking over from Stephen.

     

  43. 19:20:09 CEST

    Voigt, in his last Tour, is leading the peloton by 8 seconds. Just like Hincapie he's given his chance to lead the race into Paris. Only this time he's not being chased down by a single rider.

  44. 19:21:10 CEST

    There are a number of counter attack now though with three riders with Van Avermaet included leading the chase. Sagan and Nibali remain well positioned near the front of the peloton.

  45. 19:22:08 CEST

    There's been a crash and Peraud is down along with a few other riders.

  46. 19:22:57 CEST

    Cheng is also down as we see Peraud back on his bike and riding again. Voigt has now been caught by a large chase group but they only have a few seconds over the main field.

  47. 19:24:01 CEST

    42km to go as the race heads out from the tunnel. The gap to the break is at roughly two seconds although as Tuft powers them along. Thomas is here, Siebert too. There are around ten riders in total.

  48. 19:27:36 CEST

    The race is back together at the front as Danny Pate sets the pace but Peraud is 22 seconds down on the peloton.

  49. 19:28:27 CEST

    Peraud has made it back to the main field as we see Bakelants, out of contract this year, attack.

  50. 19:29:12 CEST

    The Belgian is swiftly closed down but the bunch are lined out now as they dip close to the final 35km of racing in this stage and this year's Tour de France.

  51. 19:29:40 CEST

    There's now an acceleration from Porte and four riders have moved clear of the field.

  52. 19:31:11 CEST

    Porte, Morkov, Serpa and one other rider have around 8 seconds as Astana set a steady pace. They're trying to keep the attacks down and the four leaders now have 11 seconds.

  53. 19:32:13 CEST

    Fonseca is the fourth rider in the break and he takes a turn that helps them extend their lead to 20 seconds.

  54. 19:33:00 CEST

    Giant Shimano with Kittel in mind are now setting the pace at the front of the peloton.

  55. 19:34:09 CEST

    They've been joined by Lotto as we see Peraud riding near the back of the field, his jersey cut to pieces. He's a lucky guy because that fall could have been a lot worse. He really needs to move up though.

  56. 19:34:51 CEST

    Griepel is sitting in seventh wheel with most of his team leading the peloton. Peraud is finally starting to move up as well.

  57. 19:36:22 CEST

    Jurgen van den Broeck currently sets the pace with Lotto looking for their third stage win in this year's race. They've had a mixed Tour with Greipel and Gallopin winning, the latter wearing yellow, but Van den Broeck hasn't had it in the mountains.

  58. 31km remaining from 137.5km

    19:36:49 CEST

    We're into the last 31km and the gap to the four leaders is now at 23 seconds.

  59. 19:38:23 CEST

    Kirstoff has a puncture but he should make it back to the bunch without too much effort. A few teammates would be helpful though, as we see them now drop back.

  60. 19:40:52 CEST

    Deep down the Europcar team are starting to organise their train for Coquard to have one final chance of winning a stage. The four leaders have 16 seconds with 27km to go.

  61. 19:41:29 CEST

    Kristoff has made it back to the peloton - the chase took longer than it should, as we see Greipel looking comfortable in fifth wheel.

  62. 19:44:22 CEST

    Orica GreenEdge has joined the chase as we see a second group of four try and move clear.

  63. 23km remaining from 137.5km

    19:45:44 CEST

    The race turns around the Arc de Triomphe once more and the bunch now just have four riders clear, Porte, Morkov, Serpa and Fonseca. All at 13 seconds with 23km go to.

  64. 19:47:41 CEST

    We now just have three leaders: Porte, Serpa and Morkov.

  65. 19:49:43 CEST

    Rogers, back with the team cars is tossing his bidons into the crowd. He takes a couple of fresh ones from the Tinkoff car as the break moves back out to 25 seconds with 20km left.

  66. 19:50:18 CEST

    Cannodale have joined the chase though, so we have Lotto, Giant and Sagan's team setting the pace.

  67. 19:50:53 CEST

    Durbridge has attacked from the field too but he's struggling to get a decent gap.

  68. 19:51:22 CEST

    The Australian is quickly reeled in as Serpra, Porte and Morkov trade turns.

  69. 19:54:23 CEST

    The chase has jumped up a notch as Giant lift the pace. Katusha and Kristoff have moved up too as Kittel and the rest of his team huddle near the front.

  70. 19:55:11 CEST

    Tony Martin has punctured it seems and is back with the team cars.

  71. 15km remaining from 137.5km

    19:55:57 CEST

    Inside the final 15 of racing and the gap holds at 15 seconds.

  72. 19:58:46 CEST

    And Porte has attacked from the break and he's clear with 13km to go.

  73. 19:59:05 CEST

    The former Paris Nice winner has 9 seconds on the field as Morkov and Serpra sit up.

  74. 19:59:32 CEST

    The Sky rider gains a couple of seconds but the gap is only at 12 seconds with 12.5km to go.

  75. 20:02:47 CEST

    Just 10km remaining and Porte holds just seven seconds as De Marchi leads the peloton.

  76. 20:03:17 CEST

    Cheng has now been lapped by the peloton after his earlier crash.

  77. 20:03:55 CEST

    Porte looks back, he can see the bunch are closing in and it's almost all over.

  78. 20:05:14 CEST

    Around Norwegian corner with 8.2km remaining and Porte is about to be shut down.

  79. 20:06:34 CEST

    Tuft now sets the pace with one lap to go.

  80. 20:07:01 CEST

    The Canadian pulls over and it's Lotto who look the most organised at this stage.

  81. 20:07:46 CEST

    Giant line out on the right, Lotto on the left and Katusha, Europcar and even Garmin move into play. Nothing from Cannondale yet.

  82. 20:08:54 CEST

    Arashiro is near the front but there's an attack from Orica with 5.1km to go.

  83. 20:09:31 CEST

    It looks like Clarke and although he's flying the bunch are so rapid. The Australian does have a gap though with 4.4km to go.

  84. 20:09:59 CEST

    It's all Lotto on the front though with Greipel in the best position.

  85. 20:10:13 CEST

    3.7km for Clarke but here from Giant.

  86. 20:10:33 CEST

    They've flooded the front of the bunch and Clarke is caught.

  87. 20:10:56 CEST

    Kittel looks down at his gears, time for one final check before the sprint.

  88. 20:11:20 CEST

    Renshaw has Omega in the mix too as Cannondale appear too far back.

  89. 20:11:26 CEST

    2.4km to go.

  90. 20:11:38 CEST

    It's all Giant Shimano on the front.

  91. 20:11:49 CEST

    But now Omega drive on.

  92. 20:12:07 CEST

    With 1.8km to go.

  93. 20:12:38 CEST

    Through the tunnel and Cannondale lead with Giant and Lotto there.

  94. 20:13:01 CEST

    It' all Omega on the front and there's almost a crash.

  95. 20:13:32 CEST

    Giant lead around the final corner.

  96. 20:14:11 CEST

    Here comes Kristoff. He's leading with 100 to go. Can Kittel come back?

  97. 20:14:35 CEST

    The German is closing in on Kristoff, Greipel is out of it.

  98. 20:14:58 CEST

    Here comes Kittel in full flight. And he takes it.

  99. 20:15:31 CEST

    Marcel Kittel wins by just over a wheel but he had to do it the hard way after Kristoff went first.

  100. 20:17:35 CEST

    And at the line Nibali is mobbed by his wife, his baby daughter is there, and even Vino, who helps draw the Italian Tour winner closer to his family.

  101. 20:21:51 CEST

    1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 3:20:50
    2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:00:00
    3 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:00
    4 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:00
    5 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:00
    6 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 0:00:00
    7 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:00
    8 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:00
    9 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:00
    10 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:00:00

  102. 20:23:15 CEST

    Final general classification
    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 89:59:06
    2 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:37
    3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:08:15
    4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:09:40
    5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:11:24
    6 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:26
    7 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:14:32
    8 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:17:57
    9 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:18:11
    10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:21:15

  103. 20:29:31 CEST

    The riders have now started to make their way to the team buses and soon they'll start a lap of honour.

  104. 20:31:14 CEST

    But now Kittel makes his way onto the podium in Paris for the second year in a row. That's four stages for the German and seven stages for Germany in this Tour de France - a new record.

  105. 20:32:59 CEST

    Sagan is next up as he collects the green jersey while Kittel praises his team in a post-race interview.

  106. 20:37:33 CEST

    Majka is followed by Pinot onto the podium. Next up will be Vincenzo Nibali. It's time to call it a day here but thanks for following througout the Tour de France this year. You can find our report, results, and race photos from today, just here.