Tour de France: Stage 21

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.

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