Kittel wins on the Champs-Elysees

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) sprinted to victory in the final stage of this year's Tour de France, ending Mark Cavendish's four-year winning streak on the Champs-Élysées. Kittel lead from the front inside the final 200 meters, with Andre Greipel and Cavendish unable to close the gap.

Under the Parisian dusk, and with the Arc de Triomphe providing a spectacular backdrop, Kittel was delivered to the line perfectly, his Argos-Shimano team forging their path to the front of the peloton with immaculate timing.

With Greipel and Cavendish struggling to draw level in the closing meters Kittel was able to claim his fourth stage of this year's race, marking a complete turnaround from last year when he abandoned his debut Tour through illness and injury.

"The best thing a sprinter can do is win on the Champs-Élysées. The sprint was tough but it went perfectly. My legs felt good and so I'm really happy," he said after being first on the final Tour de France podium.

"It's difficult to say after such a great Tour de France. I've won four stages. I'm proud of myself and my team. We had some hard days in the mountains but we give it everything together that what's made the difference."

Team Sky's Chris Froome finished the final stage safely, rolling across the finish line with his six teammates 53 seconds after Kittel, and winning his first Tour de France, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) rounded out the final podium of the 100th Tour de France. For the second year in a row Sky toasted their Tour de France champion as race organisers ASO pulled out all the stops to celebrate the Tour's 100 edition.

Froome savoured every moment on the podium as the winner of the Tour de France.

"It's absolutely incredible! I could actually feel myself welling up with tears it was really quite an emotional feeling riding across the line with my teammates who have just killed themselves to keep the yellow jersey on my back for these past two weeks," he said.

"It has been an absolutely incredible journey. It's been a tough journey – a bloody tough journey – but to be here, standing on the top step of the podium on the Champs-Elysées is all worth it, 100 percent worth it."

Froome read a message on the podium.

"I'd like to thank my teammates who buried themselves day-in, day-out to keep this yellow jersey on my shoulders and the Team Sky management for believing in me and building this team around me. Thank you to all the people who have taken the time to teach me over the years. Finally, I'd like to thank my close friends and family for being there for me every step of the way," he said.

"This is a beautiful country and it hosts the biggest annual sporting event on the planet. To win the 100th edition is an honour. This is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time."

Historic evening finale to 100th Tour de France edition

The stage from Versailles set off in the early evening, with the peloton reaching Paris just as dusk began to fall. By then the customary roll call of photos had been ceremoniously concluded, the champagne flute discarded and Peter Sagan green wig to celebrate his second straight green jersey, discarded.

As the race wound through the streets of Paris and around the Arc de Triomphe for the first time there was even time for Miguel Indurain, Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault to enjoy an open top parade.

Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) was watching from the sidelines, however, having pulled out with 38 kilometres remaining due to illness, a reminder of how cruel luck can be in cycling.

Cavendish, looking for an unprecedented fifth straight stage in win Paris, had to chase back after an early puncture. It was left to another British rider to open the attacking proceedings with David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) the first rider to escape the clutches of the Sky-led field. Millar, who has struggled at times in this year's race, was joined by fellow veteran Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM).

The pair kicked out an advantage that stretched to 25 seconds but with 23 kilometres remaining the Spaniard was forced to yield, allowing Millar to soak up the atmosphere as he raced around Norwegian corner, bouncing his way through the gutters that line the edges of the Champs-Élysées and across the line.

As the sky dimmed and the lights from the race motorbikes flickered into life Millar's energies began to fade.

Jeremy Roy was the next rider to launch a move but he was unable to match Millar's attempt and was quickly passed by the trio of Manuel Quinziato (BMC), Bram Tankink (Belkin) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Although a more dangerous proposition than Roy, they, too were reeled in, the sprinters not to be denied after a week in the Alps and the Champs-Élysées finishing line in sight.

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) summoned his teammates into action, Cavendish neatly tucked into the final slot as the peloton flew into the final three kilometres. Lotto Belisol and Cannondale muscled their way to the front as Argos-Shimano drifted in, their lead-out now arguably the best in the world.

Kittel still needed to finish the job off and despite Cavendish and Greipel breathing down his neck, the 25-year-old German was able to hold his line and his strength.

As night fell the attention turned to Froome, the British rider completing a staggering journey that has culminated in a dominant win in this year's race. He dedicated the win to his late mother, and flanked by Quintana and Rodriguez, becomes the second British winner of the world's biggest race.

Quintana, second overall, pulled on the white jersey, with Sagan ruling green and Alberto Contador's Saxo-Tinkoff winning the team classification.

Full Results

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1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano3:06:14
2André Greipel (Ger) Lotto BelisolRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 2 - Cell 2
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Alexander Kristoff (Nor) KatushaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Kévin Reza (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 6 - Cell 2
8Yohann Gene (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 7 - Cell 2
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 8 - Cell 2
10Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.frRow 9 - Cell 2
11Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol0:00:04
15Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 14 - Cell 2
16Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Julien El Fares (Fra) SojasunRow 20 - Cell 2
22Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol0:00:10
26Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-SharpRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 27 - Cell 2
29Gatis Smukulis (Lat) KatushaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack LeopardRow 33 - Cell 2
35Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 34 - Cell 2
36Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 36 - Cell 2
38Eduard Vorganov (Rus) KatushaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 38 - Cell 2
40Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Anthony Delaplace (Fra) SojasunRow 40 - Cell 2
42Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 41 - Cell 2
43Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 42 - Cell 2
44Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 45 - Cell 2
47John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 49 - Cell 2
51Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) KatushaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 51 - Cell 2
53Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack LeopardRow 52 - Cell 2
54Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Pavel Brutt (Rus) KatushaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 58 - Cell 2
60Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack LeopardRow 60 - Cell 2
62Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 61 - Cell 2
63Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) SojasunRow 62 - Cell 2
64Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) KatushaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 68 - Cell 2
70Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto BelisolRow 69 - Cell 2
71Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack LeopardRow 70 - Cell 2
72Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 72 - Cell 2
74Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 73 - Cell 2
75Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 77 - Cell 2
79Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 78 - Cell 2
80Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 79 - Cell 2
81Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 80 - Cell 2
82Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.frRow 81 - Cell 2
83Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 82 - Cell 2
84Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 84 - Cell 2
86Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 85 - Cell 2
87Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack LeopardRow 86 - Cell 2
88Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 87 - Cell 2
89Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack LeopardRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack LeopardRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.frRow 90 - Cell 2
92Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-MeridaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun0:00:26
96Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp0:00:28
97Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:29
98Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:34
99Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 98 - Cell 2
100Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 99 - Cell 2
101Julien Simon (Fra) SojasunRow 100 - Cell 2
102Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 102 - Cell 2
104Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 103 - Cell 2
105Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) KatushaRow 104 - Cell 2
106Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack LeopardRow 106 - Cell 2
108Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 107 - Cell 2
109Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 109 - Cell 2
111Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 110 - Cell 2
112Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 112 - Cell 2
114John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 113 - Cell 2
115Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 115 - Cell 2
117Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Yury Trofimov (Rus) KatushaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack LeopardRow 118 - Cell 2
120Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 119 - Cell 2
121Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:41
122Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 121 - Cell 2
123Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-SharpRow 122 - Cell 2
124Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:43
125Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:53
126Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 125 - Cell 2
127David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 126 - Cell 2
128Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 127 - Cell 2
129Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 128 - Cell 2
130Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 129 - Cell 2
131Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky ProcyclingRow 130 - Cell 2
132Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:56
133Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar0:00:58
136Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 135 - Cell 2
137Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 136 - Cell 2
138Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 137 - Cell 2
139Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 139 - Cell 2
141Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:05
142Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:01:14
143Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:15
144Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:18
145Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 144 - Cell 2
146Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 145 - Cell 2
147Maxime Mederel (Fra) SojasunRow 146 - Cell 2
148Brice Feillu (Fra) SojasunRow 147 - Cell 2
149Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
150Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha0:01:34
151Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:36
152Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 151 - Cell 2
153Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:51
154Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:01
155Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:21
156Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.frRow 155 - Cell 2
157Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
158Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 157 - Cell 2
159Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:02:30
160Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 159 - Cell 2
161Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:52
162David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp0:03:13
163Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun0:04:09
164Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) SojasunRow 163 - Cell 2
165Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 164 - Cell 2
166Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 165 - Cell 2
167Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 166 - Cell 2
168Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 167 - Cell 2
169Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:04:24
DNFLieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 169 - Cell 2
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Points
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano45pts
2André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol35Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step30Row 2 - Cell 3
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling26Row 3 - Cell 3
5Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida22Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha20Row 5 - Cell 3
7Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar18Row 6 - Cell 3
8Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar16Row 7 - Cell 3
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff14Row 8 - Cell 3
10Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr12Row 9 - Cell 3
11Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge10Row 10 - Cell 3
12Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge8Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi6Row 12 - Cell 3
14Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol4Row 13 - Cell 3
15Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2Row 14 - Cell 3
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Intermediate sprint - Paris, 87km
1Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team20pts
2David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step4