Tour de France 2015 Stage 21 preview: Sevres - Grand Paris Seine Ouest - Paris Champs-Elysees, 109.5 km

The Tour finishes in Paris for the 102nd time, and on the Champs Elysées for the 41st time. It’s 40 years since the Tour first finished on the world’s most famous boulevard, with local hero Bernard Thévenet taking the first French yellow jersey in eight years. Imagine the impact and the crowds if Thibaut Pinot, Jean-Christophe Peraud or Romain Bardet ends 30 years of French hurt on the same stage this year.

This stage is part celebration, part parade, part criterium and part headlong sprint. The final destination of the yellow jersey is already decided - it would be possible to gain time on this stage, theoretically, but a) the sprinters’ teams are unlikely to allow it to happen and b) there’s an unwritten convention that says this stage is a celebration of finishing the Tour, rather than a strategic hot spot. So the sprinters’ teams area more or less left to get on with it, along with whichever riders have enough energy to hang themselves out to dry in the escape for the entertainment of the huge crowds.

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