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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final stage of the Tour de France, from Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris.

There's just under 40 minutes to go until the racing begins on the road to Paris today, though the riders will roll out a little earlier of course.

One mountain point up for grabs early on, but that classification has already been decided, of course. Tadej Pogačar won yesterday with the fastest time La Planche des Belles Filles.

Pogačar is also the overall winner – yellow jersey – and the best young rider – white jersey.

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) should secure the green jersey today, while Movistar have won the team classification.

At the start in Mantes-la-Jolie, riders will wear masks with a message against racism. Riders will roll out of Yvelines, the home of B&B Hotels rider and the only black rider in the Tour Kevin Reza, before the start.

And the riders roll out to begin the stage.

More messages of unity at the start.

Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar embrace at the front of the peloton. Both men are smiling, good to see.

Pogačar's teammate Jan Polanc plus Matej Mohorič and Luka Mezgec have joined the duo at the front. They are the only five Slovenians at the race.

UAE Team Emirates head to of the front of the peloton now after Pogačar gets on the radio. Just the six men left after the abandons of Fabio Aru and Davide Formolo. A nice photo op for the team.

The two Slovenians at the top of the GC

122km to go

There were no gestures at km0. It looks like it was just the face masks and Reza getting a brief spell at the front of the peloton. Not much, really...

Deceuninck-QuickStep head to the front with green jersey Sam Bennett.

The Belgian team still has their whole squad here on the final stage. We'll see if they organise a better lead out than they have so far in the Tour – Cavagna, Mørkøv and co should be up front on the Champs-Élysées.

UAE Team Emirates at the front earlier on.

116km to go

We have plenty of analysis of Pogačar's stunning win yesterday. Check some of it out below.

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111km to go

A group of Arkéa-Samsic and Total Direct Énergie riders lead the peloton onto the climb.

Clément Russo (Arkéa-Samsic) took the KOM point over the top, his first ever at the Tour de France.

Here's a look at the Colnago that Pogačar will be riding today.

A nice shot of the peloton today.

90km to go

We've picked four big favourites for the stage win today. Who do you think will take victory on the Champs-Élysées?

The peloton enter Paris, well, the outskirts anyway. Still some time to go until we get properly going.

Only 33.6km covered in the first hour of racing. I dare say a decent number of us club runners and amateurs could've kept up at that speed, probably the only hour of the Tour that would be possible...

Tour de France peloton says 'no to racism'

It wouldn't be a Tour de France without strike action along the route. Earlier today we saw the Organisation of Catering Staff in Event Management (O.P.R.E) protest at the side of the road.

65km to go

The peloton are in Paris proper now.

UAE Team Emirates continue to lead the peloton, followed by Jumbo-Visma.

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17km to go until the intermediate sprint, the final one of the 2020 tour de France.

The peloton passes the Louvre. They're in the centre of Paris now.

The peloton turns the corner onto the Champs-Élysées, which is spookily empty thanks to the COVID-19 restrictions.

53km to go

More riders try to make a move after heading around the Arc de Triomphe. The pace is high in the peloton now. 10km to the sprint.

Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) has a gap at the front with a small group chasing.

Andrey Amador (Ineos Grenadiers), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Michael Schär (CCC Team), Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Start-Up Nation), Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) are with Kwiatkowski off the front.

They're back with the peloton now. Not much of a chance to get away at this speed.

44km to go

Deceuninck-QuickStep duo Rémi Cavagna and Julian Alaphilippe suffer punctures but quickly get going again.

Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Cofidis), Connor Swift (Arkea-Samsic) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) clip off the front 2km away from the sprint.

41km to go

Bennett took fifth behind the four attackers there. It doesn't look like Sagan contested that. That would be green in the bag for the Irishman – so long as he finishes.

The attack group are still hanging 20 seconds off the front. Deceuninck-QuickStep work at the head of the peloton.

Here are a couple of shots of the peloton passing through Paris today.

Thomas De Gendt is on the front for Lotto Soudal, too.

28km to go

The peloton is all strung out under the high pace at the front. It won't let up until the finish now.

Through the line once again for the peloton. Four more passages to go.

24km to go

De Gendt still pushes on at the front of the peloton. The gap is holding steady at 17-18 seconds for the time being. Not much chance of the break staying away, though.

20km to go

Back up to the Arc de Triomphe once again. Two more times around that famous landmark before their race ends at the finish line.

Here's the Olympic champion, 'Gouden Greg', leading the breakaway move. Great shot.

15km to go

Back up the Champs once more. Deceuninck-QuickStep are back on the front, their squad lined out with a few riders from other teams in amongst them.

12km to go

One more time up the Champs and around the Arc de Triomphe and then they'll just be racing for the line.

10km to go

Perichon, Van Avermaet, Swift and Schachmann arer still battling away as they pass what is normally Norwegian Corner. NTT Pro Cycling move up in the peloton.

8km to go

The break gets the bell as they pass through the line. The next time the riders pass there, the Tour will be over.

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The riders round the Arc de Triomphe for the final time. Just 10 seconds between break and peloton now.

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They head onto the finishing straight. Trek and QuickStep in a direct battle!

Bennett hits the front off Pedersen's wheel with 350 metres to go!

Head to head between the green jersey and the world champion!

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 21 of the Tour de France! What a sprint.

Peter Sagan took third behind Pedersen.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) wins the Tour de France as well as the white and polka dot jerseys. Bennett takes green.

A number of big names weren't close to the victory there. It was simply Trek vs QuickStep at the front and Bennett was just quicker than Pedersen.

Ewan, Van Aert and Coquard filled out the lower half of the top 10. They were just too far back to contest that.

A shot of the winner in Paris, green jersey Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

Here's the top 10 across the line today:

And here's the final GC of the 2020 Tour:

Race winner Tadej Pogačar crosses the line with his UAE Team Emirates teammate Jan Polanc

Our brief stage 21 report is up. Check it out here.

The French anthem plays out as the sun begins to set over Paris. The podium ceremony is soon to begin.

Bennett takes the stage in front of the Arc de Triomphe. He's clad in his Irish champion's jersey. It's been a while since we've seen him in that. All the way on his stage 10 victory, in fact.

Here's what Bennett had to say after his victory today.

Marc Hirschi follows Bennett onto the podium. He's the most combative rider of the race, having been out on the attack from day one. The Sunweb youngster won stage 12, too, of course.

Hirschi accepts his award on the podium.

Next up is Bennett once again, to take his green jersey. He battled Peter Sagan for much of the race, though looked safer in the final week, finally sealing it for good in Paris this afternoon.

This is what he said about his win today...

Bennett takes green in Paris.

Next up is Tadej Pogačar, to take his polka dot jersey which was sealed yesterday on the time trial up La Planche des Belles Filles.

Pogačar after the finish...

And he's the best young rider, too, of course. Here he is in the second of his jerseys – the maillot blanc.

And finally, the yellow jersey as winner of the general classification of the 2020 Tour de France.

And after departing the stage once more, he's back up there with runner-up Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) – the final podium of the 2020 Tour de France.