Stage 21: Mantes-la-Jolie - Paris
Stage 21: Mantes-la-Jolie - Paris Champs-Élysées
Date: September 20, 2020
Stage start: 3:45 p.m. CEST
Stage type: Flat
The conclusion of the 2020 Tour de France brings one last hurrah for the sprinters and the crowning of the champion in the traditional Paris finale.
Ernest Hemingway once said, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” He might just as well have been talking about the Tour de France, which is the ultimate moveable feast.
The greatest bike race in the world gains its meaning and lustre from the fact that it is the same every year, but different. It belongs to all of France’s regions and none of them. It wouldn’t be the same if the route was identical every year. However, the Champs-Élysées is the one constant. Each Grand Départ is different; each route plotted around France attempts to tell a different story. But the endpoint has been the same for 45 years, and it’s hard to imagine that ever being changed. The Tour de France without its grand finale on the Champs-Élysées is unimaginable.
The 2020 finale goes from Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris, reversing the journey 150 years ago of the Impressionists, who headed to the suburbs to capture the elusive light and reflections of the Seine. The riders will head to the Champs in search of their own more tangible goals - to ride, to survive, or maybe to win.
Sprinters will have tired legs, but will be inspired on the Champs for a final momento. Whoever wears the yellow jersey after the TT atop the La Planche des Belle Filles will then ride into Paris as the 2020 Tour de France winner.
Latest on Cyclingnews
Team Sunweb become Team DSM for 2021Riders show off new black and blue colours during virtual presentation of new sponsors
Cherie Pridham becomes first female directeur sportif in men's WorldTour with Israel Start-Up Nation'My role is directeur sportif - not female directeur sportif' says Pridham
25 cycling personalities of the past 25 yearsThe people whose qualities, quirks, antics and accomplishments have made cycling compelling in the past quarter century
Rory Sutherland takes new role as elite road coordinator for Australian Cycling TeamRecently retired pro handed Europe-based, part-time position
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.