Tour de France 2022 stage 21 preview - Final day for sprint glory

Stage 21: Paris La Défense Arena – Paris Champs-Élysées

Date: July 24, 2022

Distance: 115.6km

Stage timing: 16:30 - 19:34 CEST

Stage type: Flat

The final stage of the 2022 Tour de France starts in La Défense, circling the Grand Arche de la Défense in the neutralised section before heading on a 50-kilometre loop to the west of Paris that includes a final fourth-category climb. In the meantime, the Champs-Élysées will host the first stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.

The men's race enters the Champs-Élysées circuit after 59.5km and will complete eight full laps, including an intermediate sprint at the top of the famous boulevard, close to the Arc de Triomphe.

Will Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), clad in the green points jersey he has already secured, win his fourth stage of this year's race? Will fastmen Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) or Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) grab their second sprint victories of this Grand Tour? Or after 20 days of racing, will Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) or Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) final emerge to take the top step of a stage podium? 

After the usual breakaway attempts have been reeled in, the sprint trains will come to the fore on the final lap and prepare a sprint royal while the yellow jersey can celebrate his Tour victory.

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.

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