Tour de France Stage 21: A Sweet Victory Ride to Paris

Whit Yost
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Photo credit: Anadolu Agency - Getty Images
Photo credit: Anadolu Agency - Getty Images

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Stage 21 - Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées - 122km - Sunday, September 20

Beginning in Mantes-la-Jolie, the final stage of the 2020 Tour will begin as a parade with champagne toasts and photo opportunities and end with a field sprint on the Champs-Élysées. The day should start slowly, but once the race hits Paris for eight laps of a finishing circuit around the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde, the racing begins in earnest as the sprinters’ teams begin setting-up their fast men for the most prestigious field sprint in the world.

After crushing Stage 20’s individual time trial, UAE’s Tadej Pogačar will race the final stage wearing the yellow jersey as the Tour’s overall leader. But he’ll also stand on the Tour’s final podium as the winner of the polka dot jersey (as the King of the Mountains) and the white jersey (as the Tour’s best young rider). While not yet mathematically his for the keeping, Quick-Step’s Sam Bennett should win the green jersey as the winner of the Tour’s Points Classification.

Riders to Watch

When it’s all said and done, expect Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan (who won here last year), UAE’s Alexander Kristoff (who won here in 2018), and Bennett to rule the day. We’re also rooting for Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert, who’s already won two stages and could take a third Sunday—a small consolation given the fact that his teammate, Primož Roglič, lost the yellow jersey on Stage 20.

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When to Watch

Even though it’s essentially just a circuit race, the Tour’s final eight laps are exciting to watch. Tune-in around 1:30 p.m. EDT to see the action from the Intermediate Sprint through to the finish.

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