Tour de France 2022 Route stage 21: Nanterre - Paris

Tour de France 2022Sunday 24 July - The final showdown of the 2022 Tour de France has been a given for years. After a parade into Paris we'll see eight laps at breakneck speeds before a sprint finish on the Champs-Élysées.

The riders clip into their pedals near Paris La Défense Arena in Nanterre, a western suburb op Paris. The riders approach the French capital as if pedalling to the beach. A glass of champagne, a photo shoot, a very slow pace – those are the ingredients of the parade stage on the final day of action. But once the riders hit the cobbles on the Champs-Élysées the bunch accelerates. The stage ends with eight fast laps of almost 7 kilometres.

Mark Cavendish was the fastest sprinter in Paris in the period 2009-2012. In subsequent years Marcel Kittel (2013, 2014), André Greipel (2015, 2016), Dylan Groenewegen (2017), Alexander Kristoff (2018), Caleb Ewan (2019), Sam Bennett (2020), and Wout Van Aert (2021) powered to victory.

Van Aert’s sprint victory on the Champs-Élysées was something extraordinary, as it underlined his versatility. The day before he won a time trial, while he also turned out on top in last year’s mountain stage with a double ascent of Mont Ventoux.

Champs-Élysées is French for Elysium, the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous in Greek mythology. What a place to end the world’s biggest annual sporting event!

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The 21st stage of Le Tour starts 16:30 and the race is expected to finish around 19:30 – both are local times (CEST).

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