Tour de France 2023 Route stage 21: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Paris
Sunday 23 July - The last stage of the Tour starts at France’s national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and finishes on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The final showdown has been a given for years. After a parade into Paris we'll see eight laps at breakneck speeds before an inevitable sprint finish ends the biggest cycling event of the planet.
The riders clip into their pedals in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, part of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, southwest of 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), Wout van Aert (2021), and Jasper Philipsen (2022) powered to victory.
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 race is expected to finish around 19:30 local time (CEST). Check for further details scheduled times in below slideshow.
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