Always magnificent "A little road stage, the shortest of the Tour (120 km). But it will no doubt be an apotheosis, with the traditional finish on the Champs-Élysées. Always the same, always magnificent since 1975. We already know more or less what will happen: a festive start in Rambouillet, two short hours before things really get going, and then a sudden, spectacular acceleration to mark the peloton’s arrival in the Parisian circuit. All of this before 1.5 billion TV viewers, nothing to sneeze at! For the rest, I do not think any brave riders will be able to slip under the radar of the sprinters' teams. On paper, Mark Cavendish can dream of a fourth straight win."
"This was a hard Tour. They are always hard – they never seem to get any easier, in fact they get harder. It is impossible to describe how tough the Tour de France is."--George Hincapie in Velonation
Team Sky has gone yellow on twitter:
TeamSky 5:28am via Web
There will, by the way, actually be a race today, but only at the very end of the stage. Almost all of the day will be ceremonial until the final sprint, probably the most prestigious in cycling. The favorite is Mark Cavendish and I am hoping that he'll win.
Stage: Mark Cavendish
Final GC and the first ever British winner of the Tour:
|1||Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling||84:26:31|
|2||Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling||0:03:21|
|3||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale||0:06:19|
|4||Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team||0:10:15|
|5||Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:11:04|
|6||Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan||0:15:43|
|7||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team||0:15:51|
|8||Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar||0:16:31|
|9||Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team||0:16:38|
|10||Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat||0:17:17|
|K is excited for the final Tour stage.|
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