Stage 21: MANTES-LA-JOLIE>PARIS CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES
The final day of the Tour de France is usually one of celebration rather than racing. The only prize on offer at the end of the day is the winner of the final sprint on the Champs-Elysees.
When the flag came down at the start of the stage, the peloton rode along at a leisurely pace with celebrations and photo ops. Tadaj Pogacar won his first Tour de France the day before his 22nd birthday. He also laid claim to the King of the Mountain jersey and the Best Young Rider jersey. He is the first rider in the tour’s history to win all three in a single year.
The circuits started and eight riders darted off the front. The pack solidified into a group a four riders who never got very far ahead of the peloton. They were reeled in with 4km to go. It was a bunch sprint to the line with green jersey leader Sam Bennett taking the win in Paris.