80 km to go
The Jumbo-Visma boys have a usual glass of something fizzy, all lined up at the front of the pack posing for the cameras. I would be interested to know if there is actually champagne in these plastic flutes, or just sparkling apple juice? I’m not sure I would want to get involved in a later sprint if I was Wout van Aert after drinking. In fact, I can’t imagine anything scarier.
85 km to go
Bring home the bacon
Nice touch a few minutes ago when a group of Danish riders moved to the front of the race for their group photo.
Bettiol is delighted
Alberto Bettiol whose drive at the front of the pack on the cobbled stage raised some eyebrows – his team-mate Neilson Powless was in the five-man breakaway on the road – before producing a solid run on the road to Mende, was to more and more involved in fun and games on the slow road to Paris.
Matthews extends with BikeExchange-Jayco
Stage 14 winner Michael Matthews roams the peloton and looks quite pleased with himself. The Australian signed a contract extension with BikeExchange-Jayco earlier today and will remain with the team until 2025.
In a team statement, general manager Brent Copeland said: “We are very pleased to be able to lay a solid foundation for the next three years with such a solid roster of riders, led by Simon Yates and Michael Matthews with their renewals. . It was important for us to keep Matthews on the team, he is a great role model for everyone on the team, and we are confident he will deliver more great results but also inspire our young riders; he is an excellent role model.”
95 km to go
The five remaining Jumbo-Visma riders – Tiesj Benoot, Sepp Kuss, Christophe Laporte, Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingaard – ride at the front of the peloton to have their photo taken. It is worth remembering that despite the relaxed appearance of the team, they will be hoping to seal a seventh stage victory today thanks to Van Aert.
102.5 km to cover
Van der Hoorn Tacos (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), the popular Dutchman who we didn’t see too much in this year’s race, is seen hanging from the back of the peloton. These riders are going so slow right now, my buddy Jordan who rides with a basket on his handlebars while wearing a ruffled jersey, might even keep up.
105 km to go
The mood is so relaxed in the peloton at the moment that Luke Rowe was able to return to the team car to grab some sunscreen. The Ineos Grenadiers runner stops by the side of the road to apply said cream while waving to the television cameras. The Welshman is literally already on the beach.
Gilbert ready to say “goodbye” to the Tour
Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal), the veteran puncher who is retiring at the end of the season, drives towards the front of the peloton in slow motion to chat with his Belgian compatriot Wout van Aert.
Wiebes quotes from DSM
After winning the opening stage of the Tour de France Women earlier, Wiebes said: “It’s amazing, the team did an amazing job. The whole team worked for this moment, as well as all the hard working people at headquarters, so I’m really happy with the victory. It was a really chaotic and long sprint. We expected Marianne to do a long sprint, but I was able to hit one more time, so it’s good to win. I was quite relaxed before the start, we did everything normally, we saw it as a normal race. Of course, I was a little nervous towards the final but I’m really happy to have finished it. It’s special to wear the yellow jersey. I think the whole team deserved it after the amazing season we’ve already had. We are ready for the next few days now.
110km to go
I just heard that Michael Woods was a non-runner today after the Canadian tested positive for Covid, while his compatriot and Israel-Premier Tech teammate Guillaume Boisvin was also unable to line up after feeling unwell. basque rider Gorka Izagirre (Movistar), meanwhile, decided not to complete his Tour to return home to compete in his hometown on Monday.
115 km to cover
A three-man breakaway leads the way after Wout van Aert attacked from the flag, before being joined by Jonas Vingaard and Tadej Pogacar. . . but they’re just playing for the TV cameras.
Here we go !
After tapping gently in the neutralized zone, the 21st and final stage of the men’s Tour de France is launched. . . and Wout van Aert’s attacks! Race leader Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) rode alongside Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), who top the young riders standings, with rivals shooting the breeze.
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), wearing the green jersey as the points standings leader, was also ahead of the slow peloton chatting with Simon Geschke (Cofidis), the German who wears the polka dot jersey on behalf of Vingaard who leads currently the mountain classification. Geschke looks a little sheepish and probably doesn’t really want to be in the spotlight, he worked very hard to win the polka dot jersey but lost it after failing to enter the breakaway on Thursday and was, of the everyone’s opinion, distraught after losing the polka dot jersey.
Wiebes wins the opening stage of the Tour de France Women!
Lorena Wiebesthe 23-year-old Dutchwoman who rides for German team DSM, won the opening stage of the Tour de France Women, the relaunched women’s edition of the Tour de France.
Wiebes, the fit sprinter who won four stages on the recent Baloise Ladies Tour, a trio on last month’s Women’s Tour and all three at the RideLondon Classique in May, later described her victory on the most famous boulevard in the world. cycling as “incredible”. ‘.
After turning from Place de la Concorde to the Champs-Élysées, Marianne Vos and her Jumbo-Visma teammates looked perfectly positioned with young British rider Anna Henderson placed ahead of one of the greatest riders of all time. With Movistar’s Emma Norsgaard and Wiebes looming, Vos took off the wheel from Henderson before opening his sprint from some distance. Wiebes, however, kept his composure and toed his own line before beating Vos on the slight uphill drag relatively comfortably. Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) held on to take third place.
“It’s amazing, the girls worked tirelessly for me. It was a really long sprint but I expected it as I was preparing for Marianne Vos to leave early,” Wiebe said. “I’m so happy. We’ve had a great season so far. I managed to accelerate one last time when Marianne was next to me.”
Alana Castrique, the 23-year-old Belgian who rides for Cofidis, was unable to complete the 81.7-kilometre first stage of the eight-day race after being taken away by ambulance following a serious accident.
Wiebes will take a 4-second lead over Vos in Monday’s second stage, the 136.4km race from Meaux to Provins, with Kopecky in third, six seconds off the pace. The race ends next Sunday at the top The Board of Beautiful Girls.
And welcome to our live blog of Stage 21 of the 109th Tour de France, the 115.6 kilometer race from Paris La Défense to the Champs-Élysées.
Three weeks and two days after leaving Copenhagen, the weary 138-man platoon will soon deploy one last time before later that evening, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) will be crowned champion of the Tour de France and winner of the mountain classification, while the Dane’s teammate Wout van Aert will get the green jersey as winner of the points classification. reigning champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) will win their third consecutive white jersey as winners of the youth classification. All of the above, of course, is based on the assumption that all three riders finish the stage within the time limit, which, barring some sort of never-before-seen disaster, happens to one of them. them.
The scene itself is a relatively benign affair, often described as a day’s saddle procession. To casual observers it may sound like this, but never say this to a sprinter. With very few stages ending in what you would describe as a traditional sprint this year, today represents, perhaps more than ever, a huge opportunity for fast men. After crossing the Alps and the Pyrenees, people like Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Fabio Jakobsen (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) and Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) will be desperate to fight for victory, while Van Aert, who won on the Champs-Élysées a year ago, will also be one to watch. Interestingly, the finish line is in the same position as last year when the race organizers moved it 300 meters down the road, which may be fine for someone like Van Aert, Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) – classic men who can hold a long sprint over more uneven terrain. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) had a crack today, although the south Londoner might be tired of two big changes in the saddle in a row.
Ahead of today’s stage, the women’s peloton kicked off their eight-day Tour de France, covering an 81.6km route from the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Élysées. Unfortunately, we are not live blogging the inaugural edition of the Tour de France Women, but we will be posting daily race reports on the website, so keep your eyes peeled.
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