The 21st Stage of the Tour de France right up to the eight lap finale around the Champs-Élysées in Paris was a flat ride of 137.5 kilometers from Evry. As in the past, it was the last 7 kilometers to the finish that the peloton sped up with some riders attempting to break away from the pack of 164 riders.
Triumph in the last stage of the Tour de France is what it is all about to the competitors. Not only are winners announced for various categories, but the cash prizes are awards to individual riders and teams.
Upon arrival, the riders were greeted with champagne toasts, and there was plenty of photo ops for the press and spectators.
Even though the Tour reached its conclusion, it was no surprise as to who would take the ultimate title of the Yellow Jersey. Stage 21 was won by Marcel Kittel of Germany, timing in at 3 hours 20 minutes 50 seconds.
Vincenzo Nibali won that ultimate title of the Tour de France with a final time of 89 hours 59 minutes 06 seconds. He was the first Italian since 1998 to do so. His achievement in earning the top crown for the cycling competition was done by carving out his lead in each stage of the race little by little. He excelled in his ‘modus operandi’ increase his advancement by only a few seconds at a time. Besides conquering the Tour de France, he is the 6th rider to win the triple Grand Tours with the ‘Vuelta a España’ in 2010 and the ‘Giro d’Italia’ in 2013.
The Top Five for Stage 21 were:
1. Marcel Kittel of Germany
2. Alexander Kristoff of Norway
3. Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania
4. André Greipel of Germany
5. Mark Renshaw of Australia
The Winner’s Circle for the 101st Tour de France
Vincenzo Nibali of Italy – Yellow Jersey
Peter Sagan of Slovakia – Green Jersey
Rafał Majka of Poland – Polka Dot Jersey
Thibaut Pinot of France – Young Rider
Ag2r-La Mondiale of France – Team Winner Award
Alessandro De Marchi of Italy – Combativity Award