The final stage of this 100th edition of the Tour represents a rare privilege for the peloton. The first few yards of the race will be inside the grounds of the château de Versailles before the pack heads towards Paris, where the riders will fight it out on the final circuit. This is where the candidates for a last exploit will launch their last-ditch attack on the sprinters.
The towns / A sporting view
Louis XIV, the Sun King, had ambitious plans for the future of Versailles and its château. Its principle role in the history of France is closely linked with the Tour de France. The Tour’s last visit to the Royal City in 1989 is remembered primarily for the final duel between Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond. The time trial, which extended as far as the Champs-Élysées, produced the Tour’s closest ever finish – an eight seconds advantage in the general classification for the American.
Prefecture of Yvelines (78)
Mountain passes & hillsNo mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage
The “City of Light“ has hosted the Tour’s final since 1975 on the world’s most famous avenue. Unbeaten on the false flat, where he has seen off all the competition on four occasions, Mark Cavendish has a new appointment to keep with the Champs-Élysées. On this occasion, whoever the winner may be, the golden prize on offer for the first across the line will be pride of place on the historic podium of the 100th Tour de France.
Jersey wearers after the stage 20
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