21/07/13 - 17:15
Versailles - Paris
Tour de France • Stage21

Versailles - Paris
Tour de France - 21 July 2013

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Thank you for following live coverage of the Tour this year here on Eurosport/Yahoo. A rull report of the final stage will be going up on the website soon, with reaction and quotes. Chapeau Marcel Kittel and Chris Froome - and Vive le Tour!


Sagan took fourth place to secure the green jersey with his special green goatee.


CHRIS FROOME WINS THE 2013 TOUR DE FRANCE!!! The Briton crosses the line with his Sky team-mates in a long line off the back. What a performance over the past three weeks.


Marcel Kittel beat Greipel by a wheel, with Cavendish taking third! That's his fourth win of the Tour - magnificent scenes.


Kittel, Greipel and Cavendish in that order with 200m to go... and it's a massive three-way.... VICTORY FOR MARCEL KITTEL!!!


Sagan is on Cavendish's wheel...


Kwiatkowski leads the peloton past the 1km to go banner.


Here's the big turn into the underpass...


Steegmans was the last rider to win on the Champs Elysees before Cavendish - and he's now Cav's main lead out man. OPQS lead the pack onto the last circuit of the Arc de Triomphe.


So, who will it be? Cavendish... Kittel... Greipel... Sagan... Kristoff... Bennati... Ferrari...??


The peloton is splitting up into numerous factions, with Saxo still on the lead - perhaps they feel Bennati could get a win today?


Quite bizarre to see Sky and Saxo on the front of the peloton - for no reason other than habit!


Now Sky take it up on the dront with Chris Froome second in the peloton! The three leaders are almost caught as the bell is rung for the final lap!


Vichot is back with the peloton after his double puncture hell. They go beneath the Louvre for the penultimate time and zip past the statue of Joan of Arc and on to the Rue de Rivoli.


The teams of the sprinters have formed on the front and now Argos and OPQS begin to start the chase.


Just the two laps left now! And the three leaders have 18 seconds and still no one has taken up the chase yet...


Roy is back with the peloton, so we have just the three riders out ahead - Valverde, Quinziato and Tankink.


Vichot has punctured again... terrible luck for the young Frenchman. He had only just got back with the pack...


The three riders in pursuit of Roy are Manuel Quinziato (BMC), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Bram Tankink (Belkin). The peloton is 14 seconds back.


Puncture for Arthur Vichot - and that may put the French national champion out of the reckoning.


David Millar has pretty much hit the wall and is caught and passed by Jeremy Roy. And by three others. And, now, by the peloton.


Another rider to watch at the finish today is Alexander Kristoff of Katusha. The Norwegian has placed highly in many of the bunch sprints while having to fend for himself - but this evening, he'll have his team working for him now they have got Joaquim Rodriguez on the peloton.


A FDJ rider puts in a dig just in front of the statue of Joan of Arc - it's Jeremy Roy! He has a few seconds over the pack.


The bright yellow jersey of Chris Froome is still very clear near the front of the pack - he doesn't want anything coming between him and the podium tonight.


Millar is still defying logic with his crazy solo ride. The Garmin rider holds 22 seconds over the peloton as it gets darker and darker on the Champs Elysees.


Andre Greipel is one to watch today as well as Kittel and Cavendish. The German sprinter won a stage in the opening week of the race in Montpellier and has a good lead-out train at Lotto Belisol. That said, key component Marcel Kittel crashed in the stage to Le Grand-Bornand and had to withdraw from the race with a broken collarbone.


David Millar has dropped Juan Antonio Flecha and is now riding solo out in front as he approaches the Tuileries. He has 22 seconds over the pack.


The Astana rider is Enrico Gasparotto, who attacked with 5 laps to go.


The reason for Westra's withdrawal is illness - apparently he's been well under the weather all day and expected a slower pace today.


An Astana rider pings off the front on the Place de Concorde. He's trying to bridge the gap to the two leaders.


We're hearing that Lieuwe Westra of Vacansoleil has abandoned the race less than 40km from the finish. More on that later when we hear it.


Froome is in sixth place in the peloton, eager to miss any crashes that may happen. He's with some Sky team-mates, including Geraint Thomas. Argos and OPQS are there too for Kittel and Cavendish.


It's just David Millar and Juan Antonio Flecha on the front now. They have 18 seconds. They're on the smooth gutter again - but there's no room for error: clipping the kerb is always a danger.


Cavendish and his OPQS team are back on the front of the peloton after his earlier puncture.


Evans is with Robert Gesink and Davide Malacarne in pursuit after Meyer and El Fares sat up.


A few riders are trying to bridge the gap - including Cadel Evans of BMC. He's had a terrible final week on the Tour...


Flecha and Millar have gone off together and ride in the non-cobbled gutter on the right of the road perilously close to the kerb. They have 25 seconds on the peloton.


We have four riders off the front with about 10 seconds: David Millar (Garmin), Julien El Fares (Sojasun), Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) and Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil). There's a BMC man in pursuit.


PUNCTURE FOR MARK CAVENDISH! You see a number of Omega Pharma-Quick Step riders waiting up - and that's the reason why. Better now than later - but that will be a blow for the Manxman.


It's David Millar of Garmin who is off the front with Michael Albasini of GreenEdge and a few others - but they have just a few metres on the front.


Omega Pharma and Sky are on the front of the peloton for their men Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome.


On the Rue de Rivoli, Boom is joined by two Garmin riders and a GreenEdge on the front. The peloton is strung out and the pace is high as they sweep through the Place de Concorde and back onto the Champs.


Lars Boon of Belkin managed to get away, but he's reeled in. The pace was 65kmh just now - which is crazily fast after such a slow start to the stage.


Nunerous riders are trying to ping off the front and the pace is very high!


The riders sweep around the Arc de Triomphe for the first time in Tour history and make their way back down the Champs Elysees. Usually they do a tight hairpin bend before the heading back - but this time, they've managed to close the city's busiest road junction because of the 100th edition celebrations. Bravo!


Sky lead the peloton across the Place de Concord and onto the Champs-Elysees. It's game on!


Goosepimples as the riders pass the pyramid at the Louvre and whoosh onto the Rue de Rivoli amid huge cries from the crowds. Froome has a little hug with Porte - that's nice.


The 6.5km circuit sees the riders go past the Tuileries gardens, underneath the Louvre, up by the statue of Joan of Arc, along the Rue de Rivoli, across the Place de Concorde, up the Champs Elysees, around the Arc de Triomphe (new this year) and then back down. The finish line is half-way up the Champs Elysees after the 10th crossing of the Place de Concorde.


A protester with an anti-nuclear energy placard is standing in the middle of the road and forcing the riders to take evasive action.


The tempo is increasing a bit now. So, who apart from Cavendish can we look out for tonight? Well, the in-form sprinter in this year's Tour is Marcel Kittel, who has three wins. He missed out on a first visit to the Champs Elysees last year after retiring early from his debut Tour with illness after five stages. As such, he has never taken on Cavendish on the Parisian cobbles... perhaps the German can be the man to bring his rival's reign to an end?


The pace is still slow as the riders enter the outskirts of Paris. Alberto Contador seemed to have another issues and was off the back while Chris Froome was in coversation with the Spaniard's team-mate and former Sky rider Michael Rogers.


Spaniards Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) are now on the front of the peloton, chatting and smilling, with Sky in their wheels.


Jose Joaquin Rojas of Movistar takes the point over the summit - the last categorised climb of the 2013 race.


Chris Froome is now holding a plastic flute of champagne given to him by the race organisers' Skoda. He's posing for the obligatory press pics - and even takes a swig.


And now it's the second climb, the Cat.4 Cote de Chateaufort.


Gert Steegmans of Omega Pharma-Quick Step takes the point atop the summit - probably his first of the entire race. The Belgian powerhouse was the surprise winner on the Champs Elysees in 2008.


We're onto the first of two small climbs, the Cat.4 Cote de Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse. The race jury docked Pierre Rolland the two points he took yesterday on the Cat.3 climb where he boxed in Igor Anton. Perhaps teh Frenchman will try and get one of those points back now...


Sergey Lagutin crashes when the peloton bottle-necks in a narrow stretch of road. That's perhaps the first time we have seen Vacansoleil's Uzbec rider in the whole race.


Bike change for Alberto Contador, who has a great second week in the race, but tailed off towards the end. His Saxo-Tinkoff team were strong, but he and Kreuziger were just a watered down version of Froome and Porte. In the end, Contador just wasn't good enough - and dropped off the podium accordingly. He worst official Tour finish since his debut in 2005.


Sky are on the front now on another sweltering day on the Tour. It peaked out at 38 degrees today in Paris, which has been enjoying a veritable heat wave the past month.


All the Sky riders are wearing special yellow sunglasses today in celebration of Froome's overall victory - the team's second successive overall win.


Omega Pharma-Quick Step are on the front, but not setting the pace as such. They are one of a few teams that actually have some work to do later today, in the hope of delivering Mark Cavendish to a fifth stage win in Paris. The others being the Argos Shimano team of Marcel Kittel and the Lotto Belisol outfit of Andre Greipel. Perhaps throw in the GreeEdge boys of Matt Goss too.


Froome is currently riding alongside the car of race director Christian Prudhomme and ASO official Jean-Francois Pescheux, who are offering their congratulations. Before the start today, in perfect French, Froome said: "It's always been a dream of mine to ride into Paris wearing the yellow jersey. It's incredible."


They're off! After a very long neutral start of almost 45 minutes, the riders are finally en route to Paris - albeit via a long detour south through the Chevreuse valley.


The 170 remaining riders are now on the streets of Versailles after leaving the Palace Gardens. The official start is about to take place - although don't expect the pace to be very high until they hit Paris for those circuits...


Joaquim Rodriguez is riding along with a cigar in his mouth, living up to his nickname 'Purito'. Meanwhile, Chris Froome has a chat with Cadel Evans, one of only two other riders in the peloton who know what it's like to ride into Paris in yellow - the other being Alberto Contador. Hang on, Rodriguez has actually lit the cigar!


Londoners - what the riders are doing now is the equivalent of having a jaunty cycle through the grounds of Hampton Court and Bushy Park, before taking on a little loop into Surrey and then finishing with 10 laps of Oxford Street and a finish on the Mall.


It's a long, 30-minute neutral zone today as the riders negotiate their way through the stunnign gardens of Versailles - past the lake and along a narrow path lined with hedges and box trees. Some of the road surfaces are quite gritty so there may be a puncture or two. It's a real touristy start to the stage, with the riders able to do some sightseeing before heading into Paris for the sunset finale...


The fictional start today was at the wondrous Chateau de Versailles - a quite stunning sight from above. The riders are currently winding their way through the gardens of the world famous palace, which received more than seven million visitors a year. It's very hot today in Paris, with temperatures hitting 35 degrees Celsius today.


The big favourite for victorty today is Mark Cavendish, who has won the previous four stages into Paris. The 28-year-old Manxman always saves his best for the Champs Elysees and will look to take his third stage of the race on the famous cobblestone street.


Now that Quintana is the official king of the mountains, he's wearing the polka dot jersey for the first time in the race. But that means he cannot wear the white jersey as best young rider today - so the runner-up Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) takes that honour. The American rode into the top 10 yesterday with a fine 6th place in Semnoz, and leap-frogged Poland Michal Kwiatkowski in the white jersey standings at the end of his debut Tour. Talansky trails Quintana by 13:19 on GC, however.


As the riders gather for the neutral start in Versailles, we can see that the green jersey Peter Sagan has dyed his goatee beard green for the occasion. The Slovakian has won one stage this year, and finished second four times - so is rewarded for his consistency with a second successive green jersey. This being his second Tour, Sagan doesn't known what it's like not to wear green on the streets of Paris. He beat Mark Cavendish by 101 points in the standings.


Besides Froome, who secured his first ever Tour title, Quintana was the big winner yesterday, the Colombian securing second place on the Paris podium, a stage victory, the white jersey and the polka dot jersey. Not bad for a debut Tour! In fact, 23-year-old Quintana has managed his country's best ever finish in the Tour de France - at the first attempt. He surely has a big future ahead...


Yesterday, Britain's Chris Froome secured a second successive Tour de France victory for Team Sky after finishing third in the last mountain stage at Annecy-Semnoz, behind stage winner Nairo Quintaro and runner-up Joaquim Rodriguez. Those three riders make the final podium in that order, with Froome 5:03 ahead of Quintana and 5:47 ahead of Rodriguez.


Welcome to live coverage of stage 21 of the Tour de France - a special evening criterium-style race from Versailles to Paris, finishing with 10 laps of the famous Champs Elysees including, for the very first time, the Arc de Triomphe as part of the circuit. It's a day of celebration for Chris Froome - but there's still the small matter of the big bunch sprint finale.