26/07/15 - 15:35
Sèvres - Paris
Tour de France • Stage21

Sèvres - Paris

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Mark Cavendish had to settle for sixth place behind Boasson Hagen and Demare. Sagan was seventh.


Chris Froome crosses the line with all his Sky team-mates in a long line to secure his second Tour de France title. They kept out of the sprint and did it in style.


Alexander Kristoff took third place for Katusha.


Bryan Coquard was fast at the finish but had to settle for second place.


Andre Greipel takes his fourth win of the Tour!


Katusha lead Kristoff through on the front in the final bend - Sagan right on his wheel - Greipel has lost his train...


Giant and FDJ under the flamme rouge... and there's been a crash further back!


Under the Louvre they go... and it's Giant on the front when they emerge.


This is very hectic entering the Place de Concorde ahead of the underpass... and the sun has come out too!


FDJ there for Arnaud Demare too - and Giant-Alpecin coming forward. Orica-Greenedge for Michael Matthews too. So many men want the win today.


Lampre-Merida edging forward now - and the break is over. We're all back together!


Puncture for Voeckler!


Last lap! The bell rings... 12 seconds the gap as Dennis catches Van Bilsen.


Tinkoff-Saxo have come to the front - for the first time they're going to work for Peter Sagan.


Van Bilsen attacks the leading quartet as the gap comes down to 10 seconds.


Another dicey moment for Froome, who rides over a water bottle en route to rejoining the back of the peloton. Remember - he's already won this race provided he finishes, whatever time he gets.


Chris Froome needs a bike change after getting a plastic bag tangled up in his rear mesh. Amazingly, Sky have a second yellow bike for him.


Puncture for Tony Gallopin, who won't be able to help Greipel in the lead out. Meanwhile, Dennis has caught the leaders.


Correction - it's the Australian Rohan Dennis, the winner of the opening ITT in Utrecht, bidding to bookend his Tour with victories...


Attack by Daniel Oss of BMC!


The leaders cross the finish line with two laps remaining. They now have 17 seconds. The road is quite dry now after all that rain earlier on.


Giant-Alpecin's Roy Curvers has picked up a puncture and so the Dutchman will struggle to fight back in to help in his team-mate John Degenkolb's lead-out.


Lotto-Soudal are still leading the chase with the help of Europcar - but the lead of the three chancers is still 27 seconds. MTN-Qhubeka have made their presence known too - they will be working for Edvald Boasson Hagen.


The gap is up to 33 seconds now for the escapees. It's not quite panic stations but there will be some concern as we hit the third-last lap.


Another dig from an Astana rider - it looks like it's Grivko once again. He nips off the front in pursuit of the leaders.


The leading trio of Oliviera, Van Bilsen and Florien Vachon (not Perichon, as first reported) still have 25 seconds over the peloton as Etixx-QuickStep and Katusha begin to ready their trains.


Lots of support for Cannondale-Garmin's Ramunas Navardauskas too - a rider who will relish these conditions and perhaps surprise everyone.


Sean Kelly is going for Mark Cavendish for the win today... he hasn't got the form, but he has history on his side.


The yellow jersey is off the back after picking up a puncture. He looks a mixture of determined and concerned as he fights back on - but it's ok, the clock has already stopped so he can take as much time as he likes.


The Europcar team of Bryan Coquard have moved to the front of the pack alongside Andre Greipel's Lotto-Soudal boys in red. They will want to monitor this break, which now has 25 seconds to play with. Barta is no longer riding in between.


So, who are the favourites today? Number one on the list is Andre Greipel, who has three wins to his name in this year's Tour. Mark Cavendish is the only rider who knows what it's like to win on the Champs-Elysees and so he'll look to be in the mix despite the depletion of his Etixx-QuickStep train. Norway's Alexander Kristoff has had a quiet Tour for Katusha and a win would save his race. There's also that man Peter Sagan too, who is without a win after six second-places.


Chavanel has been caught. Nelson Oliviera (Lampre), Kenneth Van Bilsen (Cofidis) and Pierre-Luc Perichon (Bretagne-Seche) are the new leaders - they have 20 seconds over the Lotto-led peloton and they have Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18) in pursuit.


It's getting quite feisty on the front of the pack now, which has really strung out. There are riders from Lampre, Cofidis and Bretagne-Seche trying to bridge the gap to Chavanel.


Chavanel still has about 10 seconds to play with over the pack. This could be his last major race in the navy blue of IAM.


Did you know: The only other previous winner besides Cavendish on the Champs-Elysees featuring in the race is Tinkoff-Saxo's Italian veteran Daniele Bennati, winner in 2007. Bennati, though, withdrew from the race in the Pyrenees.


Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) has ridden clear of the peloton. It was Andre Grivko and Merhawi Kudus who spiced things up at the sprint.


At last some action when two riders ping off the front ahead of the intermediate sprint - riders from Astana and MTN-Qhubeka have forced a reaction from a load of riders, including two men from Orica-GreenEdge.


Believe it or not: Like Mark Cavendish, Eddy Merckx has four wins in the French capital - although none of the Belgian's scalps came on the Champs-Elysees, with the most recognisable boulevard in Europe only becoming a staple in the Tour in 1975, one year after Merckx's last victory.


Although it has stopped raining there is still quite a lot of standing water on the Champs-Elysees, which could cause havoc when the teams of the main sprinters finally swing into action.


Just as the riders approach the finish line for the second time after the first lap, it has been confirmed that the race will last the full nine laps - so nine more to go.


The race is over as far as the clock is concerned: Chris Froome crosses the finishline with his Sky team-mates to secure his second Tour title. If you're joining us late it's because bad weather has forced the organisers to declare the final times at the first crossing of the finish.


Team Sky - wearing a special limited-edition yellow-rimmed jersey - lead the yellow jersey down the Rue de Rivoli. Chris Froome has a big smile on his face.


The final classification to catch up on is the team classification, which was won by Movistar by a large 57min 23sec over Team Sky. It has to be said, the Spanish team were very impressive in the face of the Sky machine - and they did certainly light up the race in the Pyrenees even if they finished without a stage win.


There's talk of the race being shortened but that has not been confirmed as yet. What we do know if that the final times will be taken at the first crossing of the finish line on the Champs-Elysees because of this heavy rain, which caused minor turmoil in the women's La Course race earlier this afternoon.


This is the 40th anniversary of the race's showpiece finale on the Champs-Elysees and it takes place without the previous two-time winner Marcel Kittel. German sprinter Kittel took over Mark Cavendish's reign in on the Champs-Elysees with back-to-back wins in the past two years - but in his absence perhaps Cavendish can add to his quartet of wins between 2009 and 2013.


The riders have passed through the Bois de Bologne and the Arc de Triomphe. They're now on their way down to the Trocadero, where they will cross the Seine, pass the Eiffel Tower, then ride up and around the Hotel des Invalides before crossing the river again, passing by the Pyramid at the Louvre, and then hit the Rue de Rivoli.


The white jersey prize was a bit of a one-horse battle with Quintana taking it by 14:48 over Bardet, with Warren Barguil in third at 30:03.


Quite how Bardet beat Peter Sagan to the supercombativity prize is anyone's guess... perhaps because Sagan has already won the green jersey regardless of the events today on the Champs-Elysees? The Slovakian is over 100 points ahead of his nearest opponent, Andre Greipel of Lotto-Soudal, and wins his fourth consecutive green jersey despite failing to win a stage... yet. Top five: Sagan 420pts, Greipel 316pts, Degenkolb 281pts, Cavendish 192pts, Froome 139pts.


Bardet may have missed out on the polka dot jersey but he's won a different minor prize in this year's Tour...


Winner of stage 18 in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Romain Bardet (Ag2R-La Mondiale) is wearing the polka dot jersey for a second day running but he's only keeping it warm for Chris Froome, who has also won the king of the mountains competition. In fact, Quintana would also wear the polka dots over Bardet were it not for his white jersey as the race's best young rider. Final KOM standings: Froome 119pts, Quintana 108pts, Bardet 90pts, Pinot 82pts, Rodriguez 78pts.


The riders are approaching the suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, which is where the Eurosport head office can be found, as well as the home of Tour organisers ASO and newspaper L'Equipe. A novel approach to central Paris through the Bois de Boulogne and then past the Eiffel Tower and along the Seine means fans will have something a little different to look forward to when it comes to the aerial imagery.


The eight Team Sky riders are riding in a line on the front of the race, posing for photos. It's proving a drawn-out affair because Richie Porte cannot keep balance without his hands on the bars.


Frenchmen Cyril Gautier and Sylvain Chavanel chew the fat on the front of the pack. Today's stage started just down the road from the town of Ville-d'Avrey, where the sixth and final stage of the inaugural Tour finished (with Maurice Garin taking the spoils on the day and in the entire race).


The 'race' is underway, but the pace is understandably sluggish - what with the driving rain and the fact that it's the last day of the Tour and no one wants to go home with their neck in a brace.


News in that because of the terrible weather - which saw numerous crashes and pile-ups during the women's La Course race on the Champs-Elysees earlier this afternoon - the time at the crossing of the first of ten laps in Paris will be the final time today. So that means the riders have to just complete the next 40-odd kilometres to be ensured of their final positions.


After the traditional handshake between the yellow jersey Chris Froome and race organiser Christian Prudhomme, the latter waves the flag to get this stage under way.


It's a very wet day in the suburbs of Paris as the riders edge their way through the neutral zone ahead of the official start.


Team Sky's Froome will ride into Paris in the yellow jersey with the Briton holding a 1:12 advantage over Nairo Quintana of Movistar and 5:25 over the Colombian's Spanish team-mate Alejandro Valverde. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Giro d'Italia champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) complete the top five at 8:36 and 9:48 respectively.


Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage 20 of the Tour de France - a 110.5km processional run into Paris which will culminate in the traditional 10 laps of the famous city circuit around the Champs-Elysees.