Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) bids to defend the title he snatched on the final competitive stage in 2020. The Slovenian stunned compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) on the Stage 20 individual time trial, allowing him to wear the yellow jersey into Paris.
Both riders will return but this time there is an extra threat: a rejuvenated Ineos Grenadiers. Ineos had a difficult 2020 Tour as Egan Bernal battled a back injury, leaving them without a serious GC challenger, but return with an imposing squad. Former champion Geraint Thomas and Richard Carapaz will share leadership duties, with Richie Porte and Tao Geoghegan Hart poised as super-domestiques.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–QuickStep) is out to make an impression having worn yellow at the past two Tours - although not when it truly matters. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar) also arrive with GC ambitions.
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Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck–QuickStep) headlines the sprinters' party, having been drafted in for the 2020 green jersey Sam Bennett. Can he close the gap on Eddy Merckx in the all-time stage wins chart? The Brit is on 30, four behind the legendary Belgian.
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Who is top of the GC standings (yellow jersey)?

After Stage 21
  • 1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 82:56:36
  • 2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:05:20
  • 3. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:07:03
  • 4. Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 0:10:02
  • 5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:10:13
  • 6. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:11:43
  • 7. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:12:23
  • 8. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:15:33
  • 9. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:16:04
  • 10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo 0:18:34

Who is top of the points classification (green jersey)?

After Stage 21
  • 1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 337
  • 2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange 291
  • 3. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 227
  • 4. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 216
  • 5. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 171

Who is top of the mountains classification (polka dot jersey?)

After Stage 21
  • 1 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 107
  • 2 Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious 88
  • 3 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 82
  • 4 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 68
  • 5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic 66

Who is top of the young rider's classification (white jersey)?

After Stage 21
  • 1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 82:56:36
  • 2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:05:20
  • 3. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:21:50
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