Le Tour’19 Final Stage 21: Ewan takes Paris – Bernal the Tour!
Stage Report: Lotto Soudal’s Caleb Ewan won the final stage of the 2019 Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées. The Australian was the best in the mass sprint after 128 kilometres into the centre of Paris, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) finished a close second in a messy sprint on the Champs Élysées cobbles. Egan Bernal (Ineos) finished flanked by his teammate and second overall, Geraint Thomas.
Paris stage win for Caleb Ewan
After the usual photos and glasses of champagne, the pace was lifted by the Ineos team with 80 kilometres to go to the finish. The peloton had been given the signal from the organisation that they had to speed up because of the planned finish time. Just as the sun was setting on the Champs-Élysées the race hit the boulevard for eight laps of the famous circuit.
The old and the new – Two time Tour winner, Bernard Thevenet and Egan Bernal
Stage 21 Route:
128 kilometres from Rambouillet to the Champs Élysées in Paris. There are two Cat.4 at 34 and 38 kilometres, but as Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) can’t be beaten in the KOM, there isn’t going to be much of a battle. Once all the Champagne photos have been done the racing will start in central Paris, sprint finish? Probably, but you never know, there could be a finish like in 1987 when Jeff Pierce won solo.
Three ‘Tour Top Men’ – Sagan, Bernal and Alaphilippe
Egan Bernal and the boss, David Brailsford
Two Tour winners – Bernal and Thomas
Drinks for the whole team
Peter Sagan had to get in on the act
The first attacks on the Champs Élysées
Omar Fraile was the very first attacker, together with Tom Scully. Nils Politt and Jan Tratnik joined them and put the sprinter teams to work. The foursome took 30 seconds. A flat tire for Geraint Thomas, second on the overall, 35 kilometres from the finish wasn’t a problem and he was soon back in the pack.
Alaphilippe and Bernal – Did the weather make any difference to the final result?
The yellow jersey leads 3rd overall, Steven Kruijswijk, over the Place de la Concorde
Fraile, Scully, Politt and Tratnik fought on for a long time. Scully and Tratnik eventually dropped the others 15 kilometres from the finish. Lotto Soudal and Deceuninck – Quick-Step took control of the chase, with one rider from Jumbo-Visma helping.
It was going dark as the peloton headed towards the Arc
Up to the Arc de Triomphe…
Sonny Colbrelli had a setback. The Bahrain-Merida sprinter had a mechanical two laps before the finish, after which he had to long chase. The moment the last escapee was caught, Colbrelli managed to join the tail of the peloton, helped by team leader Vincenzo Nibali. Michael Matthews had less luck, his mechanical problem came 9 kilometres from the finish.
…And back down the other side
Greg Van Avermaet tried with a late attack at the start of the final lap. The jump from the Olympic champion was on the “ascending” part of the Champs Élysées, but he was caught again in no time. Then it was time for the sprinters …
As the sun sets at the top of the Chaps Élysées
Ewan was the fastest
Deceuninck – Quick-Step seemed to have the best lead-out for Elia Viviani, but they were surprised by an early sprint from Edvald Boasson Hagen. Dylan Groenewegen had to come from far back. The Dutchman still had the strength to sprint past Niccolò Bonifazio and Maximiliano Richeze on the left side of the road, but on the right side Caleb Ewan shot through for the final stage victory.
The World champion in Paris
A late bike change for Michael Matthews ruined his chances
For Ewan it is his third stage victory in his first participation of the Tour de France. For his team Lotto Soudal it was the fourth victory, thanks to Thomas De Gendt.
Third stage win for Ewan
Final stage winner, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal): “It’s unbelievable. Just to roll down the Champs-Elysées is such a surreal feeling! The Tour de France started up quite slow for me. I thought I was not going to make it but the second half of the race has been incredibly successful for me. It was quite a messy sprint today. I was quite far back. I waited and I just ran out of wheel. I went to the right hand side and I was lucky that I had enough speed at the end. Eight years ago on my first visit to the Champs-Elysées I said I’d win here one day, it’s fantastic that it already happens on my first Tour!”
2019 Tour de France final overall winner, Egan Bernal (Ineos): “It’s incredible, I don’t know what to say. I’ve won the Tour but I don’t manage to believe it. I need a couple of days to assimilate all this. It’s for my family and I just want to hug them. It’s a feeling of happiness that I don’t know how to describe it. This is the first Tour for us, Colombians. Many Colombians have tried before, we’ve had great cyclists in the past. But I’m the first one to win the Tour! Colombia deserves it.”
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Tour de France Stage 21 Result:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal in 3:04:08
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
3. Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie
4. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
6. André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa Samsic
7. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
9. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Sunweb
10. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
11. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
12. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
13. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert
14. Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis
15. Hugo Houle (Can) Astana
16. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
17. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
18. Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
19. William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
20. Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
21. Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
22. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert
23. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
24. Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
25. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ.
Tour de France Final Overall Result:
1. Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos in 82:57:00
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) Ineos at 1:11
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1:31
4. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:56
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quick-Step at 4:04
6. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 4:23
7. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First at 5:15
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 5:30
9. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 6:12
10. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 7:32
11. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 12:42
12. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert at 22:08
13. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 23:58
14. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 27:36
15. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 30:23
16. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data at 36:09
17. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 44:29
18. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates at 45:21
19. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana at 48:52
20. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 51:57
21. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert at 56:47
22. Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 58:20
23. Laurens De Plus (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 1:02:44
24. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 1:04:40
25. Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe.