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TOUR’18 Stage 21: Thomas Tour Triumph – Kristoff Paris Prince!

Stage Report: The final stage 21 of the 2018 Tour de France went to plan with celebrations for Geraint Thomas and his Sky team and au revoir to Sylvain Chavanel of Direct Energie. Who would win the Paris stage – Alexander Kristoff gave the UAE Team Emirates the perfect final day present.

European champion Alexander Kristoff won the final stage of the 105th Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on Sunday, the second success for UAE Team Emirates after super combative Dan Martin took stage 6 in Mûr-de-Bretagne. It’s Kristoff’s third victory after two stages in 2014. Geraint Thomas (Sky) claimed his first overall victory while Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Chris Froome (Sky) rounded out the podium with second and third overall.

Stage 21: The winning procession to the finish line on the Champs Élesées in Paris. Champagne and photos until the peloton hits the cobbles in the Center of the city and then… Bang! The hammer will go down. Of course Sylvain Chavanel will go off the front as it will be his last Tour de France and then there will be the big sprint of the day – Tricky one the call as there are not so many true sprinters left.

In the first kilometers covered on a slow motion, Team Sky celebrated their probable sixth overall victory in seven years. As the race entered Paris throughout the famous avenue Montaigne, the street of fashion, Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) did a lap of honor as this was his 18th and last Tour de France. After setting this all-time record, the Frenchman has decided to retire at the end of the season.

Silvan Dillier (AG2R-La Mondiale), Taylor Phinney (Education First-Drapac), Michael Schär (BMC), Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) rode away from the pack with 52km to go.

Groupama-FDJ and Bora-Hansgrohe were the most active teams in the chase. The deficit of the peloton was 40 seconds with 20km to go. It was game over for the breakaway riders 6km before the end as Politt was the last man to surrender at bell lap.

Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) rode away from the peloton 2.5km before the line to force the other sprinters’ teams to spend some energy before the last rush. Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe) countered but Belgian champion Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) was the last man to try and stay away from the pack. He was eventually swallowed with 250 meters to go, firstly by Trek-Segafredo working for stage 9 winner John Degenkolb, but Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was the fastest of the remaining sprinters while stage 18 winner Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) rounded out the stage podium.

Geraint Thomas could raise his hands in the air too as he definitely won the 105th Tour de France.

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Tour de France Stage 21 Result:
1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates at 2:46:36
2. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
3. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
5. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
6. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors
7. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
11. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
12. Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
13. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
14. Magnus Cort (Den) Astana
15. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
16. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar
17. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Sunweb
18. Edward Theuns (Bel) Sunweb
19. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
20. Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
21. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
22. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC
23. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
24. Dion Smith (NZ) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
25. Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie.

Tour de France Final Overall Result:
1. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky in 83:17:13
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 1:51
3. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 2:24
4. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo at 3:22
5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 6:08
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 6:57
7. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 7:37
8. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates at 9:05
9. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 12:37
10. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 14:18
11. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors at 16:32
12. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 19:46
13. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 22:13
14. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 27:26
15. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky at 27:52
16. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 34:52
17. Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic at 37:06
18. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 39:08
19. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 39:57
20. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 42:31
21. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 44:18
22. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 46:36
23. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 49:19
24. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 50:02
25. Simon Geschke (Ger) Sunweb at 50:15.

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