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Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 21a tappa Sevres - Paris Champs Elysees 109.5 km - 26/07/2015 - Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) - foto Vincent Kalut/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

Tour de France: Stage 21, Results

July 26, 2015
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Chris Froome won his second Tour de France title following Sunday’s 21st and final stage to Paris. Germany’s Andre Greipel won the stage, his fourth this year, ahead of Frenchman Bryan Coquard and Alexander Kristoff of Norway. Briton Froome crossed the line arm-in-arm with his Sky teammates to clinch a second Grand Boucle crown following his 2013 success. Colombian Nairo Quintana finished second overall with his Spanish Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde taking third, his best finish at the Tour at the age of 35.

Rain had rendered the cobbles at the finish on the Champs Elysees dangerous so organizers ASO neutralized the race from the moment it reached Paris. It meant the official timing was stopped just after riders past the finishing line for the first time ahead of 10 laps of the famous Parisian avenue. It allowed Froome, 30, and his teammates — wearing a black kit with the traditional blue stripe replaced by a yellow one in hommage to their leader’s feat — to finish in a straight line, arm-in-arm over a minute after the stage winner.

Having already won the Tour in 2013, finishing in the same way but then because his lead to Quintana — second that time as well — was sufficiently large to allow him to do so, Froome became the first Briton to win the Grand Boucle for a second time. Quintana finished at 1min 12sec overall with Valverde third over five minutes back. Last year’s winner Vincenzo Nibali finished fourth overall, ahead of two-time former winner Alberto Contador.

But on the final stage, a 109.5km run from the Parisian suburb of Sevres, Greipel, 33, emphasised his sprint superiority at this Tour. He had already won the second, fifth and 15th stages in sprint finishes. His expected rivals Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan could only manage sixth and seventh respectively. Sagan did win the sprinter’s green points jersey, though, while Froome
finished as king of the mountains and Quintana, 25, was the best young rider.

Stage:
1. Andre Greipel (GER/LOT) 2hr 49min 41sec
2. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) same time
3. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) s.t.
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/MTN)
5. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ)
6. Mark Cavendish (GBR/ETI)
7. Peter Sagan (SVK/TIN)
8. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA)
9. Michael Matthews (AUS/ORI)
10. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/CAN)

Overall:
1. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 84hr 46min 14sec
2. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) at 1:12
3. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 5:25
4. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 8:36
5. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 9:48
6. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 10:47
7. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 15:14
8. Mathias Frank (SUI/IAM) 15:39
9. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 16:00
10. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 17:30

Points:
1. Peter Sagan (SVK/TIN) 432 pts
2. Andre Greipel (GER/LOT) 366
3. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA) 298
4. Mark Cavendish (GBR/ETI) 206
5. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) 152
6. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 139
7. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 113
8. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 103
9. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 90
10. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 90

King of Mountains:
1. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 119 pts
2. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 108
3. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 90
4. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 82
5. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 78
6. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 74
7. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 72
8. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 64
9. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 58
10. Serge Pauwels (BEL/MTN) 55

Team stage:
1. Etixx 8hr 29min 03sec
2. Team MTN same time
3. IAM Cycling
4. Cofidis
5. Lampre all same time

Team overall:
1. Movistar 255 hr 24min 24sec
2. Sky at 57:23
3. Tinkoff 1:00:12
4. Astana 1:12:09
5. Team MTN 1:14:32
6. AG2R La Mondiale 1:24:22
7. Europcar 1:48:51
8. BMC 2:41:46
9. IAM Cycling 2:42:16
10. LottoNL 2:46:59
11. RadioShack 3;03:37
12. Cannondale 3:17:05
13. Giant 4:22:56
14. Lotto 4:40:09
15. Lampre 4:48:00
16. FDJ.fr 5:03:55
17. Bretagne-Séché 5:14:49
18. Katusha 5:29:06
19. Cofidis 5:35:06
20. Bora 6:02:56
21. Etixx 7:36:20
22. Orica – GreenEdge 8:45:02

Best young rider (stage):
1. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) 2hr 49min 41sec
2. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) same time
3. Peter Sagan (SVK/TIN)
4. Michael Matthews (AUS/ORI)
5. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) all same time

Best young rider (overall):
1. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 84hr 47min 26sec
2. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) at 14:48
3. Warren Barguil (FRA/GIA) 30:03
4. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 37:40
5. Bob Jungels (LUX/TRE) 1:32:09
6. Peter Sagan (SVK/TIN) 2:13:43
7. Adam Yates (GRB/ORI) 2:15:24.
8. Wilco Kelderman (NED/LNL) 3:h02:55.
9. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOA) 3:07:35.
10. Merhawi Kudus (ERI/MTN) 3:09:24.

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