German Marcel Kittel was able to emerge from the field in Stage 21 along a flat, 133.5-kilometer (83-mile) course that took the racers from Versailles to Paris. However, it was Team Sky’s Chris Froome who took the overall general classification victory at the 2013 Tour de France, becoming the second straight British winner of the famed race.
Froome, 28, held on to his overall lead and the yellow jersey early in the 100th edition of the storied race, and he never relinquished the position.
Stage 21’s ride from the amazing sights of Versailles through the beautiful streets of Paris was the ultimate victory lap for Froome, who went on to finish the final portion of the race at 127th overall.
Andre Greipel finished second, and four-time defending champion Mark Cavendish managed to land on the podium in third. Peter Sagan and Roberto Ferrari finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
As great as the overall victory was for Froome in the centennial Tour de France, there were plenty of winners on the final stage as the jerseys were awarded. The British have won yet another yellow jersey, but it was Sagan who managed to take the overall-points win and the green jersey.
Colombian star Nairo Quintana also had a great showing in this year’s event, winning both the polka-dot jersey for climbing and the white jersey for the best racer under 25 years old.
Denmark's Saxo-Tinkoff finished the race as the winner of the team standings.
This was one of the wilder Tour de France events in years. While Froome led for much of the event, the individual battles on each stage, the visually stimulating terrain that the race covered and the unique fans that lined every mile of the race course made for another successful year.
If 2014’s Tour de France is like this year’s centennial ride, even the most casual cyclist fans will be transformed into hardcore enthusiasts and won’t miss a second of the action. Stage 21 was the perfect culmination of all the impressive racing fans were treated to this year.
Stage 21 Standings (courtesy of NBC Sports)
|10||Murilo Antoniobil FISCHER|
Overall Standings (courtesy of NBC Sports)
|2||Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS||84:01:00||00:04:20||MOV|
|3||Joaquim RODRIGUEZ OLIVER||84:01:44||00:05:04||KAT|
Full results and standings at NBC Sports.