Tour De France 2015: Winner, Prize Money, Final Standings After Stage 21 Results

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2015

2015 Tour de France cycling race winner Chris Froome of Britain celebrates on the podium after the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 109.5 kilometers (68 miles) with start in Sevres and finish in Paris, France, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Christophe Ena

Chris Froome's position at the top of the general classification was never in doubt, and the Team Sky man cruised across the finish line to claim his second Tour de France win on Sunday.

Andre Greipel grabbed his fourth stage win of the 2015 Tour, winning the bunch sprint on the Champs-Elysees in Stage 21. The German dominated the bunch sprints throughout this year's edition, but he still lost out on the green jersey to Peter Sagan. 

Here's a look at the results from Stage 21:

Stage 21 Results
1Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Soudal02:49:41
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team EuropcarSame Time
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team KatushaSame Time
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-QhubekaSame Time
5Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.frSame Time
6Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-StepSame Time
7Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoSame Time
8John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinSame Time
9Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeSame Time
10Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamSame Time

Here are the final standings of the 2015 Tour de France, including prize money (in thousands), courtesy of letour.fr

General Classification (Yellow Jersey)
PosRiderTimePrize Money (Dollars Rounded)
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky84:46:14€450.000/$495.000
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team+00:01:12€200.000/$220.000
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team+00:05:25€100.000/$110.000
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team+00:08:36€70.000/$77.000
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo+00:09:48€50.000/$55.000
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo+00:10:47€23.000/$25.000
7Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing+00:15:14€11.500/$12.600
8Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling+00:15:39€7.600/$8.400
9Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale+00:16:00€4.500/$4.900
10Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar+00:17:30€3.800/$4.200
Point Classification (Green Jersey)
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo432
2Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal366
3John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin298
4Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step206
5Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar152
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky139
7Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr113
8Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team103
9Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal90
10Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha90
Mountain Classification (Polka-Dot Jersey)
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky119
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team108
3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale90
4Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr82
5Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha78
6Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar74
7Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team72
8Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team64
9Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky58
10Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka55

Before the start of the final stage of this year's Tour, the members of the peloton remaining after three weeks of racing took their time to address the media and their fans. Froome took to Twitter to thank his team-mates for their efforts:

Chris Froome @chrisfroome

It's been an honour & a privilege to be supported by this team. Thank you! @teamsky #TDF2015 Pic: @brynlennon http://t.co/5Ze3485iNK

The riders took their time at the start of the stage, with Sagan, known as one of the bigger jokesters of the peloton, seen fiddling with a small camera. As always during the final stage, the atmosphere was casual, and the first kilometers of the stage were reserved for photo opportunities rather than racing.

Meanwhile, heavy rains were drenching Paris, and as La Caravane du Tour shared, the uneven stones of the Champs-Elysees looked very slippery:

La Caravane du Tour @CaravaneduTour

La bonne humeur n'est pas gâchée par la pluie ! https://t.co/VN6GKMtXUC

Froome was spotted riding next to the car of Christian Prudhomme, the Tour's general director, as the two struck up a conversation. According to broadcaster Robert Hatch, the leader of the general classification wanted to know whether the rain would influence how the time gaps were measured. Per Hatch, they would be taken during the first passage of the finish line.

The news was significant, as the inclement weather combined with the high pace of the peloton on the Champs-Elysees made for a dangerous stage. There was a real risk of crashes during the finale, which could greatly impact the general classification, so that was one less thing Froome had to worry about.

Apparently, he did have to worry about his own team-mates. During the traditional team photo, Richie Porte started weaving all over the road, nearly wiping out himself and his team leader. This fan shared the moment:

La GazetteDes Sports @GazetteDesSport

Richie Porte tente un attentat sur Chris Froome avant les Champs Elysées ! #Twittcyclos http://t.co/SNc8UHYFBQ

The tempo of the peloton was low, and Froome took his time to talk to several high-profile riders, accepting congratulations from just about everyone. Team Sky started moving to the front of the pack as the gates of Paris drew ever closer, and before long, the riders passed by the Eiffel Tower, via the Tour's official Twitter account:

Le Tour de France @LeTour

Bienvenue à Paris #TDF2015 http://t.co/ct1uYsQ5K8

But even as the peloton made its first passage of the Champs-Elysees, the cyclists didn't pick up the pace. It took several attacks from Sylvain Chavanel and Kenneth Vanbilsen to really get the race going, as Lotto-Soudal moved to the front and set the tone.

Team Sky suffered another slight scare as Froome dropped out of the peloton momentarily, but he quickly returned to the group. And as Cycling Weekly shared, he officially clinched the 2015 Tour when he crossed the finish line for the first time, as long as he completed the stage:

Cycling Weekly @cyclingweekly

Due to the weather the winning time is taken on the first crossing of the finish, which means Chris Froome has just won the Tour de France!

Going into the final lap, Vanbilsen still had a nine-second lead over the peloton, which was racing at an incredible pace at this point. The sprint trains had already formed, bringing Sagan and Co. to the head of the pack.

Stijn Devolder tried his luck with a late break, but by this time, the pace of the peloton was simply too high. Giant-Alpecin led the group into the final kilometers, but Lotto-Soudal countered to launch Greipel to his fourth stage win of this year's Tour.

It was Greipel's first-ever win on the Champs-Elysees, and the German told reporters what an incredible feeling it was, via Sky Sports' live blog of the stage:

It's amazing. It's something I have always dreamed of. I thank my team, who got me in the right position, and my parents and trainers. Everyone who has been involved in my career, They have all made such a difference to me. This is the most awesome place to win a bike race.

Team Sky arrived in the background, arm in arm, to the applause of the massive crowd at the Champs-Elysees. Former professional cyclist David Millar shared an image of the moment:

David Millar @millarmind

This is @Chris_Boardman taking a photo of @chrisfroome & @teamsky finishing the 2015 Tour de France. http://t.co/qPTbPtiVg3

Froome was the grand favourite to win this year's Tour, and from the very first mountain stage, the 30-year-old dominated his opponents. His win never seemed in doubt, despite a late challenge from Nairo Quintana, who could have posed an even greater threat had he not lost so much time during the first week of racing.

Froome's victory was not without controversy, as fans abused the rider during the course of the Tour. However, he managed to overcome that vitriol, as Oliver Brown of the Telegraph noted:

His finest attribute has been to channel his anger and indignation in a positive manner, using all the barbs and brickbats as extra fuel for this tour's unusually late mountain climax. Each week, he has been a study in single-mindedness. He passed the lethal test of the Breton cobblestones with aplomb, minimised the distractions of the crashes and crosswinds with seemingly effortless expertise, and thrived in the Alps to add the polka-dot jersey as 'king of the mountains' to his growing Tour de France wardrobe.

His is a feat worthy of the most effusive acclaim. With two triumphs in the past three years, and Team Sky with three in the last four, he has risen to the loftiest grades of British sporting nobility. Andy Murray's men's singles title at Wimbledon had been accomplished by a compatriot before, albeit 77 years earlier. Froome's stature as a multiple Tour de France champion is an achievement without parallel in his homeland.

Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, who finished the Tour in second and third place, respectively, have already confirmed they'll both be riding the Vuelta a Espana later this year, per Cycling News. Froome is expected to join the Movistar duo, so cycling fans will get to enjoy even more spectacular battles up in the mountains when the final Grand Tour of 2015 starts in August.