Tour de France 2020, stage 21 — live updates

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Primoz Roglic (left) greets Tadej Pogacar ahead of the official start to today's stage - GETTY IMAGESPrimoz Roglic (left) greets Tadej Pogacar ahead of the official start to today's stage - GETTY IMAGES

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Primoz Roglic (left) greets Tadej Pogacar ahead of the official start to today’s stage – GETTY IMAGES

02:29 PM

115km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="As is traditional, it has been a very relaxed start to the stage. World champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) has been chatting with Tadej Pogacar, perhaps sharing some words of wisdom. Pedersen is only 24 and was a surprise winner of the rainbow jersey at last year’s world championships in Harrogate. Jumbo-Visma, who will have been heartbroken following Saturday’s time trial, have also been up to congratulate the 21-year-old.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”32″>As is traditional, it has been a very relaxed start to the stage. World champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) has been chatting with Tadej Pogacar, perhaps sharing some words of wisdom. Pedersen is only 24 and was a surprise winner of the rainbow jersey at last year’s world championships in Harrogate. Jumbo-Visma, who will have been heartbroken following Saturday’s time trial, have also been up to congratulate the 21-year-old. 

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02:16 PM

And they’re off!

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Having rolled through the neutralised section ahead of today's stage, the relatively short&nbsp;122km&nbsp;run from Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées is under way. There was a lovely moment from Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) who rode up alongside champion-elect Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) to congratulate his compatriot. The remainder of the Slovenians at this year’s Tour followed.” data-reactid=”59″>Having rolled through the neutralised section ahead of today’s stage, the relatively short 122km run from Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées is under way. There was a lovely moment from Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) who rode up alongside champion-elect Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) to congratulate his compatriot. The remainder of the Slovenians at this year’s Tour followed.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) and&nbsp;Kévin Reza (B&amp;B Hotels-Vital Concept) were also spotted near the front. The former was awarded the super-combativity award on Saturday as the most aggressive rider at this&nbsp; year’s race.&nbsp;Reza, meanwhile, is the only black rider at the race.” data-reactid=”80″>Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) and Kévin Reza (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) were also spotted near the front. The former was awarded the super-combativity award on Saturday as the most aggressive rider at this  year’s race. Reza, meanwhile, is the only black rider at the race.

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 Kévin Reza – EPA

Most sports have, in some way, shown solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, however race organisers have thus far done little, if anything, to make their voices heard and it doesn’t appear that they are going to anything to rectify that here today. A few riders were photographed wearing face masks with slogans of support ahead of the start and, according to reports, some attempted to organise some sort of official show of support. A number of campaigners will be extremely disappointed with the apparent silence from the Tour de France.

01:30 PM

So, what’s on the menu today? 

Though largely processional, today will be fiercely contested once the riders reach the cobbled boulevard that is the Champs-Élysées where we can expect a bunch gallop for the final stage in what has been one of the most entertaining Tours de France in living memory.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Other than the stage win, there's really not too much left to scrap over, not unless you are Matteo Trentin (CCC) and are hoping to leapfrog Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to second place in the points classification. Here’s a profile of the&nbsp;stage . . .” data-reactid=”109″>Other than the stage win, there’s really not too much left to scrap over, not unless you are Matteo Trentin (CCC) and are hoping to leapfrog Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to second place in the points classification. Here’s a profile of the stage . . .

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. . . and here’s where those points can be won:

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="There's just one point available in the mountains classification, but with the top three in that competition all wrapped up then unless&nbsp;Pierre Rolland​ (B&amp;B Hotels-Vital Concept) is desperate to climb above&nbsp;Benoît Cosnefroy (Ag2r-La Mondiale) into sixth spot — which is a possibility — then I can’t see too much happening until the riders reach Paris at around 5pm (BST) this afternoon.” data-reactid=”131″>There’s just one point available in the mountains classification, but with the top three in that competition all wrapped up then unless Pierre Rolland​ (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) is desperate to climb above Benoît Cosnefroy (Ag2r-La Mondiale) into sixth spot — which is a possibility — then I can’t see too much happening until the riders reach Paris at around 5pm (BST) this afternoon.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="I'm going for another stage win for Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) today, but there will be no gifts handed out despite the celebratory mood within the peloton. A stage win for a sprinter on the Champs-Élysées is akin to a world title, indeed it has been previously described as the sprinters’ unofficial world championships.” data-reactid=”132″>I’m going for another stage win for Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) today, but there will be no gifts handed out despite the celebratory mood within the peloton. A stage win for a sprinter on the Champs-Élysées is akin to a world title, indeed it has been previously described as the sprinters’ unofficial world championships.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma),&nbsp;Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott),&nbsp;Cees Bol (Sunweb),&nbsp;Elia Viviani (Cofidis Solutions Crédits),&nbsp;Bryan Coquard (B&amp;B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (NTT) will also be hoping to get involved once the race concludes at around 5.50pm. The stage will start at 3pm.” data-reactid=”133″>Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott), Cees Bol (Sunweb), Elia Viviani (Cofidis Solutions Crédits), Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (NTT) will also be hoping to get involved once the race concludes at around 5.50pm. The stage will start at 3pm.

01:15 PM

As it stands . . .

Those familiar with stage racing will know that there are a number of jerseys on offer in various competitions, or classifications. Barring disasters — riders not completing today’s stage or finishing outside the time limit — all of the classification jerseys will be going to two riders.

01:00 PM

Afternoon

And welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 21 at the 107th edition of the Tour de France, the 122km run from Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées. That’s right folks, it is the final day of what has been a quite magnificent edition of the Tour. Before we have an extremely quick look at today’s stage, let’s have a quick recap of what happened on Saturday.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="First up, here's our correspondent&nbsp;Tom Cary‘s verdict following yesterday’s breathtaking time trial up the steep slope of La Planche des Belles&nbsp;. . .” data-reactid=”140″>First up, here’s our correspondent Tom Cary‘s verdict following yesterday’s breathtaking time trial up the steep slope of La Planche des Belles . . .

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Not since 1989, when the American Greg LeMond overturned a 50-second deficit to beat home favourite Laurent Fignon by eight seconds in a final-day time trial in Paris, had the Tour de France seen anything like it.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”141″>Not since 1989, when the American Greg LeMond overturned a 50-second deficit to beat home favourite Laurent Fignon by eight seconds in a final-day time trial in Paris, had the Tour de France seen anything like it. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In one of the most astonishing turnarounds in the history of the race, Tadej Pogacar, a 21-year-old from the village of Komenda (population 896) in Slovenia, defied all expectations on Saturday to thrash his compatriot and champion-elect Roglic in the penultimate-day time trial and effectively wrap up the maillot jaune.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”142″>In one of the most astonishing turnarounds in the history of the race, Tadej Pogacar, a 21-year-old from the village of Komenda (population 896) in Slovenia, defied all expectations on Saturday to thrash his compatriot and champion-elect Roglic in the penultimate-day time trial and effectively wrap up the maillot jaune. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tradition dictates that the yellow jersey is not attacked on the final day in Paris, meaning Pogacar will become the first Slovenian to win the Tour when the race arrives in the French capital, and the second youngest winner of all time after Henri Cornet, who won in 1904 just short of his 20th birthday.” data-reactid=”143″>Tradition dictates that the yellow jersey is not attacked on the final day in Paris, meaning Pogacar will become the first Slovenian to win the Tour when the race arrives in the French capital, and the second youngest winner of all time after Henri Cornet, who won in 1904 just short of his 20th birthday.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Meanwhile, our colleagues at&nbsp;The Cycling Podcast&nbsp;published their latest episode on Saturday night. While we are waiting for today’s stage to&nbsp;get under way, why don’t you give it a listen?” data-reactid=”146″>Meanwhile, our colleagues at The Cycling Podcast published their latest episode on Saturday night. While we are waiting for today’s stage to get under way, why don’t you give it a listen?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap an incredible stage of the Tour de France which turned the race on its head.” data-reactid=”147″>In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap an incredible stage of the Tour de France which turned the race on its head.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A Slovenian will wear the yellow jersey in Paris on Sunday but the Tour champion elect is not Primoz Roglic, who has led the race since the Pyrenees but Tadej Pogacar, who produced a stunning performance in the time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles.” data-reactid=”148″>A Slovenian will wear the yellow jersey in Paris on Sunday but the Tour champion elect is not Primoz Roglic, who has led the race since the Pyrenees but Tadej Pogacar, who produced a stunning performance in the time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles.