Stage 21- July 23: Paris - champs-Elysees, 138 km
Start time: 14:00
At last, the stage that everyone is eager for - the final parade around Paris. No more hills, no more mountains and no more time trials. The only thing for the yellow jersey wearer to avoid is a serious crash, but he is always well protected by his teammates. A short, flat course sees the action hot up in the final 11 laps of the Champs-Elysées in front of a million or more spectators. Defintely a sprinter's stage, although there will be every attempt made at a solo win.
The weather is once again perfect for the Gande Finale - sunny, with temperatures around 24 degrees, and a light E-NE wind. The wind will be behind the riders along the Place de la Concorde, meaning that the final sprint will be extremely fast. Those that missed out yesterday: McEwen, Vainsteins, and Blijlevens will try to get their noses in front of Erik Zabel today.
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