July 20, 2017
Tour de France 2017
Stage 21: Montgeron - Paris Champs-Elysees, 105km
Sky's Chris Froome secures fourth Tour de France championship as Lotto Jumbo's NL Dylan Groenewegen wins on the Champs Elysee.
Chris Froome enjoyed champagne and applause on the way his fourth victory at the Tour de France. Ahead of him Dylan Groenewegen claimed the eighth bunch sprint victory of the 104th Tour de France as he outclassed André Greipel who concludes the Tour de France without a stage win for the first time. Delivering LottoNL-Jumbo’s second victory after Primoz Roglic in Serre-Chevalier and the fiftieth for the Dutch squad since they first participated in the Tour in 1984, he’s the first Dutchman to win on the Champs-Elysées since Jean-Paul van Poppel in 1988.
Dylan Groenwegen wins Stage 21 on the Champs Elysee
167 riders started stage 21 in Montgeron. They celebrated the end of the Grande Boucle as Chris Froome (Sky) was eyeing his first victory of the year.
Once they arrived on the Champs-Elysées, Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott) attacked and created a front group of nine riders with Imañol Erviti (Movistar), Miki Schär (BMC), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Julien Vermote (Quick-Step Floors), Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) and Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).
There was mild inconvenience for King of the Mountains Warren Barguil (Sunweb) who had a flat tyre but made it back with 32km to go.
GC Podium: Rigoberto Uran (2nd), Chris Froome (1st), Romain Bardet (3rd)
Speaking to Sky Sport News later Froome said, “The novelty definitely hasn’t worn off, even after having won it three times already”
“It’s just such an incredible feeling. The morning after you just wake up and want to pinch yourself. “It certainly doesn’t get any easier winning the Tour de France that’s for sure. But I think learning all the things that come with winning the Tour – that’s certainly getting a bit easier over the years.”
“This year’s route really didn’t play to my strengths and is probably the toughest Tour I’ve had to go up against in my career. The team was pivotal in this year’s race. I had a few good days and bad days, but the team throughout was absolutely solid and always there for me to lean on when I was having difficult moments.
“It was certainly pretty emotional yesterday rolling onto the Champs Elysees in yellow again with the lads. It just takes your breath away it really does. Obviously the first time around it’s a novelty and everything just seems overwhelming. But fourth time around, and the fact that it was such a close race and I had my family come over to Paris – it was just the most special moment ever. It was just incredible.”
Chris Froome is knocking on the door of the all time greats who have won the Tour five times, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain:
“I’m 32 at the moment. Riders have gone into their late thirties still winning the Tour de France. I came into the sport late, so I do feel quite young in cycling years. Cycling is one of those sports where experience is just so valuable.
“I’d like to think I’m still learning in the sport and still improving as a bike rider. And certainly for the foreseeable future and the next three, four, five years I’d like to come back to the Tour de France and, whatever number it is, I just want to lay it all on the line for as long as I can.”
Barguil (KOM), Yates (Young Rider), Froome (Race Winner), Matthews (Points)
Summary - Stage 21 - Tour de France 2017 by tourdefrance_en
Stage 21 Results and Final GC
Stage 1: 1 July - Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf (time trial), 13km
Stage 2: 2 July - Dusseldorf - Liege (Belgium), 202km
Stage 3: 3 July - Verviers (Belgium) - Longwy, 202km
Stage 4: 4 July - Mondorf-Les-Bains (Luxembourg) - Vittel, 203km
Stage 5: 5 July - Vittel - La Planche des Belles Filles, 160km
Stage 6: 6 July - Vesoul - Troyes, 216km
Stage 7: 7 July 7 - Troyes - Nuits-Saint-Georges, 214km
Stage 8: 8 July 8 - Dole - Station des Rousses, 187km
Stage 9: 9 July - Nantua - Chambery, 181km
First rest day: 10 July
Stage 10: 11 July - Perigueux - Bergerac, 178km
Stage 11: 12 July - Eymet - Pau, 202km
Stage 12: 13 July - Pau - Peyragudes, 214km
Stage 13: 14 July - Saint-Girons - Foix, 100km
Stage 14: 15 July - Blagnac - Rodez, 181km
Stage 15: 16 July - Laissac-Severac L'Eglise - Le-Puy-en-Velay, 189km
Second rest day: 17 July
Stage 16: 18 July - Le-Puy-en-Velay - Romans-sur-Isere, 165km
Stage 17: 19 July - La Mure - Serre-Chevalier, 183km
Stage 18: 20 July - Briancon - Izoard, 178km
Stage 19: 21 July - Embrun - Salon-de-Provence, 220km
Stage 20: 22 July - Marseille - Marseille (time trial), 23km
Stage 21: 23 July - Montgeron - Paris Champs-Elysees, 105km