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VeloNews 19 July, 2021 - 05:37am 12 views

Did Mark Cavendish win Tour de France?

British rider Mark Cavendish has won the green jersey for best sprinter at the Tour de France. It is the second time in his career that he has triumphed in the points classification battle. ... Slovenian Tadej Pogacar claimed the yellow jersey with his second successive Tour title after Sunday's 21st and final stage. sky.comTour de France: Mark Cavendish wins green jersey - but narrowly misses out on record 35 stage wins

When is the final stage of the Tour de France?

Stage 21 - Chatou to Paris - 108.4km - Sunday, July 18 The final stage of the Tour de France is almost always its shortest road stage, but it packs a lot in: celebration, performance, and competition. It's never a difficult course. BicyclingTour de France 2021 - Stage 20 Preview

Will Mark Cavendish make history and win his 35th Tour de France stage?

Riders have gathered on the startline and we'll be rolling out soon enough.

We do have a fourth cat climb soon after the start, and there's an intermediate sprint with around 26km to go.

This is the first time we've been in Chatou for a Tour de France stage start. The town has been used in smaller races in the past but never the Tour. The sun is out this afternoon and we're expecting dry conditions for the rest of the day.

“But because of the crashes we couldn’t go with that plan. It was all focussed on Richard. We couldn’t use the strength of the team in terms of putting the pressure on the others with just attacking with the other GC guys, we had to put pressure like the old-school Sky and wait for them [the opposition] to crack.

“We did it for a couple of guys [opponents] but [race leader] Pogačar was unbreakable. So we are proud of what we achieved, but we always had an appetite for more.”

The full story is here.

Anyway we're about 15 minutes from the roll out on stage 21 of the Tour de France.

Mads Pedersen, van Poppel. I really did a terrible job of listing off the sprinters still in the race.

I've just been informed that the finish straight is 700m this year (was 400m before) so we'll have a longer sprint than normal. That probably just means that the leadout will be even more important and timing will be everything. Morkov will have it dialed in, for sure, but Quickstep can't take on the entire chase once a break does get clear.

Jasper Philipsen... totally forgot to mention in when talking about sprinters still in the race. He's had two seconds and three thirds in this year's race and can't be discounted in the sprint. Given what we've seen so far he's probably Cavendish's main rival.

We're about 45 minutes from the roll out on stage 21 of the Tour de France.

Meanwhile Alasdair Fotheringham has written this excellent feature on Jonas Vingegaard, who will finish second overall in his first-ever appearance at the Tour de France.

"There are very few riders in the world who can win the Tour. I didn't make it this year, but I'm sure I'll do it one day."

Some chatter about a break surviving on the Champs Elysees today because of a lack of sprinters still in the race. That's very, very unlikely with Jumbo, QuicStep, ISN, and BikeExchange all keen on a sprint. DSM too, in fact. Yes, we're missing some sprinters but this is destined to finish in a bunch gallop.

We're just over an hour away from the start of the final stage of this year's Tour de France.

Another contender for today is Wout Van Aert. He won the TT, and he won the Ventoux stage but today he's going for the sprint. All of Belgium - minus Lefevere and QuickStep - will be cheering him on. Here's a photo of him gobbling up kms on his time trial bike.

You can also bookmark our Olympic Games 2021 coverage right here. That page will have everything you need to know, and more.

We spoke to Jakob Fuglsang, on a related note. He's off to Tokyo tonight, along with a gaggle of Tour riders. He thinks that his subdued ride in the Tour is down to his second jab. He was second in Rio though, and here are his thoughts on all of the above.

Before we get wrapped up in Tour stuff let's spend a bit of time talking about the Olympics because despite covid cases exploding and cases now being detected in the athlete village it looks like the Games are going ahead. Here's the full schedule of events, times, and locations. For most of you, it'll mean staying up late or getting up very, very early. 

We're about 90 minutes away from the official roll out. If this is your first rodeo, the riders will amble along as they sip champagne and pose for awkward photos with their teammates. Then we'll hit Paris, the speed will increase, we'll do some laps and then we'll have a sprint. Game over.

Keep an eye out for Andre Greipel today. I don't know if he'll up there or not but the German is racing his final Tour de France and he announced just yesterday that he will be retiring at the end of the 2021 season. He's won in Paris, and he's got 13 stages to his name, and ISN, have stated that they are 'all in' for him today. 

All the jerseys are wrapped up today but here's how things look in the overall standings. 

All eyes on Mark Cavendish today who is aiming to set a record for the most Tour de France stage wins by a rider. He's currently tied on 34 with Eddy Merckx but win today and he'll be out in front on 35. He's won in Paris before, a number of times, but this is different, because it's not every day a rider beats one of Merckx's records. 

Good day to you. Welcome to our live race text coverage from stage 21 of the Tour de France. It's the final stage and we're finally heading to Paris.

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