TDF 2019, Stage 21: Houilles > Paris Champs-Élysées 29/07/2018 - 116 km *Spoilers*

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 13,549
edited October 2018 in Pro race
Houilles > Paris Champs-Élysées 29/07/2018 - Stage 21 - 116 km

At 116 kilometres, stage 21 travels from Houilles to Paris to conclude with eight laps on the Champs-Élysées.

A Champs-Élysées victory should be on the resume of the greatest sprinters. Mark Cavendish took four stage wins in Paris, yet it’s been five editions since his last win. In 2013 and 2014 Marcel Kittel powered to victory, while another German was fastest in 2015 and 2016: André Greipel. Last year, young gun Dylan Groenewegen bested the field.

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Favourites 21st stage 2018 Tour de France

*** Alexander Kristoff, Arnaud Démare
** Peter Sagan, Magnus Cort Nielsen, John Degenkolb, Edvald Boasson Hagen
* Sonny Cobrelli, Andrea Pasqualon, Christophe Laporte, Timothy Dupont

No definitive stage timings as yet.

The team hotels for the post race parties.

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I have a wedding this afternoon and won't have a chance otherwise, until tomorrow, close to race time.
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  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,890
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    Correlation is not causation.
  • ProssPross Posts: 20,992
    I’ve asked on the Tour spectators thread with no luck, can someone recommend a decent place to watch on the finish circuit please? Preferably somewhere less crowded so I don’t have to stand on the barriers hours in advance? I was thinking of watching them come through the Bois de Boulogne but suspect I’ll then struggle to get onto the circuit with a chance of seeing anything.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,092
    and thanks for the threads...what an odd tour eh
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,009
    and thanks for the threads...what an odd tour eh
    A surprising but not unwelcome result.
    Did anyone predict either of the first two for GC in PTP?
  • andytee87andytee87 Posts: 517
    and thanks for the threads...what an odd tour eh

    Likewise- cheers Blazing! Made it much easier to work out when to go out for a ride & not miss anything important. Still messed it up & ended up in Merthyr MaccyD's on the Col du Portet stage mind
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 1,965
    As well as the sterling work on setting up spoiler threads by Blazing, thanks to everyone who's been posting various updates through the Tour. This has once again been the most comprehensive, least bickeratious, and satisfyingly humorous place to catch up with what's going on. Having people bring in stuff from outside the Anglophone arena was particularly welcome - it's good to get a wider view.
    @canocola

    aka the poster formerly known as underlayunderlay
  • BelgianBeerGeekBelgianBeerGeek Posts: 5,230
    edited July 2018
    As well as the sterling work on setting up spoiler threads by Blazing, thanks to everyone who's been posting various updates through the Tour. This has once again been the most comprehensive, least bickeratious, and satisfyingly humorous place to catch up with what's going on. Having people bring in stuff from outside the Anglophone arena was particularly welcome - it's good to get a wider view.
    + 1 to this, and your own fab additions to this parade. More felicitations to come. Respect to the work you have put in. It is appreciated and love and peace to you all from the lovers of the best race on the planet.
    And bickeratious is a great word 8)
    Ecrasez l’infame
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,236
    Another big thank you to Saddles for these thread openers :D
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    Pross wrote:
    I’ve asked on the Tour spectators thread with no luck, can someone recommend a decent place to watch on the finish circuit please? Preferably somewhere less crowded so I don’t have to stand on the barriers hours in advance? I was thinking of watching them come through the Bois de Boulogne but suspect I’ll then struggle to get onto the circuit with a chance of seeing anything.

    Rue de Rivoli around the red kite on the left hand side of the road. Plenty of space on the left side of the road when I was there a couple of years back. Even got hit in the face with a handful of gels.
    @JaunePeril

    Winner of the Bike Radar Pro Race Wiggins Hour Prediction Competition
  • chrisw12chrisw12 Posts: 1,246
    Anyone want to answer pros? I’m already in France and I know a few more just coming out to see sporting history for wales, perhaps the greatest day in welsh sporting history.
  • bm5bm5 Posts: 130
    Thanks Blazing for all your work on the stage threads.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,696
    Yep, great threads this year, and have we got away with a bit less trolling than normal? Is it the heat? The world cup? Who knows!
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  • ProssPross Posts: 20,992
    Pross wrote:
    I’ve asked on the Tour spectators thread with no luck, can someone recommend a decent place to watch on the finish circuit please? Preferably somewhere less crowded so I don’t have to stand on the barriers hours in advance? I was thinking of watching them come through the Bois de Boulogne but suspect I’ll then struggle to get onto the circuit with a chance of seeing anything.

    Rue de Rivoli around the red kite on the left hand side of the road. Plenty of space on the left side of the road when I was there a couple of years back. Even got hit in the face with a handful of gels.

    Thanks for that, is that the gardens side?
  • ProssPross Posts: 20,992
    I hope it’s drier in Paris than in Brittany!

    Any more info on stage timings yet?

    Thanks for the stage threads Blazing, top job again.
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    Pross wrote:
    Pross wrote:
    I’ve asked on the Tour spectators thread with no luck, can someone recommend a decent place to watch on the finish circuit please? Preferably somewhere less crowded so I don’t have to stand on the barriers hours in advance? I was thinking of watching them come through the Bois de Boulogne but suspect I’ll then struggle to get onto the circuit with a chance of seeing anything.

    Rue de Rivoli around the red kite on the left hand side of the road. Plenty of space on the left side of the road when I was there a couple of years back. Even got hit in the face with a handful of gels.

    Thanks for that, is that the gardens side?

    Yes, you are along from Norwegian corner which is packed bad before the left/right flick which is also very popular. The riders come wuite close and I was amazed how few people were there. Enjoy!
    @JaunePeril

    Winner of the Bike Radar Pro Race Wiggins Hour Prediction Competition
  • thegibdogthegibdog Posts: 2,106
    Watched in 2012 from the end of the Tuileries overlooking the Place de la Concorde. It was a decent view, including sight of a big screen, although not close to the action.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,612 Lives Here
    I hope Froome gives Thomas some advice on how to enjoy it.
  • indyPindyP Posts: 1,118
    Great threads which definitely add to experience when watching stages. Thanks for all the work getting them here
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 1,965
    For those of us still half-expecting/fearing Thomas to somehow crash out of contention, where are they taking the end of the GC race this year? I seem to recall that in previous years they've extended the 3km rule?
    @canocola

    aka the poster formerly known as underlayunderlay
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Indeed. I am already cringing at the thought of the team no hands champagne moment
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,735
    I am glad Tom has split the two sky riders as it eliminates any team order shenanigans today...

    Unless having "won* the tour, geraint does a gimmi to Froomey just before the line to get him in the record books.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,612 Lives Here
    For those of us still half-expecting/fearing Thomas to somehow crash out of contention, where are they taking the end of the GC race this year? I seem to recall that in previous years they've extended the 3km rule?

    Doesn’t matter.

    Even if he falls they’ll give him the same time.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,092
    RonB wrote:
    Indeed. I am already cringing at the thought of the team no hands champagne moment

    i hate that too.

    its way too smug
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,591
    RonB wrote:
    Indeed. I am already cringing at the thought of the team no hands champagne moment

    i hate that too.

    its way too smug

    I read that as RonB being worried about Thomas falling off - not looking smug. But would agree that it’s not only smug but naff. Akin to the ‘nibbling the side of your medal’ shot that has become compulsory after award ceremonies.
  • philwintphilwint Posts: 763
    Hope the weather is better than in Yorkshire, just back from supporting a mate doing a 12 hour TT (he climbed off after 100 miles). It is truly horrendous out there!
  • ProssPross Posts: 20,992
    Dry, warm and sunny here but the wind is picking up. Feels like either a crosswind from the left on the finish straight or headwind but it’s gusting and swirling. Surprised how quiet it is.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,612 Lives Here
    Pross wrote:
    Dry, warm and sunny here but the wind is picking up. Feels like either a crosswind from the left on the finish straight or headwind but it’s gusting and swirling. Surprised how quiet it is.

    Welcome to a big city ;). Seen it all before.

    It’ll fill up when they arrive - few hours to go.


    Enjoy yourself mate. Must feel great down there.
  • ProssPross Posts: 20,992
    Having a relaxing sit down in the park eating my weight in churros!
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 13,659
    "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? IS THIS NOT WHY YOU ARE HERE?"
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