Cover: Tour de France 2015 Stage 21
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull
André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won the Champs-Élysées bunch sprint at the final finish of the Tour de France 2015, beating Bryan Coquard (Team Europcar) and Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) at the line.
Movistar rounded out the final podium with Nairo Quintana (COL) coming in second and Alejandro Valverde (ESP) in third.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) arrived at the finish after the ceremonial ride to Paris to claim his final 2015 Tour de France Maillot Jaune.
Of course, I want to start off by thanking my team-mates. Without you guys I would not be standing up here. Richie, Wout, Ian, G, Pete, Luke, Nico and Leo. My utmost respect and gratitude. This is your yellow jersey as much as it is mine.
Thank you to all the support staff of Team Sky. Your endless dedication and commitment is what has got us through the tough moments of this year’s Tour de France.
The maillot jaune is special, very special. I understand its history, good and bad. I will always respect it. Never dishonour it, and I will always be proud to have won it. Thank you very much.”
– Chris Froome, Team Sky
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the points category, taking his 4th green jersey in a row.
I am very happy because this year was a very hard fight from the first stages. My role in the team was different from previous years. I’m very happy that I haven’t crashed and that I can make it here in the green jersey – it’s a special feeling for me. It has been a different Tour for me but also a very big experience to ride with Alberto Contador, he is a big champion and I’ve also had a lot of fun in this year’s Tour on the road and together with my teammates.
For sure it was a very big fight from the start and I knew that it wasn’t easy. There was less pressure on me to create individual results but I also had a different role. But the pressure overall has been high, we have been very concentrated but it has been a big experience for me. I’ve tried to win stages, but it was not easy. I think I can be satisfied, I have been very aggressive and I have the green jersey.”
– Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo
Froome also won the King of the Mountains category.
Quintana topped the Best Young Rider category, picking up the white jersey for the race.
Movistar took overall top team honors.
Tour de France 2015 Stage 21 Top 10
- André Greipel (GER) #75
LOTTO-SOUDAL 02h 49′ 41″
- Bryan Coquard (FRA) #122
TEAM EUROPCAR same time
- Alexander Kristoff (NOR) #96
TEAM KATUSHA same time
- Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) #211
MTN-Qhubeka same time
- Arnaud Demare (FRA) #24
FDJ same time
- Mark Cavendish (GBR) #112
QUICK STEP-Etixx same time
- Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
TINKOFF-SAXO same time
- John Degenkolb (GER) #81
TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN same time
- Michael Matthews (AUS) #105
ORICA GREENEDGE same time
- Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU) #168
TEAM GARMIN-CANNONDALE same time
Tour de France 2015 General Classification Final Top 10
- Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
TEAM SKY 84h 46′ 14″
- Nairo Quintana (COL) #51
MOVISTAR TEAM 84h 47′ 26″ +1:12
- Alejandro Valverde (ESP) #59
MOVISTAR TEAM 84h 51′ 39″ + 5:25
- Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) #1
ASTANA PRO TEAM 84h 54′ 50” + 8:36
- Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
TINKOFF-SAXO 84h 56′ 02” + 9:48
- Robert Gesink (NED) #131
TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 84h 57′ 01” + 10:47
- Bauke Moellema (NED) #141
TREK FACTORY RACING 85h 01′ 28″ +15:14
- Mathias Frank (SUI) #181
IAM CYCLING 85h 01′ 53″+ 15:39
- Romain Bardet (FRA) #82
AG2R La Mondiale 85h 02′ 14″ + 16:00
- Pierre Rolland (FRA) #121
Team Europcar 85h 03′ 44″ + 17:30
Date: 26 July, 2015
Finish: Grand Paris Seine Ouest / Paris Champs-Élysées
Distance: 107 km
Tour de France 2015 Stage 21 route
Tour de France 2015 Stage 21 route map
Tour de France 2015 Stage 21 profile
Tour de France 2015 Stage 21 last km
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