Dylan Groenewegen wins final sprint in Paris
Chris Froome (Team Sky) secured a fourth Tour de France victory on Sunday after safely crossing the final finish line on the Champs-Élysées in Paris as Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won the final stage in a sprint finish
The day started with celebrations, Team Sky riders drankchampagne and beer, toasting the other riders, team cars and even with the general public at at the side of the road.
The final stage started on the streets of Paris on the Champs-Elysees, nine riders escaped established a breakaway including; Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Miki Schär (BMC), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott), Julien Vermote (Quick-Step Floors), Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) and Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), and gained an advantage of half a minute.
With five kilometres to go, the escape group was caught and Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) tried to get away but was neutralised.
The last kilometre was was a final battle for the big sprinters and LottoNL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenwegen out just sprinted Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) on the line.
Chris Froome arrived safe in the bunch, securing his overall victory in the 2017 Tour de France, his fourth in total and his third in a row.
Michael Matthews (Sunweb) was confirmed at the Green jersey points classification winner.
Warren Barguil (Sunweb) was confirmed as the Polka Dot Mountains classification winner.
Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) was confirmed as the White jersey Young rider classification winner.
Chris Froome was also part of the Team Sky Team classification winners.
Dylan Groenewegen said “This is an amazing place for the sprinters. To win on the Champs-Elysées makes it a perfect day. We're only five riders in the team but it was enough today. They did a great job. They put me in a good position, on the wheel of Alexander Kristoff and then I rushed to the finish line. This is my first stage win at the Tour. When I was young, I was looking at the Champs-Elysées stage on TV. Now I'm the winner here, it's wonderful.”
Chris Froome said "It's just an amazing feeling. The Champs-Elysées never disappoints. There's something magical about it when you spend three weeks thinking of this moment. It's just rewarding. It's amazing to see my wife and my son again after several months on the road. Each time I've won the Tour, it has been so unique. All my victories are so special in their own ways. This one will be remembered as the closest and more hard fought of them. It's a huge honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. It's a privilege to be going for the record next year.”
2017 Tour de France Stage 21 Top Ten Results on the Champs-Élysées
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
2. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
6. Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
7. Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ
8. Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo – Oscaro
9. Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team, all same time
2017 Tour de France Final general classification
1. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
2. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac, at 54 secs
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2-20
4. Mikel Landa (Esp) Team Sky, at 2-21
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, at 3-05
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors, at 4-42
7. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott, at 6-14
8. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates, at 8-20
9. Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo, at 8-49
10. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb, at 9-25