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The 2017 Tour de France will come to an end on Sunday, as the peloton makes its way to the centre of Paris and onto the Champs-Elysees for the traditional finish to La Grande Boucle.
This year, the start will be at Montgeron, while the finish will take place on the local circuit. As always, the sprinters will likely battle it out for the win, and there won’t be any major changes in the general classicification.
Here’s a look at the full route, via CyclingnewsTV:
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The finish on the Champs-Elysees is not to be underestimated, with the cobbled street complicating matters. Traditionally, the peloton maintains a very fast pace during the eight local laps, and breaking away from the group is next to impossible.
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The first part of the stage will play out as usual, with the jersey winners sipping champagne in front of the photographers, and there will be plenty of opportunities for excellent shots, as the peloton passes the Orly Airport and Arc de Triomph.
But the fun and games end as soon as the riders enter the city centre. Here’s a look at how last year’s stage played out:
This year’s race took a serious toll on the sprinters, with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish dropping out early and Marcel Kittel not making it past the Alps. Michael Matthews will win the points jersey―barring a freak accident―but he’s not a pure power sprinter, so he’s no lock for the stage win.
The best pure sprinter left may be last year’s winner, Andre Greipel. The German hasn’t enjoyed a very good Tour, but he’s clearly been holding back the last few days, with his focus shifting to the Champs Elysees.
Other contenders for cycling’s “unofficial sprinters’ world championships” include Dylan Groenewegen and Edvald Boasson Hagen. This late in the race, anyone with anything left in the legs can win, however.