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Stage 21, Tour de France 2016: Chantilly to Paris

Chris Froome in Paris on the 2013 Tour de France 

Chris Froome in Paris during the 2013 Tour de France, by Eric Salard, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

A guide to Stage 21 of the Tour de France 2016 from Chantilly to Paris. This is the tradtional final stage, ending in a sprint finish on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. It sets off at 1605, for a finish sometime between 1900 and 1930 (local French time). There are eight tours of a the finishing circuit in Paris, ending with a sprint up the Champs-Elysées, which will be contested by Kittel, Greipel, Sagan, Groenewegen, Matthews, Coquard, and others.

The women's La Course race will be held on the finishing circuit earlier in the afternoon.

Read about Stage 21 of the Tour de France 2016 here. Read the Stage 21 race report.

Stage 21, Tour de France 2016: facts, figures, and map

Stage 21 of the Tour de France 2016 is 113km from Chantilly to Paris.

Stage classification Flat
Distance 113km
Intermediate sprints Paris Haut des Champs-Elysées (after 73.5km)
Climbs Côte de l'Ermitage (Category 4)

There's an official Tour de France map of Stage 21.

This is the official Tour de France stage profile:

Tour de France 2016 Stage 21 stage profile

Profile of Stage 21, © A.S.O. Tour de France organisers

Stage 21, Tour de France 2016: timings

These are some of the timings on Stage 21 (based on the medium estimated speed of 42kmh):

Km Place Time
Départ fictif in Chantilly 1605
0 Départ réel on D909 beyond Gouvieux 1635
17.5 Moiselles 1705
26 Eaubonne 1721
32.5 Côte de l'Ermitage (Category 2) 1732
48 Bois de Boulogne 1752
53 Place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile 1758
54 Place de l'Alma 1759
56 Place de la Concorde 1802
57 Le Louvre 1803
57.5 Start of the finishing circuit (first time) 1804
58.5 First time over the finish line (part way up Champs-Elysées) 1806
73.5 Intermediate sprint, top of Champs-Elysées (1km beyond finish line) 1824
113 Finish line (ninth time over it is the end of the race) 1915

See full timings for Stage 21 on the Tour de France website, based on average speeds of 44, 42, and 40kmh.

Stage 21, Tour de France 2016: from the start at Chantilly to the finishing circuit

Château de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly

Stage 21 starts in Chantilly, north of Paris. This OpenStreetMap shows where it is in relation to Paris.

The riders head south via Abbaye de Royaumont, Viarmes, and Moiselles. They go through the Forêt de Montmorency, then enter the suburbs of Paris, to the north west of the city centre - Montlignon, Eaubonne, and Sannois. 

Abbaye de Royaumont

Abbaye de Royaumont, by Hervé, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

From Sannois, the D122/rue de l'Ermitage takes them up the one (Category 4) climb of the day, the Côte de l'Ermitage. Presumably, with the mountains competition already sewn up, it will be of no interest to anyone, but just in case Thomas de Gendt decides to go for the point, here are the details: 0.9km at 7%.

The race crosses the Seine for the first time on the pont d'Argenteuil, then goes through Colombes, la Garenne-Colombes, and Courbevoie. Here, they ride along the bank of the river Seine, past la Défense (the financial district, with tall office buildings, to the riders' right), past the Puteaux district, and as far as the pont de Suresnes, where they cross the river to the Bois de Boulogne and Longchamp racecourse on the other side. 

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Arc de Triomphe, by William, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

They continue through the Bois de Boulogne to Porte Maillot. From there, it's a short hop to place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, and the Arc de Triomphe. The route continues down avenue Marceau to place de l'Alma, cours Albert Ier and cours de la Reine to place de la Concorde, then left under the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre to rue de Rivoli. At the rue de Rivoli, they start the first tour of the finishing circuit.

Stage 21, Tour de France 2016: the finishing circuit

Place de la Concorde, Paris

Place de la Concorde, Paris, by David Stanley, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

The finishing circuit is up rue de Rivoli to place de la Concorde, up the Champs-Elysées to place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, around the Arc de Triomphe, then back down the Champs-Elysées to place de la Concorde, along the Quai des Tuileries, then under the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre, and back to the start of the circuit at rue de Rivoli.

The intermediate sprint is further up the Champs-Elysées than the stage finish line, and it comes just after the third time over the finish line.

Ouest France has this map of the finishing circuit:

Map of finishing circuit in Paris, Tour de France 2016

The end of the stage, and the 2016 Tour de France, is the ninth time over the finish line.

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Grand Départ 2016

The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France. 

Stage 21, Tour de France 2016: sights and attractions on the route

Stage 21, Tour de France 2016: Chantilly

Château de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly

Chantilly has a château which belonged to the Montmorency family, then the Condé family. The current building was put up in the late C19th.

It's also associated with horses. Thoroughbreds are taken out on the rides of the Forêt de Chantilly, and there's flat racing at Chantilly racecourse.

Chantilly cream (whipped cream) gets its name because Chantilly had become a symbol of refined food, and cream was served there from the mid-C18th.

Château de ChantillyArc de Triomphe, ParisPlace de la Concorde

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