A guide to the Tour de France
23rd July 2016
Ion Izaguirre (Movistar) won Stage 20 today, on a mountain day from Megève to Morzine.
Izaguirre rode back up to Nibali, Alaphilippe, and Pantano on the climb of the Col de Joux Plane, then dropped them on the descent to the finish line at Morzine.
Chris Froome finished safey with the other favourites, and will win the Tour de France in Paris tomorrow, barring accident.
There was an early breakaway on the first climb of the day, the Col des Aravis, which involved 36 riders, including Thomas de Gendt, Jarlinson Pantano, Vincenzo Nibali, Ion Izaguirre, and Julian Alaphilippe. Pantano, Alaphilippe, Nibali, and Izaguirre were the survivors on the climb of the Col de Joux Plane, and it was Izaguirre who took the lead on the descent to the line.
In the GC group, only Joaquim Rodriguez got a significant gap. Team Sky took it steadily down to Morzine in the rain, and nobody else attacked.
CyclingNews has the full race results and overall standings.
This is the Stage 20 highlights video:
The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France. It tackles the Pyrenees before the Alps, and as always there's a final processional stage to Paris.
Stage 21 is the traditional final stage of the Tour de France, with the GC already settled, and a prestigious stage win on the Champs-Elysées at stake. The riders start north of Paris in Chantilly, and wend their way to the outskirts of the city, before crossing the Seine to the Bois de Boulogne, then entering Paris via the Porte Maillot. They pass the Arc de Triomphe, and descend via place de l'Alma and place Concorde to the Louvre. Here, they begin 8 complete tours of the finishing circuit, up the Champs-Elysées, and back down to the Louvre via place de l'Alma. The ninth time over the line (part way up the Champs-Elysées) is the important one, which will determine the stage winner. Read about Stage 21, Tour de France 2016.
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