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Jul 21 2013

Le Tour 2013: Stage 21

The 100th Edition of Le Tour de France comes to a close today under the lights for the first time ever on the Champs-Élysées.  By tradition there will be no actual racing except for a 10 lap sprint from the Place de Etoile to the Place de la Concorde.  This could in fact change a few results which I’ll list first below, but for the most part we are already done.

You may ask yourself, well, how did we get here?

Chris Froome, the Maillot Jaune, has continuously worn it since Stage 8, Castres / Ax 3 Domaines, first day in the Pyrenees featuring a Beyond Category and Category 1 climb, when his kick in the final 5 km put him :51 ahead of his team mate Richie Port and about a minute and a half ahead of everyone else.

This lead was cemented the very next day on Stage 9, Saint-Girons / Bagnères-de-Bigorre featuring 4 Category 1 climbs, when Froome overcame the absence of Porte and finished even with every other major contender, 1:25 in front of his closest rival, Alejandro Valverde.

It was as close as things got.

The standout from this year’s Tour has to be Nairo Alexander Quitana Rojas who not only won the Young Rider competition (eh), but also King of the Mountains(!) and finished 2nd in the General Classification.  Pretty damn impressive.

Your penultimate standings in the order of Classifications that may see any change at all-

The overall Points title goes to Peter Sagan walking away 100 points clear of his nearest rival, Mark Cavendish.  Where you might see some movement is in the 5th and 6th slots were Alexander Kristoff and José Joaquin Rojas are separated by a single point.

Points

Rank Name Team Points
1 SAGAN Peter CANNONDALE 383
2 CAVENDISH Mark OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 282
3 GREIPEL André LOTTO-BELISOL 232
4 KITTEL Marcel TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 177
5 KRISTOFF Alexander KATUSHA TEAM 157
6 ROJAS José Joaquin MOVISTAR TEAM 156
7 FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio VACANSOLEIL-DCM 143
8 KWIATKOWSKI Michal OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 110
9 FROOME Christopher SKY PROCYCLING 107
10 RIBLON Christophe AG2R LA MONDIALE 104

Team time is determined by the top 3 riders to finish so it’s barely possible there may be a swap between AG2R in 2nd and Radioshack in 3rd.

Team

Rank Team Time
1 TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 241h 52′ 05”
2 AG2R LA MONDIALE + 08′ 30”
3 RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 08′ 52”
4 MOVISTAR TEAM + 22′ 45”
5 BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 38′ 26”

I suppose Andrew Talansky could fall off his bike but 1:20 is much larger than it looks.

Young Rider

Rank Name Team Time
1 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM 80h 54′ 36”
2 TALANSKY Andrew GARMIN – SHARP + 13′ 19”
3 KWIATKOWSKI Michal OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 14′ 39”
4 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE + 22′ 22”

King of the Mountains is done.

King of the Moutains

Rank Name Team Points
1 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM 147
2 FROOME Christopher SKY PROCYCLING 136
3 ROLLAND Pierre TEAM EUROPCAR 119
4 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin KATUSHA TEAM 99
5 RIBLON Christophe AG2R LA MONDIALE 98
6 NIEVE ITURRALDE Mikel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 98

C’mon, you’ve got to be kidding me.  Any actual change would be a huge scandal of bad sportsmanship, even if someone did fall off their bike.

General Classification

Rank Name Team Time
1 FROOME Christopher SKY PROCYCLING 80h 49′ 33”
2 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM + 05′ 03”
3 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin KATUSHA TEAM + 05′ 47”
4 CONTADOR Alberto TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 07′ 10”
5 KREUZIGER Roman TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 08′ 10”
6 MOLLEMA Bauke BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 12′ 25”
7 FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM + 13′ 00”

Hope you enjoy the stately parade.

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