Andre Greipel wins final stage in Tour de France
Jul 25 2016 01:49 am CET

Andre Greipel wins final stage in Tour de France
Andre Greipel wins final stage in Tour de France

Andre Greipel has won the final stage of the 2016 Tour de France. Chris Froome finished safely in the pack and as such secured the Yellow Jersey for the third time.

The first part of the stage to Paris was, as always, a matter of celebrations and laughs. Rather than the more traditional champagne, race leader Froome presented his teammates with beers as the peloton slowly made its way to the French capital city.

Things did get serious once the race had reached the famous Champs Elysees boulevard. A group of eight jumped away from the pack with Gougeard, Craddock, Burghardt, Teklehaimanot, Roy, Barta, Costa and Feillu trying their luck.

Marcel Kittel experienced mechanical problems on the Champs Elysees and had to find his way back to the peloton while showing off his anger for all to see.

Sky momentarily appeared to try an unexpected tactic as Wout Poels and Luke Rowe bridged the gap with the front group but the leaders were soon caught by the rest of the peloton.

Astana's Lutsenko and Lotto-Soudal's Van Avermaet attempted a late attack but the two were soon caught as well, paving the way for a final mass sprint.

A crash occurred in the last kilometers, involving IAM Cycling's Reto Hollenstein, causing the peloton to split into two pieces. Most of the top sprinters were on the right side of the split although French hope Bryan Coquard punctured and was as such out of contention for the sprint.

Greipel, who had yet to win a stage in this Tour de France, initiated the sprint and although the German was almost caught by Peter Sagan, he took the victory ahead of the Slovak and Norwegian Alexander Kristoff of Katusha.

Chris Froome safely finished with his teammates, just behind the peloton, to celebrate his third ever overall victory in the Tour de France.
Photo of Andre Greipel (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal