Alexander Kristoff and Geraint Thomas celebrate at Champs-Elysees in Tour de France
Jul 29 2018 07:16 pm CET

Alexander Kristoff and Geraint Thomas celebrate at Champs-Elysees in Tour de France
Alexander Kristoff and Geraint Thomas celebrate at Champs-Elysees in Tour de France
Photo of Alexander Kristoff (c) UAE Team Emirates

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) has won the last stage of the Tour de France. The European champion outsprinted John Degenkolb and Arnaud Demare.

The last stage of the 2018 edition of the race was 111 kilometres long between Houilles and the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The first part of the stage included the traditional champagne ceremony with the Sky riders and an overall good mood with riders chatting with each other and smiling.

Sylvain Chavanel (Direct-Energie), who confirmed that this is going to be his last Tour de France, had the honour of riding in front of the peloton at the entrance of the Champs-Elysees. He rode there for a while and soon a breakaway group attacked and he dropped back to the peloton.

Silvan Dillier, Nils Politt, Michael Schär, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Taylor Phinney and Damien Gaudin, took a lead of almost half a minute over the peloton. With two laps to go, Kevin Ledanois (Fortuneo Samsic) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) tried their luck but were reeled back in at the 10-kilometre mark.

With seven kilometres remaining and as the peloton got closer to catch the breakaway, Politt attacked but was caught two kilometres later. At two kilometres from the finish, UAE Team Emirates' Marco Marcato attacked and Bora-hansgrohe's Daniel Oss joined him.

Both were caught and immediately after Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) launched a strong attack but he was caught with 500 metres to go. The final sprint was fought between Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ).

The Norwegian showed to have the stronger legs and crossed the finish line just ahead of Degenkolb and Demare. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) arrived at the finish some moments later and confirmed his win of the race.






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