LiveTour de France - final stage as it happened

Summary

  1. Vincenzo Nibali wins 2014 Tour de France
  2. Marcel Kittel claims final stage after sprint on Champs Elysees
  3. Dutch world champion Marianne Vos wins La Course

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By Chris Bevan

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AU REVOIR

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So, that was the 2014 Tour de France. It took us from Yorkshire to the podium in Paris via the Alps and Pyrenees with plenty of thrills, spills, crashes and smashes along the way before delivering us a dominant and deserved winner in the shape of Vincenzo Nibali.

It was an incredible ride and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. See you next year.

THE WINNER

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Vincenzo Nibali's baby daughter Emma got a kiss from the winner of the 2014 Tour de France too.

THE PRIZES

Nibali will be joined by two Frenchmen on the podium, the first time there have been two home riders there since 1983. Jean-Christophe Peraud, 37, survived a crash earlier in the day to take second place while Thibault Pinot, 24, is third.

THE PRIZES

Yes here comes our overall winner, Vincenzo Nibali, to be presented yet again with the yellow jersey he has worn for so much of this Tour. He is wearing matching yellow shoes for the occasion, and a very broad grin on his face.

THE PRIZES

Next up is the prize for the most aggressive rider. It goes to Alessandro De Marchi, who attacked on what seemed like a daily basis. Another Italian will be making his way to the podium in a few moments too...

THE PRIZES

Thibaut Pinot, who will be back on the podium shortly to celebrate his third place overall is being called forward now for his white jersey as the best-placed young rider.

THE PRIZES

Next up on the podium is the first ever Pole to be in Paris in Polka Dots - Rafal Majka, who is the winner of the king of the mountains category.

THE PRIZES

Peter Sagan, winner of the green points jersey for sprinters is up on the podium to collect his prize. This is the third straight year he has ridden into Paris in green. No stage wins for him this time, though.

MAKING HISTORY

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Vincenzo Nibali, shown here kissing his wife Rachele at the finish line, has now won all three Grand Tours - the Tour de France (2014), Giro d'Espana (2013) and Vuelta a Espana (2010) - putting him in some quite exclusive company.

Other men to win all three Grand Tours:

Eddy Merckx (Belgium): Tour de France x5 (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974), Giro d'Italia x5 (1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974), Vuelta a Espana x1 (1973)

Bernard Hinault (France): Tour de France x5 (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985), Giro d'Italia x3 (1980, 1982, 1985), Vuelta a Espana x2 (1978, 1983)

Jacques Anquetil (France):Tour de France x5 (1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964), Giro d'Italia x2 (1960, 1964), Vuelta a Espana x1 (1963)

Alberto Contador (Spain): Tour de France x2 (2007, 2009), Giro d'Italia x1 (2008), Vuelta a Espana x2 (2008, 2012)

Felice Gimondi (Italy): Tour de France x1 (1965), Giro d'Italia x3 (1967, 1969, 1976), Vuelta a Espana x1 (1968)

WORTHY WINNER

Magnus Backstedt

Swedish cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Nibali has stayed out of trouble, we've had some difficult terrain and I definitely think he's a worthy winner."

ITALIAN CELEBRATION

Rob Hatch

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"This is a wonderful moment for Italy. Nibali has been dominant and aggressive without ever really having a serious rival."

THE PODIUM

Yellow Jersey

Classification

So, after almost 90 hours in the saddle over 21 days, 29-year-old Italian Vincenzo Nibali is crowned the winner of the Tour de France for the first time. He won four stages, spent 18 days wearing the yellow jersey and was nearly eight minutes clear of his nearest rival - he is truly a worthy winner!

General classification - final standings

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 89hrs 58mins 46secs

2. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra/AG2R) +7mins 37secs

3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ.fr) +8mins 15secs

Result of stage 21

Marcel Kittel takes his fourth stage win of this year's Tour, and his first since the first week. Not sure how he had enough left in the tank after his struggles in the mountains but his victory today makes it all worthwhile.

1. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Giant-Shimano) 3hrs 20min 50sec

2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Katusha) SAME TIME

3. Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit/Garmin-Sharp) SAME TIME

VINCENZO NIBALI WINS THE 2014 TOUR DE FRANCE!

Vincenzo Nibali crosses the line seconds later, and is immediately mobbed by about a million photographers.

MARCEL KITTEL WINS STAGE 21!

Wow! What a finish. Germany's Marcel Kittel finds the power when it matters to beat Alexander Kristoff to the line, and take the stage win in Paris for the second successive year. His final kick was the difference, while Andre Greipel left it far too late to challenge.

FINAL LAP

Katusha make their move to try to bring Alexander Kristoff clear. This is wide open though because Marcel Kittel's Giant team are fighting for position. 600m left.

FINAL LAP

Marcel Kittel has his Giant team around him and so does Mark Renshaw - who is usually Mark Cavendish's lead-out man. Peter Sagan is on his own but jumping from wheel to wheel in Cav stylee - 1.7km left.

FINAL LAP

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Simon Clarke is being followed by a huge mass of riders, all flying down the wide avenue of the Champs Elysees and setting up their own lead-out trains. 3km left.

FINAL LAP

Garmin Sharp are trying to get men up there too, as an Orica Greenedge rider - Simon Clarke - flies off the front of the peloton. He leads by seven seconds with 4.5km to go.

FINAL LAP

The sprinters' teams are fighting for position now, with lead-out trains for Norway's Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Germany's Marcel Kittel (Giant), Slovakia's Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Germany's Andre Greipel (Lotto) and Mark Renshaw (OPQS) jostling for the best line. 6km left.

ONE LAP TO GO

The sprinters are licking their lips and flexing their hips as they take the bell for the final lap. 7km to go of the 2014 Tour de France and Richie Porte has just been caught. The peloton are back together.

TWO LAPS TO GO

Richie Porte is still pedalling hard but he must know now that he will be caught. The pack are only four or five seconds behind him now and it is inevitable that he will be hoovered up.

Rob Hatch

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"There's a few spots of rain, it's starting to spit. Let's hope they all stay upright. This could be an epic end to what has been a pretty dramatic Tour de France."

TWO LAPS TO GO

Omega Pharma QuickStep are up near the front of the chasing pack - Tony Martin is doing the legwork as they try to set up their surviving sprinter Mark Renshaw to challenge the fast men I spoke about earlier.

TWO LAPS TO GO

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Ji Cheng, the lanterne rouge, is being lapped! He is still soldiering on mind you.

Richie Porte flashes past him and now leads the pack by 12 seconds with 11.6km left. Rain is falling in Paris.

TWO LAPS TO GO

Poor old Tony Martin has had to change his bike again but he is back in the peloton and avoids a lonely ride round Paris for the next 15 minutes or so.

TWO LAPS TO GO

Richie Porte kicks again! The other two escapees are history, but he is clear on his own.

TWO LAPS TO GO

Here we go then. Two laps to go and Australia's Richie Porte (Team Sky), Denmark's Michael Morkov (Tinkoff) and Colombia's Jose Serpa (lampre) are being reeled in. With 14km to go, they are just nine seconds ahead.

TOUR REFLECTIONS ON TEAM SKY

Magnus Backstedt

Swedish cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

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"It's been a bit unfortunate, with Richie Porte ill after Chris Froome went home and Geraint Thomas has not looked 100%. I think there will be a big think about what's gone right and wrong. They will learn from their misfortune and improve.

"Team Sky won the Tour de France back to back but at some point, taking a bit of a setback is not a bad thing as you move forward."

THREE LAPS TO GO

Another mechanical. This time Tony Martin has lost his chain. He won't mind too much.

The three escapees are now just 15 seconds clear, with 15km to go.

THREE LAPS TO GO

These are the men to watch out for in the final few kilometres of the 2014 Tour de France: Alexander Kristoff, Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel are the sprinters eyeing the most prestigious stage victory of all.

THREE LAPS TO GO

The Orica Greenedge team have two men clear of the peloton, trying to bridge the gap to the escapees.

Richie Porte is still driving that breakaway group away, and has opened up a gap of 22 seconds with 20km to go. Back in the pack, overall leader Vincenzo Nibali is staying out of trouble.

FOUR LAPS TO GO

Alexander Kristoff is back in the peloton and further up the road, that front four has become a front three - Richie Porte, Denmark's Michael Morkov (Tinkoff), and Colombia's Jose Serpa (Lampre). With 22.5km to go, their lead is 13 seconds.

FOUR LAPS TO GO

Our four men in front have a lead of 16 seconds with 27km to go. They are Team Sky's Richie Porte, and Morkov (Tinkoff), Serpa (Lampre) and Fonseca (Bretagne).

Rob Hatch

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"It's cloudy at the moment in Paris, and the excitement is building. Thankfully, there's been no rain whatsoever."

FIVE LAPS TO GO

Problems for Alexander Kristoff too. He is one of the sprinters in contention to win this stage but he has ground to make up on the rest of the pack after suffering from a puncture.

Helpfully, he has a problem with his saddle too, and gets a convenient 'tow' from the team car as that is sorted out...

FIVE LAPS TO GO

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Spare a thought for the 'Lanterne Rouge' - the last-placed rider on the Tour.

Ji Cheng is 164th and last, five hours, 53 minutes and 23 seconds behind the leader Vincenzo Nibali and more than 41 minutes adrift of 163rd place. He is the first Chinese rider to compete at the Tour and obviously is hoping to be the first to complete it... But he came off in that crash involving Jean-Christophe Peraud and, with just 30.5km to go, seems to be suffering a bit. Fingers crossed he makes it.

He has been a huge workhorse for the Giant team, riding on the front of the peloton, chasing breaks down on sprint stages to help his team-mate Marcel Kittel. That will explain why he's so far behind in the overall standings.

SIX LAPS TO GO

Another attack. Four riders are off the front, including Team Sky's Richie Porte. They are 15 seconds clear, with just over 35km to go, as they prepare to start their fourth lap of Paris.

SIX LAPS TO GO

All that goodwill has worked. Jean-Christophe Peraud is back with the peloton, with 37km to go. In fact, all of the riders are now back together.

SIX LAPS TO GO

Turns out Jean-Christophe Peraud is going to have some help here. French rider Amel Moinard of the BMC team has dropped back to help AG2R pace Peraud back into the peloton. At the other end of the race, Vincenzo Nibali has gone to the front of the pack to slow everybody else down.

Magnus Backstedt

Swedish cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I don't know what happened. Peraud was riding quite comfortably in the middle of the peloton. His front wheel just seemed to disappear. Whether there was a spot of oil on the road, I don't know."

OUCH!

Uh-oh. There's been a crash, and Jean-Christophe Peraud - who stands second overall - is one of the men down. In fact, he was the first to taste the tarmac.

This spells trouble for the 37-year-old because any time lost here will still see him drop down the standings. Catching the pack will not be easy, either, because ahead of him the front of the race is continuing at a furious pace.

SEVEN LAPS TO GO

Jens Voigt is still out in front, but has been joined by Canada's Svein Tuft and Belgium's Greg van Avermaet. They are nine seconds clear of the peloton, which contains the man in yellow, Vincenzo Nibali.

Rob Hatch

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"This is one last big show from Jens. There was a pact made by Jens and Britain's David Millar, who was set to be riding his last Tour as well. They sat down in a cafe and said they would do as much. Obviously Dave isn't here, but Jens is good to his word."

The old men are doing pretty well at the moment. Jens Voigt, 42, has a lead of eight seconds on the pack. He is followed by Chris Horner, 41.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, who is still in his 20s, is still up there too.

Magnus Backstedt

Swedish cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Jens Voigt is a man who is always willing to sacrifice himself for the team, one of the most charismatic riders we have had in the peloton. He is in his 17th Tour de France. He still looks like he's loving riding his bike and I'm not sure whether this will be his last Tour. I rode with him in 1998 and he still seems as though he is as motivated now as he was back then."

SEVEN LAPS TO GO

Jens Voigt is going for it! Great to see. He is clear at the moment.

The peloton is galloping down the Champs Elysees and quickly hoovers up Sylvain Chavanel. The riders are all back together, apart from the Movistar team who are trying to get one of their men back in touch after a mechanical.

Magnus Backstedt

Swedish cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"If Geraint was to conserve his energy, he could have a proper go on the final lap, with 3-4km remaining and possibly stay away for a victory. He seems to be slipping back with a bit of a mechanical problem at the moment though."

British rider Geraint Thomas is right up at the front of the peloton, leading the chase. Three Astana men are pedalling a lot quicker than they were earlier too.

THE FIRST ATTACK

And we're off! France's Sylvain Chavanel bursts away from the pack. Expect a lot more of the same in the next hour or so.

BRIDE AND JOY

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A woman wearing a wedding dress waved as the pack rode during the final stage. The riders seemed to miss the 'bride'. They were otherwise engaged.

Those eight 7km laps of the Champs Elysees are coming right up, with Astana still leading the way. The avenues of Paris are, predictably, packed. People have clambered up lamp-posts to get a vantage point as the French equivalent of the Red Arrows (the Flèches Rouges?) fly past.

Magnus Backstedt

Swedish cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"There is no bigger race that a sprinter can win than today. The circuit is relatively hard to ride because there are cobblestones on the Champs-Elysees that sap the energy on the uphill ride to the Arc De Triomphe.

On the way back down the other side, you are going at speeds of up to 70km/h and then it's down and round through the tunnel before you enter the best set of corners in professional cycling to get back on to the Champs-Elysees for the finish.

The peloton is being led through the streets of Paris by the Astana team of champion-elect Vincenzo Nibali. A few clouds in the sky but still no sign of those thunderstorms which were forecast to rain on his victory parade.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Rob Hatch and Magnus Backstedt are in the commentary box for the conclusion of today's stage, and indeed the climax of the 2014 Tour de France. You can listen via the Live Coverage tab console at the top of the page.

The good news is that there is not long to go until this stage bursts into life.

The riders are on the banks of the Seine now, and will head towards the Louvre before they make a complete circuit of the Arc de Triomphe. Then come the eight circuits of the Champs Elysees, when the fireworks will begin.