How to Watch the Tour
Knowing that the final stage can become a bit tedious—with the GC already decided and the last four sprints here claimed easily by Mark Cavendish—the Tour director decided to take a few chances on this edition’s processional. A few small summits in the Chevreuse hills won’t disturb the overall, but it could see the mountains classification decided if that race is still close.
For the first time ever, the city circuit will loop around the Arc de Triomphe rather than turning in front of it, which should provide some memorable visuals. And most importantly, the race will be run after dark below the floodlights (à la the Singapore Formula 1), ensuring a dramatic finish no matter what. But even with all those exceptional measures, it would be hard to bet against Cavendish.
Distance: 133.3 km