Stage 21: Versailles to Paris

The Tour makes for great viewing, but not everyone has the time to watch all 21 stages of the race. Here are the key stages to tune in for this year.

Jun 27, 2013
Outside Magazine

This year's Tour will finish under the lights.    Photo: Tour de France/Facebook

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.

133.3 km