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Tour de France 2018: Geraint Thomas confirmed as winner while Kristoff wins final stage

Jack Elton-Walters
29 Jul 2018

A low grade sprint completed the 2018 Tour de France as Geraint Thomas crossed the line in yellow

Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) won Stage 21 of the 2018 Tour de France in the final bunch sprint as Geraint Thomas's overall win was confirmed. The newest Team Sky leader crossed the line with Chris Froome, the man he has usurped - for now at least - as the team celebrated their sixth win from the last seven Tours de France.

The stage win came from a scrappy bunch sprint that was characterised by a lack of control from the teams of the sprinters who managed to make it this far.

Kristoff was the clear winner of a four-way lunge for the line.

The headline sprinters, the likes of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), all failed to finish the race and so were absent from the sprint on the Champs-Elysees and Kristoff made the most of the opportunity.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished eighth to complete an emphatic win in the green jersey points competition. This is his record-equalling sixth win in that competition.

Stage 21: champagne flavoured boredom

The stage was the usual procession of photo opportunities, flutes of champagne handed from the car of the winning team and a sedate pace through the rural area that surrounds Paris.

Talk of 'respecting the yellow jersey' and the 'etiquette of the final stage' flowed from the commentary boxes but this was Stage 21 of a 21 stage race, wasn't it?

When Lance Armstrong had a lead of minutes and minutes over his rivals, the idea of not bothering to race on the final day into Paris held some merit. But now?

Thomas's lead over Dumoulin was too big a deficit to be taken on a flat stage, but the possiility of racing up until the very last should be an option, not something ruled out by a relatively recently imposed tradition.

Time for a final day time trial around the Champs instead.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 result and final General Classification