The 108th edition of the Tour de France ended this Sunday with the traditional stage towards Paris, with a finish on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. As usual, the riders covered the first part of the course at a relaxed pace from Chatou (Yvelines), before entering the capital after 30 kilometers, where a total of eight laps on the most beautiful avenue in the world was to result, most likely, in a bunch sprint. The only change introduced by the organization for this edition, the finish line being located 150 meters further than in previous years.
Belgian Jan Bakelants, who was about to complete his sixth Tour – and complete the 14 Grand Tours in which he has participated – got involved in the first attacks after the riders went over the finish line for the first time. But the sprinting teams had a stranglehold on the peloton, and left no room to the fleeing candidates, who briefly followed one another at the front of the race.
As the final lap approached, the riders of the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team were gathered around sprinter Danny van Poppel, fifth in the bunch sprint in Carcassonne on stage 13. To lead him out, the Dutchman could rely on his brother Boy, himself ninth at Fougères in the sprint on stage 4.
After squeezing his way to the front of the peloton, Danny van Poppel negotiated the last corner in the top ten positions, and started his sprint in the wheel of Philippsen (Alpecin). He launched his effort at 200 meters from the line, and ended in sixth place, clinching the seventh top 10 for the team on this edition of the Tour de France. In the general classification, Louis Meintjes finished 14th, his best result on a Grand Tour in four years. Danny van Poppel, the Italian Lorenzo Rota and the German Georg Zimmermann have meanwhile concluded the first Tour de France of their respective careers with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert.