The final stage of the 102nd Tour de France will take place today. The 109.5 km course launches from Sèvres and will finish at the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Riders will have to complete eight laps of Champs-Elysées once they make it into Paris proper.
Unless an accident occurs, the results are known: Chris Froome (Great Britain – SKY Team) will be crowned for the second time on the Champs-Elysées with Nairo Quintana (Columbia – Movistar Team) accompanying him on stage like two years ago and Alejandro Valverde (Spain – Movistar Team) occupying the third spot this time.
The weather is not very encouraging today in Paris. However, perhaps the riders would welcome a reprieve from the heat that they’ve been facing during previous stages. As I’m writing this post (11:15 a.m.) it’s overcast and 18°C. The forecast indicates that showers are expected by this afternoon. Fingers crossed that the worst of the rain is over by the time the riders make their way into central Paris.