After all the rain that Paris had today, it was still well worth the short trip on the metro and walk to central Paris to check out the action. Chris Froome clinched his second Tour de France triumph as powerhouse sprinter André Greipel won the 21st and final stage on the Champs-Élysées this evening.
I walked from the main awards presentation stage area up to the Arc de Triomphe. Once I arrived at this location, it was difficult to walk anywhere else. I would have preferred to have stood at the Jardin des Tuileries for a change but this was also fun! Here are a few photos from my walk:
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.
As I walked around the Place de la Concorde on Thursday, scouting out some photos opportunities for later in the evening, I noticed the first substantial visual signs that final preparations were being made for the penultimate stage of the 2015 Tour de France on Sunday, July 26, 2015. I find it impressive how such a monumental task of preparing for the thousands of spectators (specifically the seating areas and the stand) are really only visible to tourists days before the grand finale.
I’ll post more photos on the big day!