Sunday July 21st, 2013

Stage 21Versailles / Paris Champs-Élysées

Around the Arc-de-Triomphe

"It's the final day, and it's going to be incomparable in the strictest sense because we really wanted to pay full tribute at the end of this 100th edition. From the sporting perspective, there shouldn't be too many surprises: it's difficult to imagine the sprinters missing out! And if that sprinter happens, for the fifth consecutive occasion, to be called Mark Cavendish, then that really would be an extraordinary exploit. From the celebratory point of view, we have an unforgettable route, which will start in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, pass the monument to Jacques Anquetil, then go through the courtyard of the Louvre, before turning not in front of but around the Arc de Triomphe. The finish will be at dusk, at around 9.45pm. It will be magical..."

The towns / A sporting view

Versailles

At the gateway to Paris, Versailles is a town with an endless wealth of culture.  From the Jeu de Paume oath to the first National Assembly with the Declaration of the Rights of Man inbetween, Versailles has been the place of thoughts, writings and decisions that have had a universal impact on man. Its famous castle listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most beautiful examples of 17th century French art.  Louis XIII's former hunting pavillion was transformed and enlarged by his son Louis XIV who installed his court and the French government there in 1682.  Every year the number of visitors nears 7 million.  Versailles is also one of the greenest towns in the Île-de-France and its natural heritage is particularly interesting.  Partnering the town and the Château to welcome this last stage, the department of Yvelines takes very seriously its policies of developing green routes, most notably with the creation of the network of cycle routes and ‘green' lanes crossing about 750 kms of its land.

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Stage town 16 times
90,000 inhabitants
Prefecture of Yvelines (78)

Stage profile

Mountain passes & hills

No mountain passes and hills referenced in this stage

Paris Champs-Élysées

Every year the Avenue des Champs-Élysée becomes the theatre for the final act of the Tour de France.  But to bring this 100th edition to a climax, the sumptuous final of the Grande Boucle will take place in the evening and for the first time the riders will make a complete tour of an illuminated Arc de Triomphe.  This celebratory moment that will bring together Parisiens and numerous tourists from all over the world is also a chance to celebrate the bicycle, to which since 2001 Paris has given its rightful place.  Today, with the efforts of  Vélib' the bicycle hire scheme that was launched six years ago and now available in 30 municipalities in the suburbs, the development of cycle lanes,  an increase in the number of ‘double sens' lanes open to cyclists and in the near future the arrival of self-service electric bicycles, the town offers its residents and visitors the chance to discover its thousand delights by bicycle.  From the new banks of the Seine to the redesigned Place de la République, Paris is dedicated to making travel around the city easy for everyone in a spirit of sharing and freedom.

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Traditional climax of the Tour de France
38 finals on the Champs-Élysées
2,200,000 inhabitants
Capital of France and of the Ile-de-France Region Municipality, Department and Prefecture (75)

Jersey wearers after the stage 20

Corporate social responsibility

Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more

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