Van Aert wins a magical third stage of the Tour de France as Pogacar wins the general classification

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Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) claimed a fantastic Stage 21 victory on the Champs-Élysées as Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) sealed his second consecutive victory in the Tour de France, after leading the race since the ‘step 8.

The 2021 Tour de France ended with a 108.4 km stage from Chatou to Paris. A processional run-in started in a now traditional way before the peloton reached the first of eight laps by finishing on the Champs-Élysées.

A series of determined attacks began immediately after crossing the finish line for the first time, but they were easily controlled by the sprint teams. The peloton’s gallop was a bit messy at the end, and it was Van Aert who came out on top, adding a sprint to his mountain and time trial victories on this year’s Tour.

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) was second and Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) settled for third after falling out of position on the home stretch. If he failed to break Eddy Merckx’s record, Cavendish won the points classification for the second time in his career, ten years after his first green jersey.

In addition to taking the overall victory, Pogacar also took the lead in the rankings for the best youngsters and mountains, and he will be joined on the podium by Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) who confirmed the second and third in the general classification.

Tour de France (2.UWT)
Chatou → Paris Champs-Élysées


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