2014 Tour de France: Kittel wins finale in Paris, Nibali secures yellow

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Tour de France - Stage 21

German Marcel Kittel scores his fourth stage win at the 2014 Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson

Marcel Kittel took a come-from-behind sprint victory on the final stage of the Tour de France Sunday, overtaking Norwegian Alexander Kristoff on the run to the finish line along the Champs-Élysées. Garmin-Sharp’s Ramunas Navardauskas was third in a stage that took 3:20:50 to cover 137.5km.

Following what amounted to a ceremonial parade during the ride from Évry to Paris, the real racing began, with Kittel’s Giant-Shimano team helping control the race. The big German did the rest, duplicating his win in Paris a year ago.

Behind the sprinters, Vincenzo Nibali finished safely in the bunch to officially claim the overall title. Nibali’s 7:37 margin over second placed Frenchman Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2R La Mondiale) was the largest since 1997. The Astana rider is also the first Italian to win the Tour de France since Marco Pantani took the crown in 1998. Nibali also snagged four stage wins and was in the yellow jersey for all but two days of the three-week race.

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) ended up third overall and claimed the white jersey for best young rider. BMC’s Tejay van Garderen was the top placed American, taking fifth overall at 11:44.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) took home the green points despite not winning a single stage, while Tinkoff-Saxo’s Rafal Majka took the polka dot climber’s jersey and two stage wins.

STAGE 21 RESULTS

1. Marcel Kittel (GER)
2. Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
3. Ramunas Navardauskas (LIT)
4. André Greipel (GER)
5. Mark Renshaw (AUS)
6. Bernhard Eisel (AUT)
7. Bryan Coquard (FRA)
8. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)
9. Peter Sagan (SVK)
10. Romain Feillu (FRA)

TEAM

Giant-Shimano
Katusha
Garmin-Sharp
Lotto-Belisol
Omega Pharma-QuickStep
Team Sky
Europcar
Omega Pharma-QuickStep
Cannondale
Bretagne-Seche Environnement

TIME

3h 20′ 50”
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FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
2. Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA)
3. Thibaut Pinot (FRA)
4. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (SPA)
5. Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
6. Romain Bardet (FRA)
7. Leopold Konig (CZE)
8. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (SPA)
9. Laurens Ten Dam (NED)
10. Bauke Mollema (NED)

TEAM

Astana Pro Team
Ag2r La Mondiale
FDJ.fr
Movistar Team
BMC Racing Team
Ag2r La Mondiale
Team Netapp-Endura
Trek Factory Racing
Belkin Pro Cycling
Belkin Pro Cycling

TIME

89h 59′ 06”
@ 07′ 37”
@ 08′ 15”
@ 09′ 40”
@ 11′ 24”
@ 11′ 26”
@ 14′ 32”
@ 17′ 57”
@ 18′ 11”
@ 21′ 15”

TDF Header Yellow Jersey: Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Astana Pro Team
TDF Header Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale
TDF Header Polka Dot Jersey: Rafal Majka (POL), Tinkoff-Saxo
TDF Header White Jersey: Thibaut Pinot (FRA), FDJ.fr

COMPLETE STAGE 21 RESULTS »
STAGE 21 PHOTO GALLERY »

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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