20 July 2013

Tour Travel - Tour de France after Stage 20

Stage 20 Results and Stage 21 Race Day Planning

NAIRO QUINTANA  Quintana finally added a stage win to his success

Please go to: Nairo Quintana - Hero of Stage 20 for full story and photos

Quintana's father crying with pride.  (AP Photo/Carlos Julio Martinez)
JENS VOIGT   "Jens voigt is off the front!"

Please go to: Jens Voigt - Hero of Stage 20 for full story and photos

Other facts about Stage 20:
  • Nairo Quintana has won both the Best Young Rider White Jersey and the Best Climber KOM Polka-Dot Jersey. 
  • The white jersey was first awarded in 1975, the KOM polka-dot jersey in 1933, as far as I could see this is the first time a rider has won both classifications. The list of white jersey winners over the years reads like a who's who of cycling.
  • Stage 20 was only 125 km long today; no official feed stations are planned if a stage is less than 150km in length.
  • Today was the penultimate stage of the 2013 Tour de France: Word of the Day: Penultimate By Pedal Dancer.
  • I keep wondering if Chris Froomes sleeps with his SRM meter (the team's official power measurement sponsor).
  • I was so tired of typing out l'Alpe d'Huez, which has to be the hardest climb name to type repeatedly, that I welcomed the return to Kwiatkowski,the numerous double Dutch or triple Spanish names, or even the Champs-Élysées.
  • Team Argos-Shimano shared this info-graphic the other day.
What it takes to get team Argos-Shimano through the Tour de France
Stage 20 Results
COL  1  QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR TEAM)3:39:04
ESP  2  RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA)            +   18
GBR  3  FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING)           +   29
AUS  5  PORTE, Richie (SKY PROCYCLING)                 + 2:17
USA  6  TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP)                + 2:27
ESP  7  CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (SAXO-TINKOFF)       + 2:28
FRA  8  GADRET, John (AG2R LA MONDIALE)                + 2:48
CZE  10 KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF)                + 2:55      
General Classification after Stage 20
GBR  1  FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING)           80:49:33
COL  2  QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR TEAM)+  5:03
ESP  3  RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA)            +  5:47
ESP  4  CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (SAXO-TINKOFF)       +  7:10
CZE  5  KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF)                +  8:10
NED  6  MOLLEMA, Bauke (BELKIN PRO CYCLING)            + 12:25
DEN  7  FUGLSANG, Jakob (ASTANA PRO TEAM)              + 13:00
USA  10 TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP)                + 18:22
Classification Jerseys - after Stage 19
YELLOW - Christopher Froome (SKY)
GREEN - Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
POLKA DOT - Nairo Quintana (Movistar) He will be wearing this jersey
WHITE - Nairo Quintana (Movistar) / wearing Andrew Talansky (Garmin)
COMBATIVE - Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard)
TEAM - Team Saxo-Tinkoff
LANTERNE ROUGE - Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEDGE) + 04h 24' 39"
STAGE - Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
Full list of overall GC standings here: General Classification standings 2013 Tour de France


Stage 19 Sunday  21 July Château de Versailles to Champs-Élysées, Paris, France!

Twilight criterium

This is a thrilling day in cycling. I always enjoy the footage of the riders on the last day because they begin by riding ceremonially next to the jerseys and top riders, then they seem to ride next to and chat with their fellow riders they most enjoy. I like to see the combos, as riders group by language or best friends in the peloton. Stage 21 is a celebration after a hard fought 3-weeks of racing.

Racing is real on the Champs-Élysées. To win the final stage into Paris is a BIG DEAL, especially on the 100th Tour. Mark Cavendish has never lost, which is a way of saying he will likely win Stage 21. This year the experience will be a new one as riders hit the fully lit Champs Elysees at twilight and many are wondering how that will affect the race.

The podium is not visible to all, but the sound of the awards and speeches are broadcast out to the crowds along the avenue. Do remain after the real race because the celebration post-race will be memorable.

Typically there is a procession of team after team after the real race finishes, as the riders take off their helmets and put on regular shoes, rolling together with their DS(s) over the cobbles in a sort of collective thank you to the fans. This parade is fantastic to watch, but in 2013, the celebration lap by riders will not take place. Expect a 100th Tour celebration worth remembering with past winners presented. Could there be fireworks?

Stage facts:
  • 133.5km in total length, flat 
  • 170 riders, 22 teams (Astana and Garmin are down to only 6 riders each)
  • The stage begins in the garden of the Château de Versailles (museum open, no parking)
  • We watch as extremely fatigued cyclists clearly preferring a nice cold beer attempt to sip from a tiny champagne glass while positioning their bikes in perfect photographic alignment with one hand. 
  • The riders will race around the Arc de Triomphe this year - big news for 2013! (they typically turn before the arc)
  • 10 laps ("finishing circuits) on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées
  • Each lap is 7km
  • Stage finishes at 21h57 in Paris!

Look for these riders:
Chris Froome - wearing a yellow jersey
Peter Sagan - wearing a green jersey
Nario Quintana - wearing a polka-dot jersey [his first Tour de France]
Andrew Talansky - wearing a white jersey (2nd pl.) [his first Tour de France]
Jens Voigt - wearing a red #48 on his jersey
The entire team Saxo-Tinkoff wearing yellow helmets
Mark Cavendish to take the stage win!
Peter Sagan doing a wheelie somewhere on course.

How do we get to Paris?

2013 Tour de France route from Château de Versailles to Champs-Élysées, Paris
TDF Stage 21 route map 2013
How the riders will enter Paris for the Tour de France 2013, before 10 laps! TDF Route in the Champs-Élysées. Map by Pedal Dancer.


Please go straight to the earlier post I wrote today: Paris here we come!. It includes tips on seeing the race on the Champs-Élysées and about La Rondonnée du Tour citizen ride through the streets of Paris before the pros arrive.

The day in Paris - Sunday, 21 Juillet
14h30 La Rondonnée du Tour départ et arrivée avenue Foch – Paris 16e
17:45 CET, Stage Start gardens of Château de Versailles
18h01 Caravan enters Avenue des Champs-Élysées
19h51 Entrée sur le circuit final on Champs-Élysées
21h35 Tour de France complete
Podium Presentation
Team procession - 1 lap
Parade and celebration for the 100th Tour de France

See all the other posts by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer® on the 2013 TOUR DE FRANCE.

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Related posts about Paris and the Tour de France by Pedal Dancer:
Paris here we come! >
The Missing Years (the 100th Tour de France)
How to Watch the Tour de France
Most Popular Tourist Sites in France
The 100th Tour de France
Rest Day #1 Reads
Ah Paris!
<Riding La Randonnee du Centenaire in 2003

Thank you so much for following along at the Tour de France this year. See you next for the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado, USA.

Vive le Tour!