The final stage of the 2018 Tour de France got underway in Houilles. It would be a ceremonial procession to the Champs-Élysées in Paris where the sprinters would contest the win. Otherwise, it was a festive affair for the peloton. Particularly the classification winners and all the worn out riders happy to make it to the end of the three week Grand Tour.
Three of the classification winners were aboard custom painted bikes for the final stage. Let’s have a look at what polka dot winner Julian Alaphilippe, six-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan and yellow jersey Geraint Thomas were riding onto the Champs-Élysées:
Julian Alaphilippe’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6
Alaphilippe was aboard a polka dot adorned Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 disc. White bar tape and red polka dots made sense for the Tour’s top climber.
Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Venge Disc
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Peter Sagan has become accustomed to riding green bikes into Paris and 2018 will be the three-time world champions record-tying sixth green jersey win. Sagan’s bike got a black to green fade finish, a much more mature look for the Slovak who used to ride a green Hulk bike into Paris the first year’s he won.
Gerain Thomas’s Pinarello Dogma F10
— Team Sky (@TeamSky) July 29, 2018
Pinarello have seen yellow versions of their bike ride into Paris underneath three different British winners since 2012. In the past seven editions, Team Sky have claimed six yellow jerseys thanks to the efforts of Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome four times and now Welshman Geraint Thomas who ads his name to the list. To mark the occasion, Thomas rides an entirely yellow bike.
Other news from Stage 21
While Dan Martin won’t be on a special bike for the final stage, he will have a pair of red race numbers. Martin was awarded the most aggressive rider award for the Tour de France. The Irishman rode to gain back time on his rivals getting up the rowheneverver he could. He comes away with a stage win as well.
— Dan Martin (@DanMartin86) July 28, 2018
Sylvain Chavanel retires
— Sylvain Chavanel (@chava_sylvain) July 28, 2018
Sylvain Chavanel has ridden over 60,000-km on his record-setting 18 Tour de Frances. That is over 365 days on the Tour. Before the final stage, the aggressive Frenchman announced his retirement at the end of the season.