It was a scintillating end to the Tour de France for UAE Team Emirates as Alexander Kristoff took home the iconic final stage win. The reigning European Champion, who picked up a stage win at the Abu Dhabi Tour earlier this year, saw off stiff competition in the sprint finish on the Champs-Élysées to take home what is one of the most coveted Grand Tour stages.
Kristoff had narrowly missed out on a stage victory at this year’s Tour, but there was no doubting the Norwegian today. He found himself in the perfect position in the build up to the sprint, and as his fellow specialists battled it out, Kristoff came off the wheel of Frenchman Arnaud Demare to showcase his power and thrust his wheel over the finish line in front of a packed crowd.
The famous yellow jersey, awarded to the winner of the General Classification (GC), was taken home by Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) – the Brit finished +09:05” ahead of Martin in the GC standings.