The city of light offers the most prestigious setting for the finish of the Tour de France, and the final circuit has become even more dramatic since the peloton was invited to pass through the Louvre... thrills are guaranteed for all of the giants of the road finishing the race. One of them will experience a moment of absolute bliss: the winner of the sprint on the Champs-Élysées is considered as the master of this discipline, and it’s become difficult to predict who that might be. While Mark Cavendish remains the record holder with four victories, this final stage has been won by six different riders in the last six editions: André Greipel (2016), Dylan Groenewegen (2017), Alexander Kristoff (2018), Caleb Ewan (2019), Sam Bennett (2020) and Wout van Aert (2021).
Traditional finish town of the Tour de France
48th finish on the Champs-Élysées
Capital of France and capital of the Île-de-France region
Common-department and Préfecture (75)
Population: 2,250,000 (Parisiens and Parisiennes)
Paris La Défense Arena
After numerous finishes at velodromes, the most recent of which was the finale of the time trial at Marseille’s Orange Vélodrome stadium in 2017, the Tour de France is set for its first indoor experience. Paris La Défense Arena was built in Nanterre, which is one of the four municipalities that comprise Europe’s largest business district. The Hauts-de-Seine prefecture has already hosted the Tour twice and La Défense once in 1992. It has subsequently become a sporting stronghold within the Paris region thanks to the players of Racing 92, who are one of the leading clubs in the Top 14, France’s rugby union championship.
Stage town for the 2nd time
Modular arena with a capacity of 40,000 seats for cultural and sporting events (home stadium of the Racing 92 rugby club)
Located in Nanterre in the heart of Paris La Défense (92)