Tour de France stage 21 report: Jordi Meeus snatches victory on the Champs-Élysées

Jonas Vingegaard wins the Tour de France overall for the second year in a row.

Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) takes a surprise victory on stage 21 of the 2023 Tour de France. Photo © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 23.07.2023 Photography by
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The Tour de France wrapped up in traditional fashion on stage 21 with a hotly contested sprint on the Champs-Élysées. A dominant Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) was the top favourite to take his fifth win of the race, but after a frantic few laps of the iconic Paris finale, it was Bora-Hansgrohe’s Jordi Meeus who emerged victorious from a four-way photo finish.

Behind the sprinters, Jonas Vingegaard took advantage of his enormous buffer to hang back with his teammates to celebrate a second consecutive Tour de France victory.


Final general classification

  1. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 82:05.42
  2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) @ 7:29
  3. Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) @ 10:56
  4. Simon Yates (Jayco-AlUla) @ 12:23
  5. Carlos Rodríguez (Ineos Grenadiers) @ 13:17
The jersey wearers: Points classification champ Jasper Philipsen, overall winner Jonas Vingegaard, best young rider Tadej Pogačar, and a Great Spotted Ciccone.

Brief analysis

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“Unbelievable. We had a very good start to the Tour, but we got into some struggles obviously with Jai’s crash, but you cannot finish a Tour de France better than with a victory on the Champs-Élysées. I’m very very very happy for Jordi, he’s such a hard worker, he deserved his spot to be here and he’s now one of the legends winning on the Champs-Élysées. Hats off.”

Marco Haller, lead-out man for Jordi Meeus

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