Sam Bennett, dressed in green as the winner of the regularity standings, celebrated that milestone with his second stage victory in this 107th edition of the Tour de France, in a massive sprint in which he beat world champion Mads Pedersen (Trek- Segafredo) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).
The last lap of the historic circuit through the streets of the French capital was passed by the trio formed by Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Greg van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis) in the lead, with a 12-second margin about the peloton, which hunted them 3.5 kilometers from the finish line.
On the last step through the Arc de Triomphe, the three with the head already saw the large group turning their heads. The Bora-Hansgrohe German Schachmann tried to grit his teeth, but was hunted down, resigned, and the last great fight of this Tour was unleashed.
In it, Sam Bennett took the glory. He was already a deserved winner of the green jersey, but he wanted to dress it in every possible way on the final podium. Overtaking his great rival, Peter Sagan, and a Mads Pedersen who excelled, he entered with a margin bike, opening his right arm to clench his fist in victory.
Furthermore, after receiving congratulations from teammates and rivals, Bennett was able to see himself win with authority on the giant screen set up by the organization on the Champs Elysees that, minutes later, were illuminated by a spectacular sunset.
A majestic end to the party, despite the pandemic, for a Tour that has had it all, in a more innovative tour than ever. You fight for practically all the jerseys until the last day, except for the youngsters, where Tadej Pogacar was unstoppable.
In fact, Pogacar is a triple winner of this Tour de France. Champion’s yellow jersey, best junior’s white jersey, and red dotted jersey as king of the mountain. All this, with 21 years and only one day to celebrate 22. Three birthday gifts.
The Slovenian, who won this Tour on Saturday beating his compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) in the time trial, celebrated his triumph in style. Both he and Bennett were the great protagonists, as well as a Movistar Team that takes the team classification.
1. Sam Bennett (IRL/Deceuninck-Quick Step) 2:53:32.
2. Mads Pedersen (DIN / Trek-Segafredo) mt
3. Peter Sagan (SVK / Bora-Hansgrohe) mt
4. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/UAE-Team Emirates) m.t.
5. Elia Viviani (ITA/Cofidis) m.t.
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO / UAE Team Emirates) 87:20:05.
2. Primoz Roglic (SLO / Jumbo-Visma) a 59.
3. Richie Porte (AUS / Trek-Segafredo) 3:30.
4. MIKEL LANDA (ESP / Bahrain-McLaren) 5:58.
5. ENRIC MAS (ESP / Movistar Team) 6:07.