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STAGE ONE

When

Sunday July 27

Where Etampes-Paris Champs-Elysées

How long 143km

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The final piece if glory in the 2008 Tour de France will probably end in a full-on bunch sprint down the famous cobbles leading away from the Arc de Triumph. The route to Paris is flat but this stage isn’t about hills or mountains – it’s all about the infamous 6.5km criterium based around the Champs Elysées. Attacks are highly unlikely to work as the bunch speeds around this tight circuit. A lone rider can win though – most recently Alexandre Vinokourov won just metres in front of the bunch. The straightest and widest finish straight in the world always provide a great spectacle.

STAGE FACTS

? Every year since 1903 (the first Tour) the race has finished in Paris.

? Belgians have won the most stages on the Champs-Elysees with seven in 33 years. Joint second are the Italians and French with five wins, and then Holland with four.

? In the last 25 years, the final stage has been won in a bunch gallop. The three exceptions were two breakaways and a time trial.

? Only three men have one more than once on the final stage: Bernard Hinault, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov and Robbie McEwen each have two wins.

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