French toasting home success in Tour de France

French riders Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot occupy second and third overall after final time trial

Jean Christophe Peraud in action during Stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The Tour de France is highlighting its home riders this year and celebrating its first French podium finisher since 1997 - barring disaster on Sunday's final stage. Italian Vincenzo Nibali dominates the race, but behind Thibaut Pinot, Jean-Christophe Peraud and Romain Bardet battled for the two remaining steps.

Not just second and third overall, but future wins are up for grabs. The French could take the lessons learned this year – albeit a race without cycling's biggest stars – into 2015 and beyond. French cycling insiders say that they believe that 2014's Tour will be the building block for the years ahead.

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