Tadej Pogačar took the yellow jersey to Paris to win his second straight Tour de France, after a gruelling three-week odyssey that at times he made look like a recreational ride.
The UAE Team Emirates leader successfully defended his huge lead of 5 minutes, 20 seconds over second-placed Jonas Vingegaard in the mostly ceremonial final stage to the Champs-Élysées. Richard Carapaz finished third overall, 7:03 off the pace.
Wout van Aert won the stage in a mass sprint, preventing British sprinter Mark Cavendish from beating Belgian great Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins.
Pogačar’s repeat success at cycling’s biggest event was a tale of total dominance.
The 22-year-old won his first title last September when he became the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years. He is now the youngest double winner of the race.
More to come.