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Top sprinters will battle it out - but who will come out on top?

On July 26, the world’s best riders will battle it out for line honours on the Champs Elysées on the day the Tour de France finishes in Paris.

It’s the most prestigious finishing line in the world and every sprinter wants to add their name to the roll call of riders who have won there.

Giant-Shimano and Lotto-Belisol both have contenders for the win and in this Shimano video Marcel Kittel of Giant-Shimano & Lotto-Belisol’s André Greipel discuss who will be fastest in Paris.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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themartincox [544 posts] 2 years ago
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Ah, the world famous German humour...

Disclaimer - my mum is German so I can't be branded Xenophobic  3

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Shades [325 posts] 2 years ago
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Where is Greipel? His team are always toiling away on the front but he's never there at the finish.  7 Mark Renshaw (at London finish) asked how to beat Kittel. Very quick answer, "Mark Cavendish".

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mylesrants [373 posts] 2 years ago
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there is a minute of my life lost