• His second Tour de France title in two years, and he’s only 22. Tadej Pogacar in yellow. Image: Sirotti.
    His second Tour de France title in two years, and he’s only 22. Tadej Pogacar in yellow. Image: Sirotti.
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Gallery: Stage 21 Of The Tour de France In Paris

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Wout van Aert has won the closing stage of the 2021 Tour de France, the Belgian all-rounder nailing the final of his three incredibly diverse stage wins of the race.

He won the double ascent of Mt Ventoux, he won Saturday's final time trial and backed up to win Sunday's final sprint on the Champs Élysées.

“This Tour has just been amazing, it has been such a roller coaster," he said. "To finish off with a win like this is beyond expectations.”

Tadej Pogacar passes the iconic Arc de Triomphe on Stage 21 in Paris. Image: Sirotti.
Tadej Pogacar passes the iconic Arc de Triomphe on Stage 21 in Paris. Image: Sirotti.
Deceuninck Quickstep riders were working to set Mark Cavendish up for the sprint in the final lap of the Champs Élysées. But a late attack by Bora Hansgrohe then rocket-fast sprint by Wout van Aert changed history. Image: Sirotti.
Deceuninck Quickstep riders were working to set Mark Cavendish up for the sprint in the final lap of the Champs Élysées. But a late attack by Bora Hansgrohe then rocket-fast sprint by Wout van Aert changed history. Image: Sirotti.
Riders pass the Arc de Triomphe during the closing Champs Élysées laps of the ‘21 Tour. Image: Sirotti.
Riders pass the Arc de Triomphe during the closing Champs Élysées laps of the ‘21 Tour. Image: Sirotti.
Wout van Aert crosses the line to win Stage 21 of the 2021 TYour. Image: Sirotti.
Wout van Aert crosses the line to win Stage 21 of the 2021 TYour. Image: Sirotti.

Wout's win dashed Mark Cavendish’s dream of winning a fifth stage of this year’s Tour and, more importantly, win number 35 which would have made him the all-time Tour stage leader.

Instead, Mark Cavendish remains on 34 tour stage wins meaning it’s highly likely he’ll be back at his signature race in 2022.

Tadej Pogacar on the top step for a second consecutive year. Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz made up the podium. Image: Sirotti.
Tadej Pogacar on the top step for a second consecutive year. Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz made up the podium. Image: Sirotti.
Mark Cavendish with three of his four children on the podium of the 2021 Tour. Image: Sirotti.
Mark Cavendish with three of his four children on the podium of the 2021 Tour. Image: Sirotti.

Tadej Pogacar won his second consecutive Tour with Jonas Vingegaard second and Richard Carapaz third.

Aussie Ben O’Connor finished 4th, an outstanding effort and the highest ever final placing for an Australian on Tour debut.

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