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  Sunday, 29 July, 2001, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Clockwatch: Tour stage 20
BBC Sport Online brings you all the action from the final day of the Tour de France, a 160km stage from Corbeil-Essonnes to the Champs Elysees in the heart of Paris.

All times BST.


Early action:

The peloton enjoy the early part of the day as they set out on the road to Paris.

An unwritten rule among the riders dictates that no real racing starts until the riders see the Eiffel Tower.

However for Stuart O'Grady and Erik Zabel there is still a lot of racing left in the battle for the green jersey.

At the first intermediate sprint of the day after 28.5 kilometres at Breux-Jouy, the German, led out by his Telekom team-mates, took first place and the six points on offer.

O'Grady came in second but his slight overnight lead of two points had now disappeared and the two men were equal going to the second sprint after 78 kilometres at Chatenay-Malabry.

Zabel took first place again with O'Grady trailing in third behind Alexandre Vinokourov which means the green jersey will be decided at the end of the stage on the Champs Elysees.

Points classification head-to-head:

  • Erik Zabel - 222 points
  • Stuart O'Grady - 218 points

    1450: The peloton heads into the heart of Paris alongside the Seine with Lance Armstrong's US Postal team leading the way.
    In honour of the race leader his team-mates are wearing yellow socks and gloves and sport yellow rimmed wheels on their bikes.

    1455: The peloton start the first of 10 laps that run along the Champs Elysees and Place de la Concorde.

    1458: The riders are still all in one group as they turn short of the Arc de Triomphe to return down the other side of the captial's main boulevard.

    1502: After the first lap US Postal drop back and a host of riders from various teams come to the front looking to breakaway.

    1504: To the delight of the partisan Parisian support lining the streets one of those riders is the home favourite and holder of the polka dot jersey, Laurent Jalabert.
    Jens Voigt is also in the lead group of 10 or so riders.

    1506: The breakaway is down to seven.

    1511: A second breakaway of 18 riders looks to bridge the gap from the peloton to the leading riders.

    1517: The two breakaways have now joined as one as they start the fourth lap on the cobbles of the Champs Elysees.
    The peloton, led by Armstrong's US Postal team, is a minute back.

    1522: The lead over the peloton is increasing but the leadeing group of 23 do not seem to be working together well enough to maintain their advantage through to the finish.

    1526: At the start of the fifth lap, the peloton, still driven by US Postal, is one minute and 14 seconds back.

    1529: Marco Serpellini of Lampre tries his luck but is sucked back into the leading group as quickly as he broke away.

    1531: Following Serpellini's lead a group of five riders up the tempo in the tunnel under the Louvre but again are soon caught.
    The peloton are still over a minute back with Big Mat driving the pace at the front.

    1534: The group of 23, who still have a lead of one minute and 10 seconds, are beginning to splinter on the sixth lap.

    1536: Wladimir Belli drops back into the peloton after a puncture.

    1537: Belli's team-mate, Fabio Baldato, is one of four riders who have gone off the other end of the breakaway. The other members of the lead group at the start of the seventh lap are Mario Aerts, Geert Verheyen and Gilles Bouvard.

    1542: The lead group grows to seven as Nico Mattan, Alexandre Vinokourov and Florent Brard bridge the gap.

    1548: At the start of the eighth lap the group of seven hold an advantage of 28 seconds over a second group of nine.
    The peloton is a further 12 seconds back.

    1550: The peloton catch the group of nine and now have the leaders in their sights.

    1555: The peloton start the ninth lap 27 seconds behind the leaders.

    1559: Francais des Jeux and Lampre come to the front of the peloton which is still 26 seconds behind.
    The leaders are working well, slip-streaming in a line with each rider putting in an effort at the front in turn.

    1603: The bell rings to signal the final lap for the leaders and only 13 seconds later it rings for the peloton.

    1604: Vinokourov makes a break but is shadowed by the other riders in the group of seven.
    Verheyen also attacks but cannot get away.

    1606: Matten makes a move and gets some daylight between himself and the other leading riders.

    1608: Matten and his co-leaders are sucked back into the peloton but Vinokourov makes a break and gets away.
    Laurent Brochard jumps off the front of the peloton and bridges the gap to Vinokourov only moments before the whole race comes together in one pack.

    1609: The riders swing round onto the Champs Elysees with Bradley McGee leading out Jimmy Casper.
    But Lampre's Jan Svorad jumps off Casper's wheel and sprints to the line with a huge advantage before throwing his arms up in celebration.
    Zabel pips O'Grady into second to claim victory in the overall points classification - his sixth successive green jersey in the Tour de France.
    Armstrong comes in safely in the peloton to win the Tour.

    Provisional result:

  • Jan Svorada - Lampre
    @ three hours 57 minutes 28 seconds
  • Erik Zabel - Telekom
  • Stuart O'Grady - Credit Agricole
  • Sven Teutenberg - Festina
  • Alessandro Petacchi - Fassa Bortolo
  • Damien Nazon - Bonjour

    1611: The provisional result is confirmed.


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