Le Tour’s flashy finish

The 21st and final stage of the Tour de France begins early morning on Sunday, July 24, in the city of Chantilly, forever associated with the tasty dessert known as Chantilly cream; 70 miles later, the competitors in the world’s most famous cycling race will pedal south toward Paris and through its western suburbs en route to the finish line. The course varies from year to year, but the finish has been the same since 1975: Paris’ Champs-Élysées.

The tour’s spectacular end is preceded by eight laps around a circuit between les Tuileries and the Louvre. From this vantage point, you might not manage to skip over to the finish line in time, but you could always dash into a café to watch the action live on TV. The riders will reach their final destination against the backdrop of the Arc de Triomphe, shortly after 7 p.m. Even when the crowds are thick, you can still watch the action broadcast over a giant screen. The awards ceremony generally starts about half an hour following the race’s conclusion. The event’s official website is at www.letour.com/le-tour/2016/us.

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Karen Bradbury has lived and worked in Europe for more than 15 years. She has called Moscow, Copenhagen, Rome and now a small wine-producing village along the Rhine in Germany home. When she's not working, whatever the season, she's probably traveling.

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