Chris Froome demolished his opponents this year in a clear display of dominance whilst at the opposite end of the scale Alberto Contador seems to be past his best, slipping off of the podium as he struggled up yesterdays final climb. A new generation of rider has taken the torch and although that's a good thing Froome looks set to dominate for a few years yet and I just hope we don't see a return to the monotonous dominance of the early 2000's. Luckily for us though, Colombian Nairo Quintana has appeared on the world stage in some style.
This Tour was the Colombians first and he find himself second on the podium, leading the young rider classification and wearing the polka dots of the mountains competition. At the age of just 23 it looks like Quintana could have an extraordinary career ahead of him and If there is one personal who might be capable of getting in Froomes way from here on in then it's likely to be this man. A tiny climber with astounding power perhaps he lacks a little in the time trials but it's said that Quintana has recently taken himself into the wind tunnel and if he makes gains here he will be a force to be reckoned with.
Mark Cavendish will want to win this stage and win it badly - he's won this stage for the last four years and on such an occasion as today will like to win it again even more. In recent years there hasn't been much in the way of competition for the final sprint of the Tour but this year will be different - with Peter Sagan in green he will look to finish it off in style whilst Marcel Kittel is in the form of his early life, outsprinting Cavendish in a straight up sprint earlier in the race - he could be the new fastest man on earth and today will likely decide that.
Chris Froome will have his rudimentary glass of champagne as the race leaves Versailles palace and will roll into Paris to be crowned the new Tour de France champion - the second Brit in consecutive years to achieve such a feet only this time it's at a milestone of the Tour's existence - the 100th edition. He's a worthy winner and he's handled the pressure extremely well and if it wasn't for Wiggins last year, in the Olympic year then he would have been quids in for a knighthood and Sports Personality of The Year. (I'm pretty sure Andy Murray will tip him to the post this year.)
A dramatic race will come to a dramatic, and spectacular conclusion around 9:30pm tonight and then it's all over for another year. The post-Tour blues are sure to kick in but don't get too down - it's only a month until the Vuelta a Espana where Grand Tour racing gets underway again...