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After a dominant performance throughout the whole race, the 22-year-old secured the general classification, young rider, and mountains classifications again. Last year he became the only rider to win these simultaneously. He is now the only rider to do it twice in a row. One cannot help but ask. Will he make it the third time around as well? Are we seeing the next Eddy Merckx? What do you think?

The last stage was calm as it should be until the riders reached the last round on Champs-Élysées. Many teams tried to break the expected bunch finish but were unable to do so. Everyone expected Cavendish to win, but Wout van Aert once more showed his unbelievable capabilities and won his third stage this year.

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Danish Jonas Vinegaard of Team Jumbo-Visma, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates, British Mark Cavendish of Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Dutch Wout Poels of Bahrain Victorious pictured at the start of the 21 and last stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France (Sunday 18 July 2021). © Profimedia

Winning the battle for the ŠKODA Green Jersey was definitely a pleasant consolation prize for Mark Cavendish. It was an unlikely comeback to the Tour for him. He only appeared on the start line due to Sam Bennett’s health issues. However, the Manxman’s performance left everyone in awe. More than deserved victory. The ŠKODA Green Jersey is in good hands.

General classification

1. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) – 82:56:36
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) + 5:20
3. Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) + 7:03
4. Ben O’Connor (Ag2r Citroën Team) + 10:02
5. Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 10:13
6. Enric Mas (Movistar Team) + 11:43
7. Alexey Lusenko (Astana-Premier Tech) + 12:23
8. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) + 15:33
9. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) + 16:04
10. Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-Nippo) + 18:34

Points classification

1. Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) – 337 points
2. Micheal Matthews (Team Bikeexchange) – 291 pts
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) – 227 pts
4. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin – Fenix) – 216 pts
5. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) – 171 pts
6. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) – 163 pts
7. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) – 163 pts
8. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) – 154 pts
9. Michael Morkov (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) – 124 pts
10. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) – 103 pts