The Tour de France 2016 ended on Sunday July 24 with Stage 21 going from Chantilly to Paris, 113 km (70.2 miles.) Because of our traveling and the wedding on Friday July 22 I did not see much of the final stages, but was able to see some of them on television in the evenings. The castle of Chantilly is one of my favorites and one that I used to go to and visit often while growing up in Paris. The castle is one of the finest in France and has the largest collection of antique paintings after the Louvre in Paris. The castle library contains 60,000 volumes, some dating from the 11th century. The grounds of the castle give examples of garden styles during a period of 300 years. (Photos courtesy Sophie Lloyd.) The Tour de France went by the castle on their way to Paris.
Then as always I enjoyed the views around Paris and in the city itself taken from the helicopter flying over the riders. They even showed the lake of Enghien-les-Bains, in a suburb near Paris. My high-school was there, on the banks of this lake.
When the riders came out of the tunnel in front of the statue of Joan of Arc in Paris and rode toward the Champs-Elysees the French Air Force aircraft flew over the avenue at the same time.
Kenyan/British Chris Froome kept his yellow jersey to the end of the Tour and won the 2016 Tour de France. He rode with his team and drank some beer instead of the traditional glass of Champagne.
For the last stage of the Tour to its triumphal finish Froome rode a yellow Pinarello Dogma bike with a rhino motif on the head and top tube and a yellow flash on the saddle to match his yellow jersey. This was Froome third Tour de France overall victory.