POSTED: July 25th 2016

Paris 2024: 103rd Tour de France finishes in central Paris on Champs-Elysees

Team France Flag Bearer for Rio 2016, Teddy Riner at the 103rd Tour de France © Paris 2024
Team France Flag Bearer for Rio 2016, Teddy Riner at the 103rd Tour de France © Paris 2024

Teddy Riner and the Arc de Triomphe © Paris 2024
Teddy Riner and the Arc de Triomphe © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The finale of the 103rd Tour de France drew thousands of spectators on July 24. The world famous race made its way through the city of Paris on the iconic Champs-Elysees.

The 21st and final stage of the race began in the north of Paris in Chantilly before winding approximately 70 miles (113km) through the northern suburbs ending in the city center. Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet and Co-Chairman of the Paris 2024 Athletes' Committee and recently named Team France Flag Bearer for Rio 2016, Teddy Riner were present at the finish line. They both praised the race organizers for their successful delivery of this year's Tour de France.

"It is wonderful to see another fantastic Tour de France finish on the famous Champs-Elysées here in central Paris. I would like to congratulate the race organizers for delivering a spectacular event and all of the riders and teams for their amazing efforts over that last 23 days...The Tour de France is a unique sporting spectacle which presents France in all its glory. From the Grand Depart in historic Normandy to the iconic city center finish here in Paris, we have seen amazing performances in many incredible live settings," expressed Estanguet.

Riner stated, "It was an honor to be elected by my fellow athletes as the official Team France Flag Bearer for Rio 2016 and it is truly a privilege to lead a record number of Team France athletes in Rio. Together with Michael Jeremiasz - the flag bearer for the French Paralympic team - we have a great responsibility and I hope we return with many medals."

In addition, this prestigious annual event follows the success of Euro 2016, which was held in 10 cities across France. These two triumphant events prove France's ability to host major global sporting events and highlights the country's as a world sports hub.

Estanguet added, "Following the hugely successful EURO 2016, the successful delivery of another Tour de France highlights France and Paris' status as a major international sports hub and the perfect platform to showcase major international sport."

"Over recent weeks France has hosted Roland-Garros, EURO 2016 and the Tour de France with great success and it has been fantastic to see so many people watching and celebrating these world renowned sporting events. It would be a dream come true to witness amazing scenes such as these at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024," commented Riner.

If Paris were to be awarded the hosting rights for the 2024 Olympic Games, the Cycling Road Race will have a similar finish to this year's Tour de France. It will take in the beautiful and historic landmarks in the city center, which include the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

Keywords · Paris 2024 · Paris · Olympics · Olympic bidding · Tour de France

For more information contact:
Laura Walden ()

All original materials contained in this section are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Sports Features Communications, Inc the owner of that content. It is prohibited to alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.