July 24, 2016

PARIS (AP) A gastronomical, sporting and cultural glance at Stage 21 of the Tour de France on Sunday:

REGION: The mostly flat 113-kilometer (70-mile) final stage began north of Paris in Chantilly and ended with the traditional circuit on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

BAGUETTE AND BUTTER: Sharing beer and champagne with teammates, Chris Froome celebrated his third Tour de France title in four years on Sunday. The Kenyan-born British rider finished safely at the back of the main pack during the final stage, arm-in-arm with his teammates during the mostly ceremonial final ride. German sprinter Andre Greipel won the stage ahead of Peter Sagan and Alexander Kristoff in a sprint.

PLAT DU JOUR: Steak tartare. A classic in Parisian brasseries, this dish of chopped, raw beef is served with onions, capers and egg yolk - plus French fries and green salad.

CULTURE: The stage began with a ride through the Chateau de Chantilly, a sprawling palace surrounded by finely manicured gardens that was originally built in the 16th century, destroyed during the French Revolution and rebuilt in the 19th century. Chantilly is also a center of French horse racing.

VIN DU JOUR: Tour de France champions traditionally enjoy a flute of champagne to celebrate their three-week odyssey around the country. Made from Chardonnay grapes grown from clay soils, champagne Dehours and Fils Extra Brut, Lieu-dit ''Brisefer'' comes with intense floral and brioche aromas.

HISTORY: To celebrate the popular roots of the Tour, organizers could consider a final stage to the Mur des Federes - also known as Communards Wall. Erected in eastern Paris, the monument commemorates the death of fighters from the Paris Commune executed by French soldiers. The Commune was an alliance between middle and working classes who broke into revolt in 1871 in the wake of the collapse of Napoleon III's Second Empire.

STAT OF THE DAY: 5. The number of best sprinter's green jerseys won by Peter Sagan, in five appearances at the Tour.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: ''Thanks for your kindness in these difficult times. You have the most beautiful race in the world. Vive le Tour, Vive la France.'' - Chris Froome, speaking in French after his win.

DESSERT: The Parisian tea room Laduree has achieved worldwide fame with its delicate macarons. These meringue-style cookies with a crispy crust and cream filling come in many flavors.

NEXT ORDER: The 2017 Tour will start with two stages in Dusseldorf, Germany. The rest of the route will be unveiled later this year.

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