153 of the original 198 drivers started. As usual on the last stage of a tour, the first half of the race was characterized by a very slow pace. The drivers took the time to talk to each other or pose for photos. Thomas Voeckler and Rubén Plaza secured the last mountain classifications. George Hincapie , the sole record holder with 17 Tour participations, led the field to the Champs-Élysées.
The top group of twelve managed to gain a maximum lead of 30 seconds, but fell apart on lap seven. Only Voigt, Minard and Costa remained at the top, who resisted being caught by the field. Finally, they were caught on the last lap, three kilometers from the finish. Team Sky headed the field to launch the sprint for Mark Cavendish . He was able to prevail by one bike length ahead of Peter Sagan and thus won the final stage of the tour for the fourth time in a row.