Rarely is the Tour decided on the last day of racing. In the final days leading to Paris, the battle for the Tour is often already won after the last mountain stage battle or when the last major time trial has been raced. Whoever is in the lead by then usually goes on to enjoy the theatrics of the last day as winner of the Tour De France. With the status quo largely enforced there are some laughs, relieved faces, photographs, and a sip of champagne; with the serious racing of the final day left until we arrive on the streets of Paris, where the sprinters get their last chance to shine. Only an absolute disaster would deny the expected winner of glory. In saying that, the 1989 Tour was turned on its head in arguably the most exciting last day of racing in Tour history.