Rainy weather that made a shambles of the women's race led organizers to neutralize the final circuits of the Tour de France

PARIS (AFP) — Rain has led officials to neutralize the 10 laps around the Champs-Élysées as the Tour de France finishes in Paris.

The final stage takes the peloton from the suburb of Sevres to Paris for 10 7km laps around the famous Parisian avenue.

But race rules state that the stage can be neutralized from the first crossing of the finish line if rain renders the cobbled streets dangerous. The women’s race earlier in the day, La Course by Le Tour de France, saw many crashes on the slippery cobbles.

And as the bunch donned foul-weather kit for the slow roll toward Paris, the judges announced that “the final times of the 2015 Tour de France will be taken at the first crossing of the line on the Champs-Élysées at km 41.”

From that point on, a rider will not lose time even if held up by a crash or mechanical. But he will have to complete all 10 laps and cross the finishing line to earn a final classification.