Chris Froome an African favourite

Kenyan-born Chris Froome is an African favourite at the 2013 Tour de France.

Sky team Kenyan-born British cyclist Chris Froome takes the start of the second stage of the 82th Criterium International cycling race in Porto Vecchio, Corsica, on 23 March 2013. Picture: AFP/PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA

PARIS - France's most populous city was filled with festivity on Sunday afternoon ahead of the final stages of the 2013 Tour de France.

It is also a special day for the continent as Kenyan-born Chris Froome looks set to be the first African-born cyclist to ever win the race.

The main streets of Paris were locked down and thousands of spectators lined the streets ahead of Sunday night's first ever dusk finish to the Tour de France.

The massive national flag was erected under the arches of Arc de Triomphe, which the cyclists would be riding around for the first time in the history of the race.

This is a special finish for the 100th edition of the tour, which should see Froome take the yellow jersey.

The St John's old boy dominated the race from stage eight when he took over the yellow jersey from Daryl Impey, who was the first South African to wear it.

Riders are expected to leave Versailles at 17:45 in time to arrive in Paris for the 10 laps down the Chanselise before the race comes to an end, bringing down the curtain on a spectacular event.