Cycling: The cat is out of the bag. This Wednesday, Tour Director Christian Prudhomme presented the route of the Tour de France 2024 at the Palais de Congrès in Paris. The tour of France begins on June 29th in Florence and ends on July 21st - this time not in Paris, but in Nice. The highlight of the Grand Boucle this year is undoubtedly the tough final week.
Tour de France 2024: From Florence to Nice
It will take over eight months until that happens Tour de France 2024 will begin. At the 29. June falls in Italian Florence the starting signal. The Grand Depart initially takes the professionals through Italy for three stages before reaching French soil on the fourth day. At the Palais de Congrès in Paris, tour director Christian Prudhomme presented the route of the upcoming Grand Boucle on Wednesday - and caused enthusiasm in many places. On the total 3.492 km long distance it goes through Massif Central, the Alps and of course the Pyrenees. The two rest days were scheduled for July 8th and 15th in Orleans and Narbonne, respectively.
Not in Paris: La Grande Finale in Nice
The 111th edition of the Tour de France promises many interesting stories due to the route. But it also breaks with a tradition that has lasted for over a century. For the first time since 1905, the Tour of France will not end in Paris. Because the Olympic Games begin just five days after the 21st stage of the 2024 Tour de France, the organizers had to find an alternative. This is how we now experience the Champs-Elysees after 119 years La Grand finale in Nice. There the professionals compete after 20 tough stages in a race that is over 30 kilometers long individual time trial. If the gaps in the overall ranking are small, it could actually be a heart-stopping finale - like in 1989. Back then, too, the Tour de France ended with a time trial. In the end, Greg LeMond celebrated in the yellow jersey with a lead of just 8 seconds over Laurent Fignon - but of course on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
The highlights only come in the final week
Critics can see it as a small drawback of the Tour de France 2024 that most of the highlights focus on the Final week focus. Because of two mountain arrivals in Insulated 2.000 and on the Col de la Couillole, as well as another tough mountain stage that takes place in Great devoluy will end, the classification drivers could act very cautiously and wait until the last few days. Especially since on the final day there is also that Time trial in Nice is carried out. By the way, a total of 59 kilometers have to be completed on the time trial bike, which ensures a much more balanced tour than was the case in 2023. The ninth stage should also be exciting, with some... Gravel sections must be mastered.
Tour de France 2024 – the 21 stages
1st stage on June 29th: Florence – Rimini (206 km)
2nd stage on June 30th: Cesenatico – Bologna (200 km)
3rd stage on July 1st: Piacenza – Turin (229 km)
4th stage on July 2nd: Pinerolo – Valloire (138 km)
5th stage on July 3rd: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Saint-Vulbas (177 km)
6th stage on July 4th: Macon – Dijon (163 km)
7th stage on July 5th: Nuits-Saint-Georges – Gevrey-Chambertin (25 km at the EZF)
8th stage on July 6th: Semur-en-Auxois – Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises (176 km)
9th stage on July 7th: Troyes – Troyes (199 km)
Rest day in Orléans on July 8th
10th stage on July 9th: Orléans – Saint-Amand-Montrond (187 km)
11th stage on July 10th: Evaux-les-Bains – Le Lioran (211 km)
12th stage on July 11th: Aurillac – Villeneuve-sur-Lot (204 km)
13th stage on July 12th: Agen – Pau (171 km)
14th stage on July 13th: Pau – Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet (152 km)
15th stage on July 14th: Loudenvielle – Plateau de Beille (198 km)
Rest day in Narbonne on July 15th
16th stage on July 16th: Gruissan – Nimes (187 km)
17th stage on July 17th: Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux – Super Dévoluy (178 km)
18th stage on July 18th: Gap – Barcelonnette (179 km)
19th stage on July 19th: Embrun – Isola 2.000 (145 km)
20th stage on July 20th: Nice – Col de la Couillole (133 km)
21st stage on July 21st: Monaco – Nice (34 km / EZF)
— Tour de France – DE (@letour_de) October 25, 2023