As anticipated for several weeks, the Paris Olympic Games oblige, the Tour de France 2024 should not arrive in Paris, as tradition dictates.
The 2024 Tour already promises to go down in history. For the first time since 1905, the Tour de France should not end in Paris. While he had got into the habit of arriving on the Champs-Elysées since 1975, after the Parc des Princes (1905-1967) and the Cipale (1968-1974), it is in Nice that the Grande Boucle should this times end. Consequence of the organization of the Olympic Games in Paris.
Asked about the subject on Sunday, Anne Hidalgo was as evasive as possible. ” We’ll see. This is a subject we are discussing with Christian Prudhomme. It is an important subject. The arrival of the Tour will almost coincide with the opening of the Olympic Games. We work together in good intelligence on alternative solutions, she had thus confided. But we will communicate with Christian Prudhomme. We are pragmatic. We’ll find a solution. The opening of the Games is July 26, 2024. This means that during the preceding weeks, the Place de la Concorde will have to organize itself. The question of the absence of the Champs-Elysées on the Tour is not taboo. »
The minister confirms
The question even seems settled. Witness the remarks made on Tuesday by the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. “The arrival of the Tour de France will be a little early and will probably not take place in Paris but in Nice, she announced at the microphone of Franceinfo. We will probably rearrange the elements that can be of the calendar.
La Gazzetta dello Sport was the first, in the spring, to mention a probable arrival of the Tour in Nice. And this while the Grande Boucle, still according to the transalpine daily, should start from Florence, Italy.