towards a great first, the Tour de France 2024 should not arrive in Paris

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the Tour de France 2024 should not arrive in Paris as tradition dictates due to the organization of the Olympic Games in the same summer. The peloton should conclude the edition in Nice.

The 2024 edition of the Tour de France will be one of great firsts. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the peloton will set off from Italy for the first time in the history of the Grande Boucle with a big start scheduled for Florence on Saturday June 29, in Piazzale Michelangelo.

But it is another great tradition that will be set aside during this edition. For the first time since the creation of the event in 1903, the finish will not take place in Paris, on the Champs Elysées, but in Nice, on Sunday July 21. This choice is explained by the excessive proximity of the Olympic Games organized in Paris that same year. The 2024 Olympics will take place from July 26 to August 11.

Before that, the riders will have spent a long time in northern Italy with four stages on the program via Rimini, Cesenatico, Bologna, Modena, Piacenza and Pinerolo. The first will connect Florence, birthplace of the legendary Gino Bartami (twice winner of the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948) to Rimini, the city where the legendary Marco Pantani lost his life in a sinister hotel room in 2004.

“The Pirate” will also be in the spotlight of the second stage with a departure from Cesenatico, his city, to join Bologna, 200 kilometers further after a hilly route. The third stage will connect Modena to Piacenza before a departure from Pinerolo to France for the fourth stage. The rest of the course has not been revealed by the Italian newspaper, which longs for this copious program before this unprecedented arrival not far from there, in Nice.

Next summer, the Tour de France will start from Denmark (Copenhagen), confirming its taste for exporting in recent years after Rotterdam (2010), Liège (2014), Utrecht (2015) and Düsseldorf (2017), Brussels (2019) and before Bilbao in 2023.

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