Tour de France 2024: the edition which will arrive in Nice promises a fiery final with mountains and a time in the last two stages

the essential
While the arrival of the Grande Boucle 2024 (June 29 – July 21) cannot be held on the Champs-Elysées due to the holding of the Olympic Games (July 26 – August 11), the organizers revealed this Monday March 13 the course of the last two stages around Nice, where everything could be decided.

As long as the suspense is not killed before arriving on the Côte d’Azur, there is a strong risk of being a spectacle! The day after the last stage of Paris – Nice won by the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, the organizers of the Tour de France had organized a press briefing on Monday to unveil the last two stages of the route of the 2024 edition which promise to be particularly crisp with a mess of passes and a tough time trial as the ultimate justice of the peace.

We already knew that the last stage would be an individual time trial linking Monaco to Nice, 35 years after Greg LeMond’s eight-second victory over Laurent Fignon on the Champs-Elysées in 1989. All that remained was to discover the route, presented by the organizers of ‘ASO in Nice. And it is gratin since it will climb to La Turbie (8.1 km at 5.6%) then to the Col d’Eze by its shortest side (1.6 km at 8.1%) before finishing at Place Massena in Nice, after 35.2 km of effort.

Everything could be decided on this time, far from the usual procession of the last Sunday towards Paris where the champagne is often released during the stage, except for the sprinters magnetized by a prestigious success on the Champs. The penultimate stage in 2024, the outlines of which were also unveiled on Monday, is not a walk in the park either. On the contrary, it’s even a hell of a rollercoaster ride that awaits the riders during a short (132 km) but quite dizzying stage with the successive ascent of the Col de Brais, the Col de Turini, the Col de La Colombine and finally the difficult Col de la Couillole (15.7 km at 7.1%), where the finish will be judged as last Saturday on Paris-Nice.

4400 m of elevation gain

With 4400 meters of elevation gain, it is a “dense, collected stage, without a flat meter, where everything will be possible”, underlined the director of the Tour Christian Prudhomme. A menu all the more copious as the stage is placed on the eve of the arrival in Nice, where the Tour de France will end for the first time in its history more than a century old, proximity to the 2024 Olympics in Paris obliges.

This 111e edition decidedly by like the others will leave for the first time from Italy, to Florence. As is usually the case in an Olympic year, the start will be brought forward a week and the race will start on June 29 and arrive on July 21, five days before the start of the Olympic Games.


Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
Back to top button