Cycling - Tour de France 2024: A departure from Florence and an arrival in Nice?  - Sports 365

Published on June 8, 2022 at 11:08 a.m.

Aurélie SACHELLI

According to information from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Tour de France 2024 could offer a completely new route, with a Grand Depart from Florence and a finish in Nice, a few days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Paris.

The year 2024 will inevitably be a historic year for French sport, which will host the Summer Olympic Games for the first time in a hundred years, and the Tour de France will also be in tune with a completely new route. That’s what you think you know The Gazzetta dello Sport (which belongs to the RCS group, organizer of the Giro), which gives important details in its Wednesday edition. While the Tour de France has already left abroad 24 times (25 in 2023 with the Grand Départ in Bilbao), the 2024 edition should start for the very first time in Italy, in this case from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, the city of Gino Bartali, on June 29. Three stages would take place in Italy and the fourth would leave from Piedmont to arrive in France. The very well-informed daily newspaper on pink paper reveals the route of these Italian stages, which suggests that these are not rumors, but information that will be made official soon by ASO, the organizer of the Tour.

Tribute to the great Italian cyclists

The first stage would connect, on the pretty roads of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, Florence to Rimini, the city where Marco Pantani, winner of the Grande Boucle (controversial) found his death in 1998, then the second would leave from Cesenatico, the city of the Pirate’s birth, and would arrive in Bologna, with no doubt some hill climbs on the program. The third stage, on July 1, would see the peloton link Modena to Piacenza, passing through the Apennines and its reliefs. Finally, the 4th stage would leave from Pinerolo, scene of the exploits of Fausto Coppi in 1949, and would arrive in France. The rest of the route remains to be revealed, but the finish would not be judged, as has been the case since 1975, on the Champs-Elysées, nor even in Paris or in the Paris region, as since the first edition in 1903. Indeed, the last stage should arrive in Nice on July 21. Five days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games (along the Seine), it seems indeed complicated to organize two such events in such a short period of time, both from a logistical and security point of view. In 1924, the Olympic Games (July 5-27) and the Tour de France (June 22-July 20) had taken place at the same time, but that was of course a completely different era.

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