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The 2024 Tour de France is Going to Look Different

The 2024 Tour de France is Going to Look Different

The final stage of the Tour de France is iconic: Riders sail into Paris, sprint through crowded streets, and finish triumphantly on the Champs-Élysées. But…

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The final stage of the Tour de France is iconic: Riders sail into Paris, sprint through crowded streets, and finish triumphantly on the Champs-Élysées. But in 2024, the race is going to look quite different, from start to finish. Yesterday, Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport released the plans for the 2024 edition of Le Tour, starting in Florence, Italy, and ending in Nice, France.

The reason for the finish moving to Nice and moving ahead by five days compared to the normal July race schedule is simple: Paris is hosting the 2024 Olympics in July and August, and the city will already be besieged by athletes. While the two races wouldn’t technically overlap, there are only a few days between the Tour’s final stage and the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. In short, there’s no room at the inn.

And with the recent chaos outside of the State de France during the Champions League final last month, it’s no surprise that Paris would rather not be hosting several major sporting events at once.

While Paris has played host to the Tour de France finish since 1903, arguably, a change could be a good thing. And the beachside town of Nice on the French Riviera isn’t such a bad destination for a race to conclude.

La Gazzetta also reported that the race will start in Italy, riding through the Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont regions. This isn’t the first time the race has run through Italy, or the first time it’s begun in […]

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