2024 Tour de France Route Presented in Paris
The route and stage profiles of next year’ Tour de France were presented in the late morning on October 25, 2023, at a spectacular event in the Palais des Congres in Paris. The event featured Demi Vollering (Netherlands) – winner of this year’s Tour de France Femmes and Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard - winner of this year’s Tour de France. The two riders are also the winners of this year’s Velo d’Or awards, as announced yesterday at a ceremony in Paris.
Before revealing the much-anticipated route of Tour de France 2024, the Tour organizer A.S.O. – represented by Jean-Etienne Amaury – thanked the Basque Country from the bottom of their hearts for hosting the start of this year’s Tour de France in a very successful and well-organized fashion.
Christian Prudhomme, General Manager of the Tour de France race, took over the scene to continue the presentation.
Tour de France Femmes 2024 will be 946.3 kilometers long and will feature eight stages. The race will start in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on August 12, and will continue into Belgium before concluding in France where the race will visit legendary locations such as Le Grand-Bornand and Alpe d’Huez. The winner will be found and celebrated on the summit of L’Alpe d’Huez.
Tour de France 2024 will start in Firenze, Italy. The Tour de France will begin in Italy for the first time in history. For the first time in many years, Le Tour will not conclude in Paris, as Paris will be busy hosting the 2024 Olympics. Instead, the 2024 Tour de France will end with an individual time trial in Nice in Southern France.
Stage 1 of Tour de France 2024 will start in Florence, Italy and take the Tour peloton to Rimini on June 29 – the stage will include more than 3000 elevation meters.
The 2024 Tour will continue June 30 with the 200-kilometer stage 2 from Cesenatico to Bologne.
Stage 3 will begin in Piacenza/Plaisance and conclude in Turin. With its 229-kilometer route It will be the longest stage of next year’s Tour. Torino will also be visited by the Giro d’Italia in 2024.
The Tour de France 2024 will enter home territory on July 2 as the race travels into France on Stage 4. The stage will start in Pinerolo and conclude in Valloire and the route will include the legendary Col du Galibier climb.
Stage 5 from Saint Jean de Maurienne to Saint Vulbas will be the first stage that will appeal to the sprinters in next year’s Tour peloton. The stage will take place on July 3 and will be 177-kilometers long.
Stage 6 of next year’s Tour will be contested on July 4. The riders will compete on a 163-kilometer route from Macon to Dijon. The route will take riders and television viewers through famous wine territory such as Mersault and Puligny-Montrachet.
Stage 7 will be contested on July 5 and will be a 25-kilometer individual time trial from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin.
On July 6 stage 8 will take place from Semur En Auxois to Colombey-les-deux-Eglises, known for the General Charles de Gaulle Memorial. The stage will appeal to the sprinters in the Tour peloton and will include a false flat in its final part.
Stage 9 on July 7 from Troyes to Troyes will travel along a vineyard route over a 199-kilometer flat distance.
Following the first rest day of the 2024 Tour, stage 10 will begin in Orleans on July 9 and conclude in Saint-Amand-Montrond. Mark Cavendish has previously won a stage here and will be looking to repeat his successful effort after using the rest day to recover his strenth.
Stage 11 will take place on July 10 on a route from Evaux-les-Bains to Le Lioran. The route will be 211 kilometers long and will include the Col de Pertus pass.
Stage 12 from Aurillac to Villeneuve-Sur-Lot will be 204 kilometers long and will take place on July 11.
The 171-kilometer route of stage 13 will start in Agen on July 12 and conclude in the city of Pau – a finish location known to attract the attention of the sprinters in the Tour peloton.
July 13 is set to be an important day for the climbers and general classification riders in the Tour peloton. Stage 14 from Pau to Saint Lary will feature Col du Tourmalet, the Hourquette d’Anzisan and finish with a climb to Saint-Lary-Soulan – all in a condensed 152-kilometer route design.
On July 14 Loudenvielle will host the start of stage 15 to Plateau de Beille. The route will feature the Col d’Agnes. The stage takes place on Bastille Day - the French National Day.
The remaining riders and staff in the Tour peloton will take a well-deserved rest on July 15 and attempt to relax and recover while keeping their organisms active to prevent them from shutting down completely following the sufferings they’ve been exposed to in the first fifteen challenging stages.
The Tour will continue on July 16 with stage 16 – a 187-kilometer ride from Gruissan to Nimes, near Montpellier in Southern France.
The 178-kilometer stage 17 will take the riders from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Superdevoluy on July 17.
Stage 18 from Gap to Barcelonnette will invite the riders to a demanding day of racing on July 18. 179 kilometers will be contested.
Stage 19 will take the riders on a challenging mountain ride from Embrun to Isola 2000. The route will visit the legendary Cime de la Bonnette climb.
Stage 20 will be the penultimate stage of the 2024 Tour de France. The short 133 kilometer stage will begin in Nice and conclude on Col de la Couillole.
Next year’s Tour will conclude with stage 21 from Monaco to Nice on the French Riviera. Following the first twenty challenging stages of the race, Prince Albert will welcome the remains of the Tour peloton for the start of the final stage – a 34-kilometer individual time trial. The route of the final stage features more than 1700 climbing meters in the mountainous territory.
“I am pretty excited about the route of the 2024 Tour de France. I think there will be less altitude meters in next year’s Tour than in this year’s, but maybe the altitude meters will be harder,” defending Tour de France Champion Jonas Vingegaard told Roadcycling.com following the presentation event.
During the event it was announced that the cooperation between A.S.O. and Netflix has been extended to offer viewers an additional season of the Tour de France behind-the-scenes series Tour de France Unchained.
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