The 2024 Tour de France has a surprise install for everyone. For the first time in the race’s 120-year history, the men’s Tour will not conclude in Paris. Instead, the riders will finish in Nice after starting in Florence, Italy.
The race will feature four stages in Italy, with special tributes to legendary cyclist Marco Pantani, including a stage that begins near his birthplace and concludes in Rimini, where he tragically passed away in 2004.
The peloton will tackle the Alpine terrain early on, returning for the final stage, which includes a mountain stage ending at the Col de la Couillole and a hilly individual time trial between Monaco and Nice.
Unlike the customary easy ride into Paris, this Tour will be fiercely competitive in its final days, with challenging mountain stages and a brutal finish at the Lioran in the Massif Central. Defending champion Jonas Vingegaard and runner-up Tadej Pogacar are expected to be top contenders once again.
This departure from the usual Paris finale is due to the Paris Olympics, with limited police resources available.