With a number of premieres and a hoped-for battle between 4 biking stars, the 111th Tour de France 2024 is coming into a historic version. For the primary time, the world’s largest biking race begins in Italy, and for the primary time it ends in Good and never in Paris due to the Olympic Video games. As with the legendary battle of seconds in 1989, the following tour (June twenty ninth to July twenty first) might be determined in a person time trial, earlier than which 4 mountain finishes and a gravel stage await the peloton.
“Will probably be epic,” mentioned defending champion Jonas Vingegaard on the presentation of the route on Wednesday within the stylish Palais de Congrès in Paris. The ladies will maintain their 2024 tour in mid-August. The beginning is in Rotterdam, the end is on the finish of the well-known bends of Alpe d’Huez.
The 2-time tour winners Tadej Pogacar and Vingegaard, time trial world champion Remco Evenepoel and Bora-hansgrohe’s royal switch Primoz Roglic are set to combat a panoramic four-way battle over 21 levels and three,492 kilometers. The organizers have put all the things in place for a memorable tour, with each high star capable of play to their strengths. There are additionally as much as eight doable dash finishes, the place Mark Cavendish is hoping for his thirty fifth stage win. This could distance him from Eddy Merckx and turn into the only real report holder.
For the primary time since 1989, the tour ends with a time trial
After the beginning in Florence, there are two days in Italy earlier than heading to the French Alps. There might be a primary endurance check early on on the legendary Col du Galibier. Then we head in the direction of Paris, the place the ninth part as a gravel stage is more likely to be a spectacle. 14 sections on unfastened floor need to be overcome, a complete of 32 kilometers.
After the primary day of relaxation in Orleans, the sphere heads to the Pyrenees. The fifteenth stage ends there on the Plateau de Beille, with an altitude distinction of just about 5000 meters it’s the most demanding day within the mountains. Within the last week, three Alpine levels await the riders. The nineteenth stage with the 2802 meter Cime de Bonette and the mountain end in Isola 2000 stands out right here. There are 4,600 meters of altitude to beat in simply 145 kilometers.
A particularly demanding particular person time trial from Monaco to Good over 35 kilometers concludes the tour. The winner might be decided on the Promenade des Anglais on the Mediterranean and the organizers are hoping for the same final result to 1989. Again then, Frenchman Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond fought a memorable battle towards the clock in Paris. In the long run, the American received the yellow jersey with a lead of eight seconds. It’s nonetheless the closest tour choice in historical past.
Due to the Summer time Video games in Paris, the ladies’s tour won’t begin on the final day of the lads’s race, because it did just lately. The Grand Départ will solely happen in Rotterdam on August twelfth and would be the first time overseas. The route leads south over eight levels and 946.3 kilometers. On the second day there might be two levels in Rotterdam. The choice concerning the total victory might be made on the ultimate stage on August 18th, a demanding day within the Alps with nearly 4000 meters of altitude from Le Grand-Bornand to Alpe d’Huez.