"Most iconic finish line" is missing: Tour de France probably breaks with eternal tradition

The Tour de France has always ended in Paris since 1903, but this will probably change once in 2024.

"Most iconic finish line" is missing: Tour de France probably breaks with eternal tradition

The Tour de France has always ended in Paris since 1903, but this will probably change once in 2024. As Italian media reports, the world's largest cycling spectacle has to give the French metropolis a wide berth because of another mega sporting event.

The Tour de France is scheduled to end in Nice in the summer of 2024 and thus for the first time in the history of the world's most important cycling race not in Paris. This was reported by the Italian newspaper "Gazzetta dello Sport". The start of the tour will therefore take place in Florence - that would also be a novelty, because Italy has never been allowed to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. The tour organizers in Paris did not initially confirm the report.

Actually, the three-week tour always ends on the magnificent Champs-Élysées boulevard in Paris, since the first edition in 1903. According to "Gazzetta" information, however, this tradition will be broken in two years because the capital will then already be in the final preparations for the Olympics . The final stage on July 21 is scheduled just five days before the Summer Games opening ceremony. A victory on the Champs-Élysées is considered one of the most prestigious triumphs in cycling, the "Gazzetta dello Sport" considers the finish in the heart of the French capital "the most iconic finish line" ever.

Instead, Nice on the Cote d'Azur is planned as the final. According to the report, the first three stages climb entirely in Italy, and the fourth section then goes from Italy to France. The Tour of France has long started regularly abroad. The "Gazzetta dello Sport" was surprised "that a cradle of cycling like Italy, the mother of the Giro, never had the pleasure of starting a tour". "However, this fast will end in 2024." This summer the tour starts on July 1st in Copenhagen, the following year the Basque Country in Spain will host the Grand Départ.

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