Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice

The 2024 Tour de France will be a special edition, with it's Grand Depart in Florence and Emilia-Romagna over the border in Italy, and for the first time in many years, a finale away from Paris as the riders will head into Nice for the race finale. It will take place from the 29th June to the 21st of July. We take a look at it's profiles.

The Grand Depart will take place in Florence and the two opening stages will be suited to the classics riders and climbers with finales in Rimini and Bologne. The third stage will suit the sprinters and end in Turin. The race will end in Nice as Paris will host the Olympic Games that summer, and the final stage will be a time-trial between Monaco and Nice.

After another tough day on stage 4 with the riders heading onto French tarmac, stage 5 will finally allow the riders to get a little bit more respite, with a transition stage between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Saint-Vulbas.

Stage 7 brings the first of two individual time-trials, before stage 8 and 9 pose further threats to general classification riders with stage 9 especially unpredictable as the white gravel paths of the Côte des Bar, a hilly champagne area, feature.

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Then comes a traditional rest day and an expected sprint stage on stage 10 could see many of the riders enjoy a bonus rest as week 2 begins. The main focus of the middle week though, is the introduction of the Pyrenees. The first ride through the infamous area takes on the Pla d'Adet. In the second Pyrenees stage, the finish line is in the Plateau de Beille ski resort, also a well-known Tour mountain.

Stage 20 will be the final day in the mountains for the Grand Boucle, short in distance however it'll be in the Alpes Maritimes that it'll take place, a rough day with four categorized climbs including the Col de Turini, Col de la Colmiane and the Col de la Couillole - all frequent appearances as the queen stages at Paris-Nice.

The race will end in Nice as Paris will host the Olympic Games that summer and the final stage will be a time-trial between Monaco and Nice. The 35-kilometre route will include the ascents to La Turbie (8.1Km; 6.5%) and a short hilltop to the Col d'Èze (1.6Km; 8.1%) before descending down to the coastal city which will receive the Tour de France peloton's podium.

Stage 1: Florence - Rimini

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 1: Florence - Rimini, 206 kilometers

The Tour de France starts in Florence this year. In the heart of Italy, the race organizers have cooked up an opening stage with 3700 meters of climbing. This includes six categorized climbs, a very hilly finale before the flat run-in to Rimini where the first yellow jersey will be attributed.

Stage 2: Cesenatico - Bologna

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 2: Cesenatico - Bologna, 200 kilometers

Stage 2 may be the first day of the race where the overall classification can explode. The first day certainly has potential for it, but on the second day of racing the riders climb up the Madona di San Luca on two occasions. The climb - which is raced every year at the Giro dell'Emilia is short but very steep and explosive, and can create differences before descending back into town for the finale.

Stage 3: Piacenza - Torino

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 3: Piacenza - Torino, 229 kilometers

The sprinters will finally have their first real opportunity on stage 3 of the Tour. It's a transition day, a whole 229 kilometers on the menu but overall one of the flattest days of the race. The stage finale will be in Torino, a city which has already hosted the finale of the first stage of the Giro d'Italia this year.

Stage 4: Pinerolo - Valloire

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 4: Pinerolo - Valloire, 138 kilometers

And on day 4 of the race, the peloton crosses the border into France, through the Alps. But this will not be an easy or transition day, instead the first day in the high mountains. After climbing 1600 meters of altitude into Sestrière, the GC riders will have their first taste of true climbing in this race and they will do so all the way into the Col du Galibier.

Via the Col du Lautaret, this is the easier side of the hugely popular climb, but with 23 kilometers at 5% (the steepest towards the summit) and altitude of over 2600 meters at the summit, big differences can be made before the downhill finish into Valloire.

Stage 5: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Saint-Vulbas

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 5: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Saint Vulbas, 177 kilometers

On the fifth day the race starts in the Alps, on the hub city of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, but it will be a day for the sprinters as the riders head out of the mountains. We will certainly have a bunch sprint in the industrial area of Saint Vulbas.

Stage 6: Mâcon - Dijon

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 6: Mâcon - Dijon, 163 kilometers

Stage 6 of the Tour should be a calm day on the bike, with only 163 kilometers to race, mostly completely flat with a finale into Dijon.

Stage 7 (ITT): Gevrey-Chambertin - Nuits-Saint-Georges

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 7 (ITT): Nuits-Saint-Georges - Gevrey-Chambertin, 25 kilometers

The first time-trial of the race. The Tour has steered away from flat time-trials but this is the one, if you could call it that. There is a small ascent and descent halfway through the 25-kilometer course ending in Gevrey-Chambertin, but most of the route will allow the specialists to make some differences.

Stage 8: Semur-en-Auxois - Colombey-Les-Deux-Églyses

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 8: Semur-en-Auxois - Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, 176 kilometers

Stage 8 is an interesting one, most likely for the sprinters, but throughout the 176 kilometers there will be plenty small ascents. A rough day to control and a difficult one for the pure sprinters; it also provides a good opportunity for breakaways and late attacks.

Stage 9: Colombey-les-Deux-Églyses - Troyes

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 9: Troyes - Troyes, 199 kilometers

Perhaps the most anticipated stage of the whole race! In the second Sunday of the race the peloton will start and finish the stage in Troyes. A loop which will include 14 sectors of gravel roads, totaling to 32 kilometers in total (most of which in the final two thirds of the stage). There are hills also to contest in the day, but into the city there will be plenty fast and treacherous sections.

Stage 10: Orléans - Saint-Amand-Montrond, 187 kilometers

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 10: Orléans - Saint-Amand-Montrond, 187 kilometers

Stage 10 is the start of the second week of the Tour. An easy start for it, the day takes place from Orléans to Saint-Amand-Montrond is completely flat and a golden opportunity for the sprinters.

Stage 11: Evaux-les-Bains - Le Lioran, 211 kilometers

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 11: Évaux-les-Bains - Le Lioran, 211 kilometers

Into the Massif Central, the race is now heading south towards the Pyrenees. The beginning of the 211-kilometer stage is flat but the finale is rather hilly with four categorized climbs. The GC riders could have an interesting battle, but most likely we will have a breakaway contest for the triumph.

Stage 12: Aurillac - Villeneuve-sur-Lot

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 12. Aurillac - Villeneuve-sur-Lot, 204 kilometers

Stage 12 is a transition day through western France. It is 204 kilometers long from Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot, a day starting at relative high altitude and finishing close to sea level, with plenty small ascents en route to a finale where a bunch sprint is still the most likely scenario.

Stage 13: Agen - Pau

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 13: Agen - Pau, 171 kilometers

Another day for the sprinters, even if it includes perhaps more climbing than some would hope for. It's a treacherous day as the riders head into the base of the Pyrenees, the hilly start will provide an opportunity for the breakaway whilst the sprinters will look to take the glory on the day.

Stage 14: Pau - Pla d'Adet

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 14: Pau - Saint-Lary-Soudal (Pla d'Adet), 152 kilometers

The race is back into the mountains and there is no warming up. The Tour keeps it's modern traditional formula, with a short stage featuring a flat start. So it will be very hard for a breakaway to stand any chances. The GC riders are likely to fight for the win in a day including the Col du Tourmalet, Hourquette d'Ancizan and finally a summit finish on the Pla d'Adet which is over 10 kilometers long at 8%.

Stage 15: Loudenvielle - Plateau de Beille

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 15: Loudenvielle - Plateau de Beille, 198 kilometers

The queen stage? Perhaps in a different edition yes, I wouldn't say it's the case here, but it is just a brutal mountain stage to wrap off the second week. With the rest day ahead the riders will not save themselves on a day with four first-category climbs and an HC summit finish. There will be 5000 meters of climbing and it is the stage with the most climbing meters.

The riders tackle the Col du Peyresourde right from the start of the 198-kilometer day. The Col du Mente and Col d'Agnes will provide very difficult obstacles throughout the day too; before the summit finish at Plateau de Beille which is 15.7 kilometers long at 7.8%.

Stage 16: Gruissan - Nîmes

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 16: Gruissan - Nîmes, 187 kilometers

The third week begins with a sprint stage; perhaps the only one of the final week. This is a stage where the peloton moves east from the Pyrenees towards the Alps and finishes in the city of Nîmes.

Stage 17: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Super-Dévoluy

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 17: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Superdévoluy, 178 kilometers

A mixed day. It is one where the breakaway should succeed but the start is completely flat. The GC riders could be called for action in the hilltop finish to Superdévoluy, which comes after the explosive Col du Noyer (7.8Km at 7.9%).

Stage 18: Gap - Barcelonnette, 179 kilometers

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 18: Gap - Barcelonnette, 179 kilometers

An interesting hilly day in the Alps, starting in Gap and finishing in Barcelonnette. The race organizers avoided adding any major climb to the day, but instead some small ascents. This is a day where a breakaway victory is almost certain, but some of the sprinters can climb and certainly a few teams may want to try and control the race for a final shot at a sprint victory.

Stage 19: Embrun - Isola 2000

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 19: Embrun - Isola 2000, 145 kilometers

Another brutal day. Rather short with only 145 kilometers but with the Col de Vars early in the day, but then the Cime de la Bonnette... The climb summits at a scary 2800 meters of altitude, but the climb in itself is 22 kilometers long at 6.8% - perhaps the most difficult ascent of the whole race. But the riders won't be able to have a smile at it's summit, as the stage then descends back into the valley and climb up Isola 2000 (16.1Km; 7.1%) for the stage finish.

Stage 20: Nice - Col de la Couillole

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 20: Nice - Col de la Couillole, 133 kilometers

Stage 20 will be the final day in the mountains for the Grand Boucle, short in distance however it'll be in the Alpes Maritimes that it'll take place, a rough day with four categorized climbs including the Col de Braus, Col de Turini, Col de la Colmiane and the Col de la Couillole - all frequent appearances as the queen stages at Paris-Nice.

Stage 21 (ITT): Monaco - Nice

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice
Stage 21 (ITT): Monaco - Nice, 34 kilometers

The final stage of the race. This 35-kilometer route will include the ascents to La Turbie (8.1Km; 6.5%) and a short hilltop to the Col d'Èze (1.6Km; 8.1%) before descending down to Nice where the race will finish this year. A different finale, from Monaco to Nice we are set for a big spectacle.

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