The president of the Italian region of Piedmont has announced that a stage of the Tour de France will take place there during the 2024 edition.
Alberto Cirio couldn’t help spilling the beans! The president of the Italian region of Piedmont confirmed what had been revealed The Sports Gazette last June: his region will indeed host a stage of the Tour de France 2024. “ I can say that the Tour de France 2024 will go through Piedmont with an important stage around Turin and Pinerolo. For now, I can’t say much else “, he confided. This stage in Piedmont will be one of four that will be held in Italy to start the Tour de France 2024.
In general, ASO, the organizer of the biggest race in the world, reveals in January of the previous year the city which hosts the Grand Départ, as well as the route of the first stages. We should therefore know more within two months. But it seems already certain that the Tour will start from Florence, and it will be the very first time that it will start from Italy, despite 25 starts abroad (including the next, in 2023, in Bilbao). According The Sports Gazette (which belongs to the RCS group, organizer of the Giro), three stages would take place in Italy and the fourth would leave from Piedmont to arrive in France, and each would pay tribute to a great Italian cyclist (Marco Pantani in Tuscany, Fausto Coppi in Pinerolo…) .
The final arrival in Nice?
This 2024 route promises to be more original than ever, because the final finish could well be held, not on the Champs-Elysées, but in Nice! Five days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Paris (along the Seine), it seems indeed complicated to organize two such events in such a short period of time, both from a logistical and security point of view. “Today, we haven’t decided anything yet. Placing the Tour de France and the Olympic Games side by side is a possibility, but we still have to work on it. In any case, nothing is certain yet.“, confided the director of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme last June. The suspense remains intact.