an exciting finish on the French Riviera with a mountain test then a time trial

an exciting finish on the French Riviera with a mountain test then a time trial

Tadej Pogacar. Photo News / Panoramic

The Tour de France 2024, which will end in Nice because of the Olympic Games in Paris, will end with two stages: one in the mountains and one against the clock.

Colossal passes and a muscular time trial as the ultimate justice of the peace: the last two stages of the Tour de France 2024 which will arrive, OJ obliges, in Nice promise to be particularly crispy. We already knew that the last stage would be an individual time trial linking Monaco to Nice, 35 years after Greg LeMond’s eight-second victory over Laurent Fignon on the Champs-Elysées in 1989.

It remained to discover the route, presented Monday by the organizers of ASO in Nice. And it is gratin since it will climb to La Turbie (8.1 km at 5.6%) then to the Col d’Eze by its shortest side (1.6 km at 8.1%) before finishing at Place Massena in Nice, after 35.2 km of effort.

Everything could be decided on this time, far from the usual procession of the last Sunday towards Paris where the champagne is often released during the stage, except for the sprinters magnetized by a prestigious success on the Champs.

The penultimate stage in 2024, the outlines of which were also unveiled on Monday, is not a walk in the park either. On the contrary, it’s even a hell of a rollercoaster ride that awaits the riders during a short (132 km) but quite dizzying stage with the successive ascent of the Col de Brais, the Col de Turini, the Col de La Colombine and finally the difficult Col de la Couillole (15.7 km at 7.1%), where the finish will be judged as last Saturday on Paris-Nice.

With 4400 meters of elevation gain, it is a “dense stage, picked up, without a meter of flat, where everything will be possible“, underlined the director of the Tour Christian Prudhomme. This 111th edition decidedly like the others will leave Italy for the first time, in Florence.

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