Tour de France 2024 - Grand Départ
Be a part of history. The Tour de France Grand Départ takes place for the first time in Italy in 2024. Join us as the best cyclists in the world set off on their quest for the Maillot Jaune amid the spectacular backdrop of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna.
The 111th edition of the Tour de France sets off from the Renaissance jewel of Florence on Saturday, June 29th, 2024 and proceeds into the Emilia-Romagna region with a dramatic end of the second stage at the summit of the Basilica di San Luca climb in Bologna.
This event marks a monumental milestone for the Grande Boucle and for Italy. Although the Tour has visited Italy on numerous occasions, the Tour de France has never started in Italy. The regions of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna are set to etch their names in cycling history by playing host to this occasion.
Experience the fervour and drama that only the Tour de France can deliver. Mix in a taste of Italy with its stunning countryside, passionate 'tifosi' and of course, it's cuisine, and you have the perfect recipe for the ultimate cycling spectacle.
Stage 1 | Florence-Rimini | 206km - 3800m climb - 7.7% max grad
The Tour de France 2024 starts off with a bang: after leaving Florence, a 30km warm-up on the flat leads to the first of the seven significant climbs of the day awaiting the riders, the Colle Tre Faggi. Colle Monte delle Forche and Sella di Raggio are next on the programme, followed by the Colle de Barbotto and the climbs to San Leo and Montemaggio.
The final obstacle of the day, the Côte de Saint-Marin brings the riders through the capital of the tiny Republic of San Marino, before 25km of downhill and flat to the finish line in Rimini.
Stage 2 | Cesenatico-Bologna | 200km - 1890m climb - 16% max grade
The second stage starts sedately enough: a 74km beautiful overture from the Romagna coast segues to the Emilia countryside, where the hillier main event can start. Four challenging climbs must be ridden before reaching the F1 town of Imola, including the Côte de Gallisterna, a short but potent ascent with a 12.8% average gradient. Two more challenges, the Botteghino di Zocca and Montecalvo are climbed before the route enters what is sure to be a dramatic finale. The 19 km finishing loop from Bologna is tackled twice and is sure to be a nail biter. It includes the spectacular climb up to the Basilicata di San Luca on each lap, a fierce ramp that launched Primoz Roglic into pink in the opening Time Trial of the 2019 Giro d’Italia.
This Tour de France Grand depart doesn't mess around, it will be two exciting and challenging days. Will the final wearer of the Yellow Jersey already be decided before even entering France?
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