Paris will not be able to see the Tour de France! Unbelievable but true. We had to wait 121 years and 111 editions to see the Eiffel Tower deprived of the runners who once left and arrived in the capital. One of the most spectacular effects of the Olympic Games organized by France.
The Tour de France already had a nice collection of Grand Départs from abroad, with the Netherlands (6 times), Belgium (5), Germany (4), Luxembourg, Great Britain and Spain (2), Switzerland, Ireland, Monaco and Denmark. . Neighboring country Italy, which is visited quite regularly, has never been deemed worthy of this honour. Surveillance was repaired this year by a flight from Florence. This will be the 26th departure of the Grande Boucle outside France. Also a first for the Women’s Tour with the Grand Départ from Utrecht a little later.
…arrival in Nice!
Expelled from Paris for the Olympic Games, the survivors will not make it to the Champs-Élysées, a must-see since 1975. The tour will end in Nice, on the Promenade des Anglais, on the edge of the great blue. Paris-Nice final.
The 3,492 kilometers of the 111th stage will pass through France again, rest assured, but it will also pass through San Marino and Monaco, crossing a total of four countries.
40th anniversary of Poupou
Christian Prudhomme rarely misses the opportunity to celebrate his birthday on the Tour route. On Saturday 13 July, the oldest supporters will remember that in 1974 Raymond Poulidor, almost a veteran, opened the trophy list at the top of the Pla d’Adet.
Exactly a quarter of a century after Marco Pantani’s victory, the Plateau de Beille will welcome his caravan for the seventh time. The Ariège resort has never waited this long for the return of the Tour since its arrival in 1998. Nine years will pass between the success of “Purito” Rodriguez and the promising July 14 with six rises from Loudenvielle.
These are some of the news that came out recently. Tadej Pogacar will compete for the first time in his career and will try to win two Grand Tours. The Giro, where he hoped to replace compatriot Primoz Roglic, and the Tour, which he won twice before losing twice to Jonas Vingegaard.
35 years later
Laurent Fignon’s brutal defeat to Greg LeMond between Versailles and Paris in 1989 did not encourage organizers to give the program a final try. This year, 35 years later, it may all come down to Monaco and Nice. There will be a change according to the Critérium des Champs!
At the start of Florence, a highly anticipated newbie should emerge: Remco Evenepoel. The Belgian, winner of the 2022 Vuelta, suddenly surrendered to Jumbo last summer in Spain (or rather, on the Tourmalet stage in France!). While his first match in the Grande Boucle was being reviewed, his compatriot Wout Van Aert, who wore the green jersey in 2022, announced that he would jump after participating in the Giro.