The planned arrival in Nice, a first since 1904

This is a first since 1904. The final arrival of the Tour de France is scheduled for Nice, due to the Olympic Games in Paris. The announcement was made this Thursday at a press conference by the mayor of the city, Christian Estrosi.

Thus, a time trial will complete this 111th edition of the Tour de France on July 21, 2024. The finish will be on the Esplanade des Anglais, on the banks of the Côte d’Azur, in Nice, at the Place des Champs-Elysées, five days before the opening of the Paris Olympics.

This arrival far from Paris will be a first for the Grande Boucle. During the first two editions, the Tour ended in Ville-d’Avray, a town bordering the capital.

From 1905 to 1967, the Parc des Princes velodrome was the scene of the last pedal strokes of the peloton, before being replaced by that of La Cipale, in the Bois de Vincennes, from 1968 to 1974.

Since 1975, the Champs-Elysées have become the traditional stage for the arrival of the Tour de France.

The city of Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes, had already hosted the big start of the 1981 and 2020 editions.

Moreover, unlike the traditional Champs-Elysées sprint, an individual time trial will be on the program for the final stage.

The last time a lap time closed a Tour de France was in 1989, when American Greg LeMond beat Laurent Fignon by eight seconds winning his second Tour by the tightest margin in history.

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