The 2024 Tour de France will start from Italy, according to the Italian press


The 2024 Tour de France will start from Florence in what would be the first ‘Great Departure’ from Italy in its history, the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport said on Wednesday.

Italy is the only neighboring country to have never hosted a ‘Grand Start’ since 1903, the year the event was created.

Asked by AFP, ASO, the organizing company of the race, refused to comment on it.

According to the Italian sports newspaper, which mentions the intervention of public and private investors to finance the operation, the test will start on June 29, 2024 from Florence, the city of Gino Bartali (two-time Tour champion, before and after the II World War), with a first stage ending in Rimini, next to the Adriatic Sea.

The second stage will join Cesenático, the city of another former champion (Marco Pantani, in 1998) and Bologna, before a third stage in Emilia-Romagna, and a fourth stage starting in Pinerolo (Piedmont) to continue in French territory.

The Italian newspaper also assures that the Tour would end for the first time in its history in a city other than Paris, which should start less than a week after the Summer Olympics (July 26 to August 11). The place chosen for the conclusion of this 111th edition would be Nice.