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For the first time in the history of the Tour de France, the race will not end in Paris, as the French capital will host the Summer Olympics next summer.
Therefore, the men’s tour ends with a 35 km mountain pace stage from the Principality of Monaco to Nice.
– I have a feeling that the last stage is not the magician’s stage. In practice, 20 stages applied, not 21, but a final stage that could be decisive strengthens the Tour de France, says Discovery commentator Theis Magelsen.
– It is a long-paced phase and a lot can happen in such a phase.
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Seven mountain stages
The race will start in Florence, Italy, on Saturday, June 29, with three stages on Italian soil before moving to France.
Already in the fourth stage, the race enters the Alps and the riders will climb the legendary Col du Galibier before the rhythm stage of the seventh stage awaits them.
A total of 3,492 kilometers await you, spread across twelve new start and finish cities in four countries, eight race stages, seven mountain stages, four mountain stages and two rhythm stages.
In the third week, the race heads south with several difficult stages in the Pyrenees before the race returns to the Alps and ends with three difficult stages.
First, there’s the finish at Isola 2000 on Stage 19, then a short, intense mountain stage awaits just over 13 miles from Nice with a finish at the Col de la Couillole before the race finishes, which is known to finish in the south. Eastern France with the Rhythm stage in Nice.
This is the first time the Tour de France has ended with a rhythm stage since 1989. This remains the smoothest Tour de France ever when American Greg LeMond won by eight seconds over Frenchman Laurent Fignon after the rhythm stage in Paris.
The Uno-X made its Tour de France debut this summer and has been invited to attend Wednesday’s track show in Paris, but is counting on the ASO being invited to participate next year.
– They probably wouldn’t have a chance in the brief if they were invited, but Magnus Kurt and Andreas Likensund have come in and it will be interesting to see what roles they get. I am very excited about the development of Lakensund. He was in the top ten in a Grand Tour and finishing fast could not go wrong for him. He was good at speed in the Uno-X when he rode there earlier, says Magelsen.
– They must seize the opportunities they get, just as they did this year, and that opportunity can come at all stages.
A historical touch for ladies
There will also be a historic women’s edition when the Tour de France finishes on the famous Alpe d’Huez.
– Women have now cycled La Place des Belles filles and the Col du Tourmalet, but Alpe d’Huez is synonymous with the Tour de France. It will be a popular festival, says Discovery commentator Theis Magelsen.
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The legendary mountain has been part of the men’s Tour de France 31 times previously, most recently in 2022, but now women will also climb the iconic Tour de France mountain for the first time.
– It’s great fun with the Tour de France ending at the summit of Alpe d’Huez. Magelsen continues that there is a very high probability that whoever finishes first on Alpe d’Huez will win the Tour de France.
The Tour de France opens outside French borders for the first time with an opening stage in Rotterdam, the world’s largest port city, on Monday 12 August.
The Dutchwoman Annemieke van Vleuten won the first edition of the women’s Tour de France in 2021, while this year’s edition was won by Demi Wohlring – also from the Netherlands.
Then two more flat stages await in Holland and Belgium, including a rhythm stage, before the race moves to France with two difficult mountain stages.
First, the riders will prepare themselves in Le Grand-Bornand on the seventh stage before the third edition of the Tour de France ends, as mentioned, in Alpe d’Huez.
- The first stage: 124 km Rotterdam – The Hague.
- Second stage: 67 km Dordrecht – Rotterdam.
- Third stage: 6.3 km Rotterdam – Rotterdam
- Fourth stage: 122 km, Valkenburg – Liège
- Stage 5: 150 km, Bastogne – Amneville
- Stage 6: 160 km, Remérémont – Murtaux
- Stage 7: 167 km, Champagneol – Le Grand-Bornand
- Stage 8: 150 km, Le Grand-Bornand – Alpe d’Huez
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