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2024 Tour de France to end with Nice time trial due to Paris Olympics

2024 Tour de France Nice

(2nd L to R) Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, Tour de France general director Christian Prudhomme, Director General of Amaury Sport Organisation Yann Le Moenner, and Prefet of Alpes Maritimes Bernard Gonzalez attend the announcement that Nice will host the final stage of the 2024 Tour de France, on the french riviera city of Nice, on December 1, 2022 - For the first time since 1905, the Tour de France will not have its usual finish in Paris in 2024, closing instead with a time trial in Nice, organisers announced on December 1, 2022. Although the race has been brought forward one week so as not to clash directly with the Olympic Games, which is being hosted in 2024 by Paris, it will still finish on July 21, just five days before the opening ceremony. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP) (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

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The 2024 Tour de France will end on the French Riviera instead of the French capital because of the Paris Olympics.

The finish of cycling’s marquee race leaves Paris for the first time.

Tour organizers said on Thursday the last stage of its 111th race will take place in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on July 21. Five days later, Paris opens the Olympics.

Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. Parting with tradition of a sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the last stage will be an individual time trial along Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais.

The start of the 2024 race, which will begin for the first time in Italy, was brought forward by one week, a customary change during an Olympic year. The Tour will start on June 29 in Florence.

Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times, including its start twice, in 1981 and in 2020. Two years ago, the start was delayed until Aug. 29 due to lockdowns and travels bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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