The 111th edition of the Tour de France will begin in Florence, Italy on Saturday 29th June 2024 and finish with a time-trial between Monaco and Nice on Sunday 21st July.
The Paris Olympics means the Tour has a year off from its usual finale on the Champs-Elysees, marking the first time it has finished outside the capital in the race’s 120-year history.
Instead of the traditional sprint shootout on the French capital’s most famous boulevard, it could turn out to be a battle between the general classification hopefuls as the race concludes with a time-trial for the first time since Greg LeMond overhauled Laurent Fignon on the final day of the 1989 race.
Mark Cavendish, who is set to ride the Tour for the 15th and final time in search of a record 35th stage win, said at the route’s unveiling that he was “shocked” by its difficulty and it promises to be another stellar edition of La Grande Boucle.
The Tour de France 2024, the 111th edition of the race, starts in Florence on Saturday 29th June and concludes in Nice on Sunday 21st July.
Italy will host the Grand Depart for the first time, with the first three stages meandering north from Florence before making it to France on stage four, finishing in Valloire after the peloton has tackled the mighty Col du Galabier.
After the Alps, the race runs through the Massif Central and over the Pyrenees and then back to the Alps, with the penultimate stage primed for a showdown on the Col Couillole before the closing day’s time-trial.
There will also be moments of racing in San Marino and the route also features a gravel stage, with 14 sections of white roads totalling 32km on stage nine.
In total, there are eight flat stages, four hilly days, seven mountain stages - of which four conclude with summit finishes - and two individual time-trials.
The Tour de France is one of the most-watched events in world sport, with a global TV audience of 150 million viewers back in 2021.
The Tour de France 2024 will be broadcast in the UK on both ITV4 and Eurosport. GCN and Discovery+ will also provide coverage.
Jonas Vingegaard is the defending champion after successfully retaining the title he won in 2022 by again riding into Paris in July wearing the yellow jersey.
The Dane finished the race seven minutes and 37 seconds ahead of 2020 and 2021 champion Tadej Pogacar, and will be aiming to become the first rider to win three Tours in a row since Chris Froome did so between 2015 and 2017.
There are four riders who have won the Tour de France five times. They are French duo Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgian legend Eddy 'The Cannibal' Merckx and Spain's Miguel Indurain.
Britain's Froome has won the race four times.