A guide to the stages of the Tour de France 2024. This is an overview map of the 2024 Tour de France route.
The Tour de France 2024 begins with a Grand Départ in Florence on 29th June 2024, and ends in Nice on 21st July 2024.
This is a promotional video for the Grand Départ in Florence, Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont.
The 2024 Grand Départ is in Florence, Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont. This is the first time there has been a Grand Départ in Italy.
Ottavio Bottecchia will be mentioned in the context of the Grand Départ 2024, because he was the fist Italian winner of the Tour de France.
The full list of Italian winners of the Tour de France is:
A guide to the stages of the Tour de France 2024. This is an overview map of the 2024 Tour de France route.
Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 206km road stage from Florence to Rimini.
This Classics-type course features 3,600m of climbing through Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, split among seven classified climbs.
The final ascent is in San Marino, 25km before the finish line.
Stage 1 could be significant in the GC battle.
Read about Stage 1 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 200km road stage from Cesenatico to Bologna.
The visit to Cesenatico is to pay homage to Marco Pantani.
The culmination of the stage is an 18.5km circuit in Bologna, with a climb to San Luca which should suit puncheurs. The last 9km of the circuit are downhill or flat.
Read about Stage 2 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 3 of the Tour de France 2024 is 229km road stage from Piacenza to Turin.
The race includes a tip of the hat to Fausto Coppi at Tortona, where he lived.
This is a flat stage, and Turin is expected to play host to the first bunch sprint of the 2024 Tour.
Read about Stage 3 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 4 of the 2024 Tour de France is a 138km mountain stage from Pinerolo to Valloire.
It sees the race head to Sestriere before going over the Col de Montgenèvre to leave the Grand Départ in Italy behind and cross into France.
In France, the climbs include the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier.
Read about Stage 4 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 5 of the Tour de France 2024 is 177km from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Saint-Vulbas.
Today sees the race leave the Alps via Chambéry and head up the Rhône valley. The Côte de l'Huis is the last categorised climb, and nothing should prevent a bunch sprint in Saint-Vulbas.
Read about Stage 5 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 6 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 163km flat stage from Mâcon to Dijon.
One of the cultural highlights on the route is Cluny Abbey, which was an influential Medieval monastery.
There may well be a breakaway on Stage 6, but the sprinters' teams will want to catch it and contest the 800m straight to the finish line in Dijon.
Read about Stage 6 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 7 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 25km individual time trial from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin.
The first part of the parcours is on roads through forests, then the stage will showcase the vineyards in this part of Burgundy.
The main difficulty is the 1.6km climb of the Côte de Curtil-Vergy.
Read about Stage 7 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2024 is 176km from Semur-en-Auxois to Colombey-les-deux-Eglises.
There are five categorised climbs in the first part of the stage, which may favour a breakaway. As the parcours flattens later on, the sprinters' teams should be able to close the gap.
The finish straight is 3km long, and an uphill drag.
Read about Stage 8 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 199km hilly stage starting and finishing in Troyes.
It features the 'white roads' of Champagne - gravel and dust roads like those of Strade Bianche and Paris-Tours. There are 14 sectors of gravel roads, totalling 32km.
Read about Stage 9 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 10 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 187km flat stage from Orléans to Saint-Amand-Montrond.
The riders head through the Sologne forest. After Issoudon, they are on exposed roads and crosswinds may play a role. The three changes of direction in the last 30km mean that whichever way the wind blows, it could cause echelons to form at some stage.
This is an unpredictable stage.
Read about Stage 10 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 211km mountain stage in the Massif Central, from Evaux-les-Bains.
There's 4,350m of climbing, with ascents of the Col de Néronne, Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol, Col de Pertus and Col de Font de Cère, before the final climb to Le Lioran.
Read about Stage 11 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 12 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 204km flat stage from Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot.
Although classified flat there are plenty of hills in the first half of the route, including one to Rocamadour, which should give a breakaway a chance. The sprinters' teams will be looking to catch the breakaway riders in the flatter second half of the parcours.
Read about Stage 12, Tour de France 2024.
Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 171km flat stage from Agen to Pau.
There are 'balcony roads' in the Lot-et-Garonne early in the stage, and hilly terrain towards the finish.
The Blachon and Simacourbe climbs could prove fatal for some pure sprinters, perhaps favouring the breakaway or a sprinter-who-can-climb like Mads Pedersen.
Read about Stage 13, Tour de France 2024.
Stage 14 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 152km mountain stage from Pau to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet.
The parcours is relatively flat as far as Lourdes, but in the second half of the route there are some well-known climbs. They include the Col du Tourmalet, Hourquette d'Ancizan and Pla d'Adet.
Read about Stage 14 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 15 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 198km Pyreneen mountain stage from Loudenvielle to Plateau de Beille.
The climbs include the Col de Peyresourde, the Col de Menté, the Col de Portet-d'Aspet, and the Col d'Agnes. The summit finish is at Plateau de Beille.
Read about Stage 15 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 16 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 187km flat stage from Gruissan to Nîmes.
The stage route leaves the coast near Narbonne, and heads over the Pic Saint-Loup. If the Mistral blows it could disrupt the peloton, and present an opportunity to those teams that deal well with windy conditions.
Read about Stage 16 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 17 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 178km mountain stage from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Superdévoluy.
It's fairly flat early on, the Drôme, but the last 40km includes the Col Bayard and the Col du Noyer. The terrain should favour the formation of a big breakaway group. They could fight it out for the stage win on the ascent to the finish line at Superdévoluy.
Read about Stage 17 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 179km hilly stage from Gap to Barcelonnette.
The parcours passes the Lac de Serre Ponçon, then heads into the hills. The Côte de Saint-Apollinaire and the Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées provide opportunities for puncheurs like Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert or Julian Alaphilippe to break clear.
Read about Stage 18 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 19 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 145km mountain stage from Embrun to Isola 2000.
It's a relatively short stage, but with three climbs that peak above 2,000m. The high point is the Cime de la Bonette, where the highest road in France reaches 2,802m.
We'll see which riders thrive at altitude, and whether some struggle.
Read about Stage 19 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 20 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 132km mountain stage from Nice to the Col de Couillole.
There's hardly any warm-up before the climbs start.
There are four of them - the Cols de Braus, Turini, Colmiane and Couillole.
Read about Stage 20 Tour de France 2024.
Stage 21 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 34km individual time trial from Monaco to Nice.
The parcours takes in the seafront in Monaco and the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
In between, the riders will take the corniche roads via La Turbie and Eze.
Read about Stage 21 Tour de France 2024.
A look at some of the main contenders for the General Classification of the 2024 Tour de France. They include Vingegaard and Pogacar, but who else can hope for an overall win?
Tour de France 2024 blog, with posts in advance of the race and after each stage.
28th November 2023
The Grand Départ 2024 in Italy is an opportunity to remember past Italian cycling champions.
Many of us have heard the name Fausto Coppi, but were born too late to remember him. What are the essentials of his life and career?
18th November 2023
Ineos Grenadiers pro cycling team have lost their Deputy Team Principal, with the sudden departure of Rod Ellingworth.
The Lancastrian has been a stalwart at the petrochemical and SUV-sponsored team, which has also lost a number of its top riders in recent times.
Read about Rod Ellingworth Leaves Ineos Grenadiers.
14th November 2023
Matt Rendell's biography of Marco Pantani is not new - it was published in 2006.
Why look at it now? Stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France starts in Pantani's home town, Cesenatico, and will be an opportunity to remember the late Italian bike racer.
Read about Matt Rendell's Biography of Marco Pantani.
8th November 2023
Stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France starts in Marco Pantani's home town of Cesenatico.
The race's visit to this resort on the Adriatic coast of Italy will be used to celebrate the late Italian racer's career. Given that Pantani's results were powered by doping, is that a good thing?
30th October 2023
Bryan Adams sang She's Only Happy When She's Dancing, but sometimes it seems that Remco Evenepoel is only happy when he's complaining.
What does he think about the inclusion of white gravel roads in the 2024 Tour de France?
26th October 2023
The full route of the 2024 Tour de France was announced yesterday.
What are Mark Cavendish's chances of winning a 35th stage? Which mountains will the race climb? And will time trialling be crucial in deciding the overall winner?
Read about in Tour de France 2024 Route Announcement.
The teams and riders on the start list for the Tour de France 2024 are announced a short time before the race starts, and I will update them then. The placeholder information below is from the Tour de France 2023.
|Saturday 29th June 2024||Stage 1, Florence to Rimini|
|Sunday 30th June 2024||Stage 2, Cesenatico to Bologna|
|Monday 1st July 2024||Stage 3, Plaisance to Turin
|Tuesday 2nd July 2024||Stage 4, Pinerolo to Valloire
|Wednesday 3rd July 2024||Stage 5, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Saint-Vulbas
|Thursday 4th July 2024||Stage 6, Mâcon to Dijon
|Friday 5th July 2024||Stage 7, Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin
|Saturday 6th July 2024||Stage 8, Semur-en-Auxois to Colombey-les-deux-Eglises
|Sunday 7th July 2024||Stage 9, Troyes to Troyes
|Monday 8th July 2024||Rest day
|Tuesday 9th July 2024||Stage 10, Orléans to Saint-Amand-Montrond
|Wednesday 10th July 2024||Stage 11, Evaux-les-Bains to Le Lioran
|Thursday 11th July 2024||Stage 12, Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot
|Friday 12th July 2024||Stage 13, Agen to Pau
|Saturday 13th July 2024||Stage 14, Pau to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
|Sunday 14th July 2024||Stage 15, Loudenvielle to Plateau de Beille
|Monday 15th July 2024||Rest Day
|Tuesday 16th July 2024||Stage 16, Gruissan to Nîmes
|Wednesday 17th July 2024||Stage 17, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Superdévoluy
|Thursday 18th July 2024||Stage 18, Gap to Barcelonette
|Friday 19th July 2024||Stage 19, Embrun to Isola 2000
|Saturday 20th July 2024||Stage 20, Nice to Col de la Couillole
|Sunday 21st July 2024||Stage 21, Monaco to Nice