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Tour de France Will get Extremely-Inventive In 2024

Tour de France Will get Extremely-Inventive In 2024


The route of the Tour de France appears to have hit the airwaves formally immediately and there’s a LOT to cowl. Since issues are shifting quickly, I’ll toss out what for me stand out because the highlights

Stage 1: Wait, we’re in Italy? For the TOUR?!

I’ve lengthy surmised, based mostly on nothing greater than an inventory of outdated Tour routes, that they wished nothing to do with Italian something if they might assist it. Possibly it was a petty rivalry with the Giro d’Italia, or not a lot petty as merely sensible — the world doesn’t want a French Giro when it already has a (normally spectacular) Italian one? That’s the beneficiant studying. The likelier state of affairs is that Henri Desgranges is rolling over in his grave. Anyway, now we are going to know what it’s like for Canadian followers to observe hockey video games performed in Arizona.

[Side note: Rimini? Is the Tour currying favor with its temporary hosts by doing a Pantani tribute stage? Was this negotiated into the deal for the Grand Départ? Sigh…]

Stage 2: It’s the Giro dell’Emilia Tribute Stage!!!

2024 Stage 2

There’s an outdated Simpson’s bit the place Homer responds to considered one of his youngsters feeling ignored by society with “I’m between the ages of 18 and 45, everybody listens to me!” and he pulls out a product referred to as “nuts and gum: collectively ultimately!” That is just about how I really feel proper now. The Giro dell’Emilia and the Tour de France. Collectively ultimately.

Stage 4: It’s the 1949 Giro Tribute Stage!!!

OK, now they’re simply trolling me. The stage begins in Pinerolo, ending level of the well-known stage 17 of the 1949 Giro the place Coppi went on his solo trip for the ages, and reverses that course over Sestriere and Montgenèvre, earlier than breaking off for a “fuck it, we’re simply driving the Galibier” monster stage, earlier than the riders have had time to get used to being again on French soil. I suppose they might have caught with the bit longer and carried out the Izoard and Vars climbs (Vars reveals up in week 3), however you gained’t hear me complaining. I might be too busy yelling at everybody to purchase Dino Buzzati’s books.

Stage 9: Gravel Is Every little thing Now

For those who weren’t positive that this was the least conventional Tour ever, nicely… we are going to get to that extra in a bit. However that is one other brick in that wall.

Tour gravel stage

And it’s all types of good. The riders appear to adore it, and are fairly used to bits of off-roading by now anyway. It’s stage 9, early sufficient to not seal the race however late sufficient for the opening nerves and crashiness to have worn off. It can have a 99.9% approval ranking, a stage even Roger De Vlaeminck can’t complain about. And the bike trade might be positively giddy nicely previous the next relaxation day.

A number of Phases: They’re Going The place?!?

Sorry if this isn’t an incredible map, however… the place are these locations? What are these climbs?

Tour map

This Tour has in all probability fewer outdated requirements than any I can bear in mind. Nicely, the Pyrénéen levels are fairly recognizable, however after that, actually solely the Galibier stands out. Le Lioran? Superdévoluy? Isola 2000? Col de Couillole? Even a few of the repeats are nonetheless uncommon, just like the Cime de la Bonette.

That is all excellent news to me. I’m not going to geek out on the right track profiles; I’ve spent sufficient years getting too enthusiastic about “take a look at that line on my laptop! It’s actually going up!!” to only do that out of context. What strikes me although is that the riders gained’t know a variety of these roads and must cope with going off any kind of script. That alone ought to make for implausible racing.


Sorry however I simply can’t react to this being the ultimate stage with out lapsing into profanity. In a great way.

Closing Tour stage

I get that they’re skipping Paris for the primary time ever — the final word break with custom in your entire sport of biking. It’s in regards to the Olympics. Or about Parisians getting one Sunday again from the site visitors insanity related to internet hosting sporting occasions, earlier than the shit actually hits the fan. [Presumably all of Paris will have escaped by then, and in fact the lack of a Tour finishing stage gives them an excuse to leave even sooner.]

However this may in all probability be the one most vital stage of the Tour, given how tight even the most important mountain levels are usually raced today (lo, the Roglification!). It’s the longest of the 2 TTs by 10km, and it features a good bit of climbing, to the purpose the place it would drive everybody again onto their common highway bike, or one thing near it.

It doesn’t need to be shades of 1989 per se, it’s not like we haven’t had a great deal of decisive cronos on the eve of Paris. But when the most important issues popping out of 2023 had been that Jumbo had been too dominant and the race was over a bit early, all of those wrinkles, the stability of abilities together with off-road ones, capped off with a remaining day mountain ITT, ought to clear up these “issues” in a dramatic approach.

General Ranking: A++

I prefer to assume I’m hard-headed in assessing the Tour course, not less than in contrast to a couple different races the place I lack all objectivity. So I suppose that is my approach of claiming, option to get artistic, ASO! Ultimately the riders will resolve the race and thrilling racing doesn’t all the time observe thrilling course design, however this might be an extremely refreshing expertise if there’s any kind of a GC battle occurring in any respect. I completely adore it.

What say ye?



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