The 111th edition of the Tour de France will start from Florence on Saturday, 29 June 2024 in a historic first for the Grande Boucle.
THE LONGEST WAIT, Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France
Florence had been talking to us about it for a very long time, Emilia-Romagna nurtured its burning desire, and then Piedmont came on board — Italy truly raised its ambitions to the power of three to host the Grand Départ.
Their ardour and synergies will right a historic wrong as the Tour de France gets under way on the Italian Peninsula for the first time and the riders take their first pedal strokes in this true-blue cycling nation. Exactly a century after Ottavio Bottecchia became the first cyclist from the other side of the Alps to win the Tour, the peloton will go from the birthplace of Gino Bartali, a champion Righteous Among the Nations, to that of Marco Pantani, the unforgettable Il Pirata, worshipped without measure, before paying tribute to the campionissimo, Fausto Coppi. These three stages will take us through majestic landscapes in which the leaders will be forced to take matters into their own hands from the opening weekend. It is going to be magical.
JUST LIKE HOME, Stefano Bonaccini, President of the region Emilia-Romagna et Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence
"Florence and Emilia-Romagna are physically linked by mountains. The Apuan Alps, the most incredible stretch of the chain surrounding Tuscany, which yielded the marble for Michelangelo’s sublime creations, extend all the way to the Emilia-Romagna Apennines, a mountain range carpeted with charming villages steeped in history on the road from Dante’s birthplace to his tomb in Ravenna.
The other tie that binds our city and our region is our passion for cycling. Three of our scions —Gino Bartali, Gastone Nencini and Marco Pantani— have won the Tour, and our other champions are too numerous to mention. Yet one name stands out from the legend: Alfonsina Strada, a pioneer from Castelfranco Emilia, who in 1924 became the first —and only— woman to take part in the men’s Giro d’Italia. For the Tour de France, this Grand Départ from Florence and Emilia-Romagna will feel just like home."
Florence is the cradle of art, literature and architecture, the birthplace of the Renaissance and of the Italian language. Nestled on a territory that for centuries has been characterized by the perfect balance between man and nature, it is a destination for millions of visitors from all over the world every year. Today it is a city proud of its past and future oriented, focused on sustainable development, creativity and innovation.
Emilia-Romagna is a unique region. Land of doing and land of beauty, with the Apennines as great green heart, the Adriatic coast, the Po river and its valley. Via Emilia, which crosses the region and connects from Rimini to Piacenza, is the beating heart of an area rich in culture and a millenary history. It’s a still living legacy, welded with a present that sees Emilia-Romagna as one of the most advanced territories in Europe, thanks to the tenacity, inspiration and industriousness of its citizens.
Capital of the Tuscany region
A region in northern Italy
Surface area: 22,510 km²
Capital and stage city: Bologna (390,000 inhabitants)
Stage towns and cities: Rimini (150,000 inhabitants), Cesenatico (26,000 inhabitants), and Piacenza (103,000 inhabitants)
A region in north-western Italy
Surface area: 25,400 km²
Capital: Turin (890,000 inhabitants)
Wednesday, 26 June: opening of the race headquarters and press centre at the Florence Opera House
Thursday, 27 June: presentation of the 2024 Tour de France teams at Florence
Saturday, 29 June: Stage 1 Florence > Rimini
Sunday, 30 June: Stage 2 Cesenatico > Bologna
Monday, 1 July: Stage 3 Plaisance > Turin
STAGE 1 | Florence > Rimini | 29 June 2024 | 205 KM
This postcard will provide a snapshot of the Grand Départ in Florence, the Bartali Museum in Ponte a Ema —where the champion was born— and the finish on the Adriatic seafront.
In sporting terms, this trek through the Apennines packs an elevation gain of 3,800 m, from the power climb of Valico Tre Faggi to steeper slopes, in the heart of the Republic of San Marino, the last of which comes near the finish. The first Yellow Jersey may well go to one of the contenders for the overall title.
STAGE 2 | Cesenatico > Bologne | 30 June 2024 | 200 KM
From the spa resort where Marco Pantani used to live, which is also his final resting place, the peloton will ride down gorgeous plains before hitting the first two climbs, including the Cima Gallisterna, coming right before Imola Circuit, where Julian Alaphilippe earned his rainbow stripes in 2020.
Another four difficulties stand between the riders and the finish line, including two ascents to San Luca (1.9km at 10.6%) along the 666 arches of the staircase leading to the Sanctuary. Punchers are in for a real treat.
STAGE 3 | Plaisance > Turin | 1 July 2024 | 225 KM
Pure sprinters will get their first chance to shine on the road from Emilia-Romagna to Piedmont. A course with nary a bump on the road, a detour through Lombardy, a visit to Tortona, where Fausto Coppi drew his final breath, a romp through the Langhe, which boasts delicious truffles and wine-growing landscapes on the UNESCO World Heritage list, some of the roads of Milan–San Remo… Against such a jaw-dropping backdrop, any breakaways will have their work cut out for them to stay clear and pre-empt a bunch sprint.
7 winners and 10 victories
- Ottavio Bottecchia (1924 & 1925)
- Gino Bartali (1938 & 1948)
- Fausto Coppi (1949 et 1952)
- Gastone Nencini (1960)
- Felice Gimondi (1965)
- Marco Pantani (1998)
- Vincenzo Nibali (2014)
28 wearers of the Yellow Jersey
2 green jerseys for the points classification
12 King of the Mountains awards
5 winners of the best young rider classification
269 stage wins from Ernesto Azzini in 1910 to Vincenzo Nibali in 2019 - 12 (record) for Gino Bartali and Mario Cipollini
9 stage towns and cities so far from San Remo in 1948 to Pinerolo in 2011
1924: The first Italian Tour de France champion, Ottavio Bottecchia, will also become the first rider to wear the Yellow Jersey from start to finish. He will make it two in a row in 1925.
1948: After winning the race before the war, in 1938, Gino Bartali takes his second Tour ten years later, which still stands as the longest gap between victories.
1952: Three years after emerging victorious from a fratricidal duel with Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi crushes the competition on his way to another win.
1960: The field, led by Yellow Jersey and future winner Gastone Nencini, saluted General de Gaulle in a historic moment in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.
1965: Yellow Jersey Felice Gimondi drove home his advantage in the time trial from Aix-les-Bains to the Mont Revard, on his way to taking the title in his very first start.
1998: Marco Pantani, the best young rider in the 1994 and 1995 editions of the Tour, uses the mountain stages as a launch pad to the top step of the podium in Paris.
2014: Vincenzo Nibali becomes the most recent Italian Tour de France champion after going on the offensive from the beginning and laying down the law in the mountains.