— Published 27 July 2022

The Nice option is credible

The decision is not yet official, but there is no doubt about it: the Tour de France cycling race will have to change its habits for its 2024 edition. The Grand Boucle will have to give up its traditional final arrival in Paris, on the Champs-Elysées, to avoid colliding with the Olympic Games, for which the forces of order will be mobilized in number. The Minister of Sports and Olympic and Paralympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, confided Tuesday, July 26 on France Info: the Tour de France 2024 could have an arrival “a little early“, and “rather in Nice”. At this stage, nothing is decided yet, but the hypothesis of a last stage on the French Riviera seems to hold the string. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, told AFP that “for several weeks his teams have been working alongside those of Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) to study the conditions for the arrival of the 2024 Tour de France in Nice“. Christian Prudhomme, the event’s director, said the same thing, with a few nuances: “We have an excellent relationship with the city of Nice, which proved to be very solid in 2020. We are discussing a number of things with the city of Nice“. In any case, it now seems certain that the Tour de France will not be able to finish in Paris in 2024, even with a slightly earlier arrival, a few days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on the Seine. A source at the Paris City Hall suggested it to AFP: “We know that Paris will not be able to host both events at the same time. We don’t see how it would be possible, but for all that, we’re not giving up on the Tour, we’re talking to Christian Prudhomme to find the least impactful solution possible.”