Cycling: Monaco-Nice Tour de France stage revealed

Tour de France, Nice 2020

The final stage of the Tour de France, taking riders on an undulating 35km trip of the Côte d’Azur, from Monaco to Nice, has been revealed. 

In under a year’s time, the Tour de France will return to the Riviera. A Covid-affected race in Nice marked the start of the 2020 edition of the iconic race, this time, it will mark the end.

Due to the 2024 Paris Olympics, the Arrivée has been moved from the Champs-Élysées to the Promenade des Anglais. On 21st July 2024, the day after a tour of the beautiful arrière-pays that surrounds Nice, 176 riders will make the trip from the Principality.

A historic time trial

It will be the first arrivée not to take place on the Champs-Élysées. It will also be the first time since 1989 that the Tour de France will conclude with a time trial.

A digital, panoramic visualisation of the route has been revealed by Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi. Starting in Port Hercules, riders will explore the extremities of the Principality’s borders, heading out to the Larvotto before turning back towards Monte-Carlo.

Riders will then make the steep climb up through Beausoleil and quickly reach 480m of altitude in La Turbie. The climbing won’t stop there. Following the Haute Corniche, the riders will then tackle Col d’Èze (508m) before descending onto the Moyen-Corniche. 

A traditional cobblestone finish

The final stages of the time trial will be an exposition of the beauty of Nice. Entering through the Corne d’Or, which will provide a panoramic of the Riviera city, the riders will race around the port and onto the Promenade des Anglais.

Whilst the dénouement of the Tour de France will look starkly different next year, the riders will nonetheless still cross cobblestones, as they do in Paris, when they cross the finish line in Place Masséna.

The time trial format will introduce an element of competitiveness into the final stage where Jonas Vingegaard will be looking to secure a third-successive yellow jersey.

See the route in the post below. Click here if you can’t see the post.

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Photo of Tour de France, Nice 2020 by C. Martino