Tour de France starts this Saturday from Florence, Italy

The 111th iteration of the Tour de France commences in Florence, Italy on Saturday, 29th June, and concludes in Nice on Sunday, 21st July, encompassing a grueling three-week race.

Throughout the 3,492km (2,170-mile) competition, the riders will face the challenge of seven mountain stages, including traversing the Pyrenees and Alps.

Furthermore, there will be two individual time trials. Notably, this year’s edition marks the return of a race against the clock as the final stage, a feat that has not been seen since 1989. In that memorable year, Greg LeMond claimed victory by a mere eight seconds over Laurent Fignon to secure the coveted yellow jersey.

Moreover, this page will be regularly updated throughout the Tour with the announcement of the stage winner and a concise summary of their performance.

he Tour experiences its first-ever Grand Depart in Italy, with Florence as the chosen host city.

The challenging initial stage presents a demanding route towards Rimini on the Adriatic coastline. It is widely regarded as one of the most difficult opening stages in recent memory, featuring seven categorized ascents and a total of 3,600 meters of climbing. The riders will then face a potentially fast final 25 kilometers to the finish line.

For stage two, the race will traverse the undulating hills of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. The route will pass through Bologna, including the renowned motor racing circuit in Imola. These are the very roads where Julian Alaphilippe secured victory in the 2020 World Championships.

In the gripping finale, the peloton will tackle two climbs up to the sanctuary of San Luca. With a gradient of 10.6%, these ascents spanning 1.9 kilometers are expected to serve as an ideal launching pad for the punchy riders to vie for stage glory.

The Tour concludes outside of Paris for the first time since 1905 due to a clash with the Olympics.

It is also the first occasion since 1989 that the concluding leg of the Tour has not been a processional affair.

With an 8.1km ascent of La Turbie that averages 5.6% and a short, sharp climb of Col d’Eze hardly making things easy, riders and teams will have to contemplate tactics and possible bike switches.

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