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Tour de France Tour de France 2024 route rumours and announcements

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In a way, I feel next year's Tour is a return to a traditional tour in some ways.
We have less GC relevant stages and I think that will be a good thing. With less opportunities for attacking, we can almost pinpoint the stages in which there will be action.

In the last two editions there were 10+ stages with anticipated action but often these stages ended up as a damp squib.
 
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So I (with family) will be in Italy/France for stage 3 and 4, and I have questions, particularly for veteran race-goers.

Stage 3:
Is the route for the finish into Turin available anywhere? I would like to be able to book a hotel where we can just walk to somewhere to see the route. Not overly fussed on being at the finish itself, just where we can get a decent vantage point, see the peloton flash by, and the kids can see the caravan.

Stage 4
How far up the Galibier is it reasonable to think we can get in a car, with 3 small kids (ages 5-9), before the road gets closed? How early should we expect to have to get up there?

My (vague) plan is;
30 June - Check into hotel in Turin
1 July - See a bit of Turin in the morning, watch stage in afternoon. Back to hotel, drive up to (eg) Briancon, stay in campsite.
2 July - Drive about halfway up Galibier, find a good spot with a fun crowd
3 July - check out of campsite and go visit friends in Switzerland.

What am I getting COMPLETELY WRONG so far?
 
View: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8p2jdh


Matches how it's been traced on Flamme Rouge.

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A previous presentation of the stage had the finish elsewhere, but this is the official finish.

La corsa passerà da Stupinigi, per poi entrare in città da corso Unione Sovietica e snodarsi su corso Lepanto fino a corso Galileo Ferraris dove i corridori taglieranno il traguardo in prossimità del Pala Alpitour.
 
So I (with family) will be in Italy/France for stage 3 and 4, and I have questions, particularly for veteran race-goers.

Stage 3:
Is the route for the finish into Turin available anywhere? I would like to be able to book a hotel where we can just walk to somewhere to see the route. Not overly fussed on being at the finish itself, just where we can get a decent vantage point, see the peloton flash by, and the kids can see the caravan.

Stage 4
How far up the Galibier is it reasonable to think we can get in a car, with 3 small kids (ages 5-9), before the road gets closed? How early should we expect to have to get up there?

My (vague) plan is;
30 June - Check into hotel in Turin
1 July - See a bit of Turin in the morning, watch stage in afternoon. Back to hotel, drive up to (eg) Briancon, stay in campsite.
2 July - Drive about halfway up Galibier, find a good spot with a fun crowd
3 July - check out of campsite and go visit friends in Switzerland.

What am I getting COMPLETELY WRONG so far?
When Tour stages have a summit finish at a col or mtn village, they often close the road to cars the night before. But the Galibier is very long so maybe you’ll be able to drive part way up —but I would not count on it. Someone else here may be familiar with what the situation on Galibier has been in the past,
 
It's 2024 and ASO still won't do any of the following:
- upload profiles and maps in a decent resolution
- upload detailed maps/profiles for the finish anywhere else than the roadbook
- make climb/finish profiles that aren't worse than what RCS was putting out 20 years ago

Also, the extent to which they're squeezing as many village names as possible onto the profiles (presumably for some extra cash) has become ridiculous. Just look at this monstrosity...
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Hmm, I don't know why but I somehow expected a bit more positive surprises from these final profiles. Obviously we knew the bigger ones already but I was hoping for more hilly action, e.g. on stage 8. Even the Barcelonette stage is kinda meh.
So all 8 flat stages are proper flat and not even something were you can try to drop sprinters Sagan style.

Gonna be quite a dull after the opening stages until the end of week 2.
 
So we have five big mountain stages, two stages at top end of medium mountain, two other GC relevant mass start stages, two ITTs, eight bunch sprints, one breakaway stage, and the opening stage which will probably be a reduced sprint of some kind.

As opposed to the Giro just gone, the mountain stages are better designed but the flat stages look pretty dire.
 
It looks both front and back loaded which is interesting because you could lose too much time to be in contention for the win if you go in too out of condition but if you go in hot then having to hold it for the final 4 stages that are all highly GC relevant will be a stretch.

That said the middle 2/3rds of the race will be very dull barring the 1st ITT and the gravel stage unless the wind 💨 helps out elsewhere.
 
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It's 2024 and ASO still won't do any of the following:
- upload profiles and maps in a decent resolution
- upload detailed maps/profiles for the finish anywhere else than the roadbook
- make climb/finish profiles that aren't worse than what RCS was putting out 20 years ago

Also, the extent to which they're squeezing as many village names as possible onto the profiles (presumably for some extra cash) has become ridiculous. Just look at this monstrosity...
4757c
The Giro d italia maps and profiles from 2008-10 are better than any of the profiles these days...
Also why isn't the Port de Lers catagororised, even from this side it normally is?