For the first time in its 120-year history, the 2024 Tour de France will kick off in Italy
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(Reuters) – The Tour de France will start in Italy for the first time in 2024 and the opening three stages will be held there, race organizers said on Wednesday.
Italy gets the honor of hosting the Grand Depart 100 years after Ottavio Bottecchia became the first Italian to win cycling’s most prestigious event.
The Tour will start on June 29, with the opening stage from Florence to Rimini on the Adriatic coast. The second stage will be from Cesenatico to Bologna and the third will start in Piacenza and end in Turin.
The Tour is due to end on July 21, five days before the start of the Olympics.
(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk, editing by Ed Osmond)