Highest Col in Europe Returns to Tour de France as Organizers Reveal a Never Seen Layout for the 2024 Edition

Published 08/24/2023, 5:43 AM EDT

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If you are a cycling enthusiast, then Tour de France would definitely be top of your interest list. Now here comes a juicy scoop that’s bound to get your heart racing. Get ready to witness the awe-inspiring return of Col de la Bonette, the highest col in all of Europe, in the highly anticipated Tour de France 2024!

Imagine the beautiful roads of France basking in the sun, while the wind softly carries stories of the past. The excited crowd cheers on as brave cyclists take on a thrilling challenge. Every summer, we eagerly await news about the Tour de France route. But this time, there’s an exciting twist that will leave you amazed.

Unveiling the alpine gem: A grand return to Col de la Bonette


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After an intense race that kept us on the edge of our seats, preparations are already underway for this year’s event. And guess what? The highlight of the show is the majestic return of Col de la Bonette, a towering 2800 tall meters mountain. This mountain is full of history and tough challenges, making it a true spectacle to behold.


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In 2008, a famous cyclist Carlos Sastre did something amazing by riding up Alpe d’Huez. Col de la Bonette, which is really important this time, saw the group of cyclists called the peloton work hard in that same year. But this time, they will climb it from a different side. So, it’s like a new adventure.

With the peloton tackling this monumental challenge from the north, the ascent promises to be a true test of their mettle. Cast your mind back to 1993, a year that saw the peloton conquer the Isola 2000 ski resort ascent. And now, the whispers of 2024’s route suggest a stage that encompasses the classic Col de Vars and the grand return of the Bonette climb, all set against the backdrop of Italy’s embrace.

Elevation, euphoria, and everything else that sets apart Tour de France 2024

Tour de France 2024 is almost a year away but we can’t hold our excitement. The curtain rises in Embrun, a classic starting point for numerous mountain stages over the years. In a stage that spans just over 140 kilometers, the riders are in for a rollercoaster of emotions as they will tackle more than 4,000 elevation meters.


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The map unfolds, leading the journey from Italy’s Florence and crossing borders through Sestrieres, Montgenevre, and the highest city in Europe – Briançon, a true haven for alpine cyclists. While the challenge is undoubtedly formidable, the whispers hint that this might not be the toughest test on the route.

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With the finishing line set in Nice, a departure from the traditional Parisian finale, the Tour is embracing change. But don’t fret; while the finish line might change, the essence remains. While famous names like Alpe d’Huez and Galibier might not be in the spotlight this time, Col de la Bonette takes center stage. And hence, we will witness the new challenges of cycling in the Alpes-Maritimes region.


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As we gear up for the epic return of Col de la Bonette and the exhilarating Tour de France 2024, we’re left with a question that transcends the finish line. What’s your prediction for the ultimate champion of this breathtaking edition? Will it be a seasoned veteran or a rising star? Get your gears turning, and let’s share our passion for cycling!

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Kumar Rohan


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