Tour de France Forced to Navigate the Paris Olympics, Too

July 7, 2024

As the 173 remaining riders transition from Troyes to Orléans, where the action will pick back up Tuesday, the Tour de France is about 75 miles outside of Paris. That’s the closest it will get to the French capital in an unprecedented departure from tradition this year. For the first time in the history of the race, it won’t finish in Paris.

Due to the Paris Olympics, which begin on July 26, five days after the Tour de France ends on July 21, race organizers had to drastically alter the 2,173-mile route this year. Since 1975, the photo finish has come along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, where city tourists routinely gather around the Arc de Triomphe and shop at luxury boutiques. FOS