Tour de France 2024: single Alpine start and finish earmarked in route reports

Valloire finish on stage four strongly suggests an appointment with the Galibier, while St Jean de Maurienne also included

The Col du Galibier in the 2017 Tour de France
(Image credit: LB / Tim de Waele / Getty Images)

Stage four of the Tour de France will finish at the foot of the Col du Galibier, with stage five beginning the next day in Saint Jean de Maurienne, just down the road, reports France Bleu.

These, says the French outlet, are the only start and finish towns located in the Alps this year – adding that there will be no visit to the Haute Savoie as there was this year with finishes in Morzine and St Gervais Mont Blanc.

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