Gallery: A beautifully Italian start to the Tour de France

The first four stages of the 2024 Tour, as captured by the best photographers in the business.

Matt de Neef
by Matt de Neef 03.07.2024 Photography by
Gruber Images, Kristof Ramon & Cor Vos
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While the Tour de France has previously started in a bunch of countries that aren’t France, somehow, before this year, it had never started in Italy. With the exception of a brief visit to San Marino on stage 1, the entirety of the first three days of this year’s Tour were held in Italy. Stage 4 started in Italy too, before the race finally made its way into France, en route to a rendezvous with the legendary Col du Galibier.

As you’d expect, the Italian leg of this year’s Tour offered a great combination of large crowds and beautiful scenery. And so, as the race begins its trek through France proper, let’s take a moment to look back at the first four days of racing, as Italy (and the Galibier) set the stage for the 17 days that follow.

The photos that you see below come courtesy of Ashley and Jered Gruber and Kristof Ramon, with a couple of images from Cor Vos thrown in as well. Enjoy!

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