Tour de France 2024: Nîmes at the heart of the Grande Boucle adventure with Elsa and Charlotte

Tour de France 2024: Nîmes at the heart of the Grande Boucle adventure with Elsa and Charlotte
Tour de France 2024: Nîmes at the heart of the Grande Boucle adventure with Elsa and Charlotte

On July 16, the 176 riders in the peloton will cross the finish line in Nîmes. Originally from Gard, Elsa Boirie and Charlotte Dourieu will take part in this adventure as protocol hostess and Krys host.

The 2024 Tour de France, which will take place from June 29 to July 21, promises to be a memorable edition, with a highly anticipated passage through the city of Nîmes during the 16th stage, on July 16, starting from Gruissan.

However, the Grande Boucle is not just about the mountain stages and the famous yellow jersey. It is also a complex logistical event, supported by a dedicated and passionate staff. This year, two Gardoises, Elsa Boirie and Charlotte Dourieu, will be part of this great adventure, respectively as protocol hostess and host for the Krys brand.

“My first Tour de France changed the course of my life”

Since 2009, Elsa Boirie has been one of the ten protocol hostesses mobilized each summer. Her role, demanding and meticulous, begins early each morning at the departure village. “We welcome the Krys guests, explain the day’s schedule to them before they take their places in the pre-race area”explains the one who, apart from the month of July, has been a yoga teacher for four years. Upon arrival, she prepares for the award ceremony protocol, “an intense moment” five minutes which crowns the efforts of the runners.

“My first Tour de France changed the course of my life”What motivates the 35-year-old young woman from Gard is above all the human aspect and the dynamism of the event. “Every summer, we get together to spend a month together, it’s become a family.” Then, inevitably, these are also significant memories… “Seeing the finishes, especially during the big mountain stages, where the riders give their all, is always a memorable moment. I think we are very lucky!”

A first “unique” experience

For Charlotte Dourieu, originally from Nîmes, this Tour de France will be a first. She will act as an entertainer for Krys, bringing a touch of dynamism and good humor to the start and finish village. “I don’t know all the details of my role yet, but I know I’ll be handing out goodies and probably doing a few little dances to get the party started.”explains Charlotte. “I do animation with children and I love it, so I’m not stressed.”

Charlotte Dourieu is preparing to discover the magic of the Tour on June 29.
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For this young Nîmes native, studying communications in Marseille, this experience is a real personal adventure. Although she is not a fervent follower of the Tour de France, she shares this passion with her father, a big fan of the competition. “Actively participating in this competition will allow my father to come and see the Tour for the first time”she says enthusiastically. “But my primary motivation is to get out of my comfort zone and fully experience this unique experience.”

Nîmes stopover town

On July 16, the 176 riders in the peloton (or what’s left of them) will cross the finish line at the Sept Collines shopping center. “I’m always happy to see the roads closed at home, it allows me to rediscover my region differently, from a different angle”smiles Elsa, for whom this 2024 edition “will most certainly be the last.”

For her part, Charlotte is counting on her lucky charm, a pair of clover socks, to accompany her during this adventure. “My uncle lives in Ireland and my parents brought me this pair several years ago. I often wear them for my exams and they will be with me in July for the Tour de France.” And of course, on June 16, she hopes to see a Frenchman raise his arms on Salvador-Allende Boulevard, in her city.

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