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Paris-Nice route rejigged, Gaviria chasing early success: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 10, 2018

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Paris-Nice route-rejigging sets up major final battle

by Shane Stokes

The route of Paris-Nice was unveiled on Tuesday and, thanks to a summit finish plus a rejigged finale, the organisers believe that the final outcome will be kept in question right until the end.

Beginning with a stage suited to explosive riders on March 4, running from Chatou to Meudon, stages two and three head to Vierzon and Châtel-Guyon and should finish in bunch sprints. An important 18.4 kilometre time trial to Saint-Étienne will then follow on day four. Breakaways will try their luck on stage five to Sisteron, while the final three days will favour the climbers and should see a high number of attacks on whomever is leading the race at the time.

“This time, the first act that will put the climbers to the fore will take place on the stage finishing in Vence, where the pack will arrive in scattered formation, after having ascended the Côte de la Colle-sur-Loup slope 10 km from the finish,” said the organisers in the route announcement.

“The following day, a genuine climbing challenge will face the favourites, who will do battle on the race’s unprecedented final 16-km ascent leading to the La Colmiane resort. Anything could still be possible on the last stage looping around Nice, especially due to the changes made this year for the finish: the climb up the Col d’Eze pass by a different side which will be followed by a short distance of 9 km between the final difficulty, the Col des Quatre Chemins pass, and the finishing line, where every second will count.”

Click through to read an analysis by INRNG.

Paris-Nice 2018

Sunday, March 4th, stage 1: Chatou to Meudon, 135 km
Monday, March 5th, stage 2: Orsonville> Vierzon, 187 km
Tuesday, March 6th, stage 3: Bourges to Châtel-Guyon, 210 km
Wednesday, March 7th, stage 4: La Fouillouse to Saint-Étienne, 18.4 km (individual time trial)
Thursday, March 8th, stage 5: Salon-de-Provence to Sisteron, 163.5 km
Friday, March 9th, stage 6: Sisteron to Vence, 188 km
Saturday, March 10th, stage 7: Nice to Valdeblore La Colmiane, 175 km
Sunday, March 11th, stage 8: Nice to Nice, 110 km

Today’s feature image shows the mud tracks at the GP Sven Nys in Belgium, and was taken by Kristof Ramon.

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