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by Mark Zalewski
January 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Ewan, Allen victorious on stage 3 of the Bay Crits; Scandolara, Bibby win overall; Clearing obstacles: Kaitie Antonneau’s journey from depression to self-acceptance; Thomas Dekker’s former manager alleges extortion in lawsuit; Belgian cyclocross championship course controversy; Niels Albert responds sharply to course modification furor; Laurens Sweeck questionable for Belgian championships; Talansky breaks thumb in training crash; Porte to headline BMC’s Tour Down Under squad; Paris-Nice unveils 2017 course; Wiggins joins winter sports-based reality TV show; Dutch cycling beer coming to Tour Down Under; Video: Aqua Blue Sport Pro Cycling; Jens Voigt ‘Everests’ Teufelsberg Hill for charity.
The 75th edition of Paris–Nice will set a new altitude record with a summit finish on the Col de la Couillole (1,678 m) for the penultimate queen stage, while Mont Brouilly, which had to be taken out of the route in 2016 due to bad weather, is back as the centrepiece of the 14.5 km individual time trial.
The racing begins on Sunday, March 5 in Bois-d’Arcy with a 145km loop, and two more flat stages that will all likely end in a sprint, save for any windy stages that cause echelons. The time trial comes on Wednesday and will set the table for the climbing stages on Friday and Saturday.
Friday’s stage is a long 192km route from Aubagne to Fayence, followed the next day with a tough 177km stage from Nice to the Col de la Couillole. The final climb is nearly 16 kilometres long and comes after 60 km of climbing that includes the Col de Saint-Martin.
The traditional finish in Nice on Sunday, March 8 will feature the Col d’Èze. If the GC battle is close it could play a role deciding the winner.
The finish line for the final stage has been moved due to construction of a memorial for the victims of the 2016 Nice terrorist attack.