Paris-Nice Stage 8 Preview

March 16, 2014

The final stage of the race but no procession, this is a punch stage via the Col d’Eze before the finish in Nice.

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Paris-Nice Stage 7 Preview

March 15, 2014

In the Tour de France the cliché goes that “you can see Paris” from the top of the last mountain. Riders might not be able to see Nice but they can smell the sea among the perfumed roads around Mougins. A hilly day awaits but beware the flat looking section on the profile as it’s […]

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The 40km Sprint

March 14, 2014

A sprint royale today in Tirreno-Adriatico with Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and André Greipel only IAM Cycling’s Matteo Pelucchi won and Arnaud Démare was second. Still it was an exciting race and if we know Kittel bounced out and bounced his bike, what else happened is relatively unknown. Where did Pelucchi come from? Who led […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 6 Preview

March 14, 2014

The Queen Stage of the race? Perhaps but as Christian Prudhomme’s revolutionary fervour rages royalist pretensions are out and instead of a regal mountaintop finish we get a short wall of a climb. But there’s nothing egalitarian about this finish, it’s highly selective and could well crown the winner.

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Paris-Nice Stage 5 Preview

March 13, 2014

A short stage that head directly south. They’ll cross the finish line once before tackling a second category climb and a descent back to town. If the route looks lumpy, the gradients are soft and the sprinters have their last chance to grab a stage win.

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Tirreno-Adriatico Preview

March 12, 2014

It’s mild in Italy and France right now and the two clashing stages races each share dreamy labels that conjur up the summer, with la course au soleil in France and now la corsa dei due mari, the race of the two seas, hence the giant Neptune trident as the trophy. Starting today this race […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 4 Preview

March 12, 2014

A stage of two halves with a flat start followed by a hilly finish as the race changes terrain abruptly with a finish on roads that read more like a wine menu than a bike race. After some skirmishes and sprints now the race will change with some sharp climbing.

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Roads to Ride: Mont Brouilly

March 11, 2014

When the route for Paris-Nice was announced Mont Brouilly was one of the novelties. Announced with fanfare ASO said this climb had sections at 25%, a fact widely reported by everyone but ride it for real and it’s just not that steep. Here’s a detailed look at the decisive climb for Wednesday’s Paris-Nice stage. There’s […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 3 Preview

March 11, 2014

Another day for the sprinters but the roads get hillier than the profile above suggests before the finish in the Magny-Cours motor racing circuit.

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Paris-Nice, a History of Innovation

March 10, 2014

With Paris-Nice on, time to look back at the race’s history.  Over the years it has welcomed exotic teams, transported riders by air and invented new race rules. Through the race’s history we can trace the evolution of the sport we know today.

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