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What some are saying about Paris-Nice

March 3, 2012

The eight stage 2012 Paris-Nice race starts March 4th.

History

From the A.S.O.’s website about the race: “Albert Lejune, owner of two newspapers Le Petit Journal based in Paris, and Le Petit Niçois based in Nice, created Les Six Jours de la Route in 1933 to establish a link between the two newspapers…The jersey of the leader was azure and gold in colour, evoking the blue of the Mediterranee and the golden sun in Nice.”

INRNG: “Often whole stages have been ridden whilst the snow falls and in 1980 the riders finally had enough of this and protested, organising a peloton strike.”

What some are saying about the race

Bradley Wiggins: “By now most of the riders have got a warm-up race or two in, but those are more low-key: everyone is smiling, and they are there to see how their legs are. Paris-Nice is a serious race. It carries a lot of World Tour points, and the points you score here help decide the position of your team car in the Classics, which is done through the best rider’s World Tour ranking.”

Cycling Weekly: “The final Col d’Eze time trial returns after an 11-year absence from the event. Over the years, cycling greats Eddy Merckx, Sean Kelly, Raymond Poulidor and Stephen Roche all sealed their wins in Paris-Nice on the climb.” The Col d’Eze is the final stage.

Paris-Nice Col d'Eze profile

Mikkel Condé’s picks for possible winners: “One could argue that the course favors riders like Tony Martin and Bradley Wiggins, but with steep stages finishes like the one on Mende, suddenly Alejandro Valverde becomes the favorite – or what?”

Winners since 2000

2011 Tony MARTIN
2010 Alberto CONTADOR
2009 Luis Leon SANCHEZ
2008 Davide REBELLIN
2007 Alberto CONTADOR
2006 Floyd LANDIS
2005 Bobby JULICH
2004 Jorg JAKSCHE
2003 Alexandre VINOKOUROV
2002 Alexandre VINOKOUROV
2001 Dario FRIGO
2000 Andreas KLÖDEN
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5 Comments
  1. It’s been such a busy week for me and I haven’t been able to keep up. Your blog really helped. I love your writing style and reading your blogs. They are informative!

  2. Sure Frandy’s a minute down but it’s not like TdF dark horses Brajkovic (78), Menchov (86), Basso (90) had great rides parisnice itsearly

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