23 teams will participate in the cycling race which will pass through the Col de la Colmiane

    23 teams will participate in the cycling race which will pass through the Col de la Colmiane

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    Paris-Nice is the first major European stage race of the cycling season. It should take place in March 2021. The organizers presented the course this Wednesday in Versailles. Director François Lemarchand clarified that a tribute would be paid to the victims of the valleys of the Nice metropolis during the race.

    The Paris-Nice is due to start on March 7, 2021 in Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole (Yvelines). The arrival must take place on March 14 in Nice. An individual time trial with a distance limited to 14.4 kilometers is scheduled for the third day in Gien (Loiret) as well as a summit finish in Biot on the eve of the finish in La Colmiane (Alpes-Maritimes ).

    What’s new in 2021

    Two major innovations: first a return to Col de la Colmiane and then an additional team in the peloton which will therefore bring together 23 formations.

    The 4th stage, and it’s also new, will reach the heights of the wine-growing town of Chiroubles, in the Beaujolais mountains. “There will be a double ascent of Mont Brouilly and a final climb of 7.3 kilometers at 6%“, said race director François Lemarchand.

    Who should line up at the start of Paris Nice 2021?

    As all the commitments have not been confirmed, we do not yet know the details of the plateau.
    But the world number one, Slovenian Primoz Roglic, said he was interested. this is also the case for the champion of France Arnaud Démare who will have, like the other sprinters, three great opportunities (Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole, Amilly, Bollène).

    The three French second division teams (Arkea-Samsic, BB Hotels, Total Direct Energie), competing for the two invitations involved to participate in the Tour de France, will be present.
    I wish all three teams are at the start“, confirmed Christian Prudhomme. But, he added about the selection for the Tour,”we will not decide at the end of Paris-Nice “.

    Committed teams

    WorldTour: AG2R Citroën, Astana, Bahrain, BikeExchange, Bora, Cofidis, Deceuninck, DSM, Education First, Groupama-FDJ, Ineos, Intermarché, Israel SN, Jumbo, Lotto, Movistar, Qhubeka, Trek, UAE Emirates Continental Pro: Alpecin ( automatically qualified), Arkea-Samsic, BB Hotels, Total DE

    The course

    March 7: 1st stage Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole (Yvelines) – Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole, 166 km
    March 8: 2nd stage Oinville-sur-Montcient (Yvelines) – Amilly (Loiret), 188 km
    March 9: 3rd stage Gien (Loiret) – Gien, 14.4 km (individual time trial)
    March 10: 4th stage Chalon-sur-Saône (Saône-et-Loire) – Chiroubles (Rhône), 188 km
    March 11: 5th stage Vienne (Isère) – Bollène (Vaucluse), 203 km
    March 12: 6th stage Brignoles (Var) – Biot (Alpes-Maritimes), 202.5 km
    March 13: 7th stage Nice – La Colmiane (Alpes-Maritimes), 166.5 km
    March 14: 8th stage Nice – Nice, 110.5 km

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