40 years young, RadioShack-Nissan’s Chris Horner assumed the overall lead today (Saturday) after the first of back-to-back mountain stages as Tirreno-Adriatico reaches the business end of proceedings. He took over the maglia azzurra from Matt Goss, who had led since his GreenEDGE team had swept all before them in the opening team time trial. In between, the Sky pair of Mark Cavendish and Edvald Boasson Hagen had won both sprint stages. Tomorrow’s queen stage is sure to shake up the GC further ahead of Tuesday’s concluding individual time trial.
Col d’Eze looks down on Nice and Monaco from a height of just over 500 metres. It’s close to La Turbie and overlooks the walled village of Eze. It’s a popular destination for both cyclists and ramblers and will be a hive of activity tomorrow (Sunday) as it hosts the finale of Paris-Nice. Which, with a nod to its past, has this year reintroduced the final 9.6km time trial up its slopes.
The Col figures highly in my own cycling history as it was the first real hill I ever climbed and I did so during Paris-Nice 2008. Continue reading