Paris-Nice preview

This World Tour event is known as the ‘Race to the Sun’ because the race leaves the cold wintry climes of Paris and heads south towards the traditionally warmer weather of the Cote d’Azur to finish in Nice.

The parcours for this year’s eight-stage Paris-Nice is bookended by two individual time trials. The race will be dipping a toe into cycling history with a start in the footsteps of the now defunct Grand Prix des Nations and a nail-biting climax on Col d’Eze where riders such as Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and Miguel Indurain have sealed their Paris-Nice victories in years gone by. Continue reading

Tour Mediterraneen preview

It’s on, it’s off, it’s back on again. Yes, it’s the Tour Mediterraneen which was in danger of turning into a pantomime for its 39th edition. It’s the next French stage race following on from the weather-hit L’Etoile de Besseges. This time the racing takes place further east, in the Var, the Vaucluse and Bouches du Rhone. It starts on Thursday and finishes (again) on Mont Faron on Sunday. As you can see from the event poster, it’s supported by the local daily newspapers – the Nice and Var Matins. Please note, however, that the race starts on Thursday 9th February and not the day before.

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