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 du Haut Var preview

This weekend, February 18th/19th, sees the running of the next French race in the calendar. The 44th edition of the Tour Cycliste Internationale du Haut Var  – to give it its full title – will provide additional racing largely for those who’ve already competed in the GP Marsellaise, Etoile de Besseges and Tour Mediterraneen.

It’s yet another race supported by the local daily newspaper, and sure to be popular with the locals who will flock to watch two-time winner Thomas Voeckler defend his title.
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