Paris-Nice will celebrate its 75th edition by heading higher than it ever has before, with a summit finish on the Col de la Couillole, at 1,678m, billed as the standout stage on the 2017 route, which was unveiled in Paris. The parcours, which offers opportunities for the sprinters on the first three days before becoming a more GC-oriented affair, also features an uphill time trial on Mont Brouilly, which was set to make its debut this year before heavy snow saw it scrapped.
Edition 74 of Paris-Nice was won by Geraint Thomas after a thrilling last stage. Alberto Contador attacked at the penultimate climb, with 55 kilometres left, and he came close. At the top of the last climb, Col d’Eze, the Spaniard was the virtual leader, but Thomas rose from the dead in a brilliant descent. Eventualy, the Welshman took Paris-Nice 2016 with a 4 seconds lead over Contador. Richie Porte, winner in 2015, finished third
It was revealed that the path of the 2017 edition of Paris-Nice, the transalpine race, scheduled March 5 to 12, will start with a 148.5 km Online fraction (not happened since 2014) Bois d'Arcy , on the outskirts of the capital (the partnership with the Yvelines department was extended for a further four seasons).
The next day begins the transfer to the south with Rochefort en Yvelines-Amilly of 192.5, followed by the Chablis-Chalon sur Saône 190 km. In the fourth day of the appointment will be against the clock, runners will compete in the time trial with uphill arrival (14.5 km from Beaujeau in Mont Brouilly , with the place where the finish line in the last edition, the group should have concluded the third stage, canceled because of snow.
And then the race begins to fall in the fifth stage, the Quincié en Beaujolais-Bourg de Peage 199.5 km. The sixth stage promises to be very important: the 192 km from Aubagne to Fayence provide six gpm including the final tearing of 1300 meters at 9.8%. The village probably decisive will be the seventh, or the Nice- Col de la Couillole of 177 km. Four gpm, three of them first-class; the arrival on the Col de la Couillole, 15.7 km long climb to 7.1% average, represents a historic event as it will be the highest arrival in the history of the test.
The last stage of 115.5 km, sees it as the start and finish Nice and will match, albeit with a different mileage, the exciting final fraction of March, with a lot of ascent to the Col d'Eze .
The traditional finish on the Promenade des Anglais will be moved along the coast to the Quai des Etats-Unis “in respect of the memorial period declared by local authorities” after the terror attack of last July.
One of Spain’s biggest stars and considered the finest pure climber of his generation, Contador told a packed press conference the Tour de France, as usual, is his main target. “I’m hoping for a quiet build-up where I enjoy every race,” The two-time Tour de France winner said, also confirming his participation at the week-long races Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya, and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.