This stage cycling race lasts 8 days. It is the first important stage race of the cycling season. These last years, it has been programmed almost simultaneously with Tyrreneo-Adriatico, an other stage race in Italy. Therefore the peloton is divided in two parts.
Since it ends in Nice, it's an annual event.
In 2019 the Maritime Alps will see 2 stages. On saturday the 16th a stage between Nice and the Turini pass, famous because it is a iconic place of the Monte Carlo rallye.
On sunday the 17th, the final stage from Nice to Nice.
With many difficult climbs, these stages are prone to attacks.
The Turini ascent from the Vesubie valley will for sure be spectacular, but you will need to do quite a lot of kilometers to go there from Nice.
The next day, the stage stays within a few kilometers of the city. The Peille slope is traditionnaly the place where decisive attacks for the stage winning and the final victory occur. An other place we advise is the slope between Eze village and the Eze pass, with its high percentages. Go above the tennis club to see the most spectacular part of this slope.
If you want to see the race from Nice without using your car, you can go near the finish line which will be on the Promenade des Anglais near the Albert Ist garden. Or you can see the last ascent of the race, which might be the turning point of the overall standing, placing yourself on the Grande Corniche (Boulevard Bischoffsheim). Walk 1 or 2 km uphill. You'll have a great view on the city and will see the cyclists pass in a steep slope, in full attack mode.
To compete with the best
If you like cycling and you want to compare your fitness with the champions, it's easy. Many times, and again in 2015, the last stage of the race was a time trial on the slopes of the Col d'Eze
Here is the exact itinerary (the most North, with the loop around the Observatory) : a direct climb of almost 10km on the Grande Corniche. The departure was 50m away from the crossroad between St Roch boulevard and Bischoffsheim avenue. You can start your timer at the foot of this avenue, forgetting the extra 50 meters since you may waste time crossing the crossroad. The finish line is still visible on the road, just after the inn.
The 2015 time trial winner was Richie Porte in 20'13". This enabled him to win the race.
Two stages in 2016
See you in 2017, now. The 2016 race got an exceptionnal last stage, animated by the endless and daring attacks of Alberto Contador in the Peille and Eze pass slopes. Unfortunatly for him, the yellow jersey bearer, G. Thomas, managed somehow to limit the damages and eventually won the race by 4 seconds only.
7th stage Nice - la Madonne d'Utelle
On saturday, March the 12th.
Where can you go to see the race?
Here you can discover the exact itinerary. The stage will end with a 15km climb on a narrow road with an average 5%). This road is a dead end, meaning that everyone will use it to leave after the race. You will maybe have to be patient.
8th stage Nice - Nice
The next day, March the 13th the last stage will be a loop. The last climb will be, as usual , the Col d' Eze and then the cyclists will go down to Nice.
Where can you go to see the race?
Here you can discover the exact itinerary. The Peille climb with its winding road and steep slope will be a good place for an attack. The runners will arrive in Nice using the Moyenne Corniche. They will then climb the Grande Corniche to the Col d'Eze before the final descent towards Nice via the Moyenne Corniche again and the finish line near the Albert 1er garden on the Promenade des Anglais.