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.