Full details of the 2020 Paris-Nice route have been published and it includes some appetising highlights.
The 2020 edition will include a climb that is also in the Tour de France route, which means we could see some big names attracted to the early season stage race.
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Last year’s edition was an absolute thriller, as Team Ineos smashed the race to pieces in the early crosswinds and Egan Bernal emerged victorious.
Paris-Nice, now in its 78th year, runs from March 8 to March 15 and features two key stages for the general classification – a 15km time trial and the Col de la Colmiane which will also feature on stage two of the 2020 Tour de France.
The race opens in the northern Yvelines department in France for the 11th consecutive year with Plaisir hosting the event for the first time for the opening stage.
In the early stages, the famed crosswinds could be decisive as they were in 2019 with the race passing through. Chalette-sur-Loing and La Châtre.
Stage four will be a significant moment in the overall race, as riders will tackle a short 15.1km time trial stage around Saint-Amand-Montrond.
After stages finishing in La Côte-Saint-André and Apt, the Queen Stage falls on stage seven, from Nice to Valdeblore La Colmiane.
The Colmiane appeared in the race in 2018, as Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took victory on the 16.3km and 6.3 per cent average gradient climb. It’s inclusion in the 2020 Tour make result in some star names making an appearance in France in March.
Finally, the race will close out with the traditional stage starting and finishing in Nice.
Check below for all the stage profiles of Paris-Nice 2020.
Paris-Nice 2020: Stage-by-stage
Stage one: Plaisir to Plaisir (154km)
Stage two: Chevreuse to Chalette-sur-Loing (166.5km)
Stage three: Chalette-Sur-Loing to La Châtre (212.5km)
Stage four: Saint-Amand-Montrond to Saint-Amand-Montrond (15.km, individual time trial)
Stage five: Gannat to La Côte-Saint-André (227km)
Stage six: Sorgues to Apt (160.5km)
Stage seven: Nice to Valdeblore La Colmiane (166.5km)
Stage eight: Nice to Nice (113.5km)