Paris-Nice 2017 queen stage 'too hard' and 'unnecessary'

Team bosses question the need for a 177km mountain stage with a 16km summit finish so early in the season

However the sun appeared as the race made its way south, with Team Sky's Sergio Henao taking overall victory

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

After being battered by crosswinds on the opening two stages, the riders of Paris-Nice 2017 could have been forgiven for looking forward to three final days in the sun in the south of France.

However a three tough final stages included no fewer than five categorised climbs, with Saturday's queen stage including a summit finish atop the 16km Col de la Couillole at the end of 177km in the saddle.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.