Paris-Nice 2022 route unveiled: demanding and hilly course awaits riders

One of the first major stage race titles of the 2022 season

The peloton on stage six of the 2017 edition of Paris-Nice.
(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Full details of the updated 2022 Paris-Nice route have been published and it includes some appetising highlights. 

The 2022 edition will include a climb that was used in the 2019 race, the Turini Pass, which saw Dani Martínez triumphant at the top, and Egan Bernal win overall. 

Last year's race was an absolute thriller, with Bora-Hansgrohe's Max Schachmann taking advantage of Primož Roglič's misfortune on the final stage to take the yellow jersey in Nice. The Slovakian looked to have control of the race, with three stage wins, but crashes on the final day ruined it all.

Paris-Nice, now in its 80th year, runs from March 6 to March 13 and features three key stages for the general classification – midweek time-trial of 13.4km, a hilly stage five which features 3,350m of climbing and three first-category climbs, and the Turini Pass on the penultimate day.

The race opens in the northern Yvelines department in France for the 13th consecutive year with Mantes-la-Ville taking over from Saint-Cyr-l'École, who hosted stage one last year.

In the early stages, the famed crosswinds could be decisive as they were in 2020 and 2019 with the race going from Auffargis to Orléans on stage two, and from Vierzon to Dun-le-Palestel on stage three. These stages across the plains of the Parisian Basin, the Beauce and this year Indre and Creuse could be crucial to the final classification. Stage three will conclude with a hilly circuit.

Stage four will be a significant moment in the overall race, as riders will tackle a short 13.4km between Domerat and Montlucon, which features steep gradients.

Stage five will see more climbing with 3,350 vertical metres. The peloton will face the Croix de Chaubouret (9.8km at 6.6%), the Cote de Saint-Romain-de-Lerps (6.5 km at 7.3%) and the Col de la Mure (7.6km at 8.3%)

The riders will tackle the longest stage of the race between Courthezon and Aubagne, just outside Marseille, on stage six. There is 2,900 metres of elevation and the ascent of the tricky Espigoulier pass during the 213.6km of racing.

The penultimate stage will see the race go up the Turini Pass (14.9km at 7.3%). With only one other climb on that day's profile, everything will be focused on the ascent of the Turini.

The final stage will hopefully see the peloton return to the Promenade des Anglais on the seafront in Nice for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. On the way, riders will face the Col d’Eze, Paris-Nice's famous final climb. In a twist, the hill will be ridden up a different way, taking the gradient from 6.1% to 7.6%.

Paris-Nice 2022: Stage-by-stage

Paris-Nice 2022 route

Paris-Nice 2022 route (Picture by Paris-Nice/ASO)

(Image credit: ASO)

Stage 1: Mantes-la-Ville - Mantes-la-Ville, 159.8km
Stage 2: Auffargis - Orléans, 159.2km
Stage 3: Vierzon - Dun-le-Palestel, 190.8 km
Stage 4: Domérat - Montluçon, 13.4km (time-trial)
Stage 5: Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert - Saint-Sauveur-de-Montagut, 188.8km
Stage 6: Courthézon - Aubagne, 213.6km
Stage 7: Nice - Col de Turini La Bollène-Vésubie, 155.4 km
Stage 8: Nice - Nice, 115.6km

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