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Paris-Nice route revealed, with race's highest ever summit finish

Josh Cunningham
3 Jan 2017

1,678m summit finish on the Col de la Couillole on penultimate stage

The route for the 2017 edition of Paris-Nice has been revealed by organisers ASO, and on reflection there's every chance that it will be a climbing specialist that will be the victor. 

The race is due to start on the 5th March with a 148.5km circuit race around Boid-d'Arcy, south west of Paris, which will likely end in a bunch sprint. A series of flatter stages, which could suit either a breakaway or more bunch sprints, will follow, before the first real GC test of a 14.5km mountain time trial on Mont Brouilly. The same climb was due to feature in the 2016 as part of a road stage, but was ultimately left unchallenged on account of the stage being cancelled by bad weather. 

After the TT its another likely sprint stage, before the Col de la Couillole summit finish on stage 7 and then the customary inclusion of the Col d'Èze on the final stage around Nice. The traditional finish on Promenade des Anglais has been moved in respect of a memorial period, so the finish will be on the Quai des États-Unis.

Stages

Sunday 5th March, 1st stage : Bois-d’Arcy > Bois-d’Arcy, 148,5 km

Monday 6th March, 2nd stage : Rochefort-en-Yvelines > Amilly, 192,5 km

Tuesday 7th March, 3rd stage : Chablis > Chalon-sur-Saône, 190 km

Wednesday 8th March, 4th stage : Beaujeu >Mont-Brouilly, 14,5 km (ITT)

Thursday 9th March, 5th stage : Quincié-en-Beaujolais > Bourg-de-Péage, 199,5 km

Friday 10th March, 6th stage : Aubagne > Fayence, 192 km

Saturday 11th March, 7th stage : Nice > Col de la Couillole, 177 km

Sunday 12th March, 8th stage : Nice > Nice, 115,5 km

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