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Paris-Nice routes changed for final two stages due to Covid lockdown

Organiser forced to re-plan Stages 7 and 8 after Nice was placed under coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Chris Auld

Will Strickson
12 Mar 2021

Paris-Nice's reorganised routes for the final two stages have been revealed. The race's organiser was forced to rethink the end of this year's race after Nice went into lockdown, with local authorities wanting to leave the Promenade des Anglais open for locals to exercise. 

It's the second time the race has been forced to change after last year's edition had to be shortened to seven stages.

Stage 7, on Saturday 13th March, will still conclude with the summit finish at Valdeblore la Colmiane but the start has been moved to Le Broc, just north of Nice. It has also been shortened to 119.2km.

Stage 8, on Sunday 14th March, will loop around the area around Nice, starting at Le Plan Du Var and finishing in Levens. This comes to just 92.7km.

Primoz Roglic currently leads the race and doesn't look like letting it go having just taken his second stage win on Stage 6, earning another 10 second bonus.

He leads Bora-Hansgrohe's Max Schachmann, last year's winner, by 41 seconds going into that re-routed Stage 7, with Ion Izaguirre of Astana-Premier Tech a further nine seconds back.

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