Sunday March 10th, 2013

Stage 7Nice / Col d'Éze

Start 13h40 GMT 2+

Porte, an Australian at home in Nice

Richie Porte became the first Australian to win Paris-Nice when he sealed victory in the final time trial on Col d'Eze on Sunday. The 28-year-old Tasmanian clocked 19:16 to emulate his Team Sky leader Bradley Wiggins, who achieved the same double last year. It was an even more emotional day for Porte as he usually serves as a luxury domestique for his leaders but above all because it was earned on his training roads as he lives in Monaco.
At the top, the Montagne de Lure stage winner narrowly missed beating Wiggins's record for four seconds but crushed the rest of the field. Andrew...

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Nice

A year ago, the time trial of the Col d'Eze made a notable comeback on the Paris-Nice route after a ten-year absence. Following suit with the great champions-Eddy Merckx, Raymond Poulidor, Sean Kelly and Miguel Indurain – who won the race at the top of this legendary pass, another renowned rider, Bradley Wiggins added his name to the list of winners of this very demanding ascent. From then on, the talent of the British rider was obvious to everyone, to the extent that a few months after his overall victory in the Race to the Sun, he won the Tour de France for the first time and the time-trial at the London Olympics.

The challenging ascent of the Col d'Eze (a gradient of up to 8.5%) contrasts with the charm of Eze, a calm village with 2,700 inhabitants located 10km from Nice. Its lush vegetation inspired the German philosopher and poet Friedrich Nietzsche, who stayed there several times at the end of the 19th century. With a difference in height of 700 metres from to its lowest to its highest point, spread over 3 cliffs, Eze majestically overlooks the Mediterranean and perfectly represents the term “riviera”: “a place where the mountain plunges into the sea”.

Cycling has been perfectly at home in this exceptional setting in the heart of Nice Côte d'Azur for a long time, to the extent that it has become a tradition. In 2013, France's leading urban area will give cycling pride of place by playing host to the 4th stage of the 100th Tour de France in Nice, the French MTB Championships and the 7th Jeux de la Francophonie (French Speakers' Games), which will feature road cycling for the first time. All of these unmissable events reflect Nice Côte d'Azur's desire to establish itself as a major sporting conurbation, which will become reality in the summer of 2013, with the opening of the Allianz Riviera, one of the first eco-stadiums in the world.

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Quai Rauba Capeu - © Ville de Nice - Thomas Dalmasso Quai Rauba Capeu - © Ville de Nice - Thomas Dalmasso
 

Col d'Éze

A year ago, the time trial of the Col d'Eze made a notable comeback on the Paris-Nice route after a ten-year absence. Following suit with the great champions-Eddy Merckx, Raymond Poulidor, Sean Kelly and Miguel Indurain – who won the race at the top of this legendary pass, another renowned rider, Bradley Wiggins added his name to the list of winners of this very demanding ascent. From then on, the talent of the British rider was obvious to everyone, to the extent that a few months after his overall victory in the Race to the Sun, he won the Tour de France for the first time and the time-trial at the London Olympics.

The challenging ascent of the Col d'Eze (a gradient of up to 8.5%) contrasts with the charm of Eze, a calm village with 2,700 inhabitants located 10km from Nice. Its lush vegetation inspired the German philosopher and poet Friedrich Nietzsche, who stayed there several times at the end of the 19th century. With a difference in height of 700 metres from to its lowest to its highest point, spread over 3 cliffs, Eze majestically overlooks the Mediterranean and perfectly represents the term “riviera”: “a place where the mountain plunges into the sea”.

Cycling has been perfectly at home in this exceptional setting in the heart of Nice Côte d'Azur for a long time, to the extent that it has become a tradition. In 2013, France's leading urban area will give cycling pride of place by playing host to the 4th stage of the 100th Tour de France in Nice, the French MTB Championships and the 7th Jeux de la Francophonie (French Speakers' Games), which will feature road cycling for the first time. All of these unmissable events reflect Nice Côte d'Azur's desire to establish itself as a major sporting conurbation, which will become reality in the summer of 2013, with the opening of the Allianz Riviera, one of the first eco-stadiums in the world.

Web sites

Eze, where the mountain plunges into the sea - © Eric BOIZET Eze, where the mountain plunges into the sea - © Eric BOIZET
 

Jersey wearers after the stage 7

Classifications after the stage 7

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