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Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby frenchfighter » Thu Feb 07, 2013 13:28 pm

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/paris-n ... time-trial

http://inrng.com/2013/02/2013-paris-nice-route/

Prologue, 3 non-mountain, then:

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Ending with:
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I was hoping finishing it with a TT was a one off last year. It's a shame imo. I really like the Nice-Nice stage.

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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby The Prodigy » Thu Feb 07, 2013 20:50 pm

You know the season has really begun when you are planning how to get a few afternoons off to watch Paris-Nice.
Always really enjoy this race. We tend to get a good idea about who might make a big impression on the season. Last year the start of BW's magic year. 2011 the first sign TM was going to blitz every TT going. 2010 I will remember for Sagan bursting onto the scene. 2009 for Contador falling apart before our very eyes and losing the race to LLS...I could go on and on.

The cast list looks a little weaker this year but maybe a chance for TVG to put a marker down early in the season in his battle for BMC leadership with Cadel?

Maybe De Gendt or Westra can step up for a big win? Chance for Gesink after he was actice in Mallorca?

If he is racing, I guess Valverde might start as favourite.

Interesting to see if Sky go there with GC hopes, Froome and Wiggins at T-A, means an opportunity for someone to step up.

This race looks like such a great opportunity for someone, looking forward to it. :D

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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby inseine » Thu Feb 07, 2013 20:57 pm

I'll be there for the prologue. Can't wait!

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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby RichN95 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 20:59 pm

frenchfighter wrote:I was hoping finishing it with a TT was a one off last year. It's a shame imo. I really like the Nice-Nice stage.

It's quite traditional though. They had the same TT every year from 1968-1995.
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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby frenchfighter » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:05 pm

Couldn't agree more 'The Prodigy'. Lots of good memories, love this race, looks weak this year. Might be all about TA.
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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby frenchfighter » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:07 pm

RichN95 wrote:
frenchfighter wrote:I was hoping finishing it with a TT was a one off last year. It's a shame imo. I really like the Nice-Nice stage.

It's quite traditional though. They had the same TT every year from 1968-1995.


Interesting, I didn't know that. It was new to me last year.
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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby pat1cp » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:16 pm

frenchfighter wrote:
RichN95 wrote:
frenchfighter wrote:I was hoping finishing it with a TT was a one off last year. It's a shame imo. I really like the Nice-Nice stage.

It's quite traditional though. They had the same TT every year from 1968-1995.


Interesting, I didn't know that. It was new to me last year.


Good article in one of the comics of few years back about Kelly and D'Eze. All his wins finished with a TT up there.

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Postby inkyfingers » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:23 pm

Shame the field this year is looking a bit thin.

Gesink and Valverde surely the faves?
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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby The Prodigy » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:29 pm

Valverde must be favourite I guess, but never quite sure how he will TT.

T-A is stacked this year, I hope that doesn't mean it doesn't make the race to conservative. It looks like being a stronger field than last years TDF!

Inner Ring has Andy S down to start, what odds on another DNF? He could have gone to P-N and actually tried to win a stage race.

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Postby andyp » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:36 pm

The Prodigy wrote:
Inner Ring has Andy S down to start, what odds on another DNF? He could have gone to P-N and actually tried to win a stage race.


Odds are high I think;

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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby frenchfighter » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:47 pm

That is brilliant : )
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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby Richmond Racer » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:52 pm

I bloody love this race. Got the chance of being in Nice for the final weekend - might have to grab it.

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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby frenchfighter » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:55 pm

Young Contador lighting them up in Paris Nice.

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And his first sign for me that he couldn't sprint well.

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Then you have him dancing to the top of Mende solo. I remember thinking that he was nuts not to have leg warmers but then I know he revels in the cold and rain.

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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby ddraver » Thu Feb 07, 2013 21:58 pm

It's one of my favourite moments getting to drop him in that Sufferfest video...;)
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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby frenchfighter » Thu Feb 07, 2013 22:08 pm

This stage though. Panache personified.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... X8SvOZSz9Y

I still can't believe people dislike the guy.
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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby Richmond Racer » Thu Feb 07, 2013 22:09 pm

Amaze.

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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby frenchfighter » Thu Feb 07, 2013 22:21 pm

Worth mentioning this as I am sure a lot of you are not aware of it.

DM: When you watch a race, you want to believe that riders can stay away in a break. That’s what is exciting. It does still happen, like with Contador in the last stage of Paris-Nice [2009]. He’d been humiliated the day before. He got the hunger knock and blew his nuts off. Lost the jersey and was lying third or fourth. Tragedy. I said, ‘Watch Alberto go tomorrow.’ First mountain. Nobody believed me. I said, ‘He will, he will — it’s Alberto.’ First mountain, he went, from the bottom. That’s old school. His team didn’t set him up, he just went. There were still 100km to go. He attacked the whole peloton. And he was still away at the end, four riders.


http://www.cyclesportmag.com/features/d ... interview/
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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby ddraver » Thu Feb 07, 2013 22:25 pm

I told ya, it's on one of the Sufferfests, Angels I think.....
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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby OCDuPalais » Thu Feb 07, 2013 23:43 pm

frenchfighter wrote:Worth mentioning this as I am sure a lot of you are not aware of it.

DM: When you watch a race..


http://www.cyclesportmag.com/features/d ... interview/


Great article in terms of talking about the things that capture the heart of the life-long cycling fan: but do you not dwell on the fact that it's 2 confessed dopers talking about another sanctioned rider who, despite his brilliant racing style and TC* credentials, straddled an age where, chat about "class" and "style" is rendered empty because they took the decision to join the "moral broom-wagon"? You want "class"? Check out Pantani in full cry, or Ullrich on Arcalis ('97)... I still deal with that acidic post-chunder taste because of all that.

That might be about to happen again with Fabian and could well happen again with Bertie: I hope you've developed an acid-proof oesophagus...



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Re: Paris Nice 2013 route announced

Postby Dave_1 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 04:46 am

I like the Col D'eze time trial. 9.6km..can compare times going back 40 years on that hill..used to be 10km in 1980s but number crunchers can have fun


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