Tour de France 2013 team time trial in Nice

First stage on the mainland after Corsica start

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

Following the start of the Tour de France 2013 on the island of Corsica, the race will head to Nice on the mainland, for a team time trial. The city has a long association with cycling, not only with the Tour but also with its “own” race, Paris-Nice.

The Tour will open with three stages on the island, from June 29 to July 1. From there, the peloton will return to the mainland, heading to Nice on the Mediterranean coast. Stage four,a team time trial whose length has not yet been announced, will finish on the seaside, at the Promenade des Anglais.  The next stage will start from Cagnes-sur-Mer, which is in the urban Nice area.

Nice  has hosted the race a total of 35 times. It is also noted for being the end point of The Race to the Sun, as Paris-Nice is also known. That race will be held in 2013 for the 70th time.

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