Paris-Nice announces 2019 route and 23 participating teams
Jan 10 2019 04:11 am CET

Paris-Nice announces 2019 route and 23 participating teams
Paris-Nice announces 2019 route and 23 participating teams
Paris-Nice

Paris-Nice has announced its 2019 route, which will include the Turini Pass for the first time in its history. The race has also announced five wildcards for the French professional continental teams.

The Col de Turini will be the star of the penultimate stage of the race. This day, the riders will face a 15-kilometre climb that reaches a gradient of 7.3 per cent, and that had already been included in the 1948, 1950 and 1973 editions of the Tour de France.

The also known as the Race to the Sun will have another key moment at the fifth stage, which will feature a 25.5-kilometre individual time trial around Barbentane. The last day will have the known finish in Nice, in which Movistar's Marc Soler claimed the final victory in 2018.

The 77th edition of the French race will count on the presence of some of the biggest names of the current peloton like Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Romain Bardet, Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal).

Five French teams had gotten the wildcards for the race, which will allow them to start along the 18 WorldTour teams. The race will have an unusual peloton of 23 teams, which follows the rules of the UCI that allows the organisers of races to have 175 riders and up to 25 teams.

Invited teams for the 2019 Paris-Nice:

Cofidis, Solutions Credits
Delko Marseille Provence
Direct Energie
Team Arkea-Samsic
Vital Concept-B&B Hotels
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