Paris-Nice to include Col de Turini for the first time
Mar 05 2019 06:11 am CET

Paris-Nice to include Col de Turini for the first time
Paris-Nice to include Col de Turini for the first time
Paris-Nice

The 2019 edition of the Paris-Nice will include a brand new climb as the finish of the Queen Stage. The Col de Turini pass will be in charge of spicing things up in the French race.

The 77th edition of Paris-Nice will be decided on the 16th of March in the Queen Stage. This stage will have a finish in the Col du Turini, a climb that is known by rally drivers and fans as it is part of the Monte Carlo Rally which opens the World Championships.

"It’s a very irregular climb, with very steep sections and others that are less demanding," said race director François Lemarchand. "It’s also a route with very tight hairpin bends, which makes it so spectacular for the rally. In actual fact, the hardest part at this point of the season is that the riders are not yet used to such long climbs, especially after six days of competition which are set to be intense.

"Will the very best climbers already be able to draw on all of their qualities by that day? You would think so because in general, they undergo increasingly better preparation for races at the start of the season, but nothing can be certain."

Some of the riders that are set to start in the French race have already done the recon of the climb and out of all those that were using Strava, Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic) has set the best time. "It’s important to reconnoitre it," he commented. "I also did the entire approach, because we will have to tackle the Côte de Pélasque slope beforehand and in total there will be 4,600 metres of gradient during the stage.

"It’s a genuine high altitude pass because we’ll be finishing above 1,600 metres. In comparison to previous years, I think it’s harder, for example than La Couillole and harder than La Madone d’Utelle, where I’ve also ridden again recently. It’s irregular, but there aren’t many moments of respite. It’s like a genuine stage from the Tour de France."

The Col de Turini has featured three times in the Tour de France, in 1948, 1950 and 1973.
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