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(almost) Paris – Nice

Paris-Nice logoThe start of the cycling season in France is marked by the somewhat mis-named Paris-Nice race which runs from 5-12 March 2017 . Mis-named because although it does indeed finish in Nice it does not start in Paris. Each year it pushes off from the outskirts of the capital – in 2014 from Mantes-la-Jolie (78 Yvelines, Ile de France)

It is also known as the “Race to the Sun” and extends over 1200 km in the week.

The 2017 route includesParis Nice Cycle Race route 2017

  • Chablis (89 Yonne, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)
  • Chalon-sur-Saône
  • Beaujolais
  • Aubagne  (13 Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence)
  • Fayence
  • Nice (05 Alpes-Maritimes, Provence) where the race finishes on the Promenade des Anglais.


Even if you are not a cycling fan, the race and its paraphernalia is quite a spectacle and will pass through some glorious countryside. although he won this race in 2012, Sir Bradley Wiggins had a different programme of racing in 2013 and he  was not part of the Team Sky professional cycling team for this race in 2013!

For more info on the route see

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