Paris - Nice 10 March - 17 March 2019 77th edition

Thread for Paris - Nice 10 - 17 mars 2019 77th edition

website English athttps://www.paris-nice.fr/en/
website French at https://www.paris-nice.fr/fr/
Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/parisnice

Provisonal startlist athttps://www.procyclingstats.com/race/paris-nice/2019/gc/startlist

Overview of the route http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/paris-nice-2019/preview/
The race begins in the Yvelines department for the 10th year in a row, and the flat opener around Saint-Geramin-en-Laye should give the sprinters an early opportunity. Stages 2 and 3, to Bellegarde and Moulins, respectively, also appear to favour the fast men on first glance, although the flat, exposed terrain means that there is a continuous risk of echelons.

The terrain becomes slightly more rugged on stage 4 from Vichy to Pelussin, with four climbs in the final 60km, including the short but steep Côte de Condrieu. The category 2 Côte de Chavanay, meanwhile, is just 10km from the finish and offers an obvious springboard for late attacks.

The stage 5 time trial around Barbentane will define the state of play ahead of the race’s mountainous finale. The 25.5km test includes a climb to the abbey of St Michel de Frigolet around the mid-point, but will still favour the specialists.

The following day’s stage to Brignoles has a rolling finale that lends itself to attackers before a final weekend that brings the race onto altogether more demanding roads. Stage 7 from Nice to the Col de Turini is 181.5km in length and features six climbs, although the principal focus will be on the final two ascents as the race enters the Alps. The category 1 Côte de Pelasque (5.7km at 6.2%) is followed by the Col de Turini. 14.9km in length at an average gradient of 7.3%, it provides a redoubtable examination at this early point in the season.
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Sunday 10th Stage 1 Saint-Germain-en-Laye - Saint-Germain-en-Laye 138.5 km

Stage 1 starts at 11:30am CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern)
Finish at around 2:53pm CET (9:53am U.S. Eastern)
Live video from 1:00pm CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern)

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https://www.cyclingstage.com/paris-nice-2019/stage-1-route-pn-2019/
The 1st stage of Paric-Nice is an out-and-back race to the west of Paris. Start and finish are in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The predominantly flat route amounts to 138.5 kilometres.
The 2013 edition of Paris-Nice set off in Saint-Germain-en-Laye also, but without returning to the western suburb of Paris. Instead the race led to Nemours, where Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to victory.
The route of the opener of Paris-Nice 2019 runs on rolling roads with two sections standing out. The first KOM points are up for grabs on the Côte de Beynes, a 1.2 kilometres hill with an average slope of 5.2%. The Beynes is crested after 20.5 kilometres.
The other KOM climb is situated in the last 30 kilometres of the race. The Côte de Beule climbs for 2.8 kilometres at 5.2% before it peaks out with 26.5 kilometres remaining. The route continues as before on flat to rolling roads and the finale is pepped up with an intermediate sprint on a false flat 3 kilometres before the finish.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprints (at kilometre 119.5 and kilometre 135.5 kilometre) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
(Have to double check on the time bonuses - edit - according to the rule book at https://netstorage.lequipe.fr/ASO/cycling_pnc/2019-regulations.pdf there are bonuses)
 
On sunday will be pretty windy but the eight shaped route west of the start/finish location doesn't help, stage 2 and 3 that go from north to south are way better for echelons with westerly wind but on monday there will be less wind and on tuesday will switch to southerly wind so headwind for riders.





 
Scarponi said:
So the epic Col D’Eze stage is gone ?
No it's not, it's just that the profile was deleted or something. It was there when the route was announced. It's a little weird considering it's the same as last year so it shouldn't take much effort to get it out.
 
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What a deep sprinter field, this is nuts! :lol:

Can't wait, Paris-Nice is the first really interesting stage race, and one of the coolest, of the calendar.
 
Sky with Bernal, Sosa, Henao & Kwia - part of the Giro team? Be interesting to see how it goes.

Also, FDJ's Madouas on stage 4 & 6 could be one to watch. For the guy's self-confidence, I hope Aru hangs in there with the hot shots.
 
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MatParker117 said:
Velolover2 said:
Stage 1: Kristoff
Stage 2: Kittel
Stage 3: Kittel
Stage 4: Matthews
Stage 5 (ITT): Matthews
Stage 6: Trentin
Stage 7: Bernal
Stage 8: Zakarin
With Jungels and Kwaitkowski at the race?
Jungels is good against the clock but a bit overrated as a time trialist. I see him more as a pure all-rounder.

Kwai could be a candidate for the stage. Maybe even a better one than Matthews due to the length of the time trial. But if it was a 15 km ITT, I'd still go with Matthews.
 
Stage 1
1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 03:17:35
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
3 Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
4 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
5 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
6 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
7 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 00:00:01
8 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 00:00:01
9 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel 00:00:01
10 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Direct Energie 00:00:01


GC
1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 03:17:25
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 00:00:04
3 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 00:00:05
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 00:00:05
5 Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep 00:00:06
6 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky 00:00:09
7 Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 00:00:09
8 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:00:10
9 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo 00:00:10
10 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott 00:00:10
 
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Koronin said:
Yet another race where Movistar appears to have no clue what it's doing.
Quintana was in the front ten the whole day. Pretty damn impressive. He didn't win the Colombian battle of being the best cross-winds rider (Bernal was incredible) but he did better than you would have thought him capable of.

Of course they tried to also get Soler up there but he had an accident just before the cross-winds.

I don't really know what they should have done differently.
 
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Koronin said:
Yet another race where Movistar appears to have no clue what it's doing.
That's a bit harsh; they managed to get Quintana to finish in the front group on a stage with echelons and big splits. That's probably their biggest tactical triumph for years.
 
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tobydawq said:
Koronin said:
Yet another race where Movistar appears to have no clue what it's doing.
Quintana was in the front ten the whole day. Pretty damn impressive. He didn't win the Colombian battle of being the best cross-winds rider (Bernal was incredible) but he did better than you would have thought him capable of.

Of course they tried to also get Soler up there but he had an accident just before the cross-winds.

I don't really know what they should have done differently.
They should have had at least 2 members of team trying to help Soler, which it didn't appear they did. Also it does NOT appear Soler was the race leader going into this race which he should have been by virtue of having won last year.

DFA123 said:
[quote="Koronin":3er6xiio]Yet another race where Movistar appears to have no clue what it's doing.
That's a bit harsh; they managed to get Quintana to finish in the front group on a stage with echelons and big splits. That's probably their biggest tactical triumph for years.[/quote]

They couldn't get Soler BACK to that group which is a HUGE mistake on their part.
 

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