Paris-Nice 2014 Route stage 7: Mougins - Biot Sophia Antipolis

Paris Nice stage BiotSaturday, March 15th - Mountains in store between Mougins and Biot Sophia Antipolis. The ride of 195.5 kms contains 5 categorized cols and numerous uncategorized hills, including the final 1.5 km climb to the finish line in Biot Sophia Antipolis. (Slideshow route/profile)

The final climb has an average of 5.9% and will be climbed 3 times, as the stage ends with 3 laps of a 19 km local circuit . This is not the only point the route will become for familiar. After 131 kilometers, at the end of the last categorized col of the day, Cote Gourdon, the riders will be at the exact same spot they were some 50 kms previously when they headed for the the top of Col de l’Ecre, the highest point of the day at an altitude of 1.119 meter. This time around they’ll call it a day at 746 altimeters as the road goes down and the riders head for the medieval village of Valbonne in the valley.  The circuit starts around 3 kms later.

The final kms of the stage are an exact copy of the 7th stage in the 2011 edition of Paris-Nice. Rémy Di Grégorio from France won that day, edging out fellow climbers Samuel Sanchez and Rigoberto Uran.

The arrival town of Biot is located between Antibes and Valbonne and not far from Nice Airport. It is situated on top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean. Nearby is Sophia Antipolis, which is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of France.

The stage starts at 11:50 (CET) and finishes around 16:35.

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