The route is far from flat, but a sprint finish is still a viable option. The obstacles in this test of endurance are relatively easy.
The Côte de Busset (3.4 kilometres at 5.9%) and Côte de Cheval Rigon (5.7 kilometres at 3.9%) are situated in the first 40 kilometres. Leading onto a flat to undulating section of 110 kilometres, these first two uphills are expected to serve as the battle ground for the breakaway to form.
A long descent at shallow gradients makes way for the Côte de Trèves, which is a 3 kilometres climb at 5.2% with its summit at kilometre 167. The Côte de Saint-Prim appears 15 kilometres later. At 8.3% this is the sharpest climb of the day, but it is just 1.4 kilometres long.
Still 44 kilometres to go at the top of the Côte de Saint-Prim. Most of it is a false flat drag uphill. Then Paris-Nice moves through Saint-Julien-de-l’Herms, where the second intermediate sprint is located, and the last 10 kilometres are played out on the flat.
The first thee riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 51 and at kilometre 210) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Another interesting read: results stage 5 Paris-Nice 2020.
Paris-Nice 2020 stage 5: route, profile, more
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