It is Friday the thirteenth – who will get (un)lucky? Possibly a rider with a taste for adventure. As the race from Sorges to Apt in the Provence is likely to see an attacker ride to glory, the inevitable truth is that a number a attackers will be disappointed. After all, just one breakaway rider is going to taste the sweetness of success.
The sixth day of action should be a lively day in Paris-Nice. The first 25 kilometres are flat, but that’s it. On rugged terrain the riders tackle the Côte de Saumane-de-Vaucluse (4.2 kilometres at 5.1%) and Col de Murs (10.4 kilometres at 4.3%). This last climb is a likely place for the breakaway to take shape. The Murs is crested after 50 kilometres in the saddle.
Another option is that the fight for the breakaway keeps raging. A long downhill leads onto the Côte de Gordes (2.3 kilometres at 6.5%) before the riders navigate even more rugged terrain with the Col du Pointu (3.5 kilometres at 5.4%), Côte de Caseneuve (5.1 kilometres at 5.4%) and Côte d’Aribeau (4.5 kilometres at 5.8%) standing out.
Still 13 kilometres to go at the top of the Aribeau. The route descends to a short kick-up in Apt, which also serves as the last intermediate sprint. The finale is a 3 kilometres downhill to the line.
The first thee riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 114.5 and at kilometre 157.5) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Another interesting read: results stage 6 Paris-Nice 2020.
Paris-Nice 2020 stage 6: route, profile, more
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