Paris-Nice 2022 Route stage 7: Nice - Col de Turini
Saturday 12 March - The Queen Stage of Paris-Nice finishes on top of the Col de Turini. The finish climb is a 14.9 kilometres toil at 7.3%, while the race totals 155.4 kilometres.
The spectacular Turini Pass featured once before on Paris-Nice. In 2019, early attacker Daniel Felipe Martínez won the stage ahead of Miguel Ángel López. Egan Bernal completed the Colombian party by moving into the overall race lead. He sealed the GC victory the next day.
So the Turini Pass is far from a household name in Paris-Nice, possibly because of the elevation (1,607 metres). The high mountains easily turn into a grim and unwelcoming place this early in the season. The ascent is 14.9 kilometres long while its average slope sits at 7.3%. The mountain road is narrow and curvy with a dizzying series of hairpins.
The run-up to the finish climb is – contrary to three years ago – not very remarkable. Back then, the route crossed five passes before reaching the Turini; this time the only noteworthy obstacle is the Côte de Coursegoules. The 8.1 kilometres climb at 4.9% is crested after 55 kilometres, so with 100 kilometres left to go.
The rest of the route is flat to undulating, until the TuriniPass appears after roughly 140 kilometres.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints – at kilometre 57.4 and at kilometre 144.3 – come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds. Note: the last bonus sprint is on the early slopes of the Turini Pass.
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