Paris-Nice 2023 Route stage 1: La Verrière - La Verrière
Sunday 5 March - The Race to the Sun opens with a lumpy race 169.4 kilometres with start and finish in La Verrière. A 1.5 kilometres climb at 4.7% inside the last 6 kilometres is expected to play a vital role in the finale.
That last climb, Côte de 17 Tournants, will be extra crucial as the intermediate sprint time bonuses are awarded at the top.
The route consists of two undulating laps around La Verrière. One climb stands out, the Côte de Milon-la-Chapelle, a ramp of 500 metres with an average gradient of 12%. The second time that the riders tackle the Côte de Milon-la-Chapelle is with approximately 20 kilometres left to race. So roughly 15 kilometres before the Côte de 17 Tournants.
The 1st stage of last year’s edition had a similar finale and an explosive outcome. Jumbo-Visma team mates Christophe Laporte, Wout van Aert and Primoz Roglic powered away on the last climb. The trio forged on in TTT style and finished 22 seconds ahead of the main group. Laporte crossed the line in first position, so Van Aert’s super domestique took the first yellow jersey.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint comes with 6, 4 and 2 seconds.
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