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Paris-Nice Stage 6 came down to a duel between two of the most accomplished breakaway artists in the sport, strong men of the peloton Luis-Leon Sanchez and Jens Voigt. 9 Big Photos from Stage 6reuters/sirotti
2012 Big Photos from the all 8 Stagesreuters/sirotti/flockton
2011 Big Photos from all 8 Stagesreuters/sirotti
2010 Big Photos from all 8 Stagesreuters/sirotti

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News and Updates for Paris-Nice 2012

March 7-14:
Overlapping with Paris-Nice starting Wednesday is the equally popular Tirreno-Adriatico. live video, results, photos and highlights every day.

Stage 8 results: Lieuwe Westra puts in a great TT ride, but Bradley Wiggins beats him by 2s to claim the stage and the overall win

12 Big Photos from Stage 8 (more photos added)reuters/sirotti
Full/Official Stage 8 Results (click 'Stage Standing') —
Wiggins wins Paris-Nice cyclingnews
Bradley Wiggins wins Paris-Nice
Wiggins wins Paris-Nice with Col d’Eze victory velonation
Vacansoleil-DCM fires on all cylinders at Paris-Nice cyclingnews
Wiggins bridges 45-year gap at Paris-Nice cyclingnews
Ag2r La Mondiale hails Péraud’s result velonation
 Last Km of winning Stage 8 ITT ride (01:56 HQ Spanish) —
 Bradley Wiggins Post-Stage 8 Interview (03:42 English) — skysports
12 Big Photos from Stage 8 (more photos added)reuters/sirotti
PresseSports Stage
March 10 update: The pass (Col d'Èze) that overlooks the French Riviera will determine the final results; the 9.6 km @ 4.7% uphill time trial will determine if Bradley Wiggins is the best rider in this year's race. Lieuwe Westra is just 6 seconds back. The climb undulates with several step sections so riders are opting for regular road bikes with clip-ons. The Col d’Eze time trial was the traditional finish used to decide Paris-Nice but not recently. Eddy Merckx was the first winner of Col d'Eze back in 1969. For this year's stage details, see the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). — Steve
Stage 8 Start Order and Times (CET - subtract 5 hrs for EDT/ 8 hrs for PDT) — biciciclismo

Stage 7 results: Thomas De Gendt solos into Nice; Wiggins remains leader; Leipheimer crashes multiple times

7 Big Photos from Stage 7reuters/sirotti
Full/Official Stage 7 Results (click 'Stage Standing') —
De Gendt solos to victory cyclingnews
Thomas De Gendt soleert naar ritzege in Nice
Wiggins One Step Away; Leipheimer's hopes derailed by crashesteamsky
Paris-Nice: Thomas De Gendt solos into Nice as Leipheimer crashes out of contention velonation
Leipheimer Crashes out of Contention at Paris-Nice velonews
Leipheimer's hopes for Paris-Nice victory dashed with one stage remaining cyclingnews
 Last Km of Stage 7 (01:57 HQ Spanish) —
PresseSports Stage
7 Big Photos from Stage 7reuters/sirotti
March 9 update: Paris-Nices of recent have finished with a road stage into Nice, but this year it's the pentultimate stage as a time trial returns to the final day. Often a break succeeds on this stage; however, this year the run up to the flat finish in Nice is easier with less climbing. Past winners in Nice the last four years, all of them from breaks, were Thomas Voeckler, Amaël Moinard, Antonio Colom and Luis-Leon Sanchez, yesterday's winner. For this year's stage details, see the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). — Steve

Stage 6 results: Leon Luis Sanchez inches out Jens Voigt in a duel

9 Big Photos from Stage 6reuters/sirotti
Full/Official Stage 6 Results (click 'Stage Standing') —
Sanchez wins Paris-Nice stage to Sisteron cyclingnews
Vluchter Sanchez pakt bloemen in Parijs-Nice
Sanchez se
 Last of Stage 6 (Flemish, restricted to Belgium) —
 Last Km of Stage 6 (01:38 HQ Spanish) —
9 Big Photos from Stage 6reuters/sirotti
PresseSports Stage
Carlos Barredo successfully attacked his breamates during the run into Sisteron during the 2008 Paris-Nice
March 8 update: After the transfer to the stage 6 start in Suze-la-Rousse and the 177 km course to Sisteron we'll be close to Nice at the end of Friday. Sisteron is known as the gateway to Provence because it's situated in the narrow gap of two mountain ridges, however, Stage 6 will avoid the big mountains. There are five categorized climbs on Friday, but nothing difficult and the finish is flat. (see climb details below)

In 2008 when Paris-Nice followed a similar profile into Sisteron, a large group of 17 riders got away. In the run to the finish it was wheedled down to about 6 before Carlos Barredo launched a successful solo attack with about 5 kms to go to capture one of the biggest wins of his career. (photo above). For this year's details, see the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). — Steve

Stage 5 results: Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) surprises the favorites on Montée Laurent Jalabert

18 Big Photos from Stage 5reuters/sirotti
Full/Official Stage 5 Results (click 'Stage Standing') —
Westra prevails on Mende mountain finishcyclingnews
Westra verrast de kleppers in Parijs-Nice
Lieuwe Westra sours to take Paris-Nice stage five on the Montée Jalabert velonation
18 Big Photos from Stage 5reuters/sirotti
 Last Km of Stage 5 (04:01 HQ Spanish) —
PresseSports Stage
Leipheimer respects Sky's Mende performance cyclingnews
Van Garderen down, but not out after Mende losses cyclingnews
Westra wins in France but celebrations may prove costly

Alberto Contador soloing up Montée Laurent Jalabert in 2010 at Paris-Nice
March 7 update: Thursday's stage will feature a modest mountaintop finish (3 km @ 10.1 %) on the climb now named after Laurent Jalabert. In 2010 at Paris-Nice, on this same finish, Alberto Contador beat Alejandro Valverde (2nd) by 10s and Levi Leipheimer (28th) by 1'09". (Leipheimer is not good on short, steep climbs.) With no Alberto Contador this year and Alejandro Valverde in good form, he'll be the favorite for this stage. However, it will be a cold, windy day so something unexpected could happen.

The Stage 5 finish host, Mendes, is located in the Cévennes, a great unhearlded cycling area. Someday I'll post some of our recreational ride photos.

See the Google earth and streetview climb links below for details on Thurday's categorized climbs. Also, see the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). — Steve
Illness sweeps through Paris-Nice peloton cyclingnews
Wiggins ready for all takers on Mende velonews
Big Photos from the 2010 finish at Mendesirotti

Stage 4 results: Gianni Meersman (Lotto-Belisol) wins the bunch sprint after coming close the previous day

9 Big Photos from Stage 4reuters/sirotti
Full/Official Stage 4 Results (click 'Stage Standing') —
Meersman schiet raak in Parijs-Nice
Gianni Meersman wins in Rodezcyclingnews
Wiggins' Paris-Nice success may not lead to Tour win, says Evans
Meersman claims Paris-Nice fourth stage
9 Big Photos from Stage 4reuters/sirotti
 Last Km (Flemish, restricted to Belgium) —
PresseSports Stage
 Last Km of Stage 4 (01:37 Spanish) —
 Stage 4 Brief Highlights (01:06 Italian) — rai
March 7 update: Stage 4 features a lumpy course heading southeast into the Midi-Pyrénées with a finish in Rodez (pictured left), a popular stop for the Tour de France. The second half of the stage is very classic-like with short, twisty hills including one near the finish. More than half the field is more than 7 minutes down on GC, so there are plenty of riders eligible for the big break of the day and sprinter teams may not be chasing. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) and Rémy Di Gregorio (Cofidis) are all riders who have won Paris-Nice stages from breaks in the recent past and are pre-qualified to make the break on Wednesday (ie are in the lower half of the general classification). See the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). — Steve

Stage 3 results: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) chips away at Bradley Wiggin's lead with 10 bonus seconds by edging out Simon Gerrans on the uphill finish at Lake Vassivière

12 Big Photos from Stage 3reuters/sirotti
Full/Official Stage 3 Results (click 'Stage Standing') —
Alejandro Valverde wins in Lac de Vassivièrecyclingnews
Valverde klopt Gerrans in sprint bergop
Valverde wins stage three of Paris-Nice
Alejandro Valverde wins tight sprint to take Paris-Nice stage three velonation
Relaxed Valverde's efforts paying off on Paris-Nice reuters
 Last Km (Flemish, restricted to Belgium) —
 Last Km of Stage 3 (HD) (01:53 Spanish) —
12 Big Photos from Stage 3reuters/sirotti
PresseSports Stage

March 5 update: After leaving Vierzon, Stage 3 will be straight and flat for the first half as we continue to head south to the Méditerranéen. When we enter the Haute-Vienne department at the end of the stage, the race will encounter two cat 3 climbs including the narrow, hilltop finish at Le Lac de Vassivière just east of Limoges. (See the climb stats just below).

Lac de Vassivière has hosted the Tour de France stages three times (in 1985, ’90 and ‘95) and the August UCI stage race Tour du Limousin (2.HC) often finishes here. It's also a popular recreational cycling area. At the heart of the Limousin region and the Millevaches Regional Natural Park, Lake Vassivière extends over 1000 hectares of water and a 45 km shoreline in a protected environment.

I initially thought this would be a good finish for Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) + 30s, who needs to chip away at Bradley Wiggin's lead. However, the climb (5.2 km at 3.9%) likely isn't steep enough to shake out all the power sprinters especially since the last km is only 2.7% average grade. Instead, it might be good finish for Valvarde's teammate Jose Joaquin Rojas who was second on stage 2. The narrowness of the road up to Lake Vassivière will add some stress for the GC guys. See the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). — Steve
The Spin: Paris-Nice Stage 3inrng
Update: Andy Schleck has abandoned Paris-Nice due to illness

Stage 2 results: Crosswinds split the field as Tom Boonen takes the bunch sprint in Orléans; many GC contenders caught out. Bradley Wiggins now the race leader.

11 Big Photos from Stage 2reuters/flockton/sirotti
Full/Official Stage 2 Results (click 'Stage Standing') —
Paris-Nice stage 2: Tom Boonen wins in Orléans cyclingnews
Tom Boonen sprint naar winst in Parijs-Nice
Wiggins rides in to Paris-Nice lead
Van Garderen hoping for Paris-Nice confirmation velonews
Wiggins in command at Paris-Nice cyclingnews
100th career win for Boonen at Paris-Nice cyclingnews
Setback for Nuyens’ Flanders preparation as Belgian withdraws from Paris-Nice velonation
 Last Km (Flemish, restricted to Belgium) —
11 Big Photos from Stage 2reuters/flockton/sirotti
Perfect illustration of echelons in today's stagelequipe
PresseSports Stage
 Bradley Wiggins Post-Stage 2 Interview (02:52 English) — skysports
This should give you an idea just how flat and exposed the ro... on Twitpic March 4 update: A flat stage with some long straight sections on the way south to the finish in Orléans, which New Orleans in the U.S. is named after. This stage should end in a sprint but crosswinds could easily change that. Marcel Kittel (Project 1T4I) will be the favorite if it comes down to a field sprint. See the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). Steve
Nick Nuyens crashes at Paris-Nice but determined to continue cn
Paris-Nice: A race with history that really sticks in the mindguardian

Stage 1 results: Gustav Larsson (Vacansoleil-DCM) benefits from an early start time as rain hampers the favorites including Bradley Wiggins (Sky) who finished 1s back for second

5 Big Photos from Stage 1reuters/sirotti
Full/Official Stage 1 Results (click 'Stage Standing') —
Paris-Nice: Gustav Erik Larsson takes opening stage cyclingnews
Wiggins second in Paris-Nice opening time trial
Larsson wint proloog in Parijs-Nice, De Gendt 5e
Gustav Larsson flies to rain-affected Paris-Nice time trial victory velonation
Wiggins upbeat with Paris-Nice start
Wiggins cautious in Paris-Nice opener cyclingnews
5 Big Photos from Stage 1reuters/sirotti
Graham Watson Stage 1
Andy Schleck's TT form vs Bradley Wiggins... 'nuff saidgreghenderson/grahamwatson
 Stage 1 Verslag/Highlights (Flemish, restricted to Belgium) —
PressSports Stage
Leipheimer pleased with third place in Paris-Nice’s opening stage velonation
Far from ideal start for Martin in Paris-Nice ITT cyclingnews

The morning scene at the start host for stage 1 of Paris-Nice (photo w/ permission: robert schmidt)
March 3 update: A 9.4 km west to east individual time trial course outside of Paris with one cat 3 hill at the beginning. 90% chance of light rain forecasted. Bradley Wiggins said at Volta ao Algarve last month that he has early Tour de France form. He was going to be one of the favorites for this stage anyways. See the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). Steve
Stage 1 ITT Start Order and Timessteephill
Official startlist now postedsteephill
PEZ Previews: Paris-Nice's Opening Time Trialpezcyclingnews
The Spin: Paris-Nice Stage 1inrng

March 2 update:
February 22 update:
Also, all stage maps, profiles and timetables are now posted. See race summary table (right).

2012 Paris-Nice Race Preview

March 2 update:
Paris-Nice: A race with history that really sticks in the
Paris-Nice 2012: Who will win?
Martin to defend Paris-Nice title for Omega Pharma-Quick Step cyclingnews
Gerrans: GreenEdge in the mix for Paris-Nice cyclingnews
February 29 update:
Wiggins aims to continue Sky momentum in Paris-Nice cyclingnews
Saxo Bank trying to defend WorldTour status in Paris-Nice velonation
Jérôme Coppel: Paris-Nice “suits me” velonation
2011 Big Photos from all 8 Stagesreuters/sirotti
2010 Big Photos from all 8 Stagesreuters/sirotti
February 1 update:
Paris-Nice route confirmed with Col d’Èze time trial finalevelonation
Big names expected for Paris-Nice velonews
Uphill TT finale returns to Paris-Nice
Drama to the last for Paris-Nice cyclingnews

January 25 update: Details for the 2012 Paris-Nice were leaked before the official announcement scheduled for the coming days. See the race summary (right) and the route map below. — Steve

Paris-Nice route leaked, Col d’Eze time trial to return velonation
Paris-Nice 2012 wildcards announced cyclingnews
Chavanel takes aim at Paris-Nice cyclingnews
Chris Horner eyes return at Paris-Nice velonews

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En Direct: Live Video Streaming and TV Coverage

March 3 update: A work in progress for Paris-Nice 2012 live video. Check back at race time for the latest live links and feel free to send in additional sources for live video or tv coverage as they become known. — Steve

media source tv or internet comments/restrictions
eurosport    live video (english)
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   live video (english, click British Eurosport 2)
  tv schedule (british)
  tv schedule (int'l/cet)
Early details for live video on Eurosport International (5 mars de 15h00 à 16h30, le 8 mars de 14h45 à 16h15 Diffusion en différé les 4 et 6 mars de 16h45 à 18h00; les 7 et 10 mars de 19h00 à 20h00; le 9 mars de 23h00 à 00h00 et le 11 mars de 17h45 à 19h00) and British Eurosport 2 on March 4 and 6
sporza     live video (flemish)
    live video (flemish)
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    live video (flemish)
  tv schedule
likely restricted to Belgium/Europe;.
france3-tv    live video (french)
   live video (french)
   live video (french)
   live video (french)
  tv schedule
Daily live coverage, official feed likely restricted to France and french-speaking countries; March 4th 13h30 à 15h25, March 5-9 15h00 à 16h30 except March 8 14h45 à 16h15, March 10 16h30 à 18h00, March 11, 13h30 à 15h 00 on france 3 région Méditerranée :
rtbf    live video (french)
  tv schedule
French TV restricted to Belgium
   live video (spanish)
  tv schedule
Spanish; Teledeporte feed
   live video (restricted)
  tv schedule
Italy; Live coverage + rebroadcasts
   live video (luxembourgish)
  tv schedule
restricted to Luxembourg; Luxembourguish. Stage 1 14:00 - 15:30 CET
   live video (dutch)
   live video (dutch)
  tv schedule
likely restricted to Netherlands; Dutch
   live video (english)
  tv schedule
Australia; live video streaming starting Sunday night 11.20pm (AEDT).
  tv schedule(see comments) United States; Highlights w/ Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll: March 4 at 3 p.m. ET; March 5-9 at 4:30 p.m ET.; March 10 at 3 p.m. ET; March 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET
 live text updates English
 live ticker
 Realtime Gaps
erratic at best, but there are sometimes live text updates/ticker on the official site and key moments
live text updates ES
The Spanish website Biciciclismo will have the latest race updates in Spanish
 steephill text updates
 #parisnice tweets
short text updates from any and everyone
check back at race time for more and updated links; email send a comment or a new live link

Paris-Nice variations depending on the language: Paris-Niza (spanish), Parigi-Nizza (Italian), Parijs-Nice (Dutch), Paris-Nizza (German).

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