Excitement is really building for the 72nd edition of Paris-Nice which begins this Sunday, the 9th of March.  This years race will include neither a prologue or a time trial and all antipodean eyes will be on defending champion, Richie Porte. With 1,447 kilometres of racing, it’s the longest Paris-Nice since 1968 when the race was still nine days instead of the current eight. The Tassie Devil, Richie Porte (Sky) as well as Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Thor Hushovd (BMC) all go into the race as potential winners of this brutal stage race.

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Paris-Nice, “The race to the sun”, was first held in 1933.  The most successful rider of the race is Ireland’s Sean Kelly, who won seven consecutive races from 1982 to 1988.  All 18 WorldTour teams automatically receive an invitation for the event. The organization has also awarded wildcards to the French procontinental teams Bretagne – Séché Environnement and Cofidis and to IAM Cycling from Switzerland.

Despite its name the race has not always started in Paris, with towns in the outskirts (or south of Paris) often preferred.  The final stage however, usually finishes on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice or the Col d’Eze, a pass on the Haute Corniche road near the city.

Richie Putting The Hammer Down
Richie Putting The Hammer Down

All the boys at pedaltorque will be screaming their lungs out for Richie.  Come on son!

Pedal hard..

Haydn Thomas: haydn@pedaltorque.com

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Haydn has been bitten by the cycling bug and bitten hard. Like most Aussie kids, he grew up riding his beloved chrome BMX before moving onto a Mountain Bike. Haydn describes his transition onto a road bike as a Renaissance and since that time has never looked back. If not riding the awesome roads of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Haydn can often be found photographing local cycling events. As Pedaltorque co-founder, Haydn is responsible for editing and photography. He rides a Specialized Tarmac.