Due to the localized confinement in the Riviera city, the last two stages of Paris-Nice will take place in the Nice hinterland on Saturday and Sunday, the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi announced on Friday morning.
The routes of the last two stages of the Paris-Nice cycling race, with a modified route due to confinement, will remain on Saturday and Sunday in the Nice hinterland, Nice mayor Christian Estrosi announced on Friday. The race will end in Levens, instead of the traditional finish judged on the Promenade des Anglais, the emblematic site of the Nice metropolis.
“The organization of Paris-Nice has proposed a plan B, outside the confined zone”, declared on France Bleu Azur the mayor of Nice, specifying that the 7th stage will start from Broc and will end as planned in Valdeblore La Colmiane. Sunday’s shortened stage will start from the Plan du Var, around thirty kilometers north of Nice, and will take the form of a quasi-loop.
Paris-Nice had already been impacted last year
The technical details remain to be specified by the organizing company ASO, also responsible for the Tour de France. In a press release, the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture warned Thursday that “in any case, these stages can only take place outside the confined area and behind closed doors”. The confinement modalities of the two previous weekends were renewed by the prefecture because of a health situation qualified as “still very worrying” and the “extremely strong” pressure on the hospitals of the department.
This reconfinement applies from Friday 6:00 p.m. to Monday 6:00 a.m. and concerns 63 coastal municipalities, from Théoule-sur-mer, in the west of the department, to Menton, on the Italian border, including the city of Nice. Last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic then in its infancy, Paris-Nice had been shortened from its last stage and ended in the resort of La Colmiane, which will host the 7th stage of the race on Saturday. 2021 edition with a top finish, the toughest of the event.