The flag has dropped and we’re underway. On such a short stage, it’s sure to be fast from the start.
Like yesterday, today’s stage has been altered due to the coronavirus situation in Nice. Restrictions have been eased and the mayor didn’t want the famous seafront Promenade des Anglais shut off to the public all day.
The stage was always going to be short, at 110km, but now it’s even shorter, at 92.7km. It’s also significantly less hilly. There were six hefty climbs on the original menu, but now it’s just three (although there is some uncategorised uphill stuff). It’s a small circuit based on the relatively gentle Côte de Duranus (3.9km at 3.7%), which is tackled three times before the uphill finish at Levens.
If Roglic is to be unseated, it’s going to take some ambush.
The riders roll out into the neutral zone.
Before we get going, if you need a re-cap, now’s the time, because this stage is set to be short but intense. Full report and standings after yesterday’s stage 7 can be found at the link below.
The riders have all signed on and we’re just a few minutes away from the roll-out. The race proper is set to begin at 14:30 local time.
Bonjour Le Plan-du-Var ! 👋#ParisNice pic.twitter.com/2NjUe8i8r1March 14, 2021
Hello there and welcome along to our live coverage of the final day of Paris-Nice. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) looks unflappable in the race lead, with three stage wins already under his belt, but this race has thrown up plenty of last-minute drama in the past…