Thursday, 7 February 2013

Picture This: Col d'Eze, Paris-Nice

So the Paris-Nice route is out and once again the infamous Col d'Eze is featured - this year it will most likely decide the winner of the race, as it did in 2012 when Bradley Wiggins took victory on this very slope. At 9.6km's the climb averages a mild 6.1% though peaks at around 9% in places - it doesn't sound all that tough, but there will be no jostling for position here because as Frederik Veuchelen displays above, the riders will face this climb alone in one of the toughest 'races of truth' in the modern sport. No slipstreaming, no pace-setting, no wheel-sucking. Just one man, his bike and a 10 kilometre hill. 

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