The Paris-Nice kicked off early this morning with a bang. The short Prologue time trial in the outskirts of ol’ Paree were a picturesque setting for the 2012 edition of the “Race to the Sun”, with a number of Tour favorites testing out their form.
It’s a rare early season race where the top names are all on form enough to battle en masse at the finish. On the fifth stage of the 2011 Paris-Nice, it happened. The real favorites with a chance all were there at the end of a long, rolling day across the low mountains.
With the Paris-Nice kicking off this weekend, a jolly review of the 2011 race is in order. Maybe one of the most exciting stages of the entire season, Stage 7 of the “Race to the Sun” was rain-soaked, crash-filled thrashing.