Nice is the capital of the French Riviera, the fifth biggest city in France (with a population of 350,000), the country’s second biggest tourist destination (with five million visitors) and is home to its second busiest airport (thirteen million passengers per year). It boasts a unique setting and a remarkably gentle climate as well as the assets that make it a land of exception and a hot-spot for major international sporting events: the ice-skating World Championships in 2012, cycling’s Tour de France in 2013, the finish of yachting’s Tour de France à la Voile since 2014 and football’s European Championships in 2016 have all encountered an especially favourable environment here over the last few years. The near future will witness the arrival of Ultimed – a magnificent regatta in the Mediterranean Sea raced by the world’s biggest trimarans – next April, the Women’s Football World Cup in 2019, the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Olympic Games football tournament in 2024.
Nice also plays host to regular major competitions, such as Ironman in June, the Alpes-Maritimes marathon in November and of course Paris-Nice which, each month of March for more than seventy years, has made the City of Nice one of the hot-spots of cycling in France. This site and its many assets will again demonstrate its capacity to provide the organisers and riders with the very best on the eighth and final stage as the race climbs the mythical Col d’Èze pass. Its summit overlooks the Mediterranean from an altitude of 500 metres and perfectly combines sporting ambition with tourist appeal by offering a stunning view of the French Riviera, from the superb Cap Ferrat in the west to the shores of Italy in the east.
There is no doubt that this legendary finish will once again provide a great winner for the 76th edition of the Race to the Sun.