News - 29/02 - 14:30

1959, FROM THE CITY OF LIGHT TO THE ETERNAL CITY

 THE HEROES GROW TIRED (IV/IV) The assault on San Gimignano

The White Jersey wearer had been living under a great deal of pressure since he took over on the last French-dominated stage of Paris-Nice-Rome. And the route from Florence to Siena was definitely where Jean Graczyk spent his most stressful day. For Raphaël Géminiani, it was always...

News - 27/02 - 14:30

1959, FROM THE CITY OF LIGHT TO THE ETERNAL CITY

ALL TO PLAY FOR IN ITALY (III/IV) The young guard at the helm

The Race to the Sun crossed a border for the first time during the Menton-Ventimiglia stage, with Jean Graczyk wearing the leader’s White Jersey. At 25 years of age, he now carried the hopes of the Helyett-Leroux team on his shoulders. But “Popof” – as he was known in the...

News - 22/02 - 12:00

1959, FROM THE CITY OF LIGHT TO THE ETERNAL CITY

 “POPOF” STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT (II/IV)

. The Italians dominate

The peloton for this unique 1959 edition included 32 Italian riders, who had a realistic chance of competing for the GC with Nino Defilippis and Gastone Nencini, but who also featured heavily in the daily hunt for bouquets. In the first sequence of the race, it was...

News - 21/02 - 15:02

Roglic vs Evenepoel : reunions and great challenges

Primoz Roglic has already had an eventful Paris-Nice career despite only having participated twice in this leading European event. On his debut in 2021, he masterfully took command, winning three stages and rode in the leader's jersey on the race's final day, when he lost all his advantage in the last 25 kilometres following a crash. But the Slovenian is an honourable loser....

News - 20/02 - 14:00

A mouthwatering prospect (I/IV)

The race of the two capitals, a first

Jean Leulliot was one of the most innovative organisers of the 1950s. In 1951, he relaunched the Course au soleil under the name Paris-Côte d'Azur, and in 1955 he set up the first women’s Tour de France. Competition with L'Equipe – organiser of the Tour de France – forced his hand creatively, particularly when it...

News - 12/12 - 14:04

Direction Nice...act one

As with the composition of a fine wine, the preparation of a race requires a subtle blend. As the recent Paris-Nice vintages have been of excellent quality, the organisers have stayed true to their favourite ingredients, adding a touch of novelty to give the vintage its own flavour. "Over time, we've found a balanced formula that offers something for everyone while reconciling...

News - 12/12 - 11:33

A foretaste of the Tour de France… and the Olympics

The modern Tour de France turns each stage into a classic and Paris-Nice, a spring appetiser of the biggest cycling race on Earth, subscribes very much to the same philosophy. François Lemarchand and Yannick Talabardon wanted to make the 2024 edition of the Course au soleil (Race to the Sun) a real… classic. They have spent the last few editions perfecting...

News - 12/12 - 11:10

A foretaste of the Tour de France… and the Olympics

The modern Tour de France turns each stage into a classic and Paris-Nice, a spring appetiser of the biggest cycling race on Earth, subscribes very much to the same philosophy. François Lemarchand and Yannick Talabardon wanted to make the 2024 edition of the Course au soleil (Race to the Sun) a real… classic. They have spent the last few editions perfecting...

News - 21/11 - 11:09

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