Paris-Nice 2013 Preview – Stage 6


“The race to the sun” will accomplish its goal on 9th March, Saturday, arriving Nice after this year’s second mountain stage. There was a mountain-top finish in the 5th stage and Team Sky’s Richie Porte attacked to victory and the yellow jersey.

The race starts from Manosque, on the slopes of a 3rd category climb, which is perfect conditions for a breakaway group to start  early on. Every team with hopes in the GC will try to control the race and expect them to send at least a rider to the break, including SKY. Thomas Voeckler and Thomas De Gendt may also try to win a stage, if the break gets caught on the combined category 1-climbs expect a new breakaway to form on the ascent of Col du Ferrier.

The stage is quite similar to 2011’s Brignoles – Biot-Sophia Antipolis stage, which was won by Remy di Gregorio after a 20 kilometers solo break.