The Penultimate Climb
The final stage of Paris Nice featured two hard category 1 climbs, climbs that will finish out the 8 day stage race along the Mediterranean coast beside the port of Nice. With little roadway left and the top ten places separated by just 30 seconds, it was going to be a day of hard racing. A large break got away early in the stage but the penultimate climb of the day, Cote de Peille, was the launch pad for these four to make the first solid move of the stage. They are Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing), Jeome Coppel (Cofidis), Greg Van Avermaet, (BMC), and Jerome Cousin (Europcar).