Preview. Throughout the 17th to 19th of February the French peloton will take on the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, based on the southeastern tip of France and based around the region of Nice, a race full of climbing tests. Stage 3 will be the final day of the race and decide the overall classification.
The final and queen stage should be a chaotic. Only 139 kilometers on the menu, it is a little appetizer for the final day of Paris-Nice, taking place in the same roads. It immediately starts with an ascent that should see a lot of attacks and chaos spread. 6.9 kilometers at 5.1% and 6.9Km at 6.3% in the opening third of the stage will open many opportunities to turn the GC on it's head.
However if all is controlled the stage should be decided in the approach to Vence where the day and race will end. A 4.2-kilometer long climb at 4.5% will end with only three kilometers to go, providing more room for attacks, as is the case with the flat run-up to the line.
Stage 2 of Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var goes to Mattias Skjelmose with a selective sprint win
Prediction Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var 2023 stage 3:
*** Neilson Powless, Mattias Skjelmose
** Kévin Vauqeuelin, Romain Bardet, David Gaudu
* Thibaut Pinot, Benjamin Thomas, Rudy Molard, Andrea Piccolo
Pick: Neilson Powless
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