Oh, this one is interesting. The 2012 ‘Race to the Sun’ (March 4th to 11th) won’t be ending on the usual Promenade des Anglais in Nice this year, but high up above the city on the Col d’Eze, via a last-stage uphill time trial. This, I just learned, was the normal final stage of Paris-Nice until the 1990s. Check out the official website for a little video of some famous finishes.
Otherwise, the route has shifted a little more to the west than usual, riding through the Massif Central and pretty much completely missing the Alps en route to Nice. My birthday just happens to be the day before it ends, so I may treat myself to a drive over to Nice for the weekend…if the deep-freeze we are in right now is over by then.
Here’s the profile of the ITT on the last day.