The 170-kilometer opening stage consists of three laps on a circuit designed around Nice with a finish on the Promenade des Anglais that should favor sprinters. The profile of the second stage, which also finishes in Nice, is radically different with three difficult climbs, the Col de la Colmiane, Col de Turini and Col d'Eze.
The Riviera city, which hosts the final stage of the Paris-Nice race each year, previously held the Grand Depart in 1981. This year's race will begin in Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time champion Eddy Merckx's first win.
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