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Paris-Nice 2015: a classical race route - on Google Maps/Google Earth

Added: friday 13 March 2015 at 23:49:00
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    Paris-Nice 2015: a classical race route - on Google Maps/Google Earth

    initially published on 12 February at 11.14PM, updated on 23 February at 11.25PM with the complete map of stage 4 and on the 4th and 5th of March with the remaining maps, the time- and route schedules and the video of the prologue and on 13 March with a last minute update of stage 6

    A bit over a week ago, A.S.O. finally announced the Paris-Nice 2015 race route. velowire.com already provided most of the details a week earlier and in order to provide you some further information today, we thought it was a good idea to provide you with the race route of the different Paris-Nice 2015 stages at Google Maps/Google Earth.

    Since A.S.O. has still not published all the details, the maps are for now only available for some stages, knowing that this article will be completed with the other maps as soon as possible!

    The Paris-Nice 2015 race route: back to the classics!

    When we see that the 2015 race route for Paris-Nice contains an opening time trial and the classical time trial on the Col d'Eze which made its comeback in 2012 and that the race to the sun also visits Saint-Etienne, the city which most often figured on the Paris-Nice map after Nice, we can thus easily say this is a comeback to the classics!

    Last year, Paris-Nice 2014 was completely time trial free, but this experience apparently didn't please the race route builders at A.S.O. since this year brings back a classical raced route with two time trials.

    The Paris-Nice 2015 race route on Google Maps

    P/ Sunday 8 March 2015 - Maurepas > Maurepas - 6.7 km

    Paris-Nice 2015 will start with a prologue, of 6.7 kilometers, which will take place in the streets of Maurepas, more precisely on the west side of the city.

    The start ramp will be in the Rue de Montfort (D13) at the Parc des Sports du Bout des Clos and the riders will then go north-west towards the Butte Rouge area where they'll turn right (tight turn) on the Rue du Bois Acacias (we can wonder if this race route was set up to honour the director of cycling at A.S.O., Christian Prudhomme, because these roads turn around the Bois Prudhomme! ;-)) and they'll stay on this road (which becomes the Rue du Lieutenant Henri Levet and then the Rue de Villeneuve) down to the Les Petits Houx area where they'll turn right on the Rue of the Tour and then left on the Rue Paul Drussant which they'll follow while it turns left, down to the roundabout. They'll turn left again, on the Chemin de Paris and will follow this road down to the finish while it becomes the Avenue de Normandie and then the Boulevard Michel Miserey on which the finish line will be drawn at the Bois de Nogent.

    Hereunder you'll find the time- and route schedule, the profile and the race route on Google Maps of the prologue of Paris-Nice 2015. Click on the images to open them.
    The time- and route schedule of the prologue of Paris-Nice 2015 The map with the race route of the prologue of Paris-Nice 2015 on Google Maps The profile of the prologue of Paris-Nice 2015

    P/ Maurepas > Maurepas

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    P/ Maurepas > Maurepas

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    UPDATE 5 March 2015 : In order to allow you to discover the race route of the prologue of Paris-Nice 2015 by yourself, we went out on a bike to film it for you and you can thus discover it in the video below!

    1/ Monday 9 March 2015 - Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse > Contres - 196,5 km

    The first stage will also start in the Yvelines department which organises the Paris-Nice start since 2010 and at least until 2017, in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse. The start of this first stage will take place in the Rue of the République in front of the former town hall, close to the crossing with the Rue Ditte and the RER train station. The riders will follow the Chemin de Coubertin and go off to the real start of this first stage, for a 192 kilometer long race towards Contres.

    After having visited Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines and Ablis (Yvelines), Auneau, Voves and Péronville (Eure-et-Loir), the riders enter the Loiret departement in Patay and go on towards the Loir-et-Cher and department and Contres which they enter from the east. In the finish city, the riders will follow the Boulevard de l'Industrie, the Route de Selles (D956), Rue Julien Nadau and turn right on the D956/Rue Pierre-Henri Mauger/Avenue Charles de Gaulle where the white line will be drawn which will be crossed first by the winner of this first stage of Paris-Nice 2015.

    UPDATE 4 March 2015: the full map of this stage has now been embedded below.

    Hereunder you'll find the time- and route schedule, the profile and the race route on Google Maps of the 1st stage of Paris-Nice 2015. Click on the images to open them.
    The time- and route schedule of the 1st stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The map with the race route of the 1st stage of Paris-Nice 2015 on Google Maps The profile of the 1st stage of Paris-Nice 2015

    1/ Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse > Contres

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    1/ Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse > Contres

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    2/ Tuesday 10 March 2015 - ZooParc de Beauval - Saint-Aignan > Saint-Amand-Montrond - 172 km

    The second stage will start in the ZooParc de Beauval in the city Saint-Aignan. In this animal park, the riders can run into several animals like for example the white tiger depicted below. The riders who participated in the Tour Down Under in January will not be lost either because they'll find the same koalas who were there route companions in South Australia!
    White tiger - © ZooParc de Beauval
    Tigre blanc - © ZooParc de Beauval
    Koala - © Gerard Lacz for ZooParc de Beauval
    Koala - © Gerard Lacz pour ZooParc de Beauval

    Getting off south-east, the riders will arrive 172 kilometers further in Saint-Amand-Montrond. This stage will end with a final circuit which will allow a first visit of the city at 2.30PM, according to the Le Berry newspaper, followed by the stage finish around 3.48PM. Concerning the race route, the newspaper explains that the race will finish on the Avenue Jean-Giraudoux, after a circuit via Le Pondy, Thaumiers, Verneuil, Meillant, Bruère-Allichamps. This finish will thus be at about 2 kilometers from the Tours > Saint-Amand-Montrond stage finish in the Tour de France 2013 (which was close to the Cité de l'Or).

    The profile of this stage will be completely flat, except for the Côte of the Tour which will be at 41 kilometers from the finish, and this stage will thus most probably end in a bunch sprint. Well, bunch, that's not really sure actually because we all still have in mind the side wind during the stage which finished in Saint-Amand-Montrond during the Tour 2 years ago and which led to a peloton broken up into several groups! There's no guarantees this will again be the case in Paris-Nice 2015 but some sprinters might thus be surprised if the wind plays an important role again.

    UPDATE 4 March 2015: the full map of this stage has now been embedded below.

    Hereunder you'll find the time- and route schedule, the profile and the race route on Google Maps of the 2nd stage of Paris-Nice 2015. Click on the images to open them.
    The time- and route schedule of the 2nd stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The map with the race route of the 2nd stage of Paris-Nice 2015 on Google Maps The profile of the 2nd stage of Paris-Nice 2015

    2/ ZooParc de Beauval - Saint-Aignan > Saint-Amand-Montrond

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    2/ ZooParc de Beauval - Saint-Aignan > Saint-Amand-Montrond

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    3/ Wednesday 11 March 2015 - Saint-Amand-Montrond > Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule - 179 km

    The 3rd stage of Paris-Nice 2015 will start in Saint-Amand-Montrond, the only city which will see both a stage finish and start in the 2015 edition of the Race to the sun.

    The start will be around 11.25AM according to Le Berry, in front of the Saint-Vic museum, in the cours Manuel, while the race will really start at 11.30AM at 3 kilometers from the start location.

    The riders will first go off towards Cérilly where they'll fight for the first intermediate sprint and then continue south, via the Côte of the Croix du Chêne, and then south-east, via the feeding zone at the entrance of Echassières and via the Col of the Bosse.

    Via the Côte de Vicq, the riders will go on till the finish of this stage which will - in order to stay in the spirit of the Tour de France 2013 - be in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, where the stage the day after the finish in Saint-Amand-Montrond in the Tour started. The finish line will be drawn in the Faubourg National but when the riders cross this line for the first time, they'll only dispute the second intermediate sprint, followed by another lap on the circuit via Chareil-Cintrat (the place where they entered the circuit while approaching the finish city), Cesset and Bransat. The second time it'll really be the stage finish!

    Hereunder you'll find the time- and route schedule, the profile and the race route on Google Maps of the 3rd stage of Paris-Nice 2015. Click on the images to open them.
    The time- and route schedule of the 3rd stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The map with the race route of the 3rd stage of Paris-Nice 2015 on Google Maps The profile of the 3rd stage of Paris-Nice 2015

    3/ Saint-Amand-Montrond > Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule

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    3/ Saint-Amand-Montrond > Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule

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    4/ Thursday 12 March 2015 - Varennes-sur-Allier > Croix de Chaubouret - 204 km

    The 4th stage will start in Varennes-sur-Allier.

    UPDATE 23 February 2015: after the start in Varennes-sur-Allier the riders will go north via Billy and then around Vichy down to Cusset. The full map of this stage has now been embedded below.

    The 150 last kilometers of the stage will be in the Loire department and after Cusset, the stage will continue south-east towards the Col du Beaulouis, Pommiers and the Côte Saint-Bonnet-les-Oules (3rd category), the Côte de Saint-Héand (3rd category), the Côte of the Gimond (2nd category), the Col of the Gachet (2nd category), the Côte of the Croix Blanche (3rd category), Saint-Chamond where the riders will find an intermediate sprint and the souvenir Andreï Kivilev honouring the Kazakh rider, who died at the hospital of Saint-Chamond after a crash during Paris-Nice 12 years ago (on 12 March 2003) and whose accident was at the origine of the obligation to wear an helmet in UCI sanctioned races.
    From Saint-Chamond, the riders will go plain south towards the first-ever mountain top finish on top of the the Croix de Chaubouret (1st category).

    Hereunder you'll find the time- and route schedule, the profile and the race route on Google Maps of the fin of the 4th stage of Paris-Nice 2015. Click on the images to open them.
    The time- and route schedule of the 4th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The map with the race route of the 4th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 on Google Maps The profile of the 4th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The profile officiel of the 4th stage of Paris-Nice 2015

    4/ Varennes-sur-Allier > Croix de Chaubouret

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    4/ Varennes-sur-Allier > Croix de Chaubouret

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    5/ Friday 13 March 2015 - Saint-Etienne > Rasteau - 192,5 km

    The start of the 5th stage in Saint-Etienne will be at 11.20AM and the riders will go off south-east, in order to climb the Col of the République (1st category). They'll continue on the D1082, and leave the Loire department and enter the Ardèche. The riders will pass north of Annonay and then turn south via Tournon-sur-Rhône, the intermediate sprint in Cornas and the feeding zone in Soyons.

    They'll enter the Drôme department where they'll climb the Col du Devès and the Côte de l'Aleyrac before they arrive in the Vaucluse. They'll battle for the intermediate sprint in Valréas and after a short second visit of the Drôme they'll climb the Côte de Buisson which summit will be at 8 kilometers of the finish line in Rasteau.

    Like in 2006, when Tom Boonen won the stage which started in Saint-Etienne, it'll finish in Rasteau, in the Vaucluse department, 192 kilometers further. The race will thus visit the wineyards and that'll be the occasion to taste the local wine!

    Hereunder you'll find the time- and route schedule, the profile and the race route on Google Maps of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2015. Click on the images to open them.
    UPDATE 5 March 2015: the first part of this stage has now been integrated in the map.
    The time- and route schedule of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The map with the race route of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 on Google Maps The profile of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2015

    5/ Saint-Etienne > Rasteau

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    5/ Saint-Etienne > Rasteau

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    6/ Saturday 14 March 2015 - Vence > Nice - 184.5 km

    The forelast stage of Paris-Nice 2015 will take place between Vence and the usual finish of the race in Nice at only about twenty kilometers from there. However, the stage will take place in the area behind Nice and the distance of the stage will be 184.5 kilometers. The riders will go via Tourrettes-sur-Loup where they'll battle for the first intermediate sprint and start the climb of the Col de Vence (1st category; 9.7 km at 6.6%). They'll descend down to the foot of the Côte de Levens (6.2 km at 5.5%) and after this first 2nd category climb and the feeding zone in Levens, they'll go on with a second 2nd category climb, the Côte de Châteauneuf (5.4 km at 4.4%).

    After the descent down till Contes, they'll climb the Côte de Coaraze (5.9 km at 5.6%), also of the 2nd category, and go on with the Col de Saint-Roch, a 1st category mountain which has an altitude above 1000 meters (9.6 km at 4.5%). After the descent of this mountain, they'll climb the last 1st category difficulty of this stage, the Côte de Peille (6.6 km at 6.8%). While they go through La Turbie they'll battle for the second intermediate sprint, maybe in a small breakaway group, before they continue towards the finish line in Nice on the Promenade des Anglais.

    UPDATE 13 March 2015: after a last minute change, this map has been updated below close to Carros.

    Hereunder you'll find the time- and route schedule, the profile and the race route on Google Maps of the 6th stage of Paris-Nice 2015. Click on the images to open them.
    The time- and route schedule of the 6th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The map with the race route of the 6th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 on Google Maps The profile of the 6th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The profile officiel of the 6th stage of Paris-Nice 2015

    6/ Vence > Nice

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    6/ Vence > Nice

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    7/ Sunday 15 March 2015 - Nice > Col d'Eze - individual time trial - 9.6 km

    The last stage of this Paris-Nice will be identical to the one in 2012 when we saw the historical time trial between Nice and the Col d'Eze make its comeback (won by Bradley Wiggins that year and also used in 2013 when Richie Porte stopped the clocks in the shortest time). With a distance of no more than 9.6 kilometers, this time trial could however be decisive for the general classification of this Paris-Nice 2015 because only the riders who are able to combine time trial qualities with good climber qualities will have a chance to finish at a good spot and thus either defend their position in the general classification or climb on the podium of the race.
    An intermediate timing point will be set up at the Col des Quatre Chemins.

    Hereunder you'll find the time- and route schedule, the profile and the race route on Google Maps of the 7th stage of Paris-Nice 2015. Click on the images to open them.
    The time- and route schedule of the 7th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The map with the race route of the 7th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 on Google Maps The profile of the 7th stage of Paris-Nice 2015 The profile officiel of the 7th stage of Paris-Nice 2015

    7/ Nice > Col d'Eze

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    7/ Nice > Col d'Eze

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    The Paris-Nice 2015 race route in Google Earth

    You have just discovered the precise race route of the stages of Paris-Nice 2015 on Google Maps, and their stage profile. If you'd like to see the the Paris-Nice 2015 race route at once or do a virtual fly-over of one or more of the stages, you can download it in Google Earth, thanks to a KML file.

    >> Download the Paris-Nice 2015 race route in Google Earth

    The Paris-Nice 2015 race route in Google Earth

    The official Paris-Nice 2015 map

    Here's the official map of Paris-Nice 2015:
    The official map of Paris-Nice 2015 - © A.S.O. / GeoAtlas

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Salut Thomas,
    aurais-tu les heures de départ des étapes?

    | Pito | friday 13 February 2015 at 11:26:31

  2. Bonjour Thomas,

    Merci pour les profils, puisque si on compte sur ASO, on les aura la veille !!!

    J'espérais une étape vers Saint-Pourçain un peu plus vallonnée, là, j'ai l'impression que le final (raté !) vers Rasteau est plus dur. La "côte" de Cesset dans le final devrait au pire gêner aux pire des sprinteurs.
    Rasteau raté puisqu'il y avait mieux à faire pour arriver dans ce village. Le col de Viarès, bien que route assez étroite, aurait été un plus !

    C'est vraiment dommage qu'ASO ne se donne pas la peine de présenter le parcours plus tôt et de présenter tous les profils, ils arriveraient peut-être à attirer un peu plus de monde.

    Bonne journée

    | Aurélien M. | friday 13 February 2015 at 16:36:28

  3. L'étape St-Etienne - Rasteau est une réplique exacte de 2006.

    | Tommy | saturday 14 February 2015 at 8:56:21

  4. @Pito #1 : a priori, les départs des étapes en ligne devraient être 11h00 et 11h30 :

    > 1ère étape : 11h10
    > 2ème étape : ?????
    > 3ème étape : 11h20
    > 4ème étape : ?????
    > 5ème étape : 11h20
    > 6ème étape : ?????

    @Aurélien M. #2 : en espérant que quelques personnes d'ASO lisent ton commentaire pour que je ne reste plus le seul à leur dire que ça pourrait être bénéfique de publier les informations plus tôt ;-).

    @Tommy #3 : c'est ce que je pensais, mais n'ayant pas retrouvé la carte de 2006 :-(, je n'ai pas pu le vérifier !

    | Thomas Vergouwen | saturday 14 February 2015 at 18:37:47

  5. 2ème étape : départ du Zoo de Beauval à 11h30.

    | Seb36 | sunday 15 February 2015 at 16:12:02

  6. Romain Bardet a semblé assez pessimiste dans une itw concernant l'arrivée au sommet à la croix de chaubouret, il semble qu'il soit bien enneigé.

    | oliv56 | sunday 15 February 2015 at 19:13:25

  7. paris nice classique! non car un parcours classique emprunte la tanneron col mythique de paris nice proche d'une arrivée a mandelieu ou cannes. amicalement

    | daniel n15 | monday 16 February 2015 at 8:03:05

  8. @oliv56 #6 : Le Col de la Croix de Chaubouret est actuellement partiellement enneigé. Si les conditions météo n'évoluent pas défavorablement, je pense que les services du CG42 feront le nécessaire pour que cette arrivée en altitude puisse se dérouler sans accroc.
    En revanche, pour l'étape suivante, le Col de la République est également partiellement enneigé ; il ne serait pas étonnant d'avoir un départ reporté à Bourg-Argental.

    | Seb36 | monday 16 February 2015 at 12:26:35

  9. Pour l'avant dernière étape Vence-Nice, je pense que le tracé sera celui-ci :
    http://www.openrunner.com/index.php?id=4464993

    | guigui22 | tuesday 24 February 2015 at 10:28:24

  10. est-ce que quelqu'un sait dans quel ordre vont partir les coureurs lors du prologue

    | koikoi583 | tuesday 03 March 2015 at 17:18:56

  11. Thomas, tu n'as pas la carte de l'étape n°2 ? en fouillant un peu sur le site officiel d'A.S.O pour le paris nice, je l'ai trouvé, mais c'est en moins bien que tes cartes !!!! :)

    | steph d'ardentes | wednesday 04 March 2015 at 17:16:05

  12. Oui Stephane, on a bien la carte de l'étape 2!!! Il faut juste un peu de temps à Thomas pour préparer la carte Google Maps, car ASO n'a diffusé les infos officielles pour la presse que hier APM.
    Sinon, on peut te renseigner si tu as besoin d'une info précise ;)

    | Seb36 | wednesday 04 March 2015 at 17:46:48

  13. merci seb36, je voulais savoir à quel km était le ravitaillement

    | steph d'ardentes | wednesday 04 March 2015 at 18:06:09

  14. Le ravitaillement se trouve au pk84, dans la traversée de St Ambroix. Passage vers 13h45.

    | Seb36 | wednesday 04 March 2015 at 18:35:59

  15. bonjour, une question sur le parcours pourquoi il ne passe pas cette année dans les départements du 13 et du 83 merci

    | claude | friday 13 March 2015 at 11:44:26

  16. Il n'existe pas d'article pour Paris-Nice 2016, alors je post ici.
    Paris-Nice 2016 sera de passage dans le Beaujolais.
    mercredi 9 mars , arrivée au sommet du Mont-Brouilly à St Lager (69)
    jeudi 10 mars , départ de Juliénas (69).

    | beaujolyonnais | thursday 22 October 2015 at 9:39:14

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