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61st Paris-Nice - 2.HC

France, March 9-16, 2003

Photography

Prologue - March 9: Issy-les-Moulineaux, 4.8 km
Stage 1 - March 10: Auxerre - Paray-le-Monial, 191 km
Stage 2 - March 11: La Clayette - Saint-Etienne, 182.5 km
Stage 3 - March 12: Le Puy-en-Velay - Pont du Gard, 192.5 km
Stage 4 - March 13: Source Perrier (Vergèze), 16.5 km
Stage 5 - March 14: Aix-en-Provence - Toulon (Mont Faron), 152.5 km
Stage 6 - March 15: Toulon - Cannes, 194.5 km
Stage 7 - March 16: Nice - Nice, 160 km

Stage 7 - March 16: Nice - Nice, 160 km

Image by Yuzuru Sunada

  • The peloton on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during the final stage of Paris-Nice

Images by AFP Photo/Franck Fife

Stage 6 - March 15: Toulon - Cannes, 194.5 km

Images by AFP Photo/Franck Fife

Images by Yuzuru Sunada

Stage 5 - March 14: Aix-en-Provence - Toulon (Mont Faron), 152.5 km

Images by AFP Photo/Franck Fife

Images by Patrick Begou

Stage 4 - March 13: Source Perrier (Vergèze), 16.5 km

Images by AFP Photo/Franck Fife

Stage 3 - March 12: Le Puy-en-Velay - Pont du Gard, 192.5 km

Images by AFP Photo/Franck Fife

Stage 2 - March 11: La Clayette - Saint-Etienne, 182.5 km

Images by AFP Photo/Franck Fife

Stage 1 - March 10: Auxerre - Paray-le-Monial, 191 km

Images by AFP Photo/Franck Fife

Prologue - March 9: Issy-les-Moulineaux, 4.8 km

Images by Chris Henry/Cyclingnews

Images by Michel Nourtier

Images by Peter Geyer

  • Sean Kelly won Paris-Nice an amazing SEVEN consecutive years, 1982-1988
  • 1996 Tour winner and current CSC team manager Bjarne Riis is all smiles before the prologue
  • Tyler Hamilton (CSC) is all business before his first race of the season
  • Axel Merckx (Lotto-Domo) adjusts his helmet before heading to the start ramp
  • Daniel Baal, former president of the FFC (the French cycling federation), is now deputy director of the Tour de France whose organizers also run Paris-Nice
  • Bernard Thevenet, two-time Tour de France champion (1975, 1977) covers the Tour and other races for French television
  • Aussies Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) and Matthew White (USPS) share a light moment before the race
  • Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole) approaches the start ramp during warm-ups
  • Joaquim Rodriguez (ONCE) at the top of the climb. He later went on to win stage 6.
  • Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) has his eyes on a bigger prize, the centennial Tour green jersey
  • Mario Aerts (Telekom) pushes to the top of the climb
  • Andy Flickinger (AG2R) on the final stretch before the descent
  • Danilo Hondo (Telekom) lost a minute and a half
  • Alexis Rodriguez (Kelme) takes the turn at the top
  • Kurt Van de Wouwer (Quick Step-Davitamon) can almost see the start of the descent
  • Torsten Hiekmann (Telekom) flew to a very respectable 24th place in the prologue
  • Josu Silloniz (Euskaltel-Euskadi) didn't appear to be suffering at the top
  • Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) limited his losses in the prologue and wound up second overall in Nice, just 11 seconds ahead of Rebellin
  • Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) won stage 2, wore yellow, and finished on the podium in third place
  • Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) won stage 1
  • David Bernabeu (Milaneza) won the final stage in Nice and finished in 6th place
  • Tom Boonen (Quick Step-Davitamon) starts a new season on a new team
  • Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole), wearing the Australian national champion jersey, rode to a solid 4th place in the prologue
  • Miguel Martinez (Phonak) feels it at the top of the climb
  • The French have great expectations for Sylvain Chavanel who finished Paris-Nice in 5th place and took the best young rider jersey
  • Another top young French prospect, Sandy Casar (FDJeux.com) finished a strong 8th in the prologue
  • Bobby Julich (Telekom) may get some chances to show himself this season
  • Patrice Halgand, a 2002 Tour stage winner, leads the Jean Delatour team
  • Tyler Hamilton (CSC) starts a new season with a strong second place finish in the prologue and the KoM jersey in Nice
  • Axel Merckx (Lotto-Domo) was one of many who dropped out during stage 6
  • Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) attacks the top of the climb and dreams of another stage victory in the Tour
  • Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) finished 6th in the prologue, won stage 4 to take the yellow jersey, then dropped out before stage 5 due to stomach problems
  • Nico Mattan (Cofidis) powered to a win in the prologue
  • Gilberto Simoni (Saeco), taking the turn at the top of the climb, rode a solid Paris-Nice...but has bigger ambitions
  • Defending champion Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) rode a solid prologue on Sunday, then lost his best friend, Andrei Kivilev, on Wednesday, before grabbing overall victory in an emotional 2003 Paris-Nice
  • Richard Virenque (Quick Step-Davitamon) loves the crowd and they love him, giving him what surely was the biggest applause of the day
  • Kurt-Asle Arvesen led the Fakta team at Paris-Nice, was in the decisive break in the final stage (finishing 5th) and finished in 12th place overall
  • Laurent Brochard led the AG2R team at Paris-Nice and won the points/green jersey
  • Benoit Joachim finished Paris-Nice in 53rd place, the best placing for the USPS team
  • Andrei Kivilev (Cofidis) at the top of the climb in the prologue, just 3 days before his tragic death after a bad crash in stage 2

Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Images by AFP

Image by Jerome Camilleri

Team bikes from the prologue

Images by Chris Henry/Cyclingnews

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