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62nd Paris-Nice - 2.HC

France, March 7-14, 2004

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Stage 8 - March 14: Nice - Nice, 144 km

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Last year ASO introduced a new twist to the traditional finish in Nice, replacing a ceremonial criterium with a climbing circuit which tackles the Cat. 1 Col d'Eze three times and the Cat. 2 Col de Châteauneuf twice. Five substantial climbs over 144 kilometres is no easy task, and even if the stage did not provide any major GC shake ups in 2003, it still provided an exciting finale to the week-long race. This year's winner may also be decided before the final day, but the yellow jersey will only be able to celebrate after crossing the line in Nice on the Promenade des Anglais.