Join us for live text coverage of Paris-Nice 2018 Stage 4 from La Fouillouse to Saint-Etienne. How will the general classification be affected by today’s test of truth?
Yesterday it was Luis Leon Sanchez of Astana who managed to lift the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Frenchman Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) but the stage went to Direct Energie’s Jonathan Hivert who’s shown a good turn of form recently, going two for two at the Tour du Haut Var along with his first ever Paris-Nice win.
It’s a long grind uphill on today’s time trial. The route starts with an eight-kilometre climb with an average gradient of 3,45%. There’s little respite at all on this first section with sections purportedly reaching 10%. It’s followed by a technical descent, making for a mentally challenging 18.4 kilometres.
Paris-Nice 2018 Stage 4 Profile