Tour de France 2013 Stage 4 is a Team Time Trial (TTT) stage in Nice. The length of the course is 25 kilometers. The course is flat, straightforward, and short, so it will be a really fast stage.
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Tour de France 2013 Stage 4 quick info
- DATE July 02, 2013, Tuesday
- STAGE TYPE Team Time Trial (TTT)
- START-FINISH Nice (12 m) > Nice (4 m)
- LENGTH OF THE COURSE 25 km
Tour de France 2013 Stage 4 Profile
Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, and Capital of the Côte d’Azur. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille.
The city is called Nice la Belle (Nissa La Bella in Niçard), which means Nice the Beautiful, which is also the title of the unofficial anthem of Nice, written by the Occitan poet Menica Rondelly (6 January 1854, Nice, Kingdom of Sardinia – 26 June 1935, Nice) in 1912. Nice is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département and the second biggest city of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region after Marseille.
The natural beauty of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate came to the attention of the English upper classes in the second half of the 18th century, when an increasing number of aristocratic families took to spending their winter there. The city’s main seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais (“the Walkway of the English”) owes its name to the earliest visitors to the resort.
For decades now, the picturesque Nicean surroundings have attracted not only those in search of relaxation but also those seeking inspiration. The clear air and soft light have been of particular appeal to some of the Western culture’s most outstanding painters, such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Arman. Their work is commemorated in many of the city’s museums, including Musée Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse, and Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret.
Nice has the second largest hotel capacity in the country and it is one of its most visited cities, receiving 4 million tourists every year. It also has the third busiest airport in France after the two main Parisian ones. It is the historical capital city of the County of Nice (Comté de Nice).
At the heart of a region of timeless beauty, it has something to offer everyone: a town of history, culture, art, creativity, events, leisure, nature, hospitality, different flavors… Nice is cultivating the charm of its differences by offering a selection of places to visit: the famous Promenade des Anglais, the redeveloped Massena square surrounded by the Coulée Verte, a 12-hectare urban park. Add to that the 19 museums or galleries hosting prestigious collections: from Matisse to Chagall, via French and American avant-garde artists, surprising collections of Naive art or Asian art.
Since 1933, Nice hosts the finish of the annual cycling race Paris-Nice (nickname: La course au soleil/The Race to the Sun). Because Nice has one of the warmest Mediterranean climates for its latitude. The weather can be variable at the time of the year when the race is organized (in March), though.
Paris-Nice is often considered a mini-Tour de France, where riders need to be both competent time-trialists and capable of climbing mountains.