March 26th, 2018
Quote from Sean Yates
” I had the yellow jersey by some two minutes going into the 88 edition of Paris-Nice stage and managed to hang onto it by one second by the end. The start was steep, the road is narrow and rough, the run in was dangerous, position was key. So no time to settle in, by the second hairpin there were always guys everywhere. The climb settled down in the second half but by that time the race had already been won and lost.”
Extract from Stubble & Steel by our visiting author, Tony Blake
This outcrop acts as a natural boundary overlooking Toulon, rising up to a calcareous summit peak at 580 metres above sea level.
Rue Valès starts to rise dramatically close to the cable car station and touches 15% several times before the actual mountain road begins. This was a slight relief, dropping to 12%.
The climb is quite repetitive with long zig-zag sections broken by hairpins with short retaining walls. The edges of the straights were often marked by these discarded rocks and shingle unless the edge was particular precarious and a short wooden barrier would offer a little security for cars that were desperate to overtake.