Today, the Tour de France is still in Nice for a stage in the beautiful Nice hinterland mountains. Yes, mountains with altitudes reaching 5,000 feet. As the peloton starts from the Promenade des Anglais, i.e. by the sea, it really means 5,000 feet above main sea level. This is why Nice offered a rare specificity: it is located by a (warm) sea and is only 60-mile distant from a real ski resort (Isola 2000). Personally, I prefer by far this hinterland, the famous villages of Èze or Saint-Paul-de-Vence, but also La-Tour-sur-Tinée, Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Lucéram... on the TdF route today, than the densely built Riviera itself.