Somehow, on the Route des Grandes Alpes, the Col de Vars has the reputation of being the most nondescript pass. But this is not so much due to its essential character - it is, after all, a 2000 m peak, and it offers idyllic high alpine scenery - as the fact that the other passes overshadow it. Nonetheless, it is on our menu today, and for good reason. The descent then takes us into the Ubaye Valley, which we follow as far as Barcelonette. The second pass of the day, the Col de la Cayolle, is a particular highlight of the entire trip. It, too, has a difficult time of it, as it runs parallel to the fabulously high Cime de la Bonette, but for this edition of the Freiburg-Nice we have deliberately opted for the Cayolle. The narrow road through the picturesque Gorges du Bachelard is unique, as is the barren landscape in the Mercantour National Park, around the pass itself. The long descent, with the red cliffs of the Gorges de Daluis, gives us another memorable section. After a long stage, we have arrived in the Maritime Alps and Nice is a day away, so today we call a halt in Puget-Théniers.