French race organiser ASO has announced it will release the names of the teams that will take part in this year's Paris-Nice, which starts on March 9, on February 13. The official team presentation will take place on February 19 in Amilly, the start town of the 2008 edition.
Paris-Nice, along with all the other races organised by the ASO, no longer form part of the ProTour calendar, meaning the organisers are free to invite teams of any level to compete. Always seen as a good indicator as to who the ASO would like to see at the Tour de France later in the year, the selection for Paris-Nice is sure to be highly anticipated by many teams.
Last week, RCS Sport announced the teams that had been selected for the Giro, leaving high profile ProTour teams like Astana, High Road, Crédit Agricole and Bouygues Telecom out, while lesser known teams like NGC Medical-OTC Industria Porte will be included in the race.