The first ProTour race, Paris-Nice, is coming up from March 5-12. Swiss Phonak team has announced the following roster to participate in the French "race to the sun": Aurélien Clerc, Martin Elmiger, Robert Hunter, Nicolas Jalabert, Floyd Landis, Axel Merckx, Koos Moerenhout and Alexandre Moos.
French team Française des Jeux is sending young Thomas Lövkvist into the race, who is in great form after almost taking the lead at the Tour Mediterranéen a couple of weeks ago. He will be co-leading the team with Sandy Casar. Also lining up will be Bradley McGee, Gustav Larsson, Lilian Jégou, Benoît Vaugrenard, Francis Mourey and Eric Leblacher. "I'm confident and sure that we will be able to realize something good at Paris-Nice," said team director Marc Madiot, still impressed by Philippe Gilbert's recent victory in Het Volk.