Paris-Nice 2021 – Preview

VALDEBLORE LA COLMIANE, FRANCE - MARCH 14: Podium / Tiesj Benoot of Belgium and Team Sunweb Green Sprint Jersey / Maximilian Schachmann of Germany and Team Bora - Hansgrohe Yellow Leader Jersey / Sergio Andres Higuita of Colombia and Team Ef Pro Cycling White Best Young Jersey / Celebration / Trophy / during the 78th Paris - Nice 2020 - Stage 7 a 166,5km stage from Nice to Valdeblore La Colmiane 1500m / Paris - Nice 2020 final stage as part of the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus / #ParisNice / @parisnicecourse / PN / on March 14, 2020 in Valdeblore La Colmiane, France. (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
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The 79th edition of Paris-Nice gets under way this Sunday, March 7, with the eight-day “Race to the Sun” featuring a host of top-quality GC contenders including world number one Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), Giro d’Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) and defending champion Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe). 

The lineup of sprinters is equally impressive, led by Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and 2019 World Champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo).

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).