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Gallery: Paris-Nice through the lens of Tim De Waele

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Tom Boonen flexes his muscles

Tom Boonen flexes his muscles
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Richie Porte heads for the overall win 2013

Richie Porte heads for the overall win 2013
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Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) falls in the time trial in 2009

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) falls in the time trial in 2009
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Damiano Cunego goes on the attack

Damiano Cunego goes on the attack
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2008 race winner Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner)

2008 race winner Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner)
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Robert Gesink leads the race in 2008 but he couldn't hang on

Robert Gesink leads the race in 2008 but he couldn't hang on
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Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) shows off his descending skills

Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) shows off his descending skills
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Samuel Sanchez in full time trial mode for Euskaltel

Samuel Sanchez in full time trial mode for Euskaltel
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Alberto Contador climbs in Paris-Nice in 2007 for Discovery Channel

Alberto Contador climbs in Paris-Nice in 2007 for Discovery Channel
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Steven de Jongh and Tom Boonen

Steven de Jongh and Tom Boonen
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David Millar in yellow after his time trial win in 2007

David Millar in yellow after his time trial win in 2007
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Former Discovery rider Tom Danielson in 2007

Former Discovery rider Tom Danielson in 2007
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David Millar returns to racing and wins in Paris-Nice

David Millar returns to racing and wins in Paris-Nice
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Tom Boonen as defending world champion

Tom Boonen as defending world champion
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Floyd Landis (Phonak) won the race in 2006

Floyd Landis (Phonak) won the race in 2006
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Carlos Sastre and Dave Zabriskie

Carlos Sastre and Dave Zabriskie
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Floyd Landis watches over his rivals in 2006

Floyd Landis watches over his rivals in 2006
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Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) wins a stage in 2009

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) wins a stage in 2009
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. Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d’Epargne) rips the race apart in 2009

. Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d’Epargne) rips the race apart in 2009
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Sylvain Chavanel pins his humber to his jersey

Sylvain Chavanel pins his humber to his jersey
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Team Sky's Richie Porte climbs towards the yellow jersey in 2013

Team Sky's Richie Porte climbs towards the yellow jersey in 2013
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Andreas Kloden in full time trial mode

Andreas Kloden in full time trial mode
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Nicolas Roche (Saxo Bank) during the final time trial in 2013

Nicolas Roche (Saxo Bank) during the final time trial in 2013
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BMC's Tejay van Garderen

BMC's Tejay van Garderen
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Sylvain Chavanel's last stage win in Paris-Nice came in 2013

Sylvain Chavanel's last stage win in Paris-Nice came in 2013
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Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) defends yellow last year

Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) defends yellow last year
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) rides to victory in 2012

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) rides to victory in 2012
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Sisteron and Luis Leon Sanchez takes a stage win in 2012

Sisteron and Luis Leon Sanchez takes a stage win in 2012
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Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp) returns to the WorldTour in 2012

Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp) returns to the WorldTour in 2012
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Sylvain Chavanel has a rub down on the QuickStep team bus

Sylvain Chavanel has a rub down on the QuickStep team bus
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Andreas Kloden moved into yellow after stage 5 in 2011

Andreas Kloden moved into yellow after stage 5 in 2011
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Tomas Vaitkus (Astana) shows off his skill

Tomas Vaitkus (Astana) shows off his skill
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2010 and Moinard wins the final stage but Contador claims the overall

2010 and Moinard wins the final stage but Contador claims the overall
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The late Xavier Tondo wins Tourrettes-sur-Loup in 2010

The late Xavier Tondo wins Tourrettes-sur-Loup in 2010
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Peter Sagan won two stages in 2010

Peter Sagan won two stages in 2010
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 Alexandre Vinkourov (T-Mobile)

Alexandre Vinkourov (T-Mobile)
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Wilfried Peters raises a toast after Tom Boonen wins a stage in 2005

Wilfried Peters raises a toast after Tom Boonen wins a stage in 2005
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Former Giro d'Italia winner Pavel Tonkov

Former Giro d'Italia winner Pavel Tonkov
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Joseba Beloki time trials for ONCE

Joseba Beloki time trials for ONCE
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David Millar sports Oakley glasses that wrapped over a ride's head

David Millar sports Oakley glasses that wrapped over a ride's head
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Greg LeMond presents the Mercury team

Greg LeMond presents the Mercury team
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Richard Virenque attacks in Polti colours.

Richard Virenque attacks in Polti colours.
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Holland had to wait 20 years for a winner. Michael Boogerd came along in 1999

Holland had to wait 20 years for a winner. Michael Boogerd came along in 1999
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Rolf Sorenson (Rabobank) shows off his climbing legs in 1999

Rolf Sorenson (Rabobank) shows off his climbing legs in 1999
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Richard Virenque makes his post-Festina comeback with Polti

Richard Virenque makes his post-Festina comeback with Polti
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Lance Armstrong ride Paris-Nice in 1999

Lance Armstrong ride Paris-Nice in 1999
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Frank Vandenbroucke on the podium in Paris-Nice in 1999

Frank Vandenbroucke on the podium in Paris-Nice in 1999
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Chris Boardman is flanked by Stuart O'Grady and Frank Vandenbroucke

Chris Boardman is flanked by Stuart O'Grady and Frank Vandenbroucke
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Frank Vandenbroucke was unbeatable in 1998

Frank Vandenbroucke was unbeatable in 1998
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Frank Vandenbroucke watches back during the 1998 race

Frank Vandenbroucke watches back during the 1998 race
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Danilo Hondo in his T-Mobile days.

Danilo Hondo in his T-Mobile days.
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Nico Mattan

Nico Mattan
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Michele Bartoli uses Paris-Nice to prepare for the Classics in 1999

Michele Bartoli uses Paris-Nice to prepare for the Classics in 1999
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Jacky Durand (FDJ)

Jacky Durand (FDJ)
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Erik Dekker takes in the snowy conditions in 2004

Erik Dekker takes in the snowy conditions in 2004
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Cadel Evans on the attack for Mapei

Cadel Evans on the attack for Mapei
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Laurent Jalabert (CSC) during his final season as a pro rider

Laurent Jalabert (CSC) during his final season as a pro rider
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Alex Zulle (Team Coast) on the attack in 2004

Alex Zulle (Team Coast) on the attack in 2004
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Cadel Evans turned pro with Mapei and is still riding in the peloton

Cadel Evans turned pro with Mapei and is still riding in the peloton
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Dario Frigo is a former winner of Paris-Nice

Dario Frigo is a former winner of Paris-Nice
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Didier Roux defends yellow in 2002

Didier Roux defends yellow in 2002
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Richard Virenque riding for Domo in 2002

Richard Virenque riding for Domo in 2002
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Frank Vandenbroucke and his Fassa Bortolo team

Frank Vandenbroucke and his Fassa Bortolo team
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Team manager Patrick Lefevere

Team manager Patrick Lefevere
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Tyler Hamilton talks to the press at Paris-Nice

Tyler Hamilton talks to the press at Paris-Nice
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Former Cofidis pro Matt White in his riding days

Former Cofidis pro Matt White in his riding days
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Richard Virenque after a fall in Paris-Nice

Richard Virenque after a fall in Paris-Nice
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Alez Zulle on the attack for Phonak in his final season as pro rider

Alez Zulle on the attack for Phonak in his final season as pro rider
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A young Philippe Gilbert

A young Philippe Gilbert
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Jorge Jascke (CSC)

Jorge Jascke (CSC)
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The Cofidis riders pay their respects to Andrei Kivilev

The Cofidis riders pay their respects to Andrei Kivilev
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The 72nd edition of Paris-Nice starts on Sunday with a stage from Mantes to la-Jolie and while the pre-race talk has been centred around Team Sky’s change in line-up the race could still be one of the most exciting stages races of the season to date.

Race organisers ASO have turned the typical format for race on its head, discarding the typical summit finishes and time trials, instead choosing to orchestrate a route that could provide a race that goes right to the wire.

The new look route will see the likes of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) go head to head and in this exclusive gallery we look through nearly two decades of the race with images from Tim De Waele’s extensive photo gallery.

From Floyd Landis to Bradley Wiggins, Richard Virenque to Pavel Tonkov, just click here for the gallery.