Paris-Nice route announced

The route of the 2006 edition of the Paris-Nice stage race, March 5-12 was announced in Nanterre on Monday. World champion Tom Boonen will be the star drawcard for the 'race to the sun', which is traditionally the first top-level European stage race of the year.

"We wanted him to be able to display his strengths every day," said race director Christian Prudhomme of Boonen's participation in the race. There will be no long time trials in this year's event, he pointed out, and no mountain top finishes.

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