Paris-Nice has long held its place in the cycling calendar as the first major stage race of the season, and while these days the peloton has more than half a dozen major stage races already under its belt, none have the prestige, length and difficulty of the ASO-run event.
For that reason, Paris-Nice attracts a strong field for its eight stages, which are bookended with individual time trials. The race begins with a short prologue in Maurepas on Sunday and ends with an uphill time trial on the Col d'Eze next week, and in between there are ample opportunities for sprinters, climbers and roulers alike.
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