Provisional list of riders and teams taking part in Paris-Nice 2018 (March 4-11)

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Last year’s Paris-Nice winner Sergio Henao (Team Sky) will return to defend his title in 2018, and will come up against a strong start list that features key rivals Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) and Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates).

Unlike last year, though, Henao will not be challenged by Alberto Contador. The Spaniard finished in second spot behind Henao in 2017, just two seconds adrift after a tense final stage – but he retired from professional cycling at the end of the season.

Instead, Colombian Henao will have to fend off compatriot Chaves, who is part of a strong Mitchelton-Scott team that also includes British rider Simon Yates, who won a stage and finished ninth overall last year and also ranks as a GC favourite.

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Martin was third overall last year, but has now swapped teams from Quick-Step Floors to UAE Team Emirates, where he is joined at Paris-Nice by Alexander Kristoff and Rui Costa. Martin has stated openly that this is the year he really wants to make his mark in stage races – and Paris-Nice could provide that opportunity.

Henao himself is backed by a typically strong Sky team, which includes co-leader Wout Poels – the Dutch climber just won a stage of the Ruta del Sol on his way to second overall – and David de la Cruz. The latter won the final Paris-Nice stage last year, and won the individual time trial stage at Ruta del Sol this year.



Also worth watching out for are Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), the Izagirre brothers at Bahrian-Merida and a strong BMC line-up that includes Irishman Nicolas Roche and American Tejay van Garderen.

Kristoff will be there to contest the eight-day race’s sprint stages against Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and 2017 stage winner Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The 2018 Paris-Nice route features a summit finish on stage seven and a 18.4-kilometre individual time trial on stage four. The race starts on March 4 and finishes on March 11.

>>> Paris-Nice 2018 route: Stage by stage

The provisional Paris-Nice start list may be subject to change prior to the race start.

Paris-Nice 2018 start list

Team Sky
HENAO, Sergio (Col)
POELS, Wout (Ned)
DE LA CRUZ, David (Esp)
HENAO, Sebastián (Col)
ROSA, Diego (Ita)
STANNARD, Ian (GBr)
VAN BAARLE, Dylan (Ned)

Michelton-Scott
CHAVES, Esteban (Col)
YATES, Simon (GBr)
EDMONDSON, Alexander (Aus)
HAYMAN, Mathew (Aus)
JUUL-JENSEN, Christopher (Den)
KREUZIGER, Roman (Cze)
TRENTIN, Matteo (Ita)

Bahrain-Merida
IZAGIRRE, Gorka (Esp)
IZAGIRRE, Ion (Esp)
BOARO, Manuele (Ita)
GARCIA, Ivan (Esp)
HAUSSLER, Heinrich (Aus)
NIBALI, Antonio (Ita)
PIBERNIK, Luka (Slo)

Quick-Step Floors
ALAPHILIPPE, Julian (Fra)
VIVIANI, Elia (Ita)
DECLERCQ, Tim (Bel)
DEVENYNS, Dries (Bel)
LAMPAERT, Yves (Bel)
MØRKØV, Michael (Den)
SABATINI, Fabio (Ita)

Lotto-Soudal
WELLENS, Tim (Bel)
BAK, Lars Ytting (Den)
DE BUYST, Jasper (Bel)
DE GENDT, Thomas (Bel)
GREIPEL, André (Ger)
SIEBERG, Marcel (Ger)
WALLAYS, Jelle (Bel)

Ag2r La Mondiale
CHÉREL, Mickaël (Fra)
DOMONT, Axel (Fra)
GALLOPIN, Tony (Fra)
GAUTIER, Cyril (Fra)
NAESEN, Oliver (Bel)
VANDENBERGH, Stijn (Bel)
VUILLERMOZ, Alexis (Fra)

Groupama-FDJ
DÉMARE, Arnaud (Fra)
DELAGE, Mickaël (Fra)
GUARNIERI, Jacopo (Ita)
KONOVALOVAS, Ignatas (Ltu)
LE GAC, Olivier (Fra)
MOLARD, Rudy (Fra)
SINKELDAM, Ramon (Ned)

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
BOUHANNI, Nacer (Fra)
EDET, Nicolas (Fra)
HERRADA, Jesús (Esp)
HERRADA, José (Esp)
LEMOINE, Cyril (Fra)
LAPORTE, Christophe (Fra)
VAN LERBERGHE, Bert (Bel)

Direct Energie
CALMEJANE, Lilian (Fra)
TULIK, Angelo (Fra)
COUSIN, Jérôme (Fra)
BOUDAT, Thomas (Fra)
GRELLIER, Fabien (Fra)
CHAVANEL, Sylvain (Fra)
HIVERT, Jonathan (Fra)

Team Fortuneo-Samsic
BARGUIL, Warren (Fra)
BOUET, Maxime (Fra)
DELAPLACE, Anthony (Fra)
LEDANOIS, Kevin (Fra)
MOINARD, Amaël (Fra)
PERICHON, Pierre-Luc (Fra)
PICHON, Laurent (Fra)

Delko Marseille Provence KTM
COMBAUD, Romain (Fra)
DI GRÉGORIO, Rémy (Fra)
FERNANDEZ, Delio (Esp)
JONES, Brenton (Aus)
KASPERKIEWICZ, Przemysław (Pol)
MORENO, Javier (Esp)
SISKEVICIUS, Evaldas (Ltu)

Team Sunweb
OOMEN, Sam (Ned)
BAUHAUS, Phil (Ger)
CURVERS, Roy (Ned)
HAMILTON, Chris (Aus)
TEUNISSEN, Mike (Ned)
THEUNS, Edward (Bel)
VERVAEKE, Louis (Bel)

Bora-Hansgrohe
BENNETT, Sam (Irl)
BAšKA, Erik (Svk)
GROßSCHARTNER, Felix (Aut)
KONRAD, Patrick (Aut)
POLJANSKI, Pawel (Pol)
SAGAN, Juraj (Svk)
SCHWARZMANN, Michael (Ger)

Astana Pro Team
FUGLSANG, Jakob (Den)
CORT NIELSEN, Magnus (Den)
FRAILE, Omar (Esp)
GRUZDEV, Dmitriy (Kaz)
HOULE, Hugo (Can)
SANCHEZ, Luis Leon (Esp)
VALGREN, Michael (Den)

Team Lotto NL-Jumbo
GROENEWEGEN, Dylan (Ned)
BOOM, Lars (Ned)
GESINK, Robert (Ned)
JANSEN, Amund Grondahl (Nor)
LEEZER, Tom (Ned)
MARTENS, Paul (Ger)
ROOSEN, Timo (Ned)

Team Dimension Data
BERHANE Natnael (Eri)
DOUGALL Nick (RSA)
GIBBONS Ryan (RSA)
KING Benjamin (USA)
PAUWELS Serge (Bel)
SLAGTER Tom-Jelte (Ned)
THOMSON Jay Robert (RSA)

Movistar Team
CARAPAZ, Richard (Ecu)
CASTRILLO, Jaime (Esp)
DE LA PARTE, Víctor (Esp)
ERVITI, Imanol (Esp)
QUINTANA, Dayer (Col)
SOLER, Marc (Esp)
SEPÚLVEDA, Eduardo (Arg)

Team Katusha-Alpecin
ZAKARIN, Ilnur (Rus)
BOSWELL, Ian (USA)
HALLER, Marco (Aut)
KOCHETKOV, Pavel (Rus)
LAMMERTINK, Maurits (Ned)
MACHADO, Tiago (Por)
POLITT, Nils (Ger)

UAE Team Emirates
BONO, Matteo (Ita)
BYSTRØM, Sven Erik (Nor)
COSTA, Rui (Por)
KRISTOFF, Alexander (Nor)
MARTIN, Daniel (Irl)
SUTHERLAND, Rory (Aus)
SWIFT, Ben (GBr)

BMC Racing Team
VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (USA)
DE MARCHI, Alessandro (Ita)
DRUCKER, Jean-Pierre (Lux)
GERRANS, Simon (Aus)
ROCHE, Nicolas (Irl)
ROELANDTS, Jurgen (Bel)
TEUNS, Dylan (Bel)

Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
ROLLAND, Pierre (Fra)
BRESCHEL, Matti (Den)
CRADDOCK, Lawson (USA)
DOCKER, Mitchell (Aus)
LANGEVELD, Sebastian (Ned)
MCLAY, Daniel (GBr)
SCULLY, Thomas (NZl)

Trek-Segafredo
MOLLEMA, Bauke (Ned)
BERNARD, Julien (Fra)
DEGENKOLB, John (Ger)
DE KORT, Koen (Ned)
PANTANO, Jarlinson (Col)
RAST, Gregory (Sui)
REIJNEN, Kiel (USA)