paris-nice route 2017Where: France
When: March 5-12, 2017
Rank: UCI WorldTour

Sergio Henao (Team Sky) took victory at Paris-Nice 2017, the first stage victory of his career.

The Colombian moved into yellow on the penultimate day of the race, as home favourite Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) dropped out of contention.

However despite the final stage in the hills around Nice being relatively short (115.5km), the five categorised climbs provided plenty of places to attack.

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) is never one to turn down an opportunity to attack, and duly launched his move on the penultimate climb of the day, the Côte de Peille, as he attempted to overturn a 31-second deficit to Henao.

Henao was unable to follow, meaning that the race was set up as a carbon copy of the final stage of the 2016 Paris-Nice, when Contador attacked another Team Sky rider – Geraint Thomas.

In 2016 Geraint Thoams was able to claw back enough time on the final descent into Nice to win the race by four seconds, and faced with an identical scenario, Henao did exactly the same.

The Team Sky rider took enough time on the final descent to finish 21 seconds behind Contador on the stage, which despite the Spaniard picking up six bonus seconds for finishing second on the stage – behind David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors), was enough for Henao to win Paris-Nice 2017 by a slender two seconds.

The 2017 edition of Paris-Nice once again took its place in the cycling calendar at the start of March, providing the first major stage race of the European season.

Nicknamed, the Race to the Sun, Paris-Nice 2017 followed a traditional course, with the race starting just outside Paris, in the town of Bois d’Arcy on March 5, running all the way down to the finish in Nice on the Côte d’Azur seven days later.

The Paris-Nice route for 2017 featured the usual mix of flat and mountainous terrain, with an individual time trial thrown into the mix for good measure.

The race started with three flat stages, before presenting the first test for the overall contenders: a 14.8km individual time trial finishing with the 3km climb of Mont Brouilly.

The Mont Brouilly stage was cancelled due to snow in 2016, but provided a spectacular time trial better weather in 2017.

Another flat stage followed to Bourg de Peage, before a testing stage six to Fayence which featured six categorised climbs.

The queen stage of Paris-Nice then followed, with the race reaching its highest ever point with the summit finish at the Col de Couillole, where Richie Porte (BMC) proved triumphant.

This 15.7km climb averages over seven per cent, and is the toughest climb that Paris-Nice has tackled for a number of years.

Paris Nice 2017 stages

Stage one: Bois-d’Arcy > Bois-d’Arcy, 148.5 km | Report | Video
Stage two: Rochefort-en-Yvelines > Amilly, 192.5 km | Report | Video
Stage three: Chablis > Chalon-sur-Saône, 190 km | Report | Video
Stage four: Beaujeu >Mont-Brouilly, 14.5 km (ITT) | Report | Video
Stage five: Quincié-en-Beaujolais > Bourg-de-Péage, 199.5 km | Report | Video
Stage six: Aubagne > Fayence, 192 km | Report | Video
Stage seven: Nice > Col de la Couillole, 177 km | Report | Video
Stage eight: Nice > Nice, 115.5 km | Report | Video

Paris-Nice 2017 teams

Ag2r-La Mondiale (FRA)
Astana (KAZ)
Bahrain-Merida (BHR)
BMC Racing (USA)
Bora-Hansgrohe (GER)
Cannondale-Drapac (USA)
Dimension Data (RSA)
Katusha – Alpecin (SUI)
Lotto Soudal (BEL)
LottoNL-Jumbo (NED)
Movistar (ESP)
Orica-Scott (AUS)
Quick-Step Floors (BEL)
Team Sky (GBR)
Team Sunweb (GER)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
UAE Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Fortuneo Vital Concept (FRA)

Paris-Nice: Recent winners

2017: Sergio Henao (Col)
2016: Geraint Thomas (GBr)
2015: Richie Porte (Aus)
2014: Carlos Betancur (Col)
2013: Richie Porte (Aus)
2012: Bradley Wiggins (GBr)
2011: Tony Martin (Ger)
2010: Alberto Contador (Spa)
2009: Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa)
2008: Davide Rebellin (Ita)
2007: Alberto Contador (Ita)
2006: Floyd Landis (USA)

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