paris-nice route 2017Where: France
When: March 4-11, 2018
Rank: UCI WorldTour

In its 76th year in 2018, Paris-Nice, nicknamed the race to the sun, dates back to 1933 and sees riders begin in Paris and finish in Nice after eight days of racing.

Sergio Henao (Team Sky) took victory at Paris-Nice 2017, the first stage race 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 Thomas 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 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 2018 route is yet to be announced but isn’t expect to break the mould.


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)

Key info: Paris-Nice route | Paris-Nice start list | TV guide
Website: Paris-Nice

Paris-Nice 2017 provided day after day of scintillating racing with Sergio Henao eventually emerging victorious by two seconds from Alberto Contador.

Where to watch live coverage and catch highlights of the 2017 edition of Paris-Nice (March 5-12)