Paris-Nice, nicknamed the ‘Race To The Sun’, dates back to 1933 and sees riders tackle eight days of racing, including flat stages, mountains stages and a time trial as the race works its way southwards through France.

The key stages of the 2018 race will be stage four’s 18.4-kilometre individual time trial; climbing stages six and seven; and the final stage around Nice itself.

Sergio Henao (Team Sky) took the victory at Paris-Nice last season, the first stage race win 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.

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Henao and Alaphilippe both return for 2018, and are joined on the start list by other general classification hopefuls such as Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Henao’s team-mate Wout Poels (Team Sky), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Esteban Chaves, Simon Yates (both Mitchelton-Scott), and Gorka and Ion Izagirre (both Bahrain-Merida).

Sprinters in the race will have several opportunities to grab a win, with Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) among the fastmen in attendance.

Stage six is a gruelling trip from Nice to Valdeblore La Colmiane that packs in five categorised climbs, including a first category summit finish.

The race concludes on Sunday, March 11, with a tricky final stage starting and finishing in Nice.