Paris-Nice prologue start times

Geraint Thomas starts fourth from last in the 6.1km Paris-Nice prologue, with Tom Dumoulin going into the stage as favourite

Geraint Thomas in action during the Stage Nine ITT of the 2015 Tour de Suisse (Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

Tom Dumoulin will go into the Paris-Nice prologue as the favourite to take the first yellow jersey, with his closest rival Rohan Dennis having to withdraw before the event.

The Giant-Alpecin rider will have 13 riders starting after him on the 6.1km course in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, of which Geraint Thomas and Luis Leon Sanchez are among the most likely to challenge his time.

Of the early starters, LottoNL-Jumbo's Jos van Emden could set the early pace, heading down the ramp fifth.

Defending champion Richie Porte starts last at 13.38 (UK time), with Team Sky's Thomas leaving the gate three minutes before.

Final 15 starters (UK time)

13.24 Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale

13.25 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis

13.26 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin

13.27 Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Astana

13.28 Ion Izagirre (Esp) Movistar

13.29 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ

13.30 Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step)

13.31 Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff

13.32 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge

13.33 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale

13.34 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Soudal

13.35 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky

13.36 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre-Merida

13.37 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha

13.38 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC

Select others

10.47 Jos van Emden (Ned) Lotto-Soudal

11.03 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha

11.29 Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling

12.35 Matthais Brändle (Swi) IAM Cycling

13.10 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.