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.

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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.