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On-bike footage from the opening prologue of the 2016 edition of Paris-Nice in France on Sunday gives you an idea of what it was like to ride the short 6.1-kilometre time trial at full speed.
The on-bike camera footage is interspersed with shots from the roadside and from within team cars, as sports directors give information to their riders to help them navigate the route as quickly as possible.
Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) took the victory on the relatively flat route around Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, placing one second ahead of pre-race favourite Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin).
Patrick Bevin (Cannondale) placed third at two seconds, with British overall hope Geraint Thomas (Sky) in seventh at seven seconds.
Remarkably, it was Matthews’ first race of 2016 – to win on a season debut is an unusual feat.
Matthews will wear the yellow jersey of race leader going into Monday’s opening road stage, a long 198km ride from Condé-sur-Vesgre to Vendôme which features several sections of gravel roads and two categorised climbs within its final 25km.
The 2016 edition of Paris-Nice concludes on Sunday, March 13.