paris-nice route 2017Where: France
When: March 5-12, 2017
Rank: UCI WorldTour

The 2017 edition of Paris-Nice will once again take its place in the cycling calendar at the start of March, providing the first major stage race of the European season.

Nicknamed, the Race to the Sun, Paris-Nice 2017 will follow a traditional course, with the race starting just outside Paris, in the town of Bois d’Arcy on March 5, running all the way down to the finish in Nice on the Côte d’Azur seven days later.

The Paris-Nice route for 2017 features the usual mix of flat and mountainous terrain, with an individual time trial thrown into the mix for good measure.

The race starts with three flat stages, before the first test for the overall contenders: a 14.8km individual time trial finishing with the 3km climb of Mont Brouilly.

The Mont Brouilly stage was cancelled due to snow in 2016, so race organisers will be hoping for better weather in 2017.

Another flat stage follows to Bourg de Peage, before a testing stage six to Fayence which features six categorised climbs.

Three of those climbs are first category ascents, but it should be final climb of the Mur de Fayence, a steep ramp not used since Carlos Betancur won there in 2014, that will provide the most excitement.

The queen stage of Paris-Nice follows, with the race reaching its highest ever point with the summit finish at the Col de Couillole.

This 15.7km climb averages over seven per cent, and is the toughest climb that Paris-Nice has tackled for a number of years.

Paris-Nice 2017 will be decided on the final stage around Nice, which promises excitement, with the destination of the yellow jersey of the 2016 race only being finalised after Geraint Thomas’s frantic descent off the final climb.

Thomas will return to Paris-Nice in 2017 in an attempt to retain his crown, but will also have to fight off the challenge of Albeto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) who finished second in 2016.

The vast majority of the Paris-Nice start list is yet to be confirmed, and we’ll update this page as more riders confirm their attendance.

Paris Nice 2017 stages

Stage one: Bois-d’Arcy > Bois-d’Arcy, 148.5 km
Stage two: Rochefort-en-Yvelines > Amilly, 192.5 km
Stage three: Chablis > Chalon-sur-Saône, 190 km
Stage four: Beaujeu >Mont-Brouilly, 14.5 km (ITT)
Stage five: Quincié-en-Beaujolais > Bourg-de-Péage, 199.5 km
Stage six: Aubagne > Fayence, 192 km
Stage seven: Nice > Col de la Couillole, 177 km
Stage eight: Nice > Nice, 115.5 km

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)
FDJ (FRA)
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

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)

Paris-Nice: top 10 (2016)

1. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, 27-26-40
2. Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff, at 4s
3. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC, at 12s
4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha, at 20s
5. Ion Izagirre (Esp) Movistar, at 37s
6. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky, at 44s
7. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge, st
8. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Soudal, at 51s
9. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1-00
10. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida, 1-07

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The Paris-Nice route for 2017 has been announced, with the course including the highest road in the race's history, and at least three other tough stages.

A royal battle between the big guns of this year’s Paris-Nice – including Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) – left the Welshman in…