Paris-Nice 2015 Route prologue: Maurepas - Maurepas
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - Paris-Nice starts with a prologue in 6.7 kilometres in Maurepas, a town of 20.0000 to the southwest of Paris. The fastest rider will be in the leaders jersey tomorrow. Bradley Wiggins will be battling it out with the likes of Tony Martin and Tom Dumoulin...
Straight from the start the pace will and must be high since the straight road descents for the first 1.7 kilometres at 2.5%. Then comes a sharp turn, followed by a right and left turn after a few hundred metres. From kilometre 2.7 to kilometre 4.1 the road rises slightly at 2.1%. Still the pace will be high since there are no turns, but this changes when a sharp left turn at kilometre 4.5 will dampen the pace considerably. The last 2.2 kilometres are on a flat and straight road so blasting to the line, that’s the way to go now.
Last year it was Nacer Bouhanni winning the opening-race of Paris-Nice after a flat stage culminating in a bunch sprint.
Chances are chrono’s will have an huge impact on the overall in Paris-Nice 2015. Opening with the Maurepas prologue, the ‘Race to the Sun’ concludes with a climbing time trial up Col d’Eze on the last day.
The first rider leaves at 1.35 PM local time, while the last rider is off at 4.15 PM. Every minute a rider rolls of the start-podium.
The are the start times (CET) of the main contenders
16:03 Wilco Kelderman (nld)
16:07 Tom Dumoulin (nl)
16:08 Bradley Wiggins (gb)
16:09 Tejay Van Garderen (usa)
16:10 Fabio Aru (ita)
16:13 Rui Costa (por)
16:14 Jean-Christophe Peraud (fra)
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