In last two editions of Paris-Nice started with a prologue, resulting in victories for Michal Kwiatkowski (2015) and Michael Matthews (2016). Three years ago it was the last time the Race to the Sun took off with a regular stage, and Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to glory.
Stage 1 in Paris-Nice 2017 takes in a large loop around Bois d’Arcy. The route features the Côte de Senlisse twice. This 1.1 kilometre climb at 5.5% is crested at kilometre 55 and kilometre 132.5. Besides this uphill section the route is predominantly flat, yet the finale has a suprise up its sleeve as the penultimate kilometre is averaging 6%. Then a short drop catapults the riders into the false flat arrival of 500 metres.
The first three riders on the line in Bois d’Arcy take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints (after 55 and 132 kilometres) come with 3, 2 and 1 each.
Paris-Nice 2017 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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