Paris-Nice 2018: Favourites

bauke mollema - In the last two editions, the overall victory in Paris-Nice came down to seconds. The 2018 edition features mountain stages, a hilly time trial, and a number of races with a punchy finale. Whoever are the favourites to win the GC? brings you the major contenders to win Paris-Nice. (Slideshow route/profile)

In 2016, Geraint Thomas won Paris-Nice 4 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador and last edition Sergio Henao outgunned El Pistolero by 2 seconds overall. Which goes to show, every second counts at the Race to the Sun.

Probably, the likes of Julian Alaphilippe are eyeing up the punchy arrival of the 1st stage and its time bonuses, while those kind of riders are likely to strike in the tricky (and punchy) finale of the 6th stage, too. Yet, proper time gaps are to be expected in the hilly time trial and the Queen Stage on the penultimate day of racing. Also, the final stage had a major impact on GC in the last several years.

So, the overall victor has to be a good time trialist and an outstanding climber, while some puncher’s skills could mean extra time bonuses on a number of stages.

Of the riders who are still racing, Davide Rebellin (2008), Luis León Sánchez (2009), Tony Martin (2011), Richie Porte (2013, 2015), Carlos Betancur (2014), Geraint Thomas (2016) and Sergio Henao (2017) won Paris-Nice in the last decade.

Favourites Paris-Nice 2018

*** Sergio Henao, Bauke Mollema, Esteban Chaves, Simon Yates, Ilnur Zakarin
** Sam Oomen, Jakob Fuglsang, Ion Izagirre, Daniel Martin
* Robert Gesink, Warren Barguil, Julian Alaphilippe, David de la Cruz

Paris-Nice 2018: Route maps, height profiles, and more

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