Paris-Nice is an eight-day staple of the WorldTour calendar that has run since 1933. It’s traditionally the first opportunity for Tour de France hopefuls to stretch their legs and give us a hint of their form coming into spring.
This year’s edition features two mountain-top finishes and, notably, a 32km team time trial – a discipline not seen in Paris-Nice for more than 30 years.
The team time trial is also being run in a new and exciting format. The absence of any prologue or individual time trial means GC contenders will likely have to wait until the final weekend of the race to nail their chances of victory. Paris-Nice 2023 schedule and race favourites
Could Daniel Felipe Martinez turn his third-place finish into a win? FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images
The 2023 edition of Paris-Nice begins in La Verrière on 5 March and finishes in (you guessed it) Nice on 12 March, having covered 1,201km in the process.
With the most significant climbs stacked towards the end of the race, we’re expecting an exciting finale.
The stage 3 team time trial follows a different format than normal, with the teams’ final time check being taken on the first rider to cross the line, rather than the fourth or fifth as is commonplace.This could see teams employing interesting tactics. Could they use up sacrificial riders earlier on in an attempt to lead their GC favourites towards glory? Or will they stick together as an aero juggernaut?Time trial stages have often been accused of […]
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