With the preliminaries behind us, winter training done and dusted, the Paris-Nice event starting out this week and the TirrenoAdriatico beginning next week, the first serious stage races of this season are fast clicking into gear.
In the hearts of many traditionalists, the “Race to the Sun,” as the Paris-Nice event is fondly called holds a unique place. The race which celebrates its 75th edition this year is seen majorly as the “real” opener of the stage race calendar.
Throughout the years past, a number of the biggest names in the sport has gone on to win the French race.
Making his European debut after winning the Santos Tour Down Under to open his season, will be two time winner, Richie Porte of BMC Racing. He remains amongst one of the favorites to win the treble.