OPQS Cycling Team have finalized the team that will participate in the 71st edition of Paris-Nice. As usual the race will cross France from North to South, with an opening Prologue and a conclusive individual Time Trial from Nice to Col D'Eze, for a total of eight days of racing and 1,174 km covered.
"As usual the race will be tough," Sport Director Wilfried Peeters said. "After a short Prologue the riders will face a few nervous stages. The weather conditions, especially the wind, could be a factor. Concerning the GC, the race will be decided in the last three stages with the uphill finish on La Montagne de Lure on Friday, the stage of Nice and the final ITT from Nice to Col d'Eze. We have an experienced team over there. Peter Velits and Chavanel will be our cards for the GC. Sylvain was third with our team a few years ago in the GC. We will count also on a rider such as Meersman, who won a stage last year in Paris-Nice. Concerning Tom Boonen, the race will be another important step to build up his condition prior to the Classics. If we will have the possibility, of course we will try also to go for a stage with him, counting on a great team."
March 3rd to March 10th: Paris - Nice (FRA) WT
Riders Tom Boonen (BEL)Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)Kevin De Weert (BEL)Nikolas Maes (BEL)Gianni Meersman (BEL)Jerome Pineau (FRA)Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL)Peter Velits (SVK) Sports Director Wilfried Peeters (BEL)Jan Schaffrath (GER)
Prologue Houilles - Houilles 2.9 km (ITT)
Stage 1 Saint-Germain-en-Laye - Nemours 195.0 km
Stage 2 Vimory - Cérilly 200.5 km
Stage 3 Châtel-Guyon - Brioude 170.5 km
Stage 4 Brioude - Saint-Vallier 199.5 km
Stage 5 Chateauneuf-du-Pape - La Montagne de Lure 176.0 km
Stage 6 Manosque - Nice 220.5 km
Stage 7 Nice - Col d'Eze 9.6 km (ITT)