The “Race to the Sun” celebrates its 75th birthday in 2017. Paris-Nice, the first European WorldTour stage race on the calendar, is poised to offer exciting racing again this year. Cannondale-Drapac will line-up three riders from North America and home rider Pierre Rolland as part of an eight-man roster.
Starting off with a 148.5 kilometer sprinter’s stage, the race features four 190+ kilometer days, a 14.5 kilometer individual time trial in stage four and an explosive last weekend, with three category one climbs on both Friday and Saturday, and five categorized climbs in Sunday’s stage, including two of the first category.
DS Charly Wegelius said of the route: “2017 Paris-Nice has an interesting route, with no prologue and an individual time trial that will be hard to interpret. The last three days will offer especially exciting racing. As always the mood of the weather can influence this race greatly.”
“I’m ready to race again, I haven’t yet this year, so there’s always that first race question mark. The team looks really strong. We have a number of guys that could have the chance to win a stage and/or potentially finish up on general classification as well,” Dombrowski said. “I’m excited for it. I’ve never done Paris-Nice before, but I’ve lived here every season since I turned professional so I know the roads really well. I think I know every square inch of the final stage and I can see the finish of the final stage from my living room. I’m excited to walk home from the the bus.”
Ultimately, Wegelius hopes the young squad takes the liberties given to them.
“We have a young team that is full of talent,” Wegelius said. “This will be an exciting opportunity for many of them to push themselves without the constraints of working for fixed leaders. I hope the riders will take advantage of that and put on an exciting show.”
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Cannondale-Drapac for Paris-Nice:
Lawson Craddock (USA)
Joe Dombrowski (USA)
Davide Formolo (ITA)
Kristijan Koren (SLK)
Pierre Rolland (FRA)
Tom-Jelte Slagter (NLD)
Davide Villella (ITA)
Mike Woods (CAN)