Arnaud Demare comes away with a sprint victory after a cold day in Northern France, and Michael Matthews defends yellow jersey.
French sprinter Arnaud Démare sprints to victory on a tricky Paris-Nice stage that includes dirt roads and short, punchy climbs.
Michael Matthews kicked off Paris-Nice with a surprise prologue victory over several strong time trialists, including runner-up Tom Dumoulin
Michael Matthews leads the general classification at Paris-Nice after nabbing a prologue victory ahead of Tom Dumoulin
Michael Matthews bumps Tom Dumoulin off the hot seat and holds on to take the win in the Paris-Nice prologue
Marcel Kittel, Alexander Kristoff, and André Greipel headline a strong roster of sprinters set to take on Paris-Nice
The Australian has sinusitis and will not compete at the eight-day "Race to the Sun," which starts with a prologue Sunday.
The first weekend of March offers dirty racing on Italy's white roads, the WorldTour's second race at Paris-Nice, and action in Belgium.
Porte, Thomas, and Bardet will be gunning for early season wins, but it's likely that Alberto Contador will win the "Race to the sun."
Alberto Contador won his first major stage race in Paris-Nice 2007, and he'll use it again this year as Tour de France prep.