Chavanel wants to do even better this year



Sylvain Chavanel has always loved Paris-Nice and the Frenchman has kept improving in the Race to the Sun, winning the green jersey last year after finishing third in 2009 while clinching three stages between 2008 and 2013.

"I want to be in the front. I have a nice history with Paris-Nice with several Top 10 finishes, one podium. Last year I rode a great Paris-Nice and my goal is to do at least as well this year," said the Frenchman who moved from Omega Quick Step to Swiss team IAM in the mid-season.
The course, without any time trial or mountain finish this year, seems to suit his all-round abilities, but the former French champion made it clear he feared the main ascent of the week, the winding and steep Mont Brouilly in the 4th stage to Belleville.  
"On paper, the course suits me perfectly even though a time trial would have given me a little bit of an edge before the Mont Brouilly, which is very step with passage at 27 percent," he said.
"In any case, it's Paris-Nice, it's the first big date of the season and every team has a man capable of winning it. I've rode it enough to know that every kilometer counts and that you need to stay cautious from start to finish," he said.
Welcoming the fine weather forecast all week, Chavanel reminded that he always improved as the week unfolds.
"I always feel at my best in the last weekend of Paris-Nice. I don't know why, but that's he case. In any case it's going to be a race which will be decided by a few seconds", he warned.  

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Jersey wearers after the stage 8

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