Pineau doesn't see any clear favourite

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It was the aim of the organisers to make this year's Paris-Nice a wide open race and it will be the case according to IAM's Jerome Pineau, one of the experienced riders of the peloton.

“The course can make it wide open but it depends on us riders to make it exciting,” the Frenchman said.
“Some teams with strong finishers could keep the race locked and make it boring. But the main news, apart from the course is the absence of Richie Porte for Sky had controlled the race in the previous years which will not be the case this year,” he said
“If (Sky team leader) Geraint Thomas is a favourite, then I'm a favourite too,” he added, before reviewing the best prospects in this year's Race to the Sun.
“From the early season race, (Vincenzo) Nibali is doing alright but he's not at the top yet. As for Rui Costa, he did not arch-dominate in Algarve. To me Sylvain (Chavanel) is as much of a favourite as they are,” he said.
But Sylvain Chavanel, sitting next to him, reminded him of other contenders to take into account.
“Tejay van Garderen will be there, but Simon Gerrans is one of the other riders the course should favour,” he said.    

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