Since 1933, Paris–Nice has been the first major event of the season for the stars gunning for glory in stage races. The balance of power on the Promenade des Anglais or the Col d'Èze, depending on the season, gives us our first glimpse of where each Tour de France favourite stands.

To mark the 80th edition, is looking back on how the Race to the Sun shaped the careers of ten riders who shared a special bond with the event. In 1935, local hero René Vietto claimed his biggest victory ever while still at the dawn of his career. To this day, he remains the youngest winner of Paris–Nice.

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