Porte claims second Paris-Nice title

Australia’s Richie Porte captured his second Paris-Nice title, overhauling a 36-second deficit on the final day.

Frenchman Tony Gallopin had stretched ahead after

winning Saturday’s sixth stage,

and was bidding to become the first home winner for 18 years.

But Team Sky’s Porte, 30, took Sunday’s 9.6km time-trial on the Col d’Eze in 20 minutes 23 seconds, with Gallopin 1:39 adrift in sixth spot overall.

World champion Bradley Wiggins, who was in 103rd place, withdrew beforehand.

In unusually cold and wet weather, Porte finished the early season classic stage race 30 seconds clear of Michal Kwiatkowski, the Polish world road-race champion, who opened the race by

winning the prologue

outside Paris last Sunday.

Slovenian Simon Spilak took third place overall after finishing second in the time trial.

Porte became the first Australian winner of the ‘Race to the Sun’ when he

triumphed in 2013.

“I relish this win even more than two years ago,” the Tasmanian-born rider said. “In between times I had a bad season.”

Paris – Nice Stage seven result

1.
Richie Porte

(Aus/Team Sky) 20 minutes 23 seconds

2.
Simon Spilak

(Slo/Katusha) +13secs

3.
Rui Costa

(Por/Lampre) +24secs

4.
Tony Martin

(Ger/Etixx – Quick-Step) +29secs

5.
Michal Kwiatkowski

(Pol/Etixx – Quick-Step) ”

6.
Andrew Talansky

(US/Cannondale) +37secs

7.
Geraint Thomas

(GB/Team Sky) +39secs

8.
Jon Izagirre

(Spa/Movistar) +50secs

9.
Tim Wellens

(Bel/Lotto) +54secs

10.
Gorka Izagirre

(Spa/Movistar) +55secs

Final overall standings:

1.
Richie Porte

(Aus/Team Sky) 29 hours 10 minutes 41 seconds

2.
Michal Kwiatkowski

(Pol/Etixx – Quick-Step) +30secs

3.
Simon Spilak

(Slo/Katusha)

4.
Rui Costa

(Por/Lampre)

5.
Geraint Thomas

(GB/Team Sky) +41secs

6.
Tony Gallopin

(Fra/Lotto) +1:03

7.
Jakob Fuglsang

(Den/Astana) +1:05

8.
Rafael Valls

(Spa/Lampre) +1:24

9.
Gorka Izagirre

(Spa/Movistar) +1:38

10.
Tim Wellens

(Bel/Lotto) +2:18

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/31896196

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