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Porte Wins Paris-Nice As Team Sky Send A Warning

posted 10 Mar 2013, 10:51 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 10 Mar 2013, 10:51 ]

Richard Porte becomes the first Australian to win the Paris-Nice week long race by clinching the final stage time trial as Team Sky send out a message to the rest of the peloton.

NICE - COL D'EZE, FRANCE (MARCH 10, 2013) (ASO) -  Team Sky laid down an early marker when domestique Richie Porte became the first Australian to win the Paris-Nice week long race in trademark fashion on Sunday (March 10).

Porte, who may become one of Sky's team leaders next season on the Giro d'Italia, sealed the win when he won in the final time trial, a 9.6-km uphill dash from Nice to the Col d'Eze.

The Australian, one of Wiggins's lieutenants during last year's Tour, took full advantage of his only moment of freedom in the season to snatch his biggest victory.

Porte won the time trial in a time of 19 minutes and 16 seconds while Garmin-Sharp's Andre Talansky finished 23 seconds behind to claim second place overall.

Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud took fourth place in the time trial, behind Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas, to claim third place overall, one minute 21 seconds off the pace.

The time trial was Porte's second victory of the week having also won the queen stage on Friday (March 8) finishing at the top of the Montagne de Lure after his team mates set the early tempo at the bottom of the climb.

Team Sky, who dominated 2012 with Bradley Wiggins claiming the Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine titles on his way to becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, were their usual controlling selves on the French roads.

On Saturday (March 9) at Tirreno-Adriatico Team Sky's Chris Froome smashed the field with an awe-inspiring win at the Prato di Tivo after being perfectly set up by team mates Sergio HenaoDario Cataldo and Rigoberto Uran.

In the process, Froome beat Spaniards Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodriguezas well as Australian Cadel Evans and Italian Vincenzo Nibali.

Last year's runner-up in the Tour de France is now leading the race after finishing sixth on stage five on Sunday and Porte said Team Sky are full of confidence ahead of the Tour de France.

"Bradley (Wiggins) won (Paris-Nice) last year and Chris (Froome) is now in the lead at Tirreno so whatever happens we're going to have a hell of a team for the Tour de France," Porte said.