Geraint Thomas secures Paris-Nice title

Geraint Thomas is only the third British cyclist to win the prestigious Paris-Nice race in the 83-year history of the event

Welshman Geraint Thomas has become only the third Briton to win the prestigious Paris-Nice race.

The Team Sky rider started the final day in yellow with a 15-second lead over Alberto Contador and claimed the title after Sunday's seventh stage over 141 kilometres.

Thomas, 29, follows Tom Simpson (1967) and Bradley Wiggins (2012) as British winners of an event which began in 1933, and the victory will underline his credentials as a future Tour de France winner.

Contador attacked from 50 kilometres out, with the benefit of two Tinkoff team-mates in the breakaway up the road to work with.

The depleted Team Sky squad worked hard to bring the escape group back, but Contador and BMC's Richie Porte surged off the front of the small lead group on the final climb with 20km remaining.

Contador appeared to be heading for a third Paris-Nice win, but Thomas recovered 30 seconds in the final descent with the help of Sky team-mate Sergio Henao and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal).

As Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) sprinted past Contador for the stage win, Thomas nestled himself in a group of riders who crossed the line just five seconds down on the Spaniard to seal the general classification.

It is Thomas' second win of the season, having also beaten Contador at the Volta ao Algarve in February, and the fifth stage race victory of his career.

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