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14th March 2016
Geraint Thomas won Paris Nice yesterday, resisting Alberto Contador's strong attack on the final day.
According to CyclingNews, Contador had 15 seconds to make up on Thomas, and launched an attack on the Cote de Peille. Team Sky were able to bring the race back together by the bottom of the Col d'Eze climb.
On the Col d'Eze, Rafal Majka set the pace for Contador, and the Spaniard moved clear. He was joined by Richie Porte, and they picked up Tim Wellens, who had been out front in the day's breakaway. Thomas was unable to go with Contador's group on the Col d'Eze, and was 35s behind at the top.
Using a big gear, and helped by teammate Sergio Henao plus Tony Gallopin, Thomas closed the gap on the descent into Nice, and was only 5s behind Contador at the line. Contador's 6s bonus for second place on the day (behind Wellens) wasn't enough for overall victory. Thomas took that honour.
Simon Yates was fifth on the final stage, in the same time as Thomas, and seventh overall at +44s.
This video shows highlights of the final stage:
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