Dominant Bradley Wiggins claims Paris-Nice victory after topping final time trial

No doubt about it: Bradley Wiggins of Sky was THE man in the 70th Paris-Nice “Race to the Sun,” staying in yellow most of the eight-stage race and punctuating his overall triumph by winning Sunday’s climbing time trial. Find out who the surprising second-place finisher was and what Wiggins thinks this means for his chances in the Tour de France by reading this story in VeloNews.

MARCH 10: The leader of the Paris-Nice pack, Bradley Wiggins, remained in yellow after Stage 7 on Saturday (March 10), but Levi Leipheimer took his lumps and may have ridden himself out of a chance for a podium finish. Find out what went wrong.

MARCH 9: Luis Leon Sanchez won today’s exciting sixth stage of Paris-Nice thatat one point had him almost tied with overall leader Bradley Wiggins. See how the day turned out in this story. Despite the excitement, much of the conversation before and after the race centered on Sunday’s climbing time trial, in which current third-place holder Levi Leipheimer is expected to put tremendous pressure on current leader Bradley Wiggins. Here’s more on the time trial.

MARCH 8: Lieuwe Westra outkicked the field on the final climb Thursday (March 8) for a surprise win in Stage 5 of the Paris-Nice “Race to the Sun.”

The victory also moved Westra into second behind overall leader Bradley Wiggins, while Levi Leipheimer remained in third. Find out how Tejay van Garderen and Alejandro Valverde, both also in the hunt, fared by reading this story in VeloNews.

MARCH 7: Gianni Meersman showed patience on the final uphill sprint to win Stage 4 of Paris-Nice on Wednesday (March 7). See who else made the podium and if leader Bradley Wiggins is still in yellow by reading the story at VeloNews.

MARCH 6: We’d be the first people to tell you that it’s still skiing and riding season in North America and Europe.

But don’t tell that to the world’s top pro cyclists who are currently grinding through the 70th Paris-Nice race. The event runs from this past Sunday (March 4) to this coming Sunday (March 11). In all, the 8-stage event and will cover a total distance of 1,155.5 kilometres.

A familiar name, Alejandro Valverde, was the winner Tuesday (March 6) in the hilly third stage to climb into sixth place, 20 seconds behind leader Bradley Wiggins. Those two are expected to battle the rest of the way, challenged by two other top riders showing good form: Levi Leipheimer and Tejay van Garderen.

Valverde is a familiar name, but one who was banned from racing in the 2010-11 seasons due to blood doping. The Spanish rider discusses the race and how he’s dealing with his comeback in this story in VeloNews.

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