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Wiggins wins the Paris-Nice

Team Sky cyclist Bradley Wiggins emulated his all-time hero Tom Simpson by winning the Paris to Nice race. It was a very close finish in the final leg with Wiggins hanging on to beat the Durch rider Lieuwe Westra by just 8 seconds. Wiggins was just 2 seconds ahead of his rival in the final uphill time trial to Col D’Eze.

Wiggins was all too aware that the feat had not been accomplished by any British rider since Simpson achieved it in 1967. "I know my cycling history and this is an enormous achievement," Wiggins said. "It's an honour to be up there with Tom Simpson."

Wiggins has won glory on the indoor track at the Olympics, but he is beginning to show he is a force in road-racing. "It was a very tough final time trial and I knew that Westra was very strong after he'd won that stage midweek," Wiggins said. "But in terms of pressure it was nothing compared to an Olympic track final You can enjoy the moment, I was confident of my ability and today I rode it perfect."

Wiggins can now look forward to putting in a sustained challenge at the Tour De France this summer, before the London Olympics in August. "I don't know if I'm a favourite but I'm one of maybe 5 riders who can do something there this summer," he suggested. "I said Paris-Nice was a stepping stone, no disrespect for Paris-Nice. But I must continue that progression to July."

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