Cycling: Contador pips Valverde to win second Paris-Nice race

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The 2009 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador won the Paris-Nice race for the second time yesterday after successfully defending his narrow lead from Alejandro Valverde in the seventh and final stage.

Amael Moinard of France won the 119-kilometre (73.8-mile) stage around Nice in a sprint finish, finishing less then a wheel's length ahead of Thomas Voeckler of France after overtaking him at the line. Contador was close behind in a small chasing group, which included Valverde, who was second overall, 11 seconds behind Contador.