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Bradley Wiggins became only the second Briton to win the Paris-Nice race after triumphing in Sunday’s final stage.

Wiggins went into the final stage, a 9.6km time trial in Col d’Eze, with asix-second lead over his nearest challenger, Dutchman Lieuwe Westra.

And Team Sky rider Wiggins crossed the line in 19 minutes and 12 seconds, a mere two seconds faster then Westra.

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The only previous British winner of the Paris-Nice was Wiggins’s childhood idol Tom Simpson in 1967.

Although Simpson collapsed and died later that year on the slopes of the Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France, Wiggins – who was born in 1980 – has always spoken of how Simpson has inspired him. 

Speaking after the event, Wiggins said: “I know my cycling history and this is an enormous achievement.

“It’s an honour to be up there with Tom Simpson.”

Alejandro Valverde was third overall, one…

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