Paris-Nice 7: Alberto Contador claims second victory

Amael Moinard wins final stage in Nice

Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Astana won the Paris-Nice race Sunday for his second win in the event, three years after his first.

Frenchman Amael Moinard of Cofidis won the final stage, a 119km ride around Nice.

Contador's fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde was second overall 11sec adrift with outgoing champion Luis Leon Sanchez third at 25sec.

On the day, Moinard saw off another Frenchman, Thomas Voeckler, with the pair having embarked on a long escape for the line.

Valverde headed the peloton as he came in third for the stage at 3sec ahead of Irishman Nicolas Roche - son of former Tour de France champion Stephen - and Estonian champion Rein Taaramae.

Contador held on for his win despite the best efforts of Valverde and  Sanchez to eat into his lead on the tough Eze climb.

Contador's group managed to stay within around 20sec of Moinard and Voeckler as the riders hit the summit of the climb some 16km out from the finish.

Moinard, 28, gave the French fans their second stage winner of the week after William Bonnet took stage three at Limoges.

© AFP 2010

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