BRITISH cyclist Geraint Thomas has seen off Spain’s two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador to win his first Paris-Nice race.

The Team Sky rider held off Contador’s attacks in the seventh and final stage to finish four seconds ahead of him in the overall placings.

VICTORY: Thomas toast of Paris-Nice
VICTORY: Thomas toast of Paris-Nice

Although Thomas finished the stage in 11th place, he had done enough to claim a famous victory.

“It’s definitely the greatest win in my career so far,” the 29-year-old Welshman said.

“To win ahead of Alberto, who is one of the greatest stage racers ever, and Richie, who won almost every race he entered last year, I can hardly believe it.”

A clearly fuming Contador, who launched attacks during the stage’s high climbs,was adamant he should have won.

“I don’t like second places. I did everything I could to make up for lost time and in the end I nearly won,” the 33-year-old Contador said.

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