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Contador sets the pace in Paris-Nice

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  • Spain's Alberto Contador triumphs in opening stage of Paris-Nice cycling race
  • The Astana rider clocked 11 minutes 05 seconds for a 9.3 kilometer time trial
  • British Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins second seven seconds adrift
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(CNN) -- Spain's Alberto Contador triumphed in the opening stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race on Sunday as he opened his bid to repeat his 2007 title success.

Spain's Contador sports the yellow jersey after taking the opening stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race.

Spain's Contador sports the yellow jersey after taking the opening stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race.

The Astana rider clocked 11 minutes 05 seconds for a 9.3 kilometer time trial around Amilly where competitors had to contend with wet conditions.

British Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins, who is attached to American outfit Garmin, was Contador's nearest challenger.

He was seven seconds adrift of former Tour de France, Firo and Vuelta winner Contador whose Spanish compatriot Luis Leon Sanchez was another two seconds away in third.

Contador's teammate, the seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong, is sitting out this week's race having competed in the recent Tour of California in his comeback year.

Tony Martin of Germany is 11 seconds adrift in fourth followed by Wiggins' teammate and fellow Briton David Millar.

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