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Contador secures Paris-Nice success

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador continued his domination of stage races with victory in Paris-Nice.
Tour de France champion Alberto Contador continued his domination of stage races with victory in Paris-Nice.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tour de France champion Alberto Contador secures overall victory in Paris-Nice
  • The Spaniard defeats compatriots Alejandro Valverde and Luis Leon Sanchez
  • Amael Moinard of France outsprints Thomas Voeckler to win the final stage
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(CNN) -- Tour de France champion Alberto Contador secured overall victory in the Paris-Nice stage race on Sunday, as Spanish riders filled the top three places.

Astana rider Contador, who also won the "Race to the Sun" in 2007, beat compatriots and Caisse d'Epargne teammates Alejandro Valverde and Luis-Leon Sanchez, the defending champion, with the final stage being won by Cofidis rider Amael Moinard.

Moinard out-sprinted fellow-Frenchman Thomas Voeckler after the pair broke clear with 40km remaining of the 119km run into Nice.

Contador, who is proving almost unbeatable in major stage races and is already a strong favorite to win his third Tour de France crown this year, laid the foundations for his win by taking Thursday's mountainous fourth stage.

"It's very difficult to win a race when you're the favorite. When everybody is after you and you win, it's a liberation," Contador told the race's official Web site.

"Today it was short but intense as I had to reply to every attack. It was a great emotion on the podium as it would have been a pity to lose a big race like Paris-Nice on sprint bonuses," he added -- after finishing just 11 seconds ahead of Valverde in the final standings.