Kwiatkowski beats Dennis to win Paris-Nice prologue stage

MAUREPAS, France (AP) — Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski won the opening prologue of the Paris-Nice race on Sunday, beating Australian Rohan Dennis by a tiny margin.

Kwiatkowski posted a time of 7 minutes, 40 seconds on the 6.7-kilometer (4.2-mile) course around Maurepas, which is located on the outskirts of Paris, finishing .31 seconds ahead of Dennis — who holds the world hour record.

Three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin of Germany placed third, seven seconds behind Kwiatkowski, with Spaniard Luis-Leon Sanchez 10 seconds behind in fourth place.

The race continues Monday with a 196.5-kilometer (122-mile) trek from the Paris suburb of Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse to Contres in central France. The flat route favors sprinters.

The race ends Sunday near the southern city of Nice.