Richie Porte wins Paris-Nice for 2nd time

NICE, France (AP) — Richie Porte of Australia mastered tricky conditions to win Paris-Nice for the second time after being fastest in Sunday’s final time-trial stage.

Porte trailed overnight leader Tony Gallopin by 36 seconds going into the 9.5-kilometer (5.9-mile) time trial from Nice to Col d’Eze, but was the fastest to climb the moderate ascent and won the stage in 20 minutes, 23 seconds. Simon Spilak and Rui Costa were second and third in rainy and windy conditions.

Porte, who became the first Australian to win the weeklong race two years ago, denied Gallopin’s hopes being the first French champion since Laurent Jalabert in 1997. Gallopin had a bad day and finished 1:39 behind Porte to slip to sixth overall.