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Swedish rider Gustav Larsson wins Paris-Nice first stage, beats Bradley Wiggins by 1 second
SAINT-REMY-LES-CHEVREUSE, France (AP) ' Gustav Larsson beat British rider Bradley Wiggins by a second to win the first stage of the Paris-Nice race on Sunday.
The Swede completed the 5.8-mile route from Dampierre-en-Yvelines to Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse on the outskirts of Paris in 11 minutes, 19 seconds. American rider Levi Leipheimer finished 4 seconds behind Larsson in third place.
Monday's second stage is a mostly flat trek over 115 miles from Mantes-la-Jolie to Orleans.
German Tony Martin, who won the Paris-Nice race last year, finished 25 seconds off the lead in 28th place. The race ends next Sunday.