Gaudin beats Chavanel to win Paris-Nice prologue

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Associated Press

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM

HOUILLES, France (AP) — French rider Damien Gaudin beat countryman Sylvain Chavanel by one second to win the prologue of the Paris-Nice race on Sunday.

Gaudin sealed the first stage win of his career when he completed the twisting 1.8-mile prologue around the Paris suburb of Houilles in 3 minutes, 37 seconds.

Lieuwe Westra of the Netherlands was third, finishing in the same time as the 33-year-old Chavanel, who captured the 72nd podium place of his long career.

On Monday, the race continues with a flat 121 -mile trek from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Nemours. The race ends next Sunday.

Chavanel and American cyclist Tejay van Garderen are among the race favorites.

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