March 13, 2006
Floyd lands Paris-Nice
The World's Fastest Mennonite has done it again, adding the Paris-Nice title to his freshly won overall at the Tour of California.
Markus Zberg took the final stage, fighting back to Evgeni Petrov and Alberto Contador after getting dropped, then beating both to the line.
Landis said the victory was a confidence-builder for Phonak, who showed they could defend a leader's jersey, in a race not ideally fit to his strengths:
"It was a difficult race to win because there were no mountaintop finishes and there were no long time trials," Landis said. "In some ways I was lucky. I had a good day on a very difficult stage. At the Tour, you don't get lucky and win. You have to be good every day for three weeks."
The next races on Landis' calendar are the Criterium International, the Tour de Georgia, and the Giro d'Italia.
Patxi Vila was 2nd overall, and Antonio Colom, who soloed away from the field late Sunday to move up the leaderboard, took 3rd overall.
Bobby Julich didn't start Sunday's last stage, after crashing on Saturday. Tom Boonen is looking ahead to Milan-San Remo this weekend, and decided a day with 4 categorized climbs might take a little too much out of his legs.
Update: USA Today named Landis its U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Week for the win.
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