Sunday March 10th, 2013

Stage 7Nice / Col d'Éze

Start 13h40 GMT 2+

Porte on home ground

Sporting stakes09.03.2013Stage 7- Nice / Col d???ze

Richie Porte is about to become the most remote rider to win Paris-Nice as the first Australian to do so yet it will almost be a home win for the Team Sky leader should he follow on the footsteps of team-mate Bradley Wiggins on Col d'Eze on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Australian knows the famous climb overlooking Nice like the palm of his hand, living in Monaco and training on it regularly. "I climb it every other day," he explained after his victory on Montagne de Lure in stage 5. Even if he was not as familiar as he is with the classic finale of this race, Porte displayed such strength and power in the queen stage of this edition that he would still be the arch-favourite on sheer class alone. Revealed as a talented time trial specialist in recent seasons, the Tasmanian would need to collapse spectacularly to let second-placed Andrew Talansky make up for the 32 seconds gap between them. As for France's Sylvain Chavanel and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra, they also look far too far adrift - 41 and 42 seconds respectively - to be serious challengers. Podium places and distinctive jerseys are still in contention for Porte's rivals. While the polka-dot jersey is now solidly on the back of Swiss Johann Tschopp,  Talansky can still topple Chavanel from the top of the points standings while Tejay Van Garderen could challenge his compatriot's white jersey. The Race to the Sun is not entirely over yet.

Stage 7 Nice / Nice

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Jersey wearers after the stage 7

Classifications after the stage 7

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