Hadspen rider Richie Porte has become the first Australian to win the prestigious Paris-Nice cycling race overnight.
Porte, 28, won the final 9.6km time-trial stage overnight despite a strong challenge from American rider Andrew Talansky.
The Tasmanian came in to the final leg of the race with a 32 second lead over second-placed Talansky, and managed to increase his lead to 55 seconds on the only summit finish of the week-long race.
Porte, who turned professional in 2010, finished the time-trial in a time of 19 minutes 16 seconds - 23 seconds faster than Talansky.
The victory is Porte's most prestigious win in his career. He finished seventh in his debut season in the Giro d'Italia and was named the best young rider at that event after holding the leader's pink jersey for three days.
France's Jean Christophe Peraud finished third, while American Tejay van Garderen was fourth.