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Gustav Larsson wins Paris-Nice Stage 1

Updated: March 4, 2012, 12:28 PM ET
Associated Press

SAINT-REMY-LES-CHEVREUSE, France -- 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.

"I wasn't really sure of myself because it was only my second race this season. My legs were very hard, ...

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