Richie Porte wins Paris-Nice as Team Sky send a warning (Reuters)

laid down an early marker when domestique became the first n to win the week long race in trademark fashion on Sunday.

The British outfit, who dominated 2012 with claiming the , Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine titles on his way to becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, were their usual controlling selves on the French roads.

Porte, one of Wiggins’s lieutenants during last year’s Tour, took full advantage of his only moment of freedom in the season to snatch his biggest victory.

The n, who joined last year, ended the suspense on Friday when he won the queen stage finishing at the top of the Montagne de Lure after his team mates set the early tempo at the bottom of the climb.

The stage win echoed that of Briton on Saturday at Tirreno-Adriatico, where the Tour runner-up smashed the field with an awe-inspiring win at the Prato di Tivo after being perfectly set up by team mates Sergio Henao, and .

In the process, Froome beat Spaniards Alberto Contador and as well as n Cadel Evans and Italian .

“There is some great momentum behind the team at the moment with the guys doing so well at ,” said Froome.

“There is a great buzz around the team and we want to try and carry that along.”

Porte, who may become one of Sky’s team leaders next season on the Giro d’Italia, sealed his win on Sunday when he won in the final , a 9.6-km uphill dash from Nice to the Col d’Eze.

American Andre Talansky took second place overall, 55 seconds behind, with Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud taking third place one minute 21 seconds of the pace. (Editing by Martyn Herman)

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