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Andrea Guardini (Astana Pro Team) won the sprint in Dungun on stage 7, crossing the line ahead of Francesco Chicchi (Vini Fantini – Selle Italia), and Aidis Kruopis (Orica GreenEdge).

Travis Meyer (Orica GreenEdge) and Cyrille Gautier (Europcar) formed the day’s break.  They opened up a 4 minute lead after 30km of racing – their gap was cut in half after 80km of racing.  Shortly thereafter, the peloton caught the leading duo, opening up the opportunity for a mass sprint.

Julian D Arredondo Moreno (Team Nippo – De Rosa) continues to lead in the GC 1:15 ahead of Pieter Weening (Orica Greenedge), and 2:10 ahead of Sergio Pardilla (MTN Qhubeka).

Side note: new 2nd place winner photo, check out the frustration in Chicchi’s eyes.

Photos from SteepHill.

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Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) took the sprint win on Paris-Tours, crossing the line ahead of Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator) and Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep).

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) went off the front early on, and was joined by Michael Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge), Karsten Kroon and Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), Jérôme Pineau (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Gatis Smukulis (Katusha), Laszlo Bodrogi (TT1), Arnaud Gérard (FDJ-BigMat), Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) and Yannick Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun).  Their gap grew to 4:50 – Mørkøv attacked from the group with 40km left to race while the break was finally reeled in after 201km of racing.  Marcato, Terpstra, Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano), Julien Bérard (AG2R-La Mondiale), De Vreese, Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) and Laurent Pichon (Bretagne-Schuller) bridged up to Mørkø.   Marcato later attacked with De Vreese and Terpstra on his wheel.


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Adam Blythe (BMC) won the sprint on Binche-Tournai-Binche, crossing the line ahead of Adrien Petit (Cofidis) and John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano).  Heavy rain split the front of the peloton off – 40 riders went clear and 40 more riders bridged up to the front group after 100km of racing.  A group of 17 riders split off the front of the group as they began the 4 finishing circuit laps.  BMC took control of the pace, setting up the sprint to the line.

Petit makes it to the 2nd place winners‘ tag with his face of disapproval.


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John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) took his 3rd sprint victory on the Vuelta a España, winning ahead of Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Allan Davis (Orica-GreenEdge).

Pablo Lechuga (Andalucia), Frantisek Rabon (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Bert-Jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural) formed the day’s break.  55km into the stage, there was a crash in the main field when Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Sharp) and Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) hit the ground.  29km from the line, the break had a gap of 1:06 – Rabon increased the pace, dropping Lechuga.  Lindeman attacked 20km from the line, opening a 20 second lead – all were caught 15km from the finish.  Another crash occurred 12km from the finish, splitting the peloton.

No changes to the GC with Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) continuing to lead Christopher Froome (Sky) by 10 seconds, and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank) by 36.

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John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) won the Logroño circuit, taking his second stage victory at the Vuelta a España.  Daniele Bennati (Radioshack-Nissan) took 2nd place, Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol) was in 3rd, and French national road champion, Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-Big Mat) took 4th.

Javier Chacon (Andalucia) attacked in the opening kilometer, building up a 12 minute lead 40km into the stage.  Argos-Shimano and Katusha chased from behind – with 38km remaining, Chacon had a 2 minute gap.  Chacon was eventually reeled back in 29km from the line.  The teams began assembling their sprint trains for the fast finale.

No changes to the GC, with Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) still leading Christopher Froome (Sky) by 1 second, and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank) by 5.  Also spy the “2nd place winner” in the photo above.

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Ben Swift (Sky) took his second sprint victory at the Tour de Pologne, winning ahead of Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM).  Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha), Mickael Delage (FDJ-BigMat), Bert De Backer (Argos-Shimano) and Rafaeo Andriato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) were the first riders to establish a break in the day – they built up a 4 minute lead.  Ignatiev attacked with 70km left to race, but shattered under the Glodówka.  A counter-attack came from Jan Bakelandts (RadioShack-Nissan) and Maciej Bodnar (Katusha) as the break was swept up – the duo was joined by Ian Stannard (Sky) and Jaroslaw Marycz (Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank).  Bakelandts dropped the other riders on the run in to the line, but was caught 3.2km from the line.  Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) still leads in the GC, 1 second ahead of Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale), and 9 ahead of Lars Boom (Rabobank).

Also starting a new tag for “2nd place winners” – Viviani, in this case.

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