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Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) won the individual time trial on the opening stage at the Tour de Romandie, completing the 7.4km course in 13:15.  Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) took 2nd place, 6 seconds down.  Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack Leopard) finished in 3rd, 13 seconds down.

Photo from Cycling Weekly, profile from SteepHill.

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Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) took the win in Liège, crossing the line 3 second ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and 9 ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team).

Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Bart De Clercq (Lotto), Vincent Jérôme (Europcar), Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling), Frederik Veucheulen (Vacansoleil) and Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM Cycling) formed the day’s break after 10km of racing – after 44km of racing, their gap was at 14 minutes.  By the time the break hit the Côte de Stockeu, their gap had dropped to 5:29 with 90km left to race.  With 50km left to race, their gap was down to 1:28.  They were eventually caught on the Côte de la Redoute – Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) attacked with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alberto Losada (Katusha), Mathias Frank (BMC) and Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ).  They gained a maximum gap of 18 seconds.  Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) was the next to attack.  Ryder Hesjedal, Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale), Rigoberto Uran (Sky), Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) and Rui Costa (Movistar) bridged.  A group of favorites soon made their way to the front.

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Daniel Moreno (Katusha) won atop the Mur de Huy, crossing the line 3 seconds ahead of Sergio Luis Henao (Sky Procycling) and Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale).

Gilles Devilliers (Crelan-Euphony) and Pirmin Lang (IAM) formed the day’s break – Jurgen Van Goolen (Accent Job-Wanty) attacked to bridge, and the trio soon opened up a maximum lead of 10 minutes.  With 53km left to race in the 205km classic, their gap was down to 1 minute.  After the Côte de Bohisseau, the break was caught.  Laurens Ten Dam (Blanco) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) were the next riders off the front of the peloton.  Bardet was dropped from the front, and Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano) bridged to Ten Dam.  Betancur attacked from the group of favorites, and was countered by Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team).  His attack was too early, and he was soon caught by the riders in the closing meters.

Photo from Cycling News.

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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the final stage at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, completing the rain soaked 24km course in 35:05.  Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar Team) took 2nd place, 17 seconds down.  Benat Intxausti (Movistar Team) took 3rd, 32 seconds down.

Quintana took the GC win while Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) took 2nd place, 32 seconds down, with teammate Sergio Luis Henao (Sky Procycling) in 3rd, 34 seconds down.

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Roman Kreuziger (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) took the solo win at the Amstel Gold Race, crossing the line 22 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverdo (Movistar) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge).

Johan Vansummeren (Garmin Sharp) was the first to attack – he was joined by Tim De Troyer (Accent Jobs-Wanty), Alexandre Pliuschin (IAM), Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel), Arthur Van Overberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen).  They soon built up a lead of 6 minutes within the first 50km of racing.  Nicolas Vogondy (Accent Jobs) and Klaas Sys (Crelan-Euphony) attempted to bridge from the peloton.  The break had an 8:15 lead on the second ascent of the Cauberg.  With 65km remaining, their gap was at 4:45.  The break was down to 3 riders when Astarloza attacked off the front alone.  With 42km remaining, Pieter Weening (Orica GreenEdge) attacked with several riders from the peloton, including Kreuziger.  Kreuziger pressed on alone with another attack, holding his lead until the very end.

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Richie Porte (Sky) took the win in Beasain, crossing the line 4 seconds ahead of Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Sergio Luis Henao (Sky).

Jose Herrada, Javier Moreno and Rui Costa (Movistar), Egor Silin (Astana), Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Ion Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) formed the day’s break and soon gained 1:30 over the peloton.  Omar Fraile (Caja Rural) bridged and later attacked from the break.  On the last time around the circuit, the break was caught as Fraile continued on solo ahead.  A select group of favorites made their way on the final climb.

Henao continues to lead in the GC, 6 seconds ahead of Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar Team) and Porte.

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Juan Jose Lobato (Euskaltel-Euskadi) took the sprint victory in Palencia, crossing the line ahead of Francesco Lasca (Caja Rural) and Ken Hanson (Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies).

9 riders formed the day’s break 60km into the stage.  The gap reached 1:30 after 100km of racing, but the break was eventually reeled back in with 10km remaining.  Francesco Lasca (Caja Rural) leads in the GC, 2 seconds ahead of Lobato, and Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel Euskadi).

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Nario Quintana (Movistar) took the stage win in Eibar, crossing the line 2 seconds ahead of Sergio Luis Henao (Sky Procycling) and Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff).

Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Daniele Ratto (Cannondale), Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) and Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) formed the day’s break – they opened up a maximum lead of 5 minutes.  With 28km remaining, the break had a 4:50 gap.  Velits and Montaguti were the last riders to be reeled back in with 5km left to race.  Simon Spilak (Katusha) was off the front with a group of favorites 27 seconds down.

Henao leads in the GC 6 seconds ahead of Quintana and 10 ahead of Richie Porte (Sky Procycling).

Photos from SteepHill.

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Wider bottom bracket, wider/flatter chain and seat stays, high modulus carbon, tapered head tube…and a 25.4mm seat tube.  Not like any of us are going to be racing a Paris-Roubaix anytime soon, but it’s still a bit interesting to see where the tech is going for pros.

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