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Dauphine Libere Stage 1... LIVE!

Ah, bike racing across the roads of southern France. How could this possibly be wrong? Today's ride from Avignon to Privas is just under 200km and has a pretty gnarly-looking profile, with an uphill finish of some sort... though only one rated climb (cat-4). I'd be a little surprised if this drew out the overall contenders right away, with so many more hills to climb over the next week, but I would expect some gaps at the end, as well as Astana marking guys pretty intently. Oh, and a good fight to the finish by whomever wants the stage win. Not a bad way to start a so-called training race. Enjoy!