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56th Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré - 2.HC

France, June 6-13, 2004

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Prologue - June 6: Megève ITT, 5.4 km

Orange crush Mayo does the D-Day double

Tyler powers to second, Armstrong solid in third

By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Megève

Iban Mayo (Euskaltel)
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Under the snow streaked crest of Mont Joly in the tiny French ski village of Megève, it was the orange streak of Euskaltel-Euskadi's Iban Mayo who powered to victory in the 5.4 km prologue of the 56th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. With a strong last second surge up the steep finish ramp in Megève, Mayo captured the his second consecutive prologue at the Dauphiné Libéré, but it was close. In the last 100m, Mayo almost crashed into the outside barriers on the tight final left corner, but recovered well to just squeak past American Tyler Hamilton, who finished a superb second to Mayo. The Basque rider has had a superb spring season so far, with wins in Clasica Alcobendas, Subida a Naranco and the Tour of Asturias. Iban Mayo demonstrated today in Megève he's made major progress towards becoming a Tour de France contender this year.

Powering up the short steep Cote de Choseaux amid the spring wildflowers, last year's Dauphiné Libéré champion Lance Armstrong (USPS-Berry Floor) was third, just behind Mayo. "It was windy at the start and then there was a tough little hill. It started to get heavy at the end of the climb and I was at my maximum. I was a little behind (on the time splits) and tried to make it down the downhill without killing myself. It's been a long time since I've ridden a prologue. I'm not such a specialist anymore in the short efforts...I can't be disappointed. But it felt good, you know...when I needed to push, I had the legs."

Lance Armstrong (USPS-Berry Floor)
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When asked if he was concerned about being behind the Euskaltel rider already, Armstrong didn't seem worried, "Mayo rode a fantastic prologue here last year so it's all right (by me)." Lance has his mind firmly fixed on one thing at this year's Dauphiné Libéré, Thursday's 21.6km time trial from Bedoin to Le Mont Ventoux on Stage 4. Armstrong's USPS-Berry Floor sport director Johan Bruyneel said, "Lance had a pretty good performance today, especially the climb. He went very, very fast up the climb. He didn't have his usual great start and over 5.4km, if you don't start fast that's where you lose. If he wanted to win it, he had to start faster."

Bruyneel showed that there wouldn't be the kind of battle in 2004 as there was last year between Lance and Mayo at the Dauphiné, when Armstrong wanted to beat the Basque at all costs. "It's obvious that Phonak has prepared for this race very well and with five guys in the top seven, that says a lot," explained Bruyneel. "(USPS-Berry Floor) has changed our strategy a little bit this year at the Dauphiné Libéré. I think it's good that there's a few teams that are really strong and we can see what happens. This race won't be decided until we get to Grenoble.

"Plus it's a pretty hard race and it's good to see who is in good form and who is not so good (on USPS). I've seen some a couple of guys who are good, a couple of guys who are OK and maybe a two guys who are not so good...it's the first indication but it's not the determining factor for the Tour team or for the rest of the week."

Tyler Hamilton (Phonak)
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An upbeat, optimistic Levi Leipheimer of Rabobank told Cyclingnews that, "I was not so bad today; I had hoped to do a little better. Last year I was sixth (in the Dauphiné prologue). But I haven't raced in a while and with a big, full effort like that, my legs were talking back to me on the climb! They were seizing up a little bit...it was a hard climb! I was in my 39X21. The hill kept getting steeper and steeper and at the top, I was three seconds behind Pereiro. The mistake I made today was that from the top of the hill, I didn't really try to accelerate into the downhill as much as I could have and in the last turns I was a little cautious."

The likeable pro from Santa Rosa, California wants to make his mark this year on the roads of the Dauphiné, saying, "My goal here is to finish in the top five on GC...I'm really looking forward to Le Mont Ventoux."

Phonak strong

Phonak had a very successful day yesterday in Les Classique des Alpes with the win by Oscar Pereiro and three of his teammates in the top ten. Today, Pereiro started halfway through the rankings and had the fastest time until the big guns fired forty-five minutes later. But only Mayo, his Phonak teammate and former Dauphiné winner Hamilton and Armstrong managed to ride faster. With the renascent Oscar Sevilla in the prologue top ten, Phonak and Euskaltel can battle it out in this year's Dauphiné while Armstrong and USPS can sit back and watch the action.

Stage 1 - June 8: Megève-Bron (Lyon), 231km

Monday's Stage 1 is the longest stage of this year's Dauphiné Libéré and it looks like one for either the sprinters or a long break. With only two climbs coming in the first half of the stage, Col des Fleuries after 56km and Cote de Peyzieu after 152km, it's mostly downhill towards the finish in Bron on the outskirts of Lyon. Watch for Rabobank's Oscar Freire, FDJ.Com's Baden Cooke or Cofidis' pocket powerhouse Jimmy "Ghost" Casper to take the winner's bouquet in Bron.

Photography

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Images by www.velofotopro.fr.st

Results

1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                       7.51.99 (41.187 km/h)
2 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                             0.00.72
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor        0.01.41
4 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                              0.02.49
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step-Davitamon                               0.05.85
6 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                              0.05.93
7 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                               0.07.62
8 José Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                             0.08.06
9 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                            0.09.77
10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                         0.11.35
11 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                    0.11.65
12 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor       0.12.38
13 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Team CSC                                            0.12.55
14 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                                  0.12.74
15 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                0.13.34
16 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                       0.13.99
17 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                  0.15.19
18 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                                       0.18.57
19 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                     0.19.04
20 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                 0.19.32
21 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                           0.19.69
22 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                              0.19.70
23 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole                                0.21.04
24 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                              0.22.02
25 José Azevedo (Por) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor          0.22.95
26 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                           0.23.01
27 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                    0.23.23
28 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                           0.23.39
29 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 0.23.57
30 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                             0.23.65
31 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                           
32 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   0.25.32
33 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJeux.com                                           0.26.40
34 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  0.28.17
35 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor    0.28.48
36 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                              0.30.55
37 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   0.31.43
38 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                       0.32.18
39 Mickael Pichon (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                            0.32.82
40 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                             0.33.36
41 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                           0.34.06
42 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                              0.34.46
43 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                 0.34.69
44 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  0.35.75
45 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                  0.36.12
46 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                         0.37.47
47 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                         0.37.59
48 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                   0.38.42
49 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    0.38.54
50 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  0.39.09
51 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                    0.39.20
52 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick.Step-Davitamon                            0.39.53
53 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank                                               0.39.87
54 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                           0.40.18
55 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                                           0.41.19
56 Ludovic Martin (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                        0.42.15
57 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                          0.42.16
58 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                         0.42.37
59 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJeux.com                                      0.43.32
60 Benjamin Noval (Spa) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor        0.43.35
61 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                             0.43.92
62 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                        0.44.28
63 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                            0.44.37
64 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor      0.44.63
65 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                  0.44.89
66 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                          0.45.14
67 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                              0.46.04
68 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                                 0.46.58
69 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             0.46.60
70 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                           0.47.35
71 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor          0.49.49
72 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                    0.49.97
73 José Pecharroman (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                            0.51.29
74 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                                  0.52.22
75 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                            0.53.13
76 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                                        0.53.75
77 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                               0.54.00
78 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Rabobank                                          0.54.22
79 Christophe Laurent (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                    0.54.71
80 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) FDJeux.com                                         0.54.77
81 Guillaume Auger (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                       0.55.29
82 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Credit Agricole                                 0.55.31
83 Manuel Beltran (Spa) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor        0.55.39
84 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) FDJeux.com                                      0.56.52
85 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                  0.57.44
86 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                            0.57.99
87 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux.com                                     0.59.44
88 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Team CSC                                         0.59.60
89 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   1.00.49
90 Joseba Albizu (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                         
91 Nicolas Reynaud (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                       1.05.15
92 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                    1.05.66
93 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone             1.06.11
94 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                           1.07.13
95 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                        1.08.55
 
Points
 
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                            20 pts
2 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                                  17
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor             15
4 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                                   13
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step-Davitamon                                    11
6 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                                   10
7 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                                     9
8 José Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                                   8
9 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                                  7
10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                               6
11 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                          5
12 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor             4
13 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Team CSC                                                  3
14 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                                        2
15 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                      1
 
Mountains
 
Cote De Choseaux, km 3.1
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                             5 pts
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor              3
3 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                                   1
 
Teams
 
1 Phonak Hearing Systems                                                    23.43
2 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                        0.28
3 US Postal Berry Floor                                                          
4 Cofidis                                                                    0.38
5 Rabobank                                                                   0.40
6 Quick Step - Davitamon                                                     0.54
7 Credit Agricole                                                            0.56
8 Brioches La Boulangere                                                     0.57
9 Team CSC                                                                   0.58
10 Ag2R Prevoyance                                                           1.01
11 FDJeux.com                                                                1.11
12 R.A.G.T. Semences - MG Rover                                              1.44
 
General classification after prologue
 
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                          7.52
2 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                                0.01
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor           0.01
4 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                                 0.02
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step-Davitamon                                  0.06
6 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                                 0.06
7 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                                  0.08
8 José Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                                0.08
9 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                               0.10
10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                            0.11
11 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                       0.12
12 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor          0.12
13 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Team CSC                                               0.13
14 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                                     0.13
15 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                   0.13
16 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                          0.14
17 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                     0.15
18 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                                          0.19
19 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                        0.19
20 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                    0.19
21 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                              0.20
22 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                                 0.20
23 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   0.21
24 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                                 0.22
25 José Azevedo (Por) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor             0.23
26 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                              0.23
27 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                       0.23
28 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                              0.23
29 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    0.24
30 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                                0.24
31 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                           
32 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R Prevoyance                                      0.25
33 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJeux.com                                              0.26
34 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                     0.28
35 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor       0.28
36 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                                 0.31
37 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                      0.31
38 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                          0.32
39 Mickael Pichon (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                               0.33
40 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                                0.33
41 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                              0.34
42 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 0.34
43 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                    0.35
44 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     0.36
45 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                     0.36
46 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                            0.37
47 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                            0.38
48 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                      0.38
49 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Credit Agricole                                       0.39
50 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                     0.39
51 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                       0.39
52 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick.Step-Davitamon                               0.40
53 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank                                                  0.40
54 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                              0.40
55 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                                              0.41
56 Ludovic Martin (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                           0.42
57 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                             0.42
58 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                            0.42
59 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJeux.com                                         0.43
60 Benjamin Noval (Spa) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor           0.43
61 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                                0.44
62 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                           0.44
63 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                               0.44
64 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor         0.45
65 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                     0.45
66 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                             0.45
67 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                                 0.46
68 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                                    0.47
69 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                0.47
70 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                              0.47
71 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor             0.49
72 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                       0.50
73 José Pecharroman (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                               0.51
74 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                                     0.52
75 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                               0.53
76 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                                           0.54
77 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                                  0.54
78 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Rabobank                                             0.54
79 Christophe Laurent (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                       0.55
80 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) FDJeux.com                                            0.55
81 Guillaume Auger (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                          0.55
82 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Credit Agricole                                    0.55
83 Manuel Beltran (Spa) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor           0.55
84 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) FDJeux.com                                         0.57
85 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                     0.57
86 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                               0.58
87 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux.com                                        0.59
88 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Team CSC                                            1.00
89 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                      1.00
90 Joseba Albizu (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                         
91 Nicolas Reynaud (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                          1.05
92 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                       1.06
93 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                1.06
94 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                              1.07
95 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover                           1.09
 
Points classification
 
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                            20 pts
2 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                                  17
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor             15
4 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                                   13
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step-Davitamon                                    11
6 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                                   10
7 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                                     9
8 José Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                                   8
9 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                                  7
10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                                               6
11 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                          5
12 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor             4
13 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Team CSC                                                  3
14 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                                        2
15 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                      1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                             5 pts
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor              3
3 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                                   1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Phonak Hearing Systems                                                    23.43
2 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                        0.28
3 US Postal Berry Floor                                                          
4 Cofidis                                                                    0.38
5 Rabobank                                                                   0.40
6 Quick Step - Davitamon                                                     0.54
7 Credit Agricole                                                            0.56
8 Brioches La Boulangere                                                     0.57
9 Team CSC                                                                   0.58
10 Ag2R Prevoyance                                                           1.01
11 FDJeux.com                                                                1.11
12 R.A.G.T. Semences - MG Rover                                              1.44


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