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Tour of Britain - 2.1

Great Britain, August 29-September 3, 2006

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Stage 3 - August 31: Bradford to Sheffield, 180km

Pozzato storms into Sheffield and Pedersen regains the yellow jersey

By Gerry McManus in Sheffield

Filippo Pozzato (Quick.Step-Innergetic)
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Filippo Pozzato (Mapei) soloed his way into the city centre in Sheffield to take victory in a rain swept stage three of the Tour of Britain. The 24-year-old Italian escaped from what was left of a 30-man break that had formed as the climbs of Broomhead and The Strines had loomed. The early yellow jersey owner Martin Pedersen (CSC) proved strong in the Yorkshire hills and finished strongly in fourth place to regain the overall race lead. Russell Downing (DFL-Cyclingnews.com-Litespeed) finished in 8th place to retain the green points jersey. Unfortunate race leader Mathew Goss (South Australia.com-AIS) decided to play it safe with a knee injury and retired from the race.

In an eventful last few miles where Tom Boonen (Quick Step-Innergetic) crashed, Pozzato broke free just after the final sprint at Millstone Edge with only 10-miles left and finished 32 seconds ahead of second placed Michael Rogers (T-Mobile). Last year's winner Nick Nuyens (Quick Step-Innergetic) finished in third spot.

Driving rain had made the second half of the race very difficult especially on the descents from the last two 1st category climbs. Boonen remounted and after an early effort to regain the leaders eventually had to forget his chances of a stage win and finished in a small group 19 minutes back.

How it unfolded

World Champion Tom Boonen (Quickstep-Innergetic)
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World road race champion Boonen had set the standard for the stage by attacking after only one mile and when Andy Schleck (CSC) set the pace on the first climb at Leathley Bank, there were already riders being dropped. Ben Greenwood (Recycling.co.uk) was glued to his wheel and eventually reached the summit first to take maximum KOM points. The weather was still warm and partially sunny as the peloton split into three groups along the flat roads between Harrogate and East Hardwick but only the front two were serious about racing. Pedersen had signaled his intent by taking three seconds bonus when he won the prime at Harrogate.

The 11 man front group contained Piet Rooijakkers (Skil Shimano), Roger Hammond (GB), Jakob Piil (CSC), Robert Hunter (Phonak iShares), Hugo Sabido (Barloworld), Moises Aldape Chavez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare), Michael Rogers (T-Mobile), Erwin Thijs (Unibet), Andy Capelle (Landbouwkredit-Colnago), Kristian House (Recycling.co.uk) and Pedersen.

The Quick.Step and South Australia teams had missed the cut and were chasing in a larger group behind at around a minute. Pedersen was now the race leader on GC on the road and his lead was heading towards minutes rather than seconds. Pozzato took off in pursuit on his own and made it across the leaders meanwhile Goss and Co fought hard and managed to bridge the divide as the big climbs loomed.

The lead group
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The front group was whittled down to 26 riders on the climbs as Schleck took maximum points on the Broomhead KOM and Pedersen took the honours at Strines Moor. Schleck's 31 point total now gives him a seven point lead in the KOM competition.

The rain played havoc with the riders on the steep hair pin bends and narrow roads on the run in to Sheffield and a number of riders crashed out of contention. But Pozzato had no such problems and took the generous applause as he had time to sit up and enjoy the moment.

"The team decided to race for me today," said Pozzato: "Because I need to get a result to get to help get my selection for the Italian team in the world championships. We had two guys in an early move after 15km and we chased another move and then I got across to the break of 11 riders. We attacked again and then Boonen and Jakob Piil crashed and I waited for them to get back on. I attacked with about 15km to go and the fact that I got such a big gap shows that I am going well and hopefully people who are watching for the Italian team see this as a sign.

"I can ride well in good or bad weather. It doesn't affect me when I am riding for a result," he continued: "The penultimate descent was the dangerous one and that's where everybody crashed."

It's only Pozzato's second win of the year but the other one was the classic Milan-San Remo.

Martin Pedersen (CSC)
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Russell Downing found it hard going too. "Even knowing the roads myself it was really bad out there. It all split up on the first climb and there were six or seven of us away and I told Nick Nuyens to slow down for a bad corner and he thanked me for that. I am not sure if Pedersen can be caught as he has a strong team around him. Sheffield is always the hardest stage and it's out of the way now."

Pedersen was upbeat at the post race conference. "It was a long crazy day with the bad weather and narrow roads," said the first year CSC professional: "You have to stay focused the whole time because everything could be over in a split second. I am very pleased to have taken back the yellow jersey and the team did a tremendous job today. It was pretty cool. The team is strong and they work 100 percent for me."


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Images by Gerry McManus/www.gerrymcmanus.co.uk

Images by Peter Bentley

Images by Richard O'Brien


1 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic          4.28.18 (40.25 km/h)
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                          0.32
3 Nick Nuyens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                     
4 Martin Pedersen (Den) CSC                                  
5 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak iShares                        
6 Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC                                 0.39
7 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport           1.02
8 Russell Downing (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed           
9 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare        1.06
10 Kristan House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                   1.08
11 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                   1.10
12 Karsten Kroon (Ned) CSC                                   
13 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                          1.12
14 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                              
15 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago               
16 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                           
17 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.com                      1.14
18 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                          
19 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                 1.12
20 Roger Hammond (GBr) Great Britain                     2.02
21 Luke Roberts (Aus) CSC                                    
22 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         
23 Ian Stannard (GBr) Great Britain                          
24 Michael Morkov (Den) Denmark                          2.16
25 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak iShares                    5.30
26 Ryan Cox (RSA) Barloworld                                 
27 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC                                 12.46
28 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS           15.45
29 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport      19.20
30 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                       
31 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile                             
32 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain                        
33 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon Lotto                        
34 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                   19.23
35 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic             
36 Tom Boonen (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                     
37 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Unibet.com                     29.14
38 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Denmark                              
39 Dean Downing (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed             
40 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare           
41 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed         
42 Paul Manning (GBr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                
43 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport               
44 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic              
45 Andre Steensen (Den) Denmark                              
46 Ross Sander (GBr) Great Britain                           
47 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon Lotto                   29.18
48 Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain                             
49 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Davitamon Lotto             29.21
50 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport         
51 Rene Weissinger (Ger) Skil-Shimano                   29.22
52 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                  29.24
53 Nick Gates (Aus) Davitamon Lotto                          
54 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) QuickStep-Innergetic             
55 Edward Clancy (GBr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago               
56 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Barloworld                            
57 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                            
58 Frederik Veuchulen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport       
59 Patrick McCarty (USA) Phonak iShares                      
60 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare             
61 Christopher Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                  
62 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                       
63 Rob Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                       
64 Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon Lotto                         
65 James Meadley (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS               
66 Alex Coutts (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed              
67 Shaun Higgerson (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS             
68 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                           
69 Casper Jorgensen (Den) Denmark                            
70 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak iShares                          
71 Mathew Lloyd (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                
72 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain                        
73 Mads Christensen (Den) Barloworld                         
74 Tom Barras (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed               
75 Jonathon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS             
76 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                       
77 Christian Vandevelde (USA) CSC                            
78 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                              
DNF Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) QuickStep-Innergetic            
DNF Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare     
DNF Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare            
DNF Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak iShares                     
DNF Jean Claude Lebeau (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         
DNF Joeri Clauwaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            
DNF Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport       
DNF Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Den) Denmark                         
DNF Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                             
DNF Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                       
DNF Mathew Goss (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                
1 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic               15 pts
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                            14
3 Nick Nuyens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                   13
4 Martin Pedersen (Den) CSC                                12
5 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak iShares                      11
6 Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC                                   10
7 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport              9
8 Russell Downing (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed          8
9 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare           7
10 Kristan House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                      6
11 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                      5
12 Karsten Kroon (Ned) CSC                                  4
13 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                             3
14 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                             2
15 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago              1
Leathley Bank - Cat 1
1 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                      10 pts
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC                                    8
3 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic                6
4 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                              5
5 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                          4
6 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                           3
7 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare      2
8 Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain                             1
Broomhead - Cat 1
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC                                   10 pts
2 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         8
3 Nick Nuyens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                    6
Strines Moor - Cat 2
1 Martin Pedersen (Den) CSC                                 6 pts
2 Luke Roberts (Aus) CSC                                    5
3 Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC                                    4
4 Karsten Kroon (Ned) CSC                                   3
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                             2
6 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak iShares                       1
1 Martin Pedersen (Den) CSC                                 5 pts
2 Luke Roberts (Aus) CSC                                    3
3 Nick Nuyens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                    2
4 Christian Vandevelde (USA) CSC                            1
Millhouse Green
1 Nick Nuyens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                    5 pts
2 Luke Roberts (Aus) CSC                                    3
3 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                              2
4 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                       1
Millstone Edge
1 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                             5 pts
2 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic                3
4 Martin Pedersen (Den) CSC                                 1
Most combative
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                      
1 CSC                                                13.27.15
2 Unibet.com                                             1.19
3 QuickStep-Innergetic                                  17.34
4 T-Mobile                                              18.43
5 Skil-Shimano                                          19.21
6 Great Britain                                         21.03
7 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                               30.07
8 Phonak iShares                                        33.05
9 Barloworld                                            33.45
10 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport                           47.15
11 DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                           57.09
12 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                            57.23
13 Recycling.co.uk                                      57.35
14 Denmark                                              58.23
15 South Australia.com-AIS                            1.12.12
16 Davitamon Lotto                                    1.15.38
General classification after stage 3
1 Martin Pedersen (Den) CSC                          12.26.24
2 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.com                       0.51
3 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic             2.11
4 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                          2.46
5 Nick Nuyens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                 2.47
6 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak iShares                    2.55
7 Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC                                 3.02
8 Russell Downing (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed       3.21
9 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport           3.23
10 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare       3.29
11 Kristan House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                   3.31
12 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                   3.33
13 Karsten Kroon (Ned) CSC                                   
14 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                          3.34
15 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                 3.35
16 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago               
17 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                              
18 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                           
19 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                      3.38
20 Roger Hammond (GBr) Great Britain                     4.15
21 Luke Roberts (Aus) CSC                                4.21
22 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago     4.25
23 Michael Morkov (Den) Denmark                          4.39
24 Ian Stannard (GBr) Great Britain                      5.15
25 Ryan Cox (RSA) Barloworld                             7.53
26 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak iShares                        
27 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC                                 15.10
28 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS           18.08
29 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                   21.40
30 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile                        21.43
31 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport           
32 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                       
33 Tom Boonen (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                21.46
34 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic             
35 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain                   22.29
36 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon Lotto                   25.38
37 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Denmark                         31.37
38 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic              
39 Dean Downing (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed             
40 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport               
41 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon Lotto                        
42 Andre Steensen (Den) Denmark                              
43 Paul Manning (GBr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                
44 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Unibet.com                          
45 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare           
46 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed         
47 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Davitamon Lotto             31.38
48 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport    31.44
49 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                       31.47
50 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                       
51 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                              
52 Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon Lotto                         
53 Frederik Veuchulen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport       
54 Nick Gates (Aus) Davitamon Lotto                          
55 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Barloworld                            
56 Rob Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                       
57 Tom Barras (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed               
58 Christian Vandevelde (USA) CSC                            
59 James Meadley (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS               
60 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                       
61 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                       
62 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak iShares                          
63 Patrick McCarty (USA) Phonak iShares                      
64 Alex Coutts (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed              
65 Mathew Lloyd (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                
66 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                           
67 Mads Christensen (Den) Barloworld                         
68 Shaun Higgerson (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS             
69 Casper Jorgensen (Den) Denmark                       32.11
70 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain                        
71 Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain                        33.17
72 Edward Clancy (GBr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago          33.20
73 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare        33.26
74 Jonathon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS        33.52
75 Ross Sander (GBr) Great Britain                      34.42
76 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) QuickStep-Innergetic        35.29
77 Christopher Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk             37.01
78 Rene Weissinger (Ger) Skil-Shimano                   38.20
Points classification
1 Russell Downing (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed         31 pts
2 Martin Pedersen (Den) CSC                                27
3 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic               26
4 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic             22
5 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile                            21
6 Roger Hammond (GBr) Great Britain                        20
7 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago        19
8 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Denmark                             16
9 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.com                         14
10 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                           14
11 Nick Nuyens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                  14
12 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                      14
13 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport            13
14 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                          12
15 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                            12
16 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak iShares                     11
17 Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC                                  10
18 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare          7
19 Rene Weissinger (Ger) Skil-Shimano                       7
20 Kristan House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                      6
21 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                      5
22 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                    5
23 Karsten Kroon (Ned) CSC                                  4
24 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                             3
25 Luke Roberts (Aus) CSC                                   3
26 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                             2
27 Dean Downing (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed            2
28 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago              1
29 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport          1
Mountains classification
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC                                   31 pts
2 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon Lotto                       24
3 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                      24
4 Martin Pedersen (Den) CSC                                23
5 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Davitamon Lotto                 19
6 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.com                          9
7 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         8
8 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic                7
9 Nick Nuyens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                    6
10 Karsten Kroon (Ned) CSC                                  6
11 Luke Roberts (Aus) CSC                                   6
12 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                             5
13 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC                                     5
14 Christian Vandevelde (USA) CSC                           5
15 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                         4
16 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                          3
17 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                            2
18 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak iShares                         2
19 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak iShares                      1
20 Ryan Cox (RSA) Barloworld                                1
21 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic            1
22 Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain                            1
Sprints classification
1 Martin Pedersen (Den) CSC                                18 pts
2 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Davitamon Lotto                 10
3 Nick Nuyens (Bel) QuickStep-Innergetic                    7
4 Luke Roberts (Aus) CSC                                    7
5 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.com                          7
6 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon Lotto                        6
7 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                             5
8 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) QuickStep-Innergetic                3
9 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport              3
10 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                             2
11 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                      1
12 Karsten Kroon (Ned) CSC                                  1
13 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                      1
14 Christian Vandevelde (USA) CSC                           1
Teams classification
1 CSC                                                37.26.06
2 Unibet.com                                             1.19
3 QuickStep-Innergetic                                  20.10
4 T-Mobile                                              21.19
5 Skil-Shimano                                          21.57
6 Great Britain                                         24.03
7 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                               32.43
8 Phonak iShares                                        35.41
9 Barloworld                                            36.21
10 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport                           49.51
11 DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                           59.45
12 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                            59.59
13 Recycling.co.uk                                    1.00.11
14 Denmark                                            1.00.59
15 South Australia.com-AIS                            1.12.12
16 Davitamon Lotto                                    1.18.14

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