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Froome and Sagan star in post-Tour de France criteriums gallery

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Stars Peter Sagan and Chris Froome get a lap in the pace car in Natourcriterium Aalst

Stars Peter Sagan and Chris Froome get a lap in the pace car in Natourcriterium Aalst
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Chris Froome didn't get much sleep the night before the Natourcriterium Aalst

Chris Froome didn't get much sleep the night before the Natourcriterium Aalst
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Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka)

Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Daniel Teklehaimanot in the Profronde van Surhuisterveen

Daniel Teklehaimanot in the Profronde van Surhuisterveen (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Koen de Kort (Giant-Alpecin)

Koen de Kort (Giant-Alpecin) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge)

Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Robert Gesink, Peter Sagan and Bauke Mollema on the podium of the Profronde van Surhuisterveen

Robert Gesink, Peter Sagan and Bauke Mollema on the podium of the Profronde van Surhuisterveen (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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The Profronde van Surhuisterveen

The Profronde van Surhuisterveen (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant-Alpecin)

Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant-Alpecin) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo) leads in the Profronde van Surhuisterveen.

Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo) leads in the Profronde van Surhuisterveen. (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema starred in the Profronde van Surhuisterveen.

Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema starred in the Profronde van Surhuisterveen. (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Bauke Mollema (Trek) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen

Bauke Mollema (Trek) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Bauke Mollema (Trek)

Bauke Mollema (Trek) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Kevin Hulsmans on the podium in the Profronde van Lommel

Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Kevin Hulsmans on the podium in the Profronde van Lommel
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Chris Froome signs autographs at the Natourcriterium Aalst

Chris Froome signs autographs at the Natourcriterium Aalst
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Fans surround Daniel Teklehaimanot at the Daags na de Tour in Boxmeer

Fans surround Daniel Teklehaimanot at the Daags na de Tour in Boxmeer
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Daniel Teklehaimanot signs autographs at the Daags na de Tour in Boxmeer

Daniel Teklehaimanot signs autographs at the Daags na de Tour in Boxmeer
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Chris Froome, Peter Sagan and Preben Van Hecke enjoy the spoils at the Natourcriterium Aalst

Chris Froome, Peter Sagan and Preben Van Hecke enjoy the spoils at the Natourcriterium Aalst
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Chris Froome and Serge Pauwels played second fiddle to Nairo Quintana in the Natourcriterium Roeselare

Chris Froome and Serge Pauwels played second fiddle to Nairo Quintana in the Natourcriterium Roeselare
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Nairo Quintana got top billing in the Natourcriterium Roeselare

Nairo Quintana got top billing in the Natourcriterium Roeselare
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Huge crowds lined up to see Peter Sagan and others in the Profronde van Lommel

Huge crowds lined up to see Peter Sagan and others in the Profronde van Lommel
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) at the Profronde van Lommel

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) at the Profronde van Lommel
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Greg Van Avermaet wins the Profronde van Lommel

Greg Van Avermaet wins the Profronde van Lommel
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Tom-Jelte Slagter in the Profronde van Surhuisterveen.

Tom-Jelte Slagter in the Profronde van Surhuisterveen. (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)

The days after the Tour de France offer very little in terms of rest and relaxation for winner Chris Froome (Sky), best young rider Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and green jersey winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) as they head into a week of festivities known as the post-Tour criteriums.

The day after being feted across Paris, Froome headed to the Natour Criterium in Aalst along with Peter Sagan. The criteriums are less races and more spectacle, with the winner being generally pre-arranged. Sagan topped the podium in Aalst with Froome and Belgian champion Preben Van Hecke.

Next up, across the border in the Netherlands, was the 'Daags na de Tour' or Day after the Tour in Boxmeer, where Sagan was once again on the podium, this time with home riders Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo) and Bauke Mollema (Trek).

The next day, Quintana claimed top honours ahead of Froome and Serge Pauwels (MTN-Qhubeka) at the Natour Criterium in Roeselare.

Wednesday's race was the Profronde van Lommel, where once more Sagan landed on the podium, this time behind Greg Van Avermaet, with Kevin Hulsmans in third.

The post-Tour criteriums run through the rest of the week across Europe.