Roberts uses the force

Cyclingnews Anthony Tan caught up with CSC's Luke Roberts minutes after he set the early fastest time of 1h15'33, his time 21 seconds faster than Fassa Bortolo rider Fabian Cancellara, who will joining him at CSC next season. It was eventually good enough for 17th on the day.

The 28 year-old hadn't ridden the course until today, but judging by his time, you wouldn't have known it. "Bjarne [Riis] drove 'round it last night and took some notes; I had a radio in and was going on what he was telling me," Roberts said. "I just had to trust him on a few of the corners - some of them he said you can take it full gas, and I was thinking, 'You reckon?!'

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