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Startline Gallery: Tirreno-Adriatico stage 6

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The startline on stage 6

The startline on stage 6 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD)

Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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New South Afrrican road champion Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Barracuda)

New South Afrrican road champion Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Barracuda) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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David Millar and Robert Hunter

David Millar and Robert Hunter (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale)

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale)

Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD)

Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD)

Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD)

Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) is building form ahead of Milano-San Remo

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) is building form ahead of Milano-San Remo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The start of stage 6 at Tirreno

The start of stage 6 at Tirreno (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans and his young son

Cadel Evans and his young son (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC) rides to the start

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) rides to the start (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The start of stage 6 at Tirreno

The start of stage 6 at Tirreno (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans and his family at the start of stage 6

Cadel Evans and his family at the start of stage 6 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD)

Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Former Giro d'Italia winner Paolo Savoldelli

Former Giro d'Italia winner Paolo Savoldelli (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Tonti

Andrea Tonti (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda)

David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Barracuda)

Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Barracuda) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Colombia - Coldeportes riders at the start

Colombia - Coldeportes riders at the start (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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World Champion Mark Cavendish

World Champion Mark Cavendish (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Despite several high profile withdrawals, a high class field assembled at the start of stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday morning as you will see from our exclusive gallery. News quickly filtered through that Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) and Matt Goss (GreenEdge) had pulled out of the race with two stages left to go, but spirits among the fans and the peloton have not been dampened.

Radio Shack-Nissan's Chris Horner (USA) in is possession of the overall lead in the GC, five seconds clear of Astana's Roman Kreuziger (Cze). Home fans had plenty of shout about yesterday though as local boy Vincenze Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) surged to victory on stage five in front of his adoring supporters.