Gilbert keeps his promise on the Cauberg
Belgian gets Omega Pharma-Lotto's first win in style
Philippe Gilbert brought Omega Pharma-Lotto's eight month dry spell of victories to a dramatic end at the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday afternoon. The Belgian put in a ferocious attack on the final ascent of the Cauberg to claim victory several bike lengths clear of Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transtions), who sprinted past Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) in the closing meters of the race.
"I started as a favourite, so it's just beautiful to be able to win it and live up to the expectations," said Gilbert, who has been living inside a pressure cooker of Belgian expectation throughout the Classics season so far.
"From Milano-Sanremo on my form constantly improved. During the winter I said these are my races. I wanted to be good in Flanders but especially this week. I'm on schedule, right on time. It's not easy [to get it right]," he continued.
Gilbert's race winning move came moments after a 30-strong peloton had swallowed up Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha) at the base of the event's famed uphill finish. Gilbert and Kolobnev had formed part of a five man attack group, which had formed after the Keutenberg with less than 11 kilometres remaining.
Kolobnev's ill-fated move had come with seven kilometres to go, before the chase groups reformed into one and dashed Katusha's hopes of back-to-back victories at the race.
For the victor however, the relief was palpable as he embraced each of his teammates in turn. The most emotional reaction came from Omega Pharma-Lotto manager, Marc Sargeant, who couldn't wipe the grin off his face as he hugged Gilbert firmly before the podium presentation at the top of the Cauberg.
Although two seconds shy of Gilbert at the finish, second placed Ryder Hesjedal was elated after securing the best Classics result of his career. “I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s insane,” he told Cyclingnews as he rode to the post-race press conference.
“This means a lot. I started to see myself as a rider for these races a few years ago and I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for these events. This is my fifth Amstel and it was one of the first races in did in 2004. I remember coming off the back after 180 kilometres and couldn’t fathom how you get to the finish - now I realise how,” he said.
Hesjedal and Gilbert are likely to lock horns at least once more in the next week. While the 2010 Amstel Champion downplayed his expections for Flèche Wallone this Wednesday, Liège-Bastogne-Liège has been circled for Ardennes Classic number two.
"Liège is a dream for me," said Gilbert. "This victory will boost my moral. Flèche is not a race for me. It's a nice race, but the finish is a bit too long and too steep for me."
A tale of volcanoes and the journey to Valkenberg
The 45th edition of the Amstel Gold Race will be remembered for the influence of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano that had caused teams such enormous logistical problems in the days leading up to the race.
With no air travel possible in North and Western Europe, several big name favourites opted to skip the biggest Dutch one-day race, including Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne), Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky). Last year's winner Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) and a dozen other riders had spent long hours in cars and trains to get in Maastricht.
Peter Wrolich (Milram) drove from Austria, but still had plenty of energy for the race as he featured in the early breakaway of seven men that formed almost immediately after the start. Rafael Valls (Footon-Servetto), Staf Scheirlinckx (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Sebastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet), Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano), Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Arnaud van Groen (Vacansoleil) were Wrolich's six companions. The seven quickly built up a gap of almost seven minutes, with Lars Boom (Rabobank) doing most of the work in the peloton to help keep them under control.
By the time the leaders hit the Cauberg for the second time, after 181km, Valls Ferri had dropped away and the gap was down to four and a half minutes, to a group of three chasers: Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano), Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Dirk Bellemakers (Landbouwkrediet) that had formed in the interim.
A relaxed peloton was a further 30 seconds behind with Rabobank still riding tempo on the front. Seventeen kilometres later last year's winner of the Herman Krott trophy for the most aggressive rider, Niki Terpstra (Milram), launched a solo counter-attack on the Bemelerberg. The Dutch rider pulled off a chasse-patate [a European cycling team for a rider with little chance of bridging]. He rode alone in between the leader's group and the peloton for a while but was quickly caught by the bunch, with the only result being that he used a lot of energy.
The true race begins
Approaching the deciding climbs with fifty kilometres to go, the six leaders had 2:46 on the three chasers and three minutes on the peloton. Despite riding for 200 kilometres, the race had yet to begin in earnest and while the earlier climbs had begun to create a selection, most of the favourites retained their positions in the main group.
The difference in speed between the tired leaders and the peloton was now evident and with thirty kilometres to go the breakaway was neutralized and the finale of the race could get underway.
Saxo Bank took the initiative and hammered away at the front the peloton in the approach to climb number 26, the Gulperberg. There were no attacks in front, but the high speed caused many casualties, among them was co-favourite Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha), who was spotted struggling at the back.
"Saxo Bank took the race in their hand rather early on," said Gilbert afterwards of the impetus inserted into the race by the Danish squad. "They tried to make the race harder. The [Schleck] brothers were as strong as expected, just like Ivanov. It wasn't obvious to know what to do."
Steaming towards the famous quartet of climbs (the Kruisberg, Eyserbosweg, Fromberg and Keutenberg) it was world champion Cadel Evans who was led the peloton into the short but steep series of ascents.
Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) launched the first serious attack on the Kruisberg, with twenty-two kilometers to go, and he created a nice gap, although his body language indicated that he had hoped to receive some support in his endeavour.
On the steep climb of the Eyserbosweg the first big gun fired when Andy Schleck attacked and bridged up to Marcato. The move from the Luxemburg champion was quickly marked by Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Damiano Cunego (Lampre), Fränk Schleck and Johnny Hoogerland (Vancansoleil). Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) and Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank) bridged up little later.
The group established itself a small gap over the peloton and on the Fromberg it was Fränk Schleck's turn to attack. Cunego countered and only Gilbert, Fränk Schleck and Kolobnev were able to keep up with the surge.
Despite those salvos the race again came back together after the Fromberg. On the section in between the Fromberg and the Keutenberg, Ivanov snuck away together with Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto). On the climb itself, Ivanov went solo.
Gilbert and Cadel Evans were the first to respond to the attack, the duo bridging to the Russian Champion. A second attack from Ivanov detached them once more as Gilbert and Evans assumed positions in the first and second chase groups, respectively.
Gilbert again went in search of Ivanov. This time, he caught and passed his prey as the hunter quickly became the hunted. Behind, Cunego, Kolobnev, Fränk Schleck and now Ivanov represented the first chase group.
However, Gilbert was dragged back into the selection, precipitating an immediate attack from Kolobnev. The Russian scooted away to a ten second lead over the now his pursuers, with an increasingly tenuous gap to a second chase group at 20 seconds.
With five kilometres to go, Kolobnev began to show the strain of his effort as the two chase groups reformed into one behind him. Nibali led the charge of the now 30-strong peloton, with Rabobank taking over as they charged towards the base of the final climb.
As the Cauberg reared, Kolobnev's day was done as the chasers streamed past him on the lower slopes of the famed ascent. Despite the frantic movement of the group, a moment of peace ensued, before Gilbert fired out of the right-hand-side of the group. The Omega Pharma captain put his head down and it wasn't until he passed beneath the bridge that crosses the course at 300 metres-to-go that he risked a look behind.
He liked what he saw. A fist pump told the story as he relaxed from his enormous effort 100 metres before the line. His arms rose to the sky as he was the first to bath in the warm afternoon sun that greeted the riders at the summit. Behind, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) put in a final effort to overcome Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) for second place.
|1||Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||6:22:54|
|2||Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions||0:00:02|
|3||Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana||Row 2 - Cell 2|
|4||Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||0:00:05|
|5||Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 4 - Cell 2|
|6||Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||Row 5 - Cell 2|
|7||Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank||0:00:07|
|8||Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team||0:00:09|
|9||Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team||0:00:11|
|10||Chris Horner (USA) Team Radioshack||Row 9 - Cell 2|
|11||Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank||Row 10 - Cell 2|
|12||Sergie Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|13||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team||Row 12 - Cell 2|
|14||Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank||0:00:17|
|15||Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha||Row 14 - Cell 2|
|16||Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step||0:00:19|
|17||Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Team RadioShack||0:00:21|
|18||Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank||0:00:25|
|19||Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step||0:00:37|
|20||Jurgen Vandenbroeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||0:00:46|
|21||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo||0:00:56|
|22||Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha||0:01:11|
|23||Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank||0:01:38|
|24||Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team||0:02:02|
|25||Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram||Row 24 - Cell 2|
|26||Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank||0:02:07|
|27||Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team||0:02:11|
|28||Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux||0:02:18|
|29||Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank||0:02:25|
|30||Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 29 - Cell 2|
|31||Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:02:29|
|32||Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto||0:02:34|
|33||Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale||0:02:36|
|34||Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:02:56|
|35||Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||0:03:19|
|36||Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano||Row 35 - Cell 2|
|37||Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 36 - Cell 2|
|38||Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 37 - Cell 2|
|39||Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram||Row 38 - Cell 2|
|40||Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana||Row 39 - Cell 2|
|41||Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions||Row 40 - Cell 2|
|42||Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 41 - Cell 2|
|43||Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 42 - Cell 2|
|44||Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 43 - Cell 2|
|45||Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 44 - Cell 2|
|46||Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 45 - Cell 2|
|47||Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana||Row 46 - Cell 2|
|48||Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team||Row 47 - Cell 2|
|49||David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:03:26|
|50||Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana||0:03:28|
|51||Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 50 - Cell 2|
|52||Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 51 - Cell 2|
|53||Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank||Row 52 - Cell 2|
|54||Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team||Row 53 - Cell 2|
|55||Maxime Montfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 54 - Cell 2|
|56||Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia||0:03:32|
|57||Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto||Row 56 - Cell 2|
|58||Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha||0:03:38|
|59||Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||Row 58 - Cell 2|
|60||Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux||Row 59 - Cell 2|
|61||Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Milram||Row 60 - Cell 2|
|62||Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank||Row 61 - Cell 2|
|63||Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack||Row 62 - Cell 2|
|64||Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 63 - Cell 2|
|65||Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux||Row 64 - Cell 2|
|66||Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 65 - Cell 2|
|67||Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram||Row 66 - Cell 2|
|68||Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux||0:03:45|
|69||Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||0:03:52|
|70||Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||Row 69 - Cell 2|
|71||Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia||0:03:59|
|72||Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team||Row 71 - Cell 2|
|73||Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||0:04:02|
|74||Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto||Row 73 - Cell 2|
|75||Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano||0:08:59|
|76||Christopher Froome (Ken) Sky Professional Cycling Team||0:10:20|
|77||Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team||0:10:31|
|78||Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 77 - Cell 2|
|79||Jacob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank||Row 78 - Cell 2|
|80||Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha||Row 79 - Cell 2|
|81||Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne||Row 80 - Cell 2|
|82||Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team||Row 81 - Cell 2|
|83||Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 82 - Cell 2|
|84||Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 83 - Cell 2|
|85||Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 84 - Cell 2|
|86||Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano||Row 85 - Cell 2|
|87||Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team||Row 86 - Cell 2|
|88||Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 87 - Cell 2|
|89||Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto||Row 88 - Cell 2|
|90||Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team||Row 89 - Cell 2|
|91||Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Astana||Row 90 - Cell 2|
|92||Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha||Row 91 - Cell 2|
|93||Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 92 - Cell 2|
|94||Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 93 - Cell 2|
|95||Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 94 - Cell 2|
|96||Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 95 - Cell 2|
|97||Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 96 - Cell 2|
|98||Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank||Row 97 - Cell 2|
|99||Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step||Row 98 - Cell 2|
|100||Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||Row 99 - Cell 2|
|101||Dimitri Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack||Row 100 - Cell 2|
|102||Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||Row 101 - Cell 2|
|103||Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux||Row 102 - Cell 2|
|104||Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervelo Test Team||Row 103 - Cell 2|
|105||Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||0:11:19|
|106||Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 105 - Cell 2|
|107||Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team||Row 106 - Cell 2|
|108||Jose Vinc Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne||0:11:37|
|109||Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:14:25|
|110||Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step||Row 109 - Cell 2|
|111||Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions||Row 110 - Cell 2|
|112||Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram||Row 111 - Cell 2|
|113||Manuel Antonio Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto||Row 112 - Cell 2|
|114||Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano||Row 113 - Cell 2|
|115||Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano||Row 114 - Cell 2|
|116||Preben Vanhecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 115 - Cell 2|
|117||Mouro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 116 - Cell 2|
|118||Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step||Row 117 - Cell 2|
|119||Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 118 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Joaquin Rodriquezoliver (Spa) Team Katusha||Row 119 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha||Row 120 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 121 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 122 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Allan Davis (Aus) Astana||Row 123 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Scott Davis (Aus) Astana||Row 124 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana||Row 125 - Cell 2|
|DNF||David Lopezgarcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne||Row 126 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 127 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Alan Perezlezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 128 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto||Row 129 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto||Row 130 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto||Row 131 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Rafael Valls (Alb) Footon-Servetto||Row 132 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux||Row 133 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux||Row 134 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions||Row 135 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Transitions||Row 136 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions||Row 137 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions||Row 138 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Ricardo Vandervelde (Ned) Garmin - Transitions||Row 139 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Francesco Belloti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 140 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 141 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 142 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Gerben Lowik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto||Row 143 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jean-Christophe Perraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto||Row 144 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step||Row 145 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kevin Deweert (Bel) Quick Step||Row 146 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step||Row 147 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank||Row 148 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 149 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 150 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 151 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram||Row 152 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram||Row 153 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram||Row 154 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack||Row 155 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Fuyu Li (Chn) Team Radioshack||Row 156 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Roman Vaitkus (Ltu) Team Radioshack||Row 157 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jonas Aaen-Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank||Row 158 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Andre Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank||Row 159 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank||Row 160 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank||Row 161 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Brent Bookwalters (USA) BMC Racing Team||Row 162 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team||Row 163 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team||Row 164 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team||Row 165 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team||Row 166 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team||Row 167 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team||Row 168 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet||Row 169 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 170 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kevin Neyrinck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 171 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano||Row 172 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano||Row 173 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano||Row 174 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 175 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 176 - Cell 2|
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