Sanchez sprints to stage win at Superdévoluy

The queen stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné has seen the comeback of Samuel Sanchez as a winner more than a year after he won the Vuelta al Pais Basco. He outsprinted Jakob Fuglsang in a two-man fight at Superdévoluy while Chris Froome maintained his lead with authority, helped by Team Sky, as expected, and by Alberto Contador, who supported his Saxo-Tinkoff teammate Michael Rogers in his quest to third place overall.

“I’ve suffered a lot, especially in the last three kilometres,” Sanchez said. “Fuglsang was very strong but I gave everything I had to beat him at the end. It’s going to be wonderful for Euskaltel to start the Tour de France with this prestigious victory. We had just won two races [stages at the Tour of Castilla and Leon with Pablo Urtasun and Juan José Lobato] this year but nothing in the WorldTour. We didn’t get what we wanted from the Giro d’Italia, so it was good to keep going and come to here looking for something like this. Personally, I won’t take part in the Tour. I need to take a rest. It means a lot to me and the team to win at the Dauphiné.”

At the age of 35, the 2008 Olympic road race champion for road racing and King of the Mountains of the 2011 Tour de France is still hungry for winning. He waited for almost nine month for the occasion to pay tribute to his young team-mate Victor Cabedo, who died tragically in September last year, and Sanchez was still very emotional as he recalled the tragedy.

Euskaltel was represented by Gorka Izagirre in the 22-man breakaway, which formed at the initiative of Sylvain Chavanel after 25 kilometres of racing. Sergio Paulinho (Saxo-Tinkoff), Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol), Alexey Lutsenko and Kevin Seeldrayers (Astana), Ivan Santaromita (BMC), Laurent Didier and Tony Gallopin (RadioShack), Travis Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), Jérôme Coppel (Cofidis), Matteo Bono (Lampre-Merida), Pierre Rolland and David Veilleux (Europcar), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Angel Madrazo and Eloy Teruel (Movistar), Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), Nikias Arndt and Thomas Damuseau (Argos-Shimano), Arnaud Gérard (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) and David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura) were the other riders up the road.

They reached Bourg d’Oisans at the bottom of l’Alpe d’Huez with an advantage of 3:30 that remained steady all the way to the top, as Team Sky kept the situation under control. At the summit, the time gap was 3:40. On the ascent of the Col d’Ornon, the front group led by Van den Broeck increased its advantage to 5:40 at the top but it was still a long way to go with a headwind to fight against on their way to the Col du Noyer.

Dropped earlier on, Chavanel accelerated on a downhill section with 33km to go and was joined by De Marchi. The Italian from Cannondale stayed away on the climb until he got reined in with 14km to go. The first man to pass him was Alberto Contador riding in unusual role for his team-mate Michael Rogers on the hunt for the third place on the final podium.

Less than two kilometres before the summit of Col du Noyer, Sanchez took a small advantage over the front group of climbers. He almost got caught at the top but only Fuglsang succeeded in making the junction. The duo continued with an advantage of 25 seconds that proved to be enough before tackling the 4km-long final ascent to the ski resort of Superdévoluy. It didn’t allow counter-attackers like Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Dani Navarro (Cofidis) and Richie Porte (Sky) to close the gap. The latter got some freedom to try and win the stage as Froome’s lead wasn’t threatened.

“This is one more day towards achieving my goal,” Froome said. “I know it’s going to be another hard stage tomorrow, especially because we’ll ride above 2000 metres of altitude [at col de Vars] but I feel the situation is under control. It’s going to be a tough finale but Richie has the legs to be there on the final climb. Hopefully we’ll finish it off. We have the two first places on GC. We can be in a very similar situation at the Tour de France too, so it’s a good exercise. It won’t be the same race though. There’ll be different teams with different objectives, like Saxo-Tinkoff, who were racing for third place on GC today. To have climbed l’Alpe d’Huez once was hard enough, so I can imagine what it’ll be like when we’ll do it twice on the same day at the Tour.”




Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5:26:14
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:15
4Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha0:00:16
5Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:23
11Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha0:00:30
12Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:00:53
13Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:00
14Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:45
15Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJRow 14 - Cell 2
16Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:52
18Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:02:06
19Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:07
20Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:02:10
21Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:22
23Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 22 - Cell 2
24Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard0:02:32
25Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 24 - Cell 2
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:03
27Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:03:05
28José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura0:03:19
29Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:03:21
30Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:03:23
31Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:04:19
34Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 33 - Cell 2
35Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:05:49
37Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jose Rodolfo Serpa PerezRow 37 - Cell 2
39Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:06:17
41Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:26
42Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:07:01
43Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:08:42
44Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 43 - Cell 2
45Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Vegard Stake Laengen (Den) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 45 - Cell 2
47Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 47 - Cell 2
49Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 48 - Cell 2
50Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:47
51Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:09:43
52Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:09:58
53Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 52 - Cell 2
54José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Bram Tankink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:10:57
56Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 55 - Cell 2
57Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack LeopardRow 56 - Cell 2
58Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:12:26
61Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:12:27
62Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:13:41
63Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard0:14:12
64Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 63 - Cell 2
65Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling0:15:04
66Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team0:16:06
67Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 66 - Cell 2
68Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack LeopardRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 68 - Cell 2
70Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 69 - Cell 2
71Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 70 - Cell 2
72Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 72 - Cell 2
74Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJRow 74 - Cell 2
76Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 78 - Cell 2
80Sergei Chernetski (Rus) KatushaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 81 - Cell 2
83Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 82 - Cell 2
84Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 84 - Cell 2
86Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) KatushaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack LeopardRow 86 - Cell 2
88Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 88 - Cell 2
90Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 90 - Cell 2
92Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 91 - Cell 2
93Marc Goos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 95 - Cell 2
97Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
99Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
102Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 101 - Cell 2
103Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team EuropcarRow 102 - Cell 2
104Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 103 - Cell 2
105Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJRow 104 - Cell 2
106Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:17:55
107Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:19:45
108Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 110 - Cell 2
112Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 111 - Cell 2
113Federico Canuti (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 112 - Cell 2
114Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 113 - Cell 2
115Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 114 - Cell 2
116Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 116 - Cell 2
118Peio Bilbao (Esp) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 117 - Cell 2
119Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 118 - Cell 2
120Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 119 - Cell 2
121David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 121 - Cell 2
123William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 122 - Cell 2
124Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125David Veilleux (Can) Team EuropcarRow 124 - Cell 2
126Kévin Reza (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 125 - Cell 2
127Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 127 - Cell 2
129Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:21:03
130Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ0:24:15
131Petr Ignatenko (Rus) KatushaRow 130 - Cell 2
132Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp0:25:46
135Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp0:25:48
136Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-SharpRow 135 - Cell 2
137Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 136 - Cell 2
138Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 137 - Cell 2
139Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:27:10
140Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:27:12
141Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:28:12
142Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida0:28:31
143David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling0:34:53
144Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ0:45:19
145Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJRow 144 - Cell 2
DNSPaul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFBartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 146 - Cell 2
DNSLeopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFFrancois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 149 - Cell 2
DNSElia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 150 - Cell 2
DNSFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFMassimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 154 - Cell 2
DNSKristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFMikhail Ignatyev (Rus) KatushaRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFXavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) KatushaRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack LeopardRow 159 - Cell 2
DNFBen Hermans (Bel) RadioShack LeopardRow 160 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 161 - Cell 2
DNFLawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
DNSMarco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFDmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 164 - Cell 2
DNFBart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 165 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 166 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Corps, 148km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol5pts
2Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge3Row 1 - Cell 3
3David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Superdevoluy, 187.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi15pts
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Montée de l'Alpe d'Huez, 51km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team20pts
2Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano18Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard10Row 5 - Cell 3
7David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura8Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team7Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano6Row 8 - Cell 3
10David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar5Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Col de Sarenne, 60.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team10pts
2Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Col d'Ornon, 101km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team15pts
2Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team11Row 2 - Cell 3
4David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol8Row 4 - Cell 3
6Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard7Row 5 - Cell 3
7Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement5Row 7 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Col du Noyer, 176km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi15pts
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling8Row 4 - Cell 3
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling7Row 5 - Cell 3
7Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team5Row 7 - Cell 3
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Mountain 5 - Montée de Superdévoluy, 187.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4pts
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha1Row 3 - Cell 3
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