Vichot wins final Paris-Nice stage

Arthur Vichot (FDJ) took the biggest win of his career on the final stage of Paris-Nice, ahead of Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar). Vichot never looked in doubt as he raced by the other riders to seal the victory by a clear margin.

The Frenchman managed to hang onto the other general classification contenders on the tough final climb of the Col d'Eze to keep himself in contention, despite having no teammates to help him. He stayed tucked safely in the group as they tracked down a lone Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing), before unleashing his sprint.

Vichot's victory was enough to move him up into third in the general classification, one second ahead of Rojas. The win was also his first in the jersey of the French champion. "It's fantastic to win in the tricolore on the Promenade des Anglais," said Vichot.

"It's like a classic, it was wonderful to win. Of course it is the first time for me in this stage of a race. The general classification hasn't been great for us, but we tried to do something in the stages and I finished in first place today. I'm very happy, it's a good feeling."

There was a bit of carnage at the finish when Peter Velits (BMC) and Tony Gallopin tangled wheels, forcing the Lotto-Belisol rider across the road, which took down a number of riders, including World Champion Rui Costa. The Lampre rider had been hoping to take a stage win here, but found himself thrown into the barriers as a result of the crash. Costa took some time to get back on his bike but was able to cross the line and keep his second place in the general classification

Vichot was on the opposite side of the road when the incident occurred and made it through unscathed. "There was no problem really for me, but there was a problem behind with a crash," he explains. "It didn't stop me winning. Racing is like that, it's Paris-Nice it's a big race and these things happen. Of course, in all the stages you need to be in front at this race. Every second is nervous and everybody is fighting for their place and it's a great special moment for me."

Carlos Betancur (AG2R-La Mondiale) finished safely inside the bunch to become the first Colombian to take that overall victory at Paris-Nice.

How it happened

The final stage of the week was also the shortest one, although it packed a punch with five categorised climbs for the riders to tackle. There were five non-starters for stage eight, including Geraint Thomas (Sky) who crashed on the previous stage. He was joined by his teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen in the list of abandonees, a list that would grow vastly by the end of the day.

It was a fairly straightforward day to begin with for the peloton. It took some time for a break to develop, but finally 17 riders made it off the front at the 24km mark. Of the 21 teams in the race six missed out on a spot in the break, including the AG2R team of Carlos Betancur. Included in the break were Xabier Zandio (Sky), Greg van Avermaet (BMC, Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing) and Moreno Hofland (Belkin)

With so many riders in the break, the peloton were cautious of giving them too much room out front and they held the gap at one minute for a long time. The leaders then upped the pace, which resulted in Hofland being dropped and built the lead up to a maximum of 2:40. They worked well together until they hit the penultimate climb of the Côte de Peille, by which stage their lead had fallen back down to a minute.

Sensing the escapees at close range, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) decided to have a go joined by his teammate Lieuwe Westra and Simon Spilak (Katusha). Westra soon sat up though, with Francesco Gavazzi, still out front from the earlier break, ready to help him out. The break was quickly nullified, by which time almost all of the previous escapees had been caught too.

A number of riders tried their luck off the front, the most concerted of these efforts was one from Yuri Trofimov (Katusha). AG2R tried to track him down, but he managed to build up a lead of nearly a minute. That quickly vanished once Movistar took to the front. The Col d'Eze proved to be the downfall of several riders, among them were Nibali, Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) and Zdenek Stybar, who had to wave goodbye to his podium position.

As the peloton neared the top of the final climb of the Col d'Eze, Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) launched an attack. He was soon joined by Spilak, who looked determined to better his 10th place in the general classification. The pair, lead predominantly by Schleck, extended their advantage to around 40 seconds on the descent of the climb. Once again, Movistar took up the task of chasing them down.

With the peloton quickly closing on them, Schleck tried an attack inside the final kilometre, but the pure climbers frame couldn't fend off the advances of the baying pack.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr3:06:56
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 2 - Cell 2
4Damiano Caruso (Ita) CannondaleRow 3 - Cell 2
5Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 6 - Cell 2
8Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9George Bennett (NZl) CannondaleRow 8 - Cell 2
10Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 9 - Cell 2
11Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team SkyRow 11 - Cell 2
13Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-MeridaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Simon Spilak (Slo) Team KatushaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 20 - Cell 2
22Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdgeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:08
24Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.frRow 23 - Cell 2
25Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 26 - Cell 2
28Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 27 - Cell 2
29Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33John Gadret (Fra) Movistar TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:17
35Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 34 - Cell 2
36Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 35 - Cell 2
37Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin SharpRow 36 - Cell 2
38Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Iurii Trofimov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Egor Silin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto BelisolRow 43 - Cell 2
45Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 44 - Cell 2
46Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:54
47Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory RacingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 48 - Cell 2
50Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida0:06:41
51Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team KatushaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp0:07:32
53Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdgeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team KatushaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.frRow 54 - Cell 2
56Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 55 - Cell 2
57Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team SkyRow 57 - Cell 2
59Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 58 - Cell 2
60Michel Koch (Ger) CannondaleRow 59 - Cell 2
61Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory RacingRow 60 - Cell 2
62Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 65 - Cell 2
67Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 66 - Cell 2
68Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Marco Marcato (Ita) CannondaleRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jos van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin SharpRow 70 - Cell 2
72Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 72 - Cell 2
74Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 76 - Cell 2
78Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:09:06
82Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Cristiano Salerno (Ita) CannondaleRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team KatushaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 88 - Cell 2
90Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 91 - Cell 2
93Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:02
94Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 93 - Cell 2
95Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 95 - Cell 2
97Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team KatushaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 97 - Cell 2
99Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdgeRow 98 - Cell 2
100John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 99 - Cell 2
101Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 100 - Cell 2
102Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 101 - Cell 2
103Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 102 - Cell 2
104Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 106 - Cell 2
108Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.frRow 107 - Cell 2
109Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 108 - Cell 2
110Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 109 - Cell 2
111Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale0:14:02
113Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin SharpRow 113 - Cell 2
115Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto BelisolRow 115 - Cell 2
117Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CannondaleRow 116 - Cell 2
118Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano0:14:22
119Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:16:53
120Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team SkyRow 119 - Cell 2
121Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 120 - Cell 2
122Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling0:21:40
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFGert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFMaarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFBryan Coquard (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFJetse Bol (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFKarsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) CannondaleRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFKoen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFTyler Farrar (USA) Garmin SharpRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.frRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFFabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin SharpRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFJérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.frRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFTom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFTim Wellens (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 150 - Cell 2
DNSStephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 151 - Cell 2
DNSJulien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 152 - Cell 2
DNSMichael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 153 - Cell 2
DNSGeraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 154 - Cell 2
DNSEdvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team SkyRow 155 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Plan du Var
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano3pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Eze
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha3pts
2Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr15pts
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 7 - Cell 3
9George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche Environnement1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 2) Côte de Duranus, km. 33.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team7pts
2Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 2) Côte de Châteauneuf, km. 55.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing7pts
2Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 (Cat. 2) Col de Calaïson, km. 70
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling7pts
2Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 (Cat. 1) Côte de Peille, km. 87
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team10pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team1Row 6 - Cell 3
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Mountain 5 (Cat. 1) Col d'Eze, km. 113
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing10pts
2Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr1Row 6 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team3:06:56
2Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 1 - Cell 2
3Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La MondialeRow 2 - Cell 2
4George Bennett (NZl) CannondaleRow 3 - Cell 2
5Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche EnvironnementRow 4 - Cell 2
6Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdgeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:01:08
11Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:01:17
12Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:04:54
14Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida0:06:41
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