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Vinokourov returns to winning in l'Ain TT

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Rein Taaramae in the best young rider's jersey.

Rein Taaramae in the best young rider's jersey. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Greg Van Avermaet (Silence Lotto)

Greg Van Avermaet (Silence Lotto) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Greg Van Avermaet (Silence-Lotto) in the points jersey.

Greg Van Avermaet (Silence-Lotto) in the points jersey. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Chris Horner heads to the podium after taking the overall lead.

Chris Horner heads to the podium after taking the overall lead. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Chris Horner leads the Tour de l'Ain by 19 seconds.

Chris Horner leads the Tour de l'Ain by 19 seconds. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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American Chris Horner (Astana) in yellow after the TT.

American Chris Horner (Astana) in yellow after the TT. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Vinokourov on the podium after winning the TT in the Tour de l'Ain.

Vinokourov on the podium after winning the TT in the Tour de l'Ain. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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One humongous bear for Vinokourov.

One humongous bear for Vinokourov. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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A clearly happy Alexander Vinokourov after winning the TT.

A clearly happy Alexander Vinokourov after winning the TT. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Alexander Vinokourov back on the podium after a two-year absence.

Alexander Vinokourov back on the podium after a two-year absence. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) is best young rider.

Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) is best young rider. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)

Alexander Vinokourov scored his first race win since returning from a two-year doping ban on Tuesday at the Tour de l'Ain. Riding for the Kazakh national team, Vinokourov won the 8.8km time trial in St. Genis-Pouilly over Dutch rider Michiel Elijzen (Silence-Lotto).

Vinokourov returned to competition for the first time this week after serving the ban for blood doping at the 2007 Tour de France. The rider had been unable to come to an agreement with his former team, Astana, with whom he still has a contract, and was racing for his national team.

The time trial was the second of two half stages on Tuesday. In the morning's mountainous 103km stage finishing atop Mont Jura, Vinokourov finished well off the pace of the leading group, losing 3:45.

American Chris Horner, who finished second on the morning's stage, assumed the race lead following the afternoon time trial. He finished third in the test, 13 seconds behind Vinokourov.

The morning's leader Ludovic Turpin (AG2R) lost 24 seconds to Horner, who now leads the Frenchman by 19 seconds.

Horner is now poised to take his first European stage race victory.

The afternoon time trial was only 8.8 kilometres in length - too short to gain large amounts of time, but Horner was happy to finish with a 19 second lead over Turpin.

"I was hoping to get at least 15 seconds so I could have a buffer against anyone getting the 10 second time bonus on the last stage, so I can't ask for too much more."
 

Full Results
1Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:09:50
2Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto0:00:10
3Christopher Horner (USA) Astana0:00:13
4Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:00:21
5Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental0:00:22
6Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:00:26
7Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93
8Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:00:27
9Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:28
10Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:29
11Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
12Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 930:00:30
13Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
14Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step
15David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:31
16Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:32
17Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:35
18Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:36
19Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana
20Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:00:38
21Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel0:00:39
22Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93
23Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step0:00:42
24Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto
25Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
26Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:00:43
27Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux
28Arthur Vichot (Fra) France0:00:44
29Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
30Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:00:46
31Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:00:47
32Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental
33Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel
34Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
35Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
36Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:48
37Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano0:00:49
38Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:51
39Thibault Pinot (Fra) France
40Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:52
41Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
42Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
43Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93
44Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
45Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:53
47Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:00:54
48Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux
49Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:55
50Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:56
51Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:00:57
52Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
53Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental
54José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana0:00:58
55Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
56Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto
57Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
58John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:59
59Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano
60Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom
61Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team
62Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:01:00
63Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel
64Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:01:01
65Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:02
66Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
67Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:01:03
68Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:01:04
69Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:05
70Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
71Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France0:01:06
72Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
73Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana
74Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:01:08
75Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
76Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
77Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 930:01:09
78Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:01:10
79Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
80Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:01:11
81Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
82Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:12
83Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:13
84Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:01:16
85Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto
86Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:17
87Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux
88Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 930:01:19
89Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
90Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:01:20
91Faber Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:01:21
92Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step
93Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:01:22
94Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:27
95Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:28
96Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel
97Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:01:29
98Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:01:30
99Yoann Bagot (Fra) France0:01:38
100Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:39
101Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
102Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:44
103Romain Hardy (Fra) France
104Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:01:55
105Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:02:12

Points
1Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan15pts
2Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto12
3Christopher Horner (USA) Astana10
4Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel8
5Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental6
6Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel5
7Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 934
8Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step3
9Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux2
10Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1

Teams
1Agritubel30:56:00
2Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne0:07:00
3Auber 930:11:00
4Astana
5Quick Step0:14:00
6Silence-Lotto0:25:00
7Equipe Du Kazakhstan0:27:00
8BMC Racing Team0:40:00
9Francaise Des Jeux
10Rabobank0:41:00
11AG2R La Mondiale0:44:00
12Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:47:00
13Besson Chaussures - Sojasun1:00:00
14Equipe De France1:07:00
15Caisse d'EEpargne1:09:00
16Skil - Shimano
17Bretagne Schuller1:29:00
18Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes1:51:00
19Roubaix Lille Métropole2:17:00

General classification after stage 3b
1Christopher Horner (USA) Astana9:25:57
2Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:19
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:20
4Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:22
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:32
6Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:36
7Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:00:48
8Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:50
9Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:58
10Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:01:09
11Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:32
12Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:35
13Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:37
14Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:46
15John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:53
16Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:30
17Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:02:47
18Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:02:54
19Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:04
20Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:03:24
21Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:03:28
22Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:03:29
23Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel0:03:33
24Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:03:55
25Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:03:56
26Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:03:58
27Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
28Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 930:04:09
29Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental0:04:15
30Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental0:04:16
31Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:04:17
32Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:04:21
33Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:04:24
34Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:25
35José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana0:04:27
36Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:04:29
37Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:04:30
38Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:04:32
39Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:04:33
40Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan
41Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France0:04:36
42Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:04:37
43Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 930:04:39
44Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:40
45Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
46Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:04:42
47Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:04:45
48Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:04:49
49Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:04:51
50Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:04:58
51Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:05:08
52Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:07:09
53Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel0:07:31
54Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step0:07:43
55Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 930:08:02
56Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 930:08:05
57Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step0:08:06
58Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:10
59Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana0:08:12
60Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:08:14
61Arthur Vichot (Fra) France0:08:20
62Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:08:24
63Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:08:27
64Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:08:34
65Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:09:04
66Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:09:08
67Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:09:13
68Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:09:26
69Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:10:25
70Thibault Pinot (Fra) France0:10:53
71Romain Hardy (Fra) France0:10:55
72Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 930:12:04
73Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:12:06
74Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto0:12:10
75Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel0:13:06
76Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:15:35
77Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental
78Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:15:39
79Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:15:42
80Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:15:54
81Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:16:19
82Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
83Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:23
84Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana0:16:37
85Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:16:40
86Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:17:05
87Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step0:17:43
88Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:17:46
89Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:17:49
90Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano0:17:50
91Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:18:18
92Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 930:18:20
93Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:18:31
94Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:18:45
95Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto0:18:49
96Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:19:31
97Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:19:36
98Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:19:59
99Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:20:36
100Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:20:45
101Yoann Bagot (Fra) France0:21:39
102Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:22:01
103Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:22:24
104Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:25:31
105Faber Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:30:34

Points classification
1Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto37pts
2Christopher Horner (USA) Astana31
3Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel30
4Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel28
5Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne26
6Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale25
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne25
8Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team21
9Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano19
40Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan18
11Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step18
12Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne17
13Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step17
14David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne16
15Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano14
16Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team12
17Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto12
18Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux11
19Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10
20Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10
21Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux9
22John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9
23Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9
24Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel8
25Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller8
26Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne7
27Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller7
28Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental7
29Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental6
30Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole6
31Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom6
22Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan5
33Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel5
34Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 934
35Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun4
36Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3
37Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team3
38Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux2
39Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller2
22Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan1
41Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1
42Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1

Young rider classification
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9:26:19
2Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:02:25
3Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:03:06
4Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental0:03:53
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental0:03:54
6Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:04:02
7Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:04:08
8Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:04:11
9Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan
10Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France0:04:14
11Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:04:23
12Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 930:07:43
13Arthur Vichot (Fra) France0:07:58
14Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:08:51
15Thibault Pinot (Fra) France0:10:31
16Romain Hardy (Fra) France0:10:33
17Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 930:11:42
18Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:15:13
19Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:01
20Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:19:37
21Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:20:14
22Yoann Bagot (Fra) France0:21:17
23Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:22:02

Teams classification
1Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne28:18:48
2Agritubel0:02:48
3AG2R La Mondiale0:02:49
4Astana0:06:06
5Francaise Des Jeux0:07:37
6Bretagne Schuller0:09:17
7Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:10:18
8Rabobank0:11:37
9Quick Step0:12:37
10Caisse d'Epargne0:12:42
11Roubaix Lille Métropole0:13:13
12Equipe De France0:14:47
13Auber 930:15:13
14Equipe Du Kazakhstan0:15:29
15BMC Racing Team0:19:15
16Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:20:30
17Silence-Lotto0:27:01
18Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:27:10
19Skil - Shimano0:32:48

 

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