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Lahsaini bests breakaway companions to win VP cup

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A breakaway group gets an advantage

A breakaway group gets an advantage
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A Turkish rider takes care of the formalities

A Turkish rider takes care of the formalities
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Local spectators take in the scene

Local spectators take in the scene
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Here and here please.

Here and here please.
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A KTM rider signs on

A KTM rider signs on
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Excitement builds as the racing approaches

Excitement builds as the racing approaches
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Riders check in for a days racing

Riders check in for a days racing
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There were a number of foreign teams in town for the racing

There were a number of foreign teams in town for the racing
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All the way from Thailand for this competitor

All the way from Thailand for this competitor
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A Bahrainian rider signs on

A Bahrainian rider signs on
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The VP Cup attracted riders from all over the world

The VP Cup attracted riders from all over the world
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The Azerbaidjan team

The Azerbaidjan team
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Final checks being made on the equipment

Final checks being made on the equipment
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A rather nervous looking UAE rider

A rather nervous looking UAE rider
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All smiles for the UAE riders before the race

All smiles for the UAE riders before the race
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All smiles for the UAE riders

All smiles for the UAE riders
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All smiles for the UAE riders

All smiles for the UAE riders
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A UAE rider hoping for some home road advantage

A UAE rider hoping for some home road advantage
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Turkey were ready to get the racing underway

Turkey were ready to get the racing underway
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A UAE rider awaits the start

A UAE rider awaits the start
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The event was a great chance for a range of countries to come together

The event was a great chance for a range of countries to come together
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Thumbs up to bike racing in the Middle East

Thumbs up to bike racing in the Middle East
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Final instructions

Final instructions
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The race gets underway

The race gets underway
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Spectators watch as the peloton approaches

Spectators watch as the peloton approaches
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The peloton together

The peloton together
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The race was marked by attacks from local riders

The race was marked by attacks from local riders
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A UAE rider during the 2010 Vice President's cup

A UAE rider during the 2010 Vice President's cup
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A Qatari rider on the attack

A Qatari rider on the attack
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This UAE rider sits at the back of the bunch

This UAE rider sits at the back of the bunch
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The view from the support car

The view from the support car
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The entire UAE team was on display at home

The entire UAE team was on display at home
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Turkey were another squad well represented

Turkey were another squad well represented
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Riders in the peloton settle as they organise the chase

Riders in the peloton settle as they organise the chase
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A two-man breakaway attempts to gain an advantage

A two-man breakaway attempts to gain an advantage
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The fast roads meant the pace was on from the get-go

The fast roads meant the pace was on from the get-go
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A UAE rider gets his head down as he attacks

A UAE rider gets his head down as he attacks
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Local riders were aggressive

Local riders were aggressive
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It's academic for the lead group

It's academic for the lead group
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The lead group makes its way along the UAE's long flat roads

The lead group makes its way along the UAE's long flat roads
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Former South African Champion Malcolm Lange

Former South African Champion Malcolm Lange
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The peloton fans across the wide UAE roads

The peloton fans across the wide UAE roads
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The peloton pushes on

The peloton pushes on
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Single file as the pace lifts

Single file as the pace lifts
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KTM lead the chase for the leaders

KTM lead the chase for the leaders
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The peloton pursues to no avail

The peloton pursues to no avail
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The break still flying

The break still flying
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Cool as a cucumber...as they say

Cool as a cucumber...as they say
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A UAE rider checks what gear he's in

A UAE rider checks what gear he's in
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The race winning break

The race winning break
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Lange rolls off the front after a turn

Lange rolls off the front after a turn
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South African cycling legend Malcome Lange (Team Medscheme)

South African cycling legend Malcome Lange (Team Medscheme)
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One of the foreign riders in the field

One of the foreign riders in the field
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UAE get down to business

UAE get down to business
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Medscheme worked hard for their man Malcome Lange

Medscheme worked hard for their man Malcome Lange
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One of the many UAE rider in the field

One of the many UAE rider in the field
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South Africa's Team Medscheme were well represented in the front group

South Africa's Team Medscheme were well represented in the front group
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The lead group gets its head down

The lead group gets its head down
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The VP Cup peloton approaches

The VP Cup peloton approaches
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A huge number of competitors took part

A huge number of competitors took part
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The peloton spreads out

The peloton spreads out
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A KTM rider leads the peloton across the line

A KTM rider leads the peloton across the line
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A small group work together

A small group work together
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It's hot work chasing in the Middle East

It's hot work chasing in the Middle East
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A Team Medscheme rider races alongside a rival from the UAE

A Team Medscheme rider races alongside a rival from the UAE
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Friendly competition in the UAE

Friendly competition in the UAE
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Team Medscheme working hard with the chase group

Team Medscheme working hard with the chase group
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The organising committee

The organising committee
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Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE)

Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE)
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Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE)

Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE)
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Lange follows Lahsaini's wheel

Lange follows Lahsaini's wheel
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Lahsaini (Morocco) leads the escape

Lahsaini (Morocco) leads the escape
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The break gets going

The break gets going
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Lahsaini (Morocco) leads two Medscheme riders

Lahsaini (Morocco) leads two Medscheme riders
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The chase try to organise themselves

The chase try to organise themselves
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The peloton try to decide who's going to take up the chase

The peloton try to decide who's going to take up the chase
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Thailand take the lead

Thailand take the lead
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A KTM rider on his own

A KTM rider on his own
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The weather is relentless in the Middle East

The weather is relentless in the Middle East
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The sun beats down on the field

The sun beats down on the field
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Jonathan Balbuena (France)

Jonathan Balbuena (France)
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Lange calls for the team car

Lange calls for the team car
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The UAE finished the day with a podium position

The UAE finished the day with a podium position
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Three teammates work to chase the leaders

Three teammates work to chase the leaders
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A Qatari rider leads the pack

A Qatari rider leads the pack
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The race winner, Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco)

The race winner, Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco)
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The break before it shed any passengers

The break before it shed any passengers
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Malcolm Lange (Team Medscheme) sits comfortably in the break

Malcolm Lange (Team Medscheme) sits comfortably in the break
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The break pass the peloton on the opposite side of the highway

The break pass the peloton on the opposite side of the highway
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The leading group

The leading group
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Only four remain from the leading group as they close on the finish

Only four remain from the leading group as they close on the finish
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The leaders come into the finish

The leaders come into the finish
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The sprint opens up

The sprint opens up
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The last dash for the line

The last dash for the line
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Less than 25 metres to go.

Less than 25 metres to go.
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Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco) gets it!

Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco) gets it!
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Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco) draped in his national flag

Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco) draped in his national flag
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Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco) is interviewed after his win

Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco) is interviewed after his win
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Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE) is interviewed after finishing third

Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE) is interviewed after finishing third
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Yousef Mirza Banihammad (3rd, UAE), Mouhcine Lahsaini (1st, Morocco) and Malcolm Lange (2nd, Team Medscheme) await the presentation

Yousef Mirza Banihammad (3rd, UAE), Mouhcine Lahsaini (1st, Morocco) and Malcolm Lange (2nd, Team Medscheme) await the presentation
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Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE)

Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE)
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Malcolm Lange (Team Medscheme)

Malcolm Lange (Team Medscheme)
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Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco)

Mouhcine Lahsaini (Morocco)
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Yousef Mirza Banihammad (3rd, UAE), Mouhcine Lahsaini (1st, Morocco) and Malcolm Lange (2nd, Team Medscheme)

Yousef Mirza Banihammad (3rd, UAE), Mouhcine Lahsaini (1st, Morocco) and Malcolm Lange (2nd, Team Medscheme)
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Malcolm Lange (Team Medscheme)

Malcolm Lange (Team Medscheme)
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Yousef Mirza Banihammad (3rd, UAE), Mouhcine Lahsaini (1st, Morocco) and Malcolm Lange (2nd, Team Medscheme)

Yousef Mirza Banihammad (3rd, UAE), Mouhcine Lahsaini (1st, Morocco) and Malcolm Lange (2nd, Team Medscheme)
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Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE)

Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE)
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One of the race organisers is interviewed by local media

One of the race organisers is interviewed by local media
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Full Results
1Mouhcine Lahsaini (Mar)2:51:08
2Malcolm Lange (RSA)
3Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE)
4Jonathan Balbuena (Fra)
5Faysals Alsharaa (Lba)0:00:03
6Nicholas White (RSA)0:00:26
7Abdelatif Saadoune (Mar)0:03:00
8Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) CKT TMIT - Champion System0:03:03
9Cornelius Van Ooijen (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:03:04
10Abdelbaset Hannachi (Alg)0:03:28
11Oleksandr Surutkovych (Ukr)
12Mart Ojavee (Est) CKT TMIT - Champion System
13Khalid Albalooshi (UAE)0:03:34
14Abdelkadar Rahmani (Alg)0:03:48
15Okart Bua-Loi (Tha)0:03:50
16Benjamin Giraud (Fra)0:04:30
17Adil Jelloul (Mar)
18Tarik Chaoufi (Mar)
19Wouter De Groot (Ned)
20Ayman Al Habriti (KSA)
21Phuchong Sai-Udomsil (Tha) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
22Almarwi Mohamed Hasan (UAE)0:04:32
23Ali Ahmed Badr (UAE)
24Thomas Lebas (Fra)
25Mohamed Elghoumari (Mar)0:04:33
26Elchin Asadov (Aze)0:04:35
27Ahmed Al Doseri (Brn)
28Fahti Ahmed Atunsi (Lba)
29Tareq Esmaeili (Qat)
30Adil Kurkut (Tur)
31Josef Kugler (Aut) ARBÖ - KTM - Junkers0:04:38
32Selcuk Turkcetin (Tur)
33Erwan Brenterch (Fra)
34Johannes Jakobus Kachelhoffer (RSA)
35Youssef Belgasem Ahmed (Lba)
36Sayed Ahmed Khalil (Brn)0:04:50
37Thijs Poelstra (Ned)0:04:52
38Fadi Shekhoni (Syr)0:04:54
39Roger Beuchat (Swi) CKT TMIT - Champion System
40Ylmaz Habash (Syr)0:08:29
41Marc Mensebach (Ger)0:08:31
42Mansoor Jawad (Brn)0:08:35
43Nazer Al Jaser (Syr)0:08:38
44Ahmed Almansory (UAE)0:08:42
45Moosa Said (Qat)0:08:46
46Mansoor Ali Shambih (UAE)
47Serge Herz (Ger) CKT TMIT - Champion System
48Natthapon Jeebthaworn (Tha)
49Marc Reef (Ned)
50Nawuti Liphongyu (Tha)
51Rdhwan Al Moraqab (Qat)
52Wiwatchai Chuaikhun (Tha)
53Turakit Boonratanathanakorn (Tha)
54Hamad Almohamad (Syr)0:08:50
55Hannes (Deleted) Grundlinger (Aut) ARBÖ - KTM - Junkers
56Marcel Moebus (Ger)0:08:53
57Mirac Kal (Tur)
58Sultan Assiri (KSA)
59Holger Burkhardt (Ger) CKT TMIT - Champion System0:08:57
60Mustafa Sayar (Tur)
61Lars Pria (Rom) ARBÖ - KTM - Junkers0:08:59
62Christoffel Willemse (RSA)
63Mohammed Aimabyuq (KSA)0:09:04
64Stefan Probst (Aut) ARBÖ - KTM - Junkers0:09:56
65Khalid Bassam A H Elbardiny (Qat)0:10:03
66Ali Riza Tanriverdi (Tur)0:10:06
67Jaber Majrashi (KSA)
68Ali Hassan Mansoor (Brn)
69Ugur Marmara (Tur)
70Farad Khobrani (KSA)
71Soufiane Haddi (Mar)0:10:10
72Martin Frano (Svk)
73Mohamed Ali Ali Almabruk Abubregh (Lba)
74Mohamed Ali Ahmed (Lba)0:10:13
75Ahmed Majrashi (KSA)0:10:18
76Taha Alawi (Brn)0:14:01
77Moustafa Katbi (Syr)0:14:52
78Mohamed Samahi (Syr)

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