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  1. Eduard Prades (Movistar) won stage 2 of the Tour de la Provence, pipping Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) in a sprint to the line in La Ciotat. Gorka Izagirre (Astana) came across the line to take third place and move into the race lead. 

    Following an aggressive finale to the stage, that included a first category climb in the final 20 kilometres and a long descent to the line, a small group arrived at the line. Prades came from midway down the group to beat Gallopin, who was fading after starting his sprint early. 

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  2. Reigning individual pursuit world champion Filippo Ganna won the inaugural time trial of the fourth edition of the Tour de La Provence on the 8.9km pan flat course at Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer. The 22-year-old bettered by nine seconds the time of Dutchman Sebastian Langeveld from EF Education First who stood as the best for almost two and half hours. Frenchman Rémi Cavagna of Deceunick-Quick Step settled for third place ten seconds adrift.

    "I've started the new season on a high foot," Ganna said. "It was a fast course. When I saw that it was a bit windy, I realized I had to do it seriously. We joked before the start that I had to ride one pursuit of 4km and straight after that, another one. To have the leader jersey in the first stage race I do this year is very important and beautiful. We have a good team to defend the jersey as long as I can."

    This is Ganna's first win for Team Sky on his debut with the British squad he joined from UAE Team Emirates. "I was known for my results on the track but I also want to perform on the road," the Italian added. "After the world championships in which I'll defend my title in two weeks, I hope to convince the staff to line me up at a Grand Tour to help my leaders that everyone knows."

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    With 27 seconds of an advantage over Thibaut Pinot and 29 over Gorka Izagirre, Ganna seems adamant that he can retain the leader's jersey that is a replica of Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond's Tour de France winning team La Vie Claire in 1985 and 1986 despite the climbs featured on the course of stage 2 and stage 3 of the Tour de la Provence. La Vie Claire and Toshiba team owner Bernard Tapie flagged off stage 1 after he was joined for lunch by some of his former riders, namely Jean-François Bernard, Marc Madiot, Vincent Barteau, Bernard Vallet, Charly Bérard and Jean-François Rault.

     

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  3. Sebastian Molano captured his first victory for UAE Team Emirates from a small group sprint to win stage 3 at the Tour Colombia 2.1. The Colombian was the fastest of the group that emerged after the last climb, winning the sprint ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Diego Ochoa (Manzana Postobon).

    It was a tactical battle over the final climb before the finish in Llanogrande. Riders within a shot of the overall lead pushed the paces to bring back the day's decisive breakaway with in 10km to go.

    Attacks came from Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Richard Carapaz, along with Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First), all of whom tried to gain small gaps, but all efforts were short-lived as the dwindled peloton raced under the kilometre-to-go banner, setting up for the sprint finish.

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    Urán finished in the front group and took back the overall lead as the Tour Colombia heads into stage 4.

    "It was a beautiful moment, to get my first win with my new team and doing so here in Colombia – it's fantastic," Molano said after taking over as the team's protected sprinter following Fernando Gaviria's illness. "Gaviria unfortunately was not well. I had a big responsibility and I was able to repay the enormous trust given to me by the team.

    "I felt great all day, on the climbs my legs were good and I found myself secure in the finishing straight for the sprint. The work of my teammates getting there was perfect all day. I want to thank the team who kept me going throughout the stage."

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