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Bicycle frame making moved to endangered 'Red List' by Heritage Crafts; BMX jump cycle lane — cycling route has the mother of all speed bumps installed; Cav crashes AGAIN (+ stunning Amalfi scenery & breakaway heartbreak in Naples) + more on the live blog

Just two days until the weekend... we could definitely get used to this four-day week lark. Dan Alexander is on live blog duty for you this Thursday, on what promises to be another jam-packed day of cycling action
11 May 2023, 11:16
Bicycle frame making moved from viable to endangered by Heritage Crafts
Bespoked 2021 - Twmpa wood build detaik.jpg

Bicycle frame making is in danger, according to Heritage Crafts, the national charity for traditional heritage crafts moving the trade into its 'Red List' of endangered crafts. 

Previously classed as a viable craft, the downgrade to endangered suggests that while there are currently "sufficient craftspeople to transmit the craft skills to the next generation" there are "serious concerns about their ongoing viability".

Heritage Crafts' definition suggests this could be due to shrinking markets, an ageing demographic or a declining number of practitioners. In publishing its research, the charity noted how the energy crisis and inflation has "only exacerbated the issues faced by our most at-risk skills, building on the cumulative effect of Covid, continuing uncertainties around Brexit and structural issues relating to the funding for skills transmission".

And while bicycle frame making is not yet in the critically endangered category alongside clog making, glass eye making and sporran making, it does now share the same endangered status as crafts such as cricket bat making, horn, antler and bone working and kilt making. The charity reports one craft, mouth-blown flat glass has gone extinct since the publication of its last edition.

"The effect of the energy crisis, inflation, COVID-19 and Brexit have been tough on everyone, not least the craftspeople who possess our most fundamental craft skills," Mary Lewis, who led the research on behalf of Heritage Crafts, said. 

"We know that heritage craft skills operate like an ecosystem; if we lose one part it can have devastating consequences on other parts of the system. If we allow endangered crafts to disappear then we seriously diminish the opportunities for future generations to create their own sustainable and fulfilling livelihoods and deal with the challenges of the future."

11 May 2023, 15:32
Crisis? What crisis? Your thoughts on Heritage Crafts' frame-making endangered status

Not according to some of you...

Secret_squirrel: "WTF.  Have Heritage Crafts never been to Bespoked? Its my (totally uninformed lol) impression that frame building is having a rennaisance."

quiff: "Also came here to use the word renaissance. I would have guessed UK framebuilder numbers have increased in say the last 10 years."  

I've got to admit I've never been to Bespoked, but Jack has... here's what he saw...

Bespoked 2022 Sturdy tt bike.jpeg

> Bespoked bike show 2022: return of the rim brake, incredible paint jobs, Mike Burrows treasure trove + much more

11 May 2023, 12:59
Further reading on British frame makers

While you're all here for the frame-making story, why not check out a couple of Steve Thomas' excellent features on some of England's best bike builders from the 20th century...

Northern Vintage March 2022

> Northern vintage: 10 of the best 20th century British bike builders from the North and Midlands

southern steel Steve Thomas feature lead pic

> Southern Steel: take a trip down memory lane with these classic 20th century bike builders from the South of England

11 May 2023, 15:57
Photo of the day

Or maybe a screenshot from this...

11 May 2023, 15:38
Cav crashes AGAIN

No images of this during the TV coverage but a photo doing the rounds on social media shows the British national champ on the deck again... and considering the weather, it's hardly difficult to work out this was definitely today's stage...

Before the stage Alberto Dainese and Cav met for a morning after the night before chat...

Cavendish finished today's stage in 141st place, alongside three Astana teammates, more than 18 minutes behind Mads Pedersen. 

11 May 2023, 15:15
Mads Pedersen wins stage six of the Giro d'Italia after Simon Clarke and Alessandro De Marchi's breakaway falls just short

After an incredible full day breakaway effort, Alessandro De Marchi and Simon Clarke were both looking for their first Giro win, and in the Australian's case to complete his Grand Tour stage wins set.

Into the final kilometre with a decent gap of 14 seconds but somehow — perhaps the Italian knowing Clarke would likely be faster in the sprint, perhaps the Australian not wanting to be pressured into leading out, perhaps just through pure mental and physical fatigue — the pair dallied. No more than a few seconds hesitation, but after a few hours pushing, giving everything for victory, that was all it took...

Instead, it was Mads Pedersen winning his first Giro stage, the Dane completing his Grand Tour stage win set, the win in Naples sitting pretty alongside three Vuelta stages and a Tour victory, all achieved in the last 10 months.

The run in to the finish was hectic, the peloton rattling over the twisting cobbled streets of Italy's third largest city. Keep an eye out for the commissaires' take on Ineos Grenadiers liberal use of the team car to ensure Geraint Thomas regained contact with the peloton after dropping his chain dodging traffic furniture...

11 May 2023, 13:53
From getting pelters from Jeremy Clarkson to the Giro d'Italia breakaway

Remember this?

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Fair enough if you've tried to forget everything between March 2020 and the following summer, but at least the year gave us this — Jeremy Clarkson berating a pro cyclist for being out during lockdown...

Yes, a profesional cyclist doing his job by being out the house riding a bike. A bit like, I don't know, a farming TV personality being out the house doing their job by farming and talking bull... Talking about male cows, is obviously what I meant there...

Anyway, ranting aside, that rider in Trek-Segafredo kit, who got a cameo in Clarkson's Farm on Amazon, was Charlie Quarterman who after a tough couple of years is back back racing against the best. Today, he's in the Giro breakaway...

Remember kids, all it takes is talent, hard work, dedication... and a snide remark from Clarkson... 

11 May 2023, 13:35
Stunning scenery as the Giro peloton pushes the pace along the Amalfi Coast

Currently in discussions with the powers that be to organise a free road.cc cycling holiday to the Amalfi Coast for all you live blog regulars (I wish)... what a stunning Giro stage this has been...

2023 Giro d'Italia stage five (GCN+/Eurosport)

 The sort of TV pictures a race organiser and tourist board dream of, and a welcome day's sunshine for the riders after yesterday's washout.

2023 Giro d'Italia stage five (GCN+/Eurosport)

Rumours are the upcoming Tour of Britain stage finishing in Harlow was the inspiration for today's route... don't shoot the messenger (even if he is chatting rubbish)...

11 May 2023, 12:05
When in Naples...

In the city celebrating a first Scudetto in 33 years, with the great Diego Maradona looking down, the Giro peloton may end up being hounded out of town after Italian champ Filippo Zana's, admittedly cleat-hampered, shot at keepy uppies...

Remco didn't make the cleat mistake, removing his shoes for this more respectable effort... 

Watch out Remco, Roy Keane's coming for your centre-mid spot...

> Footballers who cycle XI — the Premier League stars who love life on two wheels 

Today's stage will travel the training roads of another of our XI, a certain Ballon d'Or-winning Italian centre back by the name of Fabio Cannavaro who regularly uploads his Campania spins to Strava.

11 May 2023, 11:48
"I did my sprint wrong": Alberto Dainese reflects on stage five crash
Mark Cavendish Giro d'Italia stage five crash 2023 (Zac Williams/SWpix.com)

"I didn't realise straight away, I realised afterwards," Dainese, who was relegated from his fourth place, told the TV cameras at the start of stage six in Naples. "Honestly, I did my sprint wrong, I was on Kaden Groves and I got boxed in by Mads Pedersen and Jonathan Milan, I couldn't get out so when I saw the gap on the left I tried to pass but it was too late for me to try to win the stage.

"Today, Marius Mayrhofer will do the sprint, I'll try to be the penultimate man in the best possible way."

Sounds like a day on the naughty step for Alberto...

11 May 2023, 07:45
BMX jump cycle lane — cycling route has the mother of all speed bumps installed

While desperately hoping not to give any cyclist-bashing local councillors here in the UK any ideas, just look at the size of this speed bump spotted on a Norwegian cycle path!

Not sure the sign does that justice. Hit that one too hot and you'll land in Sweden...

Norway cycle lane speed bump (@andershartmann/Twitter)

 Ideally it would be a bit steeper, just for maximum launch angle, but top marks for the don't give a f delivery of just plonking a great big mass of different coloured tarmac onto the existing surface like some poor B-list celebrity's attempt at icing a cake on Bake Off. No handshake for this.

Anyway, in my book the Parisian cycle lane speed bumps one mayor claimed were for cyclists' own protection are still undefeated...

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 > Cyclists in Parisian suburb perplexed at speed bumps in cycle lane — but mayor says they're for their own protection

11 May 2023, 09:16
The ol' imperial vs metric slugfest (+ comment of the day)

Well done LukeB for winning comment of the day by pointing out my unapologetic inconsistencies...

George Fox breaks 10-mile road bike TT record (George Fox)

> How fast?! Road bike 10-mile time trial record broken at 51.6km/h average speed for 18:41 clocking

11 May 2023, 09:11
Peloton poetry: Soudal Quick-Step call on Charles Bukowski to sum up stage five

At least it's better than a dismally shoehorned sponsor shout-out...

11 May 2023, 08:56
Shiny aero stuff

Why just be aero when you can be aero AND shiny?

You might remember this Kogel Bearings cage from the live blog the other week, well, Gustav Gullholm has got his hands on the finished product... a custom polished SRAM RED AXS XPLR derailleur with matching prototype Kogel Kolossos Aero cage. 

"While we can debate how much faster it actually makes you, I'd say it's a fact that it'll at least make you look fast AF!" Gustav reckons.

Oh, and for the pleasure of putting down a refundable $10 deposit you can be first in line for when Kogel puts it into production. I'll leave that for any of you who found a winning lottery ticket down the back of the sofa last week...

11 May 2023, 08:35
"He will have a difficult day": Soudal Quick-Step confirm Remco Evenepoel crash injuries after TWO falls on stage five

Double crash pain for Remco yesterday, here's what the team's doctor had to say about his condition...

> Remco Evenepoel crashes after loose dog runs into Giro d'Italia peloton 

11 May 2023, 08:11
Fallout from Giro crash chaos — Dainese relegated (PLUS: Cav update)

Slip 'n slide across the line of stage five
Don't you know you might find
A better race to win

It's a work in progress... with this much reaction, fallout, medical updating and speculation from yesterday's Giro stage to round up it's probably best we get cracking...

Mark Cavendish Giro d'Italia stage five crash 2023 (Zac Williams/SWpix.com)

[Zac Williams/SWpix.com]

Team DSM's Alberto Dainese was relegated, bumping Cav up to fourth place on the stage, the commissaires deciding the Italian's dangerous sprinting had caused the pile-up. Dainese was also fined 500CHF and lost all the points he gained on the day for the points classification.

"We accept the jury's decision and once again hope those who crashed in the finale are okay," Team DSM later said in a statement.

Back at the Astana Qazaqstan team hotel, Cavendish said his injuries weren't too bad and that he had received a phone call from Dainese...

"The circumstances after that…it's sprinting. Alberto has called me. You know, it's part of sprinting, I just hope everybody else who crashed is OK, I saw some stretchers and that," he said.

Mark Cavendish Giro d'Italia stage five crash 2023 (Zac Williams/SWpix.com)

[Zac Williams/SWpix.com]

"I've had my wounds cleaned up, and my knee's a little bit sore, but I don't think there's anything broken. We haven't checked that out yet, but I don't have the pain of anything broken. 

AG2R Citroën's Andrea Vendrame was the rider seen on the stretcher, his team confirming that the Italian has no broken bones, but "a deep wound that requires stitches as well as skin abrasions on his left shoulder".

"I crashed after crossing the finish line," Vendrame said. "Luckily, I didn't break anything. We were coming at 60 km/h and Mark Cavendish crashed. His bike was thrown to the left of the road and I couldn't avoid it. I found myself in the barriers. These are never good moments. I will do everything to get the best possible treatment this evening with the medical staff. I hope to be at the start tomorrow, that's my goal for the next few hours. It would be heartbreaking to leave the Giro d'Italia."

Arkéa–Samsic's David Dekker was also involved and was able to return to the team bus after picking himself up.

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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Rome73 | 1 year ago
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The Norwegian 'speed bump' looks temporary. It covers a pipe that is not buried and look at the finish. Even the sign is temporary. 

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Hirsute | 1 year ago
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More BBC anti-cyclist programming

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000gn61

19:00 in

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Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Ah, looks as though Nigel/Fireman John has been turfed. Good work mods.

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StillTrying replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Care to guess how long before the next incarnation?

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NotNigel replied to StillTrying | 1 year ago
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Probably already happened.

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StillTrying replied to NotNigel | 1 year ago
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NotNigel wrote:

Probably already happened.

Good point...

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Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago
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WTF.  Have Heritage Crafts never been to Bespoked?  Its my (totally uninformed lol) impression that frame building is having a rennaisance.

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quiff replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago
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Also came here to use the word renaissance. I would have guessed UK framebuilder numbers have increased in say the last 10 years. 

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Steve K | 1 year ago
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There's been plenty of criticism on here for Ribble's customer service/ever elongating delivery times, but this is great to see https://twitter.com/RibbleCycles/status/1656569379159527424

 

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brooksby | 1 year ago
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(edited)

Anyone seen this one: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-65554648

I wonder what happened, and who made a mistake?

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HoarseMann | 1 year ago
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That speed bump actually looks quite good fun!

It's clearly a temporary measure to cover that black pipe. If this was the UK, the cycle lane would have been closed for six months instead.

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sheridan replied to HoarseMann | 1 year ago
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HoarseMann wrote:

That speed bump actually looks quite good fun!

It's clearly a temporary measure to cover that black pipe. If this was the UK, the cycle lane would have been closed for six months instead.

CS3 had something like that put in for a 'temporary diversion'.  The bumps are still there at the entry and exit points of the diverted route, about two years after the construction workers left.  I often see people either swerving in to oncoming cycles or slightly losing control at the unexpected angled bump.  Don't think I've yet seen anybody come off, but it's only a matter of time (though I presume it's happened numerous times when I haven't been in the vicinity).

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sheridan replied to sheridan | 1 year ago
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The diversin itself was awful - going down an unventilated tunnel filled with fumes from cars - anybody with a respiratory condtion would be at serious risk going through that tunnel, even though it's not as long as the Rotherhithe Tunnel.

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thereverent replied to sheridan | 1 year ago
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They are a pain, causing a puddle when it rains at the west end, and an awkward large bump at the east end.

I'd assumed they were going to use the diversion again but no.

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StuInNorway replied to HoarseMann | 1 year ago
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Absolutely a temp hump (of spectacular proportions), the odd thing about it is thet for once the contractors actually put up correct signage.
Usually we get (clearly translated to English) "Cycle Lane ends", where the only obstruction is the sign warning of it.
near us there is a cycle and footpath closed for reconstruction (will be a HUGE improvement) with signs at each end for "No Motor Vehicles" . .  to close a road where it was already illegal for those vehicles.

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Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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I said this on the other thread but I will put it here as the story is now mentioned above: bit harsh on Dainese to be relegated in the sprint, as the news has it this morning? Cavendish lost his back wheel because he was accelerating on the white line (credit to the GCN/Eurosport team, they identified that as a possible risk early in the stage), slid out to the left, Dainese saw the gap that made and went for it, Cav clipped his back wheel as he tried to move back onto his original line. A racing incident at best, Cav's fault for trying to return to a line he had lost if anything, I thought.

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Matthew Acton-Varian replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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I agree it was harsh due to the white line and wet conditions, but as Dainese made the primary line deviation, it was his responsibility to ensure that he wasn't endangering his surrounding riders. This is why he was penalised. Had the sprint been in the dry he would not have lost traction and therefore probably not crossed wheels with Cav.

Thankfully the injuries for the downed riders were not serious, and the conditions probably contributed. Slightly slower speeds and the rain water lessening the road rash.

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Rendel Harris replied to Matthew Acton-Varian | 1 year ago
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Matthew Acton-Varian wrote:

Thankfully the injuries for the downed riders were not serious

Wasn't great for Vandrame who got a dislocated shoulder and a deep cut in his shoulder muscle requiring stitches - though apparently he's determined to start today!

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SimoninSpalding replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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A flesh wound!

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lesterama replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Not that harsh. In changing his line and cutting in front, Dainese is responsible for not endangering the following rider.

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ShutTheFrontDawes replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Rendel Harris wrote:

I said this on the other thread but I will put it here as the story is now mentioned above: bit harsh on Dainese to be relegated in the sprint, as the news has it this morning? Cavendish lost his back wheel because he was accelerating on the white line (credit to the GCN/Eurosport team, they identified that as a possible risk early in the stage), slid out to the left, Dainese saw the gap that made and went for it, Cav clipped his back wheel as he tried to move back onto his original line. A racing incident at best, Cav's fault for trying to return to a line he had lost if anything, I thought.

You're joking, right? Dainese deviated massively in a tight bunch sprint without checking that the way was clear. He deserves to be relegated and I hope he learns from it. It could have been so much worse. Cavendish did very well to stay upright for as long as he did and only take out 1 other rider and not the whole bunch.

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Miller replied to ShutTheFrontDawes | 1 year ago
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Tell you what, that barrier on the right did a sterling job of staying intact as the rider Cav bumped into slid along it. And did I see some spectators' hands getting squished by that rider as he slid along the barrier?

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The Larger Cyclist replied to Miller | 1 year ago
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Miller wrote:

Tell you what, that barrier on the right did a sterling job of staying intact as the rider Cav bumped into slid along it. And did I see some spectators' hands getting squished by that rider as he slid along the barrier?

I watched the slo mo on YouTube and about two or three phones were taken out!

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Rendel Harris replied to ShutTheFrontDawes | 1 year ago
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ShutTheFrontDawes wrote:

You're joking, right? Dainese deviated massively in a tight bunch sprint without checking that the way was clear. He deserves to be relegated and I hope he learns from it. It could have been so much worse. Cavendish did very well to stay upright for as long as he did and only take out 1 other rider and not the whole bunch.

Not in the slightest. Look at these three stills from the overhead: the first one is where Cavendish loses his back wheel on the white line and skids out to the left. In the second one you can see how far away from the white line Cav has gone, leaving a gap big enough for two riders to get through. In the third, look how far Cav has swerved back to his right, far further than Dainese has moved to his left, and that's when he clips Dainese's rear wheel. Once he'd slid that far off line Cav should never have tried to regain it, you can't move over two metres to the left and then come back to your original line in the last few metres of a sprint and be safe. How can you say Dainese deviated "massively" when he moved less than a metre to go through a gap that Cav closed by coming back in when Cav has skidded over two metres off line and then cut back in?

ETA Michael Matthews, who knows a wee bit about sprinting, said after the stage:

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"[Cavendish] needed to have a bit more respect for the people around him. He needs to sprint more in a straight line also to make it more safe for the rest of us."

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Gimpl replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Annoyingly, and not that you need it but I agree with you.

I watched it and wondered why Cav didn't get fined, it was completely uneccessary for him to move back to the right, his race was over at that point. 

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