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As we reported on Monday, Bradley Wiggins gave the large British contingent at the Duo Normand a reason to cheer when he teamed up with his Cofidis team-mate Michiel Elijzen of Holland to win the elite race on Sunday.

But there was also more than a fair of success in the other categories of this hidden gem. The two-up time trial at Marigny in Normandy has long been a favourite time trialists from Britain and the Channel Islands.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.