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Luke Evans is motorbike driver for top cycling photographer Graham Watson at the Dauphine Libere. Aside from piloting motorbikes, Luke is an author, freelance journalist and former editor of Cycle Sport magazine. A selection of Graham’s photos can be seen in our gallery section.

Stage 5, Friday June 13, Ville la Grand – Morzine, 125 km

Forgot to mention yesterday that Andy Jones and I may have spotted a new all carbon Colnago frame. It is being ridden by Grischa Niermann on the Rabobank team.

Breaking from Colnago’s style of using round tubes for its carbon frames, this one (it had no designation apart from Colnago stickers) uses much larger hexagonal main frame spars with the top tube flat, and diamond shaped down tube. The fork was a standard Colnago one and the rear stays similar to an Extreme C.

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On another Rabobank bike Andy took a shot of a one piece carbon bar – a PRO stealth EVO. Looks great with an aerofoil top section and not widely seen we reckon.

Dauphine Libere 2008Photos by Andy Jones

We are at the business end of this year’s Dauphine but the race is yet to really take off and there’s only tomorrow’s marathon stage (233 km) to La Toussuire for Cadel Evans to put the hurt on Valverde.

The Australian Tour de France favourite had a couple of digs on the 11 km, 1691 m Joux Plane but he could not dislodge Valverde on the HC climb just 10 km from the finish.

This was the only serious GC action of the day and there was a bit of a log jam of motorbikes scrambling around each other for a picture of Evans on the attack. When you can get a shot with nothing in your mirrors but other motos and a Commissaire shouting at you to move ahead, you can call yourself a proper moto pilote. We got something but I have a feeling it was too little, too late.

My clutch is getting grabby now – after 4,500 miles in three weeks, on the Giro and now here, the BMW is holding up quite well but needs a good service.



Thursday, stage five: At last, says Luke, a proper, exciting stage

Wednesday, stage three: Luke checks out Cadel Evans’ TT bike

Tuesday, stage two: Moto pilot Luke sees Hincapie win

Monday, stage one: Luke spots some prototype gear and talks to Charly Wegelius

Sunday, prologue: Moto pilot Luke is back in action after the Giro