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The Tour de l?Aude went through a transitional stage today allowing Kazakhstan?s Zulfia Zabirova to take advantage and escape the bunch as the overall favourites had one eye on tomorrow?s mountainous stage.

On a warm but blustery day, Zabirova eventually opened up a 46 second gap over Angela Brodtka (DSB Bank) who herself was 15 seconds ahead of the bunch sprint.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.